Welcome to 2024! The New Year has already started with almost two full days of the Southern Scuffle and action will continue tonight as ninth-ranked Virginia Tech travels to number three Missouri for an incredible non-conference dual.
As we move into the second half of the collegiate season, everything starts to come into focus more. Results from previous seasons mean less and the 2023-24 season really takes form.
With that in mind, we still have a lot to learn about this wrestling season. There are plenty of questions I’m hoping will get answered during the final two months of the regular season. With it being 2024, 24 seemed like the appropriate number of questions to ask.
Since we’ve been thorough in answering the questions, this feature will need two parts. The second part will be ready later in the week.
1. How does 125 lbs shake out for Penn State?
The lightest weight class has been an issue for Penn State since the graduation of Nico Megaludis after winning a national title in 2016. I’m sure non-Penn State fans are not shedding a tear for the program that’s won ten national championships since 2011, but the 125 lb representative is a major talking point for college wrestling’s superpower.
One of the top recruits from the Class of 2020, Robbie Howard made the 2021 tournament as a true freshman, then missed two full years due to injury. He’s returned this season and went 3-4 in two tournaments. Howard has not gotten the call in any of PSU’s duals. Against Lehigh, Cael Sanderson turned to Gary Steen, a sophomore who’s 6-3 on the year. Steen does have a loss to Howard this year at the Black Knight Invite.
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