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    The Weekend in the Top Ten (2/12/2024)

    What a Super weekend it was on the mats. Particularly in the top ten. Friday provided us with a Big Ten doubleheader that featured a pair of top-ten matchups, including the always-fun Penn State/Iowa dual. Though the top ten had plenty of good duals, all of its teams held serve against lower-ranked competition. Even so, there was plenty to talk about and take away from the results of each individual dual. 

    Please pause for a personal agenda. It’s a shame we don’t have some sort of a national dual tournament. Penn State proved that the ultimate winner of such a venture may not be in doubt; however, there’s lots of fun that could have been had along the way. There is such little separation between team’s two-through-ten on this list, that any of them clash could lead to unexpected results. Or down-to-the-wire excitement. Heck, expanding past the top ten, you have teams like Minnesota, South Dakota State, and Virginia Tech, that could give these teams a run for their money. 

    Ok, enough of that. Let's get to the week in the top ten.

    1. Penn State

    In the most anticipated dual of the college season, Penn State split the first four individual matches with Iowa, then proceeded to win the final six in a 29-6 win over #3 Iowa. In a #1 vs. #2 showdown at 141, Beau Bartlett kept his perfect record intact by downing 2023 NCAA finalist, Real Woods, 7-2. With the clock burning and nursing a one-point lead, Bartlett stayed on the offensive and grabbed a lake takedown to get some breathing room.

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