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    NCAA team champ Penn State, individual champs to visit White House

    Members of the 2019 NCAA Div. I Wrestling Championship team from The Pennsylvania State University, as well as many of the 2019 NCAA Div. I individual wrestling champions will be honored guests at the White House on Friday, November 22 in Washington, D.C.

    The wrestlers and coaches were invited as part of an NCAA Champions Day, which will also include athletes from other sports.

    The athletes will visit The White House during the morning of Friday, Nov. 22 and are expected to meet President Donald J. Trump as part of their tour.

    Invited to the White House were Penn State's 2019 NCAA championship team, as well as all 10 of the 2019 NCAA Division I individual champions, which also includes athletes from Arizona State University, Cornell University, Northern Iowa University, Rutgers University, the University of Iowa, and Virginia Tech University.

    While college wrestlers have been previously recognized by President Trump and other administrations, this is reportedly the first time all of the NCAA Div. I individual champions have been invited.

    Expected to attend are the following wrestlers, coaches, and university leaders:

    Penn State University
    Jason Nolf, 2019 NCAA champion at 157 pounds
    Bo Nickal, 2019 NCAA champion at 197 pounds
    Mason Manville, Varsity wrestling student-athlete
    Nick Nevills, Varsity wrestling student-athlete
    Rick Kaluza, Senior Associate Athletic Director, Finance and Business Operations

    Rutgers University
    Nick Suriano, 2019 NCAA champion at 133 pounds
    Anthony Ashnault, 2019 NCAA champion at 149 pounds
    Scott Goodale, Head Coach
    Donny Pritzlaff, Associate Head Coach

    Cornell University
    Yianni Diakomihalis, 2019 NCAA champion at 141 pounds
    Rob Koll, The David Dunlop '59 Head Coach of Wrestling

    Virginia Tech University
    Mekhi Lewis, 2019 NCAA champion at 165 pounds
    Tony Robie, Head Coach

    University of Northern Iowa
    Drew Foster, 2019 NCAA champion at 184 pounds
    Randy Pugh, Assistant Coach

    With the 2019-2020 NCAA wrestling season underway, some of those invited were not able to attend because the White House visit conflicted with scheduled competition. For instance, Penn State is competing at Arizona State on Friday, November 22. The University of Iowa will compete against Iowa State on Sunday, November 24. This affected invited athletes who are currently competing for their college wrestling team.

    There has been a tradition of college national champion teams visiting The White House in years past.

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