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Penn State Wrestling Receives Four Top-Three Seeds At NCAA Championships

Despite placing second at last weekend’s Big Ten Wrestling Championships, Penn State wrestling qualified nine wrestlers for this year’s NCAA Championships. Following Wednesday night’s seeding reveals, the Nittany Lions are primed for another eventful postseason.

Aaron Brooks, Roman Bravo-Young, and Nick Lee headlined the Nittany Lions’ seedings with one No. 1 seed and two No. 2 seeds, respectively. Carter Starocci received a No. 3 seed, too.

Below are each Nittany Lion’s seed and weight heading into the long-awaited tournament weekend:

  • 125 lbs. — No. 23 Robbie Howard vs. No. 10 Malik Heinselman (Ohio State)
  • 133 lbs. — No. 2 Roman Bravo-Young vs. No. 31 Sean Carter (Appalachian State)
  • 141 lbs. — No. 2 Nick Lee vs. No. 31 Julian Flores (Drexel)
  • 157 lbs. — No. 12 Brady Berge vs. No. 21 Andrew Cerniglia (Navy)
  • 165 lbs. — No. 23 Joe Lee vs. No. 10 Travis Wittlake (Oklahoma State)
  • 174 lbs. — No. 3 Carter Starocci vs. No. 30 Victor Marcelli (Virginia)
  • 184 lbs. — No. 1 Aaron Brooks vs. No. 33/32 Joe Accoustie (Sacred Heart) & Jhaquan Anderson (Gardner-Webb)
  • 197 lbs. — No. 15 Michael Beard vs. No. 18 Jacob Koser (Navy)
  • 285 lbs. — No. 9 Greg Kerkvliet vs. No. 24 John Birchmeier (Navy)

Despite relying on youth more than in years past, Penn State looked strong at last weekend’s Big Ten Championships, and Bravo-Young and Brooks both took home individual titles. At nationals, it’ll take a full-squad effort to upset frontrunner Iowa and other big-time competitors.

The three-day NCAA Championships will kick off in St. Louis on Thursday, March 18. Penn State will attempt to defend its 2019 title since 2020’s tournament fell through due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt is a junior majoring in journalism and Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza. He loves Seinfeld, is really into video games, and would wipe the floor with you in Halo. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ for bad sports takes or email him at [email protected]

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