Taking a look at 5 bold predictions for No. 1 ranked Penn State Wrestling heading into the Big Ten Wrestling Championships
The madness of March is finally upon us!
And no, I am not talking about the NCAA Basketball Tournament, which in its own right has plenty of madness.
Instead, it’s time for the madness which is about to unfold this weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska as all of the Big Ten teams gather in the Pinnacle Bank Arena for the 2022 Big Ten Wrestling Championships.
The preliminary seeds have been announced and you better believe there will be some epic matches to be witnessed this weekend. So to further hype up an event that doesn’t need any additional juice, how about we at Victory Bell Rings throw out some bold predictions?
As stated recently, I haven’t thrown out too many hot takes or bold predictions yet this year. Keyword being “yet”, because get ready for this collection of scorching Bold Predictions.
5 Bold Predictions for Penn State Wrestling in the 2022 Big Ten Wrestling Championships
Bold Prediction No. 1
Penn State Wrestling’s Greg Kerkvliet will make the finals at 285
You’re probably thinking to yourself “Wow, what a lame prediction. Kerk already beat Mason Parris during the year so of course this is going to happen.”.
Well, you’re not wrong.
But, check out the top four preliminary seeds for heavyweight:
1. Gable Steveson (Minnesota)
2. Tony Cassioppi (Iowa)
3. Greg Kerkvliet (Penn State)
4. Mason Parris (Michigan)
If the heavyweight brackets end up being chalk, then Kerkvliet’s road to the finals will not go through Parris.
Instead, it will go through Iowa’s Tony Cassioppi. That isn’t exactly good news for Kerk because he is 0-2 in his career against Cass which includes a lopsided 7-2 loss this season.
And that loss came directly on the heels of Kerkvliet besting Parris. Which makes it even more head-scratching.
Speaking of scratching, that’s exactly what Kerk Kong is going to do when he faces Cassioppi for the third time in his career. He’s going to scratch a gigantic “1” in the win column and punch his ticket to the finals in this year’s Big Ten Championships.