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Former All-American Kyle Conel Attempting Transfer, Medical Redshirt With Penn State Wrestling

What will life after Bo Nickal look like for Penn State wrestling?

With a former third-place finisher in his place at 197 lbs., potentially.

Former Kent State wrestler Kyle Conel announced Monday morning that he’s applying for a medical redshirt. If it’s granted, he’ll use his final season of eligibility as a graduate transfer at Penn State.

After his inspirational All-American run at NCAAs last year, Conel entered this season as the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 197 lbs. behind Nickal. The two were slotted to meet during Penn State’s first dual of the season, but Conel missed significant time during the first month with a nagging shoulder injury that jeopardized his career. He announced in December that he was shutting his season down and that a return was doubtful due to the injury.

Conel qualified for the 2018 NCAA Championships and entered the tournament unseeded after sitting out the entire season before. A Cinderella story run with two wins over No. 1 Kollin Moore of Ohio State sent Conel to the podium with one of the most feel good performances in recent memory. One of those wins was a 90-second pin to knock off the favorite in the quarterfinals.

Given his success over Moore, Conel would fit right in at 197 lbs. for the Nittany Lions.

At Kent State, he was 58-19 with 11 falls.

Conel marks yet another medical redshirt Penn State is riding on for next season, in addition to Anthony Cassar, who’s optimistic about his chances of receiving one, and Shakur Rasheed, who doesn’t seem as hopeful.

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Anthony Colucci

Anthony Colucci is Onward State’s managing editor, a preferred walk-on honors student, and a senior majoring in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. If you want to hear the story or are bored and want to share prequel memes, follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter or email him at [email protected] All other requests and complaints should be directed to Onward State media contact emeritus Steve Connelly.


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