Penn State Wrestling Captures Tenth NCAA Title


Mark Selders. Photo by: PSU Sports

Penn State Wrestling ended their campaign with bringing home the NCAA championship trophy to University Park in March. The Lions were able to create a distant margin with 137.5 points between them and their Big Ten rivals Iowa with 82.5 points and Ohio State with 70.5. The margin of victory winded up being the largest in Penn State History and fifth largest in NCAA history for a title winner

The three All-Americans Beau Bartlet, Shayne Van Ness and Max Dean combined for a 5-0 record according to

Roman Bravo-Young finished number one overall for the 133 weight class who was able to advance to the NCAA title round with a win over Micheal McGee from Arizona State. While Bartlett finished sixth in the 141 weight class after losing to Andrew Alirez from Northern Colorado in the semi-finals. Van Ness finished 12th overall for his 149 weight class. Van Ness lost to Yianni Diakomihalis of Cornell in the semi finals.

Carter Starocci and Aaron Brooks brought home individual NCAA titles as well. Starocci was able to claim the 174 weight class while Brooks claimed the 184 weight class.

Levi Haines, Greg Kerkvliet and Bravo-Young all leave the tournament as runner ups.

This championship will be head coach’s Cael Sanderson tenth NCAA championship at the University.