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Penn State Wrestling Dominates At NWCA All-Star Classic

Five Penn State wrestlers participated in the NWCA All-Star Classic event. This year, the event took place in Rec Hall.

No. 2 Shayne Van Ness, No. 1 Carter Starocci, No. 2 Bernie Truax, No. 1 Aaron Brooks, and No. 1 Greg Kerkvliet represented the Nittany Lions well, going 4-1 on the night. The event was Penn State’s last before it begins its dual schedule after Thanksgiving.

How It Happened

149 pounds, No. 2 Shayne Van Ness

First to the mat, Van Ness faced No. 3 Kyle Parco of Arizona State. The bout began 0-0 through the first period, but Van Ness started the second up 1-0 with an escape. He capitalized in the second with a takedown to lead 4-0. Van Ness rode out most of the third period and finished with a 5-1 victory.

174 pounds – No. 1 Carter Starocci

Next, Starocci went against No. 3 Mekhi Lewis of Virginia Tech. The first period was also tied 0-0, and Starocci got the first point of the bout 1-0 due to a stalling call. Starocci then quickly turned around a four-point play and earned a full rideout of the second to lead 5-0. The Nittany Lion continued to tack on the points and finished the bout with an 11-0 major decision win over Lewis.

184 pounds – No. 2 Bernie Truax

Truax then took on top-ranked Parker Keckeisen of Northern Iowa. Truax stunned Keckeisen taking a quick 3-0 lead. Keckeisen then answered with an escape and a stall to close the score by 1, 3-2. The bout remained close 4-3, but Keckeisen earned a late takedown with seven seconds left to win the bout 7-4.

197 pounds – No. 2 Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks matched up with No. 3 Tanner Sloan of South Dakota State. Brooks dominated from the start going up 3-0 and upping the score 10-1 through two periods. Sloan started the third with an escape, but Brooks held on and finished with an 11-2 major decision.

285 pounds – No. 1 Greg Kerkvliet

Finally, Kerkvliet faced off against No. 2 Wyatt Hendrickson of the Air Force. Kerkvliet began with an amazing seven-point move on Hendrickson, forcing him to take an injury timeout. After a short break, Kerkvliet continued and led 11-1 by the end of the first. The control from the Nittany Lion continued as he ended the bout at the 4:48 mark with an 18-2 technical fall.

What’s Next?

These five and the rest of the Nittany Lions will be back in action at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 3, against Lehigh in their first dual meet of the season.

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About the Author

Mara McKeon

Mara is a senior 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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