Penn State Nittany Lion Wrestling Club Hosts Freestyle Event


Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

It has been a long time. I shouldn’t have left you.

Without a dope pole to walk on.

Think about how many weak blogs you have browsed.

Time is up. Sorry I kept you.

So what do Antonia Banderas and William Michael Griffin Jr have in common? They’re both helping me dust off the keyboard canvases to talk wrestling with you guys again!

And since it’s been a minute, let’s make sure we warm up properly.

Penn State is once again heading into the 2023 season the defending champions. They come into the season with a 28 straight double win and are so loaded with returning national champions (4), All-Americans (5) and stud rookies (multiple) that they are heavy favorites to repeat as national champions in Tulsa, OK next March. .

So spoke Cael Sanderson

On Monday, Nov. 7, PSU Wrestling kicked off the media portion of its 2023 season with a return to in-person press conferences and released Cael’s presser on YouTube. He shared his thoughts on some members of this year’s lineup.

125: Gary Steen. It was small news for most fans, when Cael announced that Robbie Howard “probably won’t wrestle this year.” Howard followed with two tweets of his intention to return in 2024 and his appreciation of the fan support. Cael added that Ohio State transfer Will Betancourt “is not on our list.” He added that Gary Steen, “right now, has done a good job” and will “probably kick things off and hopefully get things done.”

Said Steen himself.

133: 2x Champ Roman Bravo-Young.

He is here, and at school. He plans to fight. There will be games…if we can get him to sit down, we’ll look to do that. But for now, the plan is to fight a handful of matches.

141: Handsome Bartlett.

He’s going to be 41 and that’s a more natural weight for him. He had to work to maintain his weight (at 149 for the past two years). He’s strong enough and good enough to be competitive there. He was in the game, but I think he feels a little more comfortable at 141. Like all the guys on our team, he just has to be himself and go score points, and he gets away with it. will come out very well.

Said Bartlett himself.

149: Shayne Van Ness.

He’s a fighter, and he just had a few nagging injuries that he had to deal with, so he didn’t get a chance to wrestle much, but he’s really good and he’s a tough kid. He’s going to compete hard and he’s healthy and excited to go.

Says Van Ness himself.

157: Terrell Barraclough / Levi Haines.

At 157, Terrell has had a great offseason and looks better than ever.

Levi Haines is awesome, he’s consistent, he works hard, he can be coached – all those things you look for in a student-athlete. He is an excellent student. I don’t worry too much about him, which gives us more freedom to worry about other things. He’s an exceptional kid and he should have a great career.

Said BearClaw himself.

165: Alex Facundo.

He’s had a lot more experience, more matches (than Van Ness, in his own redshirt year last year). Great child. A quality student athlete and we are excited to see him compete.

174: 2x Field Carter Starocci; 184: 2x champion Aaron Brooks; 197: 1x Champion Max Dean; 285: 2x AA Greg Kerkvliet

You can improve your technique, your mental approach, there are so many different ways and avenues you can improve. Each of them will be better this year than they have been. But again, it’s up to them to decide. They are the ones who still have to go out there and let go when they compete.

Said Dean himself.


2022 1108 NWCA Coaches Poll via

It’s very early, but that generally seems fair.

fire duels

This Dual was notable due to the plethora of fighting All-Americans and complete ISU dominance. The three returning All-Americans from Iowa State each won (Carr, Coleman and Bastida), while the five (5!) returning AAs from Wisconsin each lost (Barnett, Lamont, Gomez, Hamiti and Hillger) .

In a battle of two Nittany Lion opponents in 2023, former Penn State All-American Michael Beard led his new team against the visiting Oregon State Beavers.

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Let’s hear it for my boys:

400 episodes. Good job guys. Keep them comin!

It was over the summer, but have you all seen those wrestlers who literally fought a bear?

Iowa heavyweight Tony Cassioppi has three younger siblings, all of whom made their weight at the preseason nationals. Check out that proud big brother smile!

Finally, check out this very interesting and compelling blog post by Ben Rosen, which outlines the challenges of recruiting small college wrestling coaches.

Upcoming Doubles

WrestleStat is your date again this year, via this link. They also announced a change in viewing behavior for the go-to site:

A few of my favorite duels this weekend:

Friday, November 11:

  • Lock Haven at Penn State, on BTN+
  • Virginia Tech at Ohio State, on Flo
  • Michigan at Campbell, on UFC Fight Pass

Saturday November 12:

  • Oklahoma State at Lehigh, on Flo
  • Arizona State at Rutgers, on Rokfin

Sunday November 13:

  • Cal Baptist in Iowa, on BTN+
  • Missouri to Arizona State


Oh, hell to yes: Ant the Champ hits the octagonal arts; let’s go, champ!

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Nebraska 3x All-American Chad Red ended his final year of eligibility in Detroit last March, but he now faces a new fight, off the mat:

Let’s hold our loved ones close as we remember today’s gift and wish Chad the healthiest of recoveries.

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