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Penn State Wrestling’s Carter Starocci Announces Return For Final Year

Three-time national champion and Penn State wrestler Carter Starocci announced his return to Happy Valley for his final year of eligibility in a video published on the Penn State Athletics website Thursday afternoon.

“I will be back for my fourth and final year, my senior year,” Starocci said. “It was a hard and long decision, but I just realized Penn State has given so much to me, and I kind of owe it to Penn State and the whole community.”

Starocci closed his unbeaten 2023 campaign at 174 pounds in the national final against Nebraska’s Mike Labriola. He recorded a first-period pin en route to his third national championship.

The Nittany Lions also solidified head coach Cael Sanderson’s 11th national championship in March.

Starocci holds the longest active streak in Division I wrestling with 52 consecutive bout wins. His last loss came at the hands of Michael Kemerer of Iowa in the 2021 Big Ten Tournament final.

Since he is returning to the collegiate wrestling scene, Starocci will have four chances in the next year to qualify for the 2024 Olympics: the Bill Farrell Memorial International, Senior Nationals, NCAA Championships, and the Last Chance World Team Trials qualifier.

Starocci and the rest of Sanderson’s squad will begin their run to the 2024 National Championship on Sunday, November 12, in the Journeyman Collegiate Classic. The rest of the 2023-24 schedule can be viewed here.

“This is a monumental moment for me, myself, Penn State, and my family,” Starocci said. “I have my whole family watching me, supporting me, and that means a lot. I’ll make sure I take care of business and get that fourth natty daddy and that Olympic title.”

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Mara McKeon

Mara is a junior staff writer majoring in English and public relations. She loves all things sports and anything that has peanut butter. You can usually find her obsessing over country music or Penn State wrestling and counting down the days until she gets to see Luke Combs in Beaver Stadium. Feel free to reach her on Twitter @MckeonMara, and for more formal affairs, her email is [email protected].

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