Penn State grad transfer Conel cleared to compete this season

Kyle Conel celebrates after pinning Kollin Moore in the NCAA quarterfinals (Photo/Tony Rotundo,

Penn State graduate transfer Kyle Conel has been cleared by the NCAA and is ready to wrestle for the Nittany Lions in the 2019-20 season, a wrestling spokesperson confirmed to the Centre Daily Times Tuesday.

Back in March, Conel had announced his plans to transfer from Kent State to Penn State to earn a master's degree, with hopes to continue his collegiate wrestling career. The Ashtabula, Ohio native had earned All-American honors for the Golden Flashes by placing third at 197 pounds at the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. However, an injury limited Conel's college mat time last season.

Conel is enrolled in Penn State's management and organizational leadership program, an accelerated graduate degree in the Smeal College of Business, according to the Centre Daily Times. reported that Conel will be vying for the starting position at 197 against Michael Beard to replace three-time national champion Bo Nickal who concluded his collegiate career last spring with a number of honors, including the 2019 Hodge Trophy, and InterMat Wrestler of the Year.

The 2019-20 season will be Conel's last for collegiate eligibility.


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jamper1 (1) about 2 months ago
Can you say team ncaa champions 9 out of 10 years after March 2020? I would say someone might want to revise their preseason team rankings for this year.