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Penn State Wrestling’s Competitive Practice Room The Key To Preparing For Big Matches

Penn State wrestling is getting ready for a tough weekend where the Nittany Lions will go on the road to face off against a pair of top-ten teams in No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 6 Minnesota. However, like any dual, the competition on the day of the match is nothing compared to what the Nittany Lions have brewing in the wrestling room.

Penn State’s grapplers have been taking advantage of a competitive practice room to prepare them for the tough weekend ahead.

Two of Penn State’s up-and-comers, 157-pounder Bo Pipher and heavyweight Seth Nevills, have had the privilege of learning in this room, which features some of the world’s premier talent. They both discussed how there’s nothing like working with the wrestlers in their own room during Tuesday’s media availability.

“Wrestling those guys in here five days a week makes it so that no matter who you are seeing on the weekend, it’s not going to compare to who you are wrestling in here,” Pipher said.

With past national champions like Zain Retherford, Jason Nolf, and Bo Nickal all training in the same room with the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club, Penn State’s wrestlers are always able to practice with top competition.

Since taking over as head coach, Cael Sanderson has molded one of the most competitive wrestling rooms in the country. Sanderson has coached 35 All-Americans and 23 national champions. Penn State has also won eight out of the last nine national championships under Sanderson.

Nevills, a true freshman heavyweight, has his work cut out for him this weekend as he gets set to face a pair of top-five wrestlers. However, he had a certain level of confidence about him while talking about this weekend and the rest of the season.

Since making his Nittany Lion debut in early January, Nevills has wrestled in three dual-clinching bouts. He’s 2-1 in those matches, and his poise in those situations at such a young age can partially be attributed to the grueling and often humbling workouts in such a talented room.

“These guys in here are some of the best around the country, so when you go to wrestle the guys out there you feel pretty confident in what you can do,” Nevills said. “It just sets you up for a lot of success.”

Penn State starts its road trip this Friday when it travels to Madison to face off against No. 4 Wisconsin. The match starts at 9 p.m. and will broadcast on the Big Ten Network. Then, the Nittany Lions will travel on to No. 6 Minnesota. That match will start at 2 p.m. and will also be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

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Max Tolson

Max is a senior majoring in print journalism. He hails from the small town of Millsboro, DE and loves to watch the Eagles and Penn State wrestling. Follow him on twitter @TolsonMax or send emails to [email protected] Go Birds!

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