Kyle Conel celebrates after pinning Kollin Moore in the NCAA quarterfinals (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Penn State will be losing 197-pounder Bo Nickal, a multiple-time NCAA champion, to graduation after the season, but could be replacing him with an All-American.
Kent State's Kyle Conel, an NCAA third-place finisher in 2018, announced on Twitter that he will be attending Penn State to pursue a master's degree and complete his final year of eligibility if he is granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA.
If I am able to get a medical redshirt for next season, I will be attending Penn State University to pursue a masters and complete my final year of eligibility!�" Kyle Conel (@KyjorRL) March 18, 2019
Conel announced in December that he would be undergoing surgery on his shoulder, ending his season. He wrestled only two matches this season, going 2-0, earning a 9-8 victory over Kent State's Mark Penyacsek and a 20-4 technical fall over Lucas Miozza of Lindsey Wilson.
He was ranked No. 2 at 197 pounds behind Nickal before his season ended. Last season Conel compiled a record of 28-8 and placed third at the NCAA Championships. He was an NCAA qualifier in 2016.