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Penn State Wrestling Receives Four Top Seeds For 2022 NCAA Championships

Although Penn State finished just short of a team title at last weekend’s Big Ten Wrestling Championships, the Nittany Lions are once again primed for a strong postseason run.

On Wednesday, Penn State wrestling learned that it had received four No. 1 seeds heading into the 2022 NCAA Championships. In total, nine Nittany Lions qualified for the national tournament at the Big Ten Championships.

Below are each Nittany Lion’s respective seed, weight, and first-round matchup heading into the long-awaited tournament weekend:

  • 125 lbs. — No. 16 Drew Hildebrandt vs. No. 17 Anthony Noto (Lock Haven)
  • 133 lbs. — No. 1 Roman Bravo-Young vs. No. 32 Dominic LaJoie (Cornell) OR No. 33 Domenic Zaccone (Campbell)
  • 141 lbs. — No. 1 Nick Lee vs. No. 32 Josh Mason (Bloomsburg) OR No. 33 Dylan Cedeno (Virginia)
  • 149 lbs. — No. 13 Beau Bartlett vs. No. 20 Colin Realbuto (Northern Iowa)
  • 157 lbs. — No. 16 Brady Berge vs. No. 17 Hunter Willits (Oregon State)
  • 174 lbs. — No. 1 Carter Starocci vs. No. 32 Dominic Solis (Maryland) OR No. 33 Connor O’Neill (Rutgers)
  • 184 lbs. — No. 2 Aaron Brooks vs. No. 31 AAJ Burkhart (Lehigh)
  • 197 lbs. — No. 1 Max Dean vs. No. 32 Will Feldkamp (Clarion) OR No. 33 Matthew Waddell (Chattanooga)
  • 285 lbs. — No. 4 Greg Kerkvliet vs. No. 29 Brandon Metz (North Dakota State)

Penn State should be in heavy contention to bring home a team title this year after placing second in 2021. Top-seeded seniors like Lee and Bravo-Young will lead the way as they compete in what’s expected to be their final postseason run.

The 2022 NCAA Wrestling Championships will stretch from March 17 to 19 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Make sure to follow along with Onward State as we keep you posted on all the action through session recaps, live blogs, and minute-by-minute tweets.

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