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    Photo: Kadir Caliskan

    U20 World Silver Medalist Mesenbrink to Transfer to Penn State

    U20 World silver medalist Mitchell Mesenbrink (photo courtesy of Kadir Caliskan/UWW)

    This afternoon, on the WIWrestle Rokfin page, 2022 U20 World silver medalist Mitchell Mesenbrink announced his transfer destination. Mesenbrink will wrestle for the Penn State Nittany Lions.

    Mesenbrink was deemed the #59 overall recruit in the Class of 2022; however, that could have changed after winning the U20 World Team Trials and going over to Sofia, Bulgaria and coming away with a trip to the finals. To make the world team, Mesenbrink downed now-teammate Levi Haines in two-straight matches at the WTT best-of-three series. He was afforded the opportunity to sit in the final after dominating his way through the U20 Open. There he teched Caleb Henson, Chance Lamer, and Paniro Johnson, among others.

    Mesenbrink initially signed with California Baptist but went into the transfer portal early in the 2022-23 season. He saw action in two duals during the opening weekend of the Lancers season, finishing both of his opponents via fall. The rest of the year consisted of freestyle competitions once Mesenbrink hit the portal. He was fifth at the Bill Farrell and third at the Dan Kolov.

    With the addition of Mesenbrink, Penn State now gets two significant transfers within a three-day span. Earlier this week, three-time All-American Bernie Truax announced he would be spending his final year of eligibility in State College. Mesenbrink likely fits in as a 165 lber. Penn State did not have an All-American at the weight; however, they did have redshirt freshman Alex Facundo at the weight class, who was a top recruit from the Class of 2021.

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