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    U17 World Champion Lilledahl Picks Penn State

    Luke Lilledahl at the 2022 Walsh Ironman (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

    Penn State received a verbal commitment this afternoon from one of the nation’s top junior’s Luke Lilledahl. Lilledahl is currently attending Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania; however, he’s originally from Missouri.

    Lilledahl is currently ranked # 2 in the nation at 120 lbs. He also holds the #2 overall ranking in the Class of 2024. Recently, Lilledahl won a National Prep championship for Wyoming Seminary at that weight. During the 2022-23 season, Lilledahl captured titles at the Super 32 and the Walsh Ironman. The previous year he won a belt at the Super 32 and was an Ironman runner-up.

    For as well as Lilledahl has done in folkstyle, he has really thrived in freestyle. In each of the past two summers, Lilledahl made the UWW Cadet/U17 world team in freestyle. Last year, Lilledahl won a world championship at 51kg after coming away with the silver the previous year. Before his sophomore season, Lilledahl was selected to wrestle in the Who’s #1 dual meet at 106 lbs.

    Lilledahl is another piece in what’s shaping up to be a massive Class of 2024 for Penn State. Cael Sanderson’s team now has verbal commitments from four of the top-seven recruits in the nation and six of the top 15. #2 Lilledahl is added to a class that features #1 Joseph Sealey, #4 Zach Ryder, #7 Connor Mirasola, #12 Mason Gibson, and #15 Cole Mirasola. Should all sign with the Nittany Lions, it would make for one of the best classes in recent memory.

    Getting Lilledahl is huge for Penn State. Lilledahl projects as a 125/133 lber a the next level. Relative to the rest of their lineup, the Nittany Lions have had difficulty filling 125 lbs with an All-American threat since the graduation of Nico Megaludis in 2016.

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