He is also one of the team's premier three-point shooters, connecting on 46.3 percent of his three-point shots this season.
Cassar and Rasheed are battling for the full-time starter's job at 197, and Cassar nearly surely cemented his place as the starter after upsetting reigning Big Ten champion and NCAA third place finisher at 197 Kollin Moore by 6-3 decision, extending Penn State's lead to 19-15.
"It was just fun to have everyone cheer", he said after the Nittany Lions' 19-18 win Saturday night.
Linnae Harper was one of several Ohio State players paying attention Thursday night when the NCAA women's basketball selection committee released its updated top 16 tournament seeds.
And the Penn State crowd was into it from the start, and even earlier. Ohio State limited Michigan State to 29 first-half points in a win last Saturday and jumped to a 20-5 lead in the first 6:08 Wednesday of a 30-point win over Penn State. Senior Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 149, got Penn State on the board by dominating No. 7 Ke-Shawn Hayes.
The Illini shot the ball well against Rutgers, connecting on 71 percent of their two-pointers, 40.7 percent from 3-point range and 73.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Cassar's win over the No. 1 197-pounder in the country keyed the Nittany Lions' comeback.
The No. 1 ranked Joseph took on No. 14 ranked Te-Shan Campbell of Ohio State and quickly helped the Nittany Lions make up ground as his 12-3 major decision cut Ohio State's lead to 15-9.
No. 2 Mark Hall trimmed the deficit to 15-12 with a 6-4 win over No. 3 Bo Jordan in a rematch of last season's Big Ten and NCAA Finals. There were hundreds of Penn State fans waiting outside Rec Hall in 20-degree chill two hours before the match started.
The 10-2 major decision gave Penn State a 16-15 lead that it would not relinquish. It was 2-2 after two before Cassar broke it open with his third-period takedown.
Martin Joyce clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Rodrigo Banzer.
With Penn State football coach James Franklin sitting mat side and Harrisburg High star Micah Parsons - the Lions true freshman football signee - intrigued enough to stop by, the Lions won four of the final five bouts to catch Ohio State (12-1, 7-1) at the finish. We lost some close matches.
With a depleted lineup and facing the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes, Cael Sanderson's No. 2 Nittany Lions - who have won six national championships in the last seven years - rallied for an incredible 19-18 decision in front of packed house of 6,699.
Ohio State entered the heavyweight bout needing a major decision to win the dual on criteria. But that doesn't erase some sentiment of disappointment with Ohio State still very much in contention for a Big Ten regular season title.
Penn State rebounded with its second victory at 165.