Max Dean after the 2019 NCAA semifinals (Photo/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Perhaps the biggest name in the transfer portal is off the market! 2019 NCAA runner-up Max Dean will transfer to Penn State, as confirmed by his older brother Gabe on Chael Sonnen's â€œBeyond the Fightâ€ podcast today. The move presents plenty of possibilities for the Nittany Lions in 2021-22. They return undefeated NCAA champion Aaron Brooks at 184 lbs and NCAA seventh-place finisher Michael Beard at 197. Brooks will be a sophomore, while Beard retains freshman eligibility. Gabe mentioned the possibility of Max moving up to 197 lbs. Either way, there could be an All-American out of the lineup for Penn State.
Dean is a two-time All-American as he was eighth in the nation as a freshman in 2018. Max has made the EIWA finals in each of his first two years competing for Cornell. He finished as a runner-up as a freshman and won a title as a sophomore. In his two years of officially competing for the Big Red, Dean racked up a 57-12 record.