Corey Keener, who just completed his senior year at Central Michigan, is planning to transfer to Penn State, according to a website that covers Nittany Lion sports, as well as social media comments from the wrestler himself.
"133-pound graduate transfer Corey Keener will attend Penn State this season and is expected to be in contention to start for the Nittany Lions," RoarLionsRoar.com -- which describes itself as an independent website covering all Penn State sports -- reported Wednesday.
Keener, co-captain of the CMU Chippewa wrestling team as a senior, shared the news on Twitter and Facebook. Here's his post on his Facebook account: "Proud to announce that I will be furthering my education and wrestling career at Penn State University next year! #WeAre"
RoarLionsRoar.com's Rob Dougherty goes to state, "The reason Keener is expected to be in contention to start is last season's 133-pound starter, Jered Cortez, is expected to be moving up to 141 pounds, although this has not yet been confirmed by Cortez or Cael Sanderson. Keener's transfer to Penn State also makes it more likely that promising incoming freshman, Nick Lee, could be redshirting next season, as Cortez will be the favorite to start at 141 for Penn State when the season opens in November."
As a CMU Chippewa, Keener crafted a 60-42 overall record. He was a three-time NCAA championships qualifier and a MAC (Mid-American Conference) championships runner-up. In addition, Keener was both an Academic All-American and MAC All-Academic honoree.
With his graduate transfer to Penn State, Keener will be returning to his home state to continue his athletic and academic career. At Blue Mountain High School, Keener won back-to-back Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association AAA state championships, claiming the 126-pound title as a senior and 119-pound crown as a junior. In addition, he finished runner-up at 112 pounds a sophomore and was fifth as a freshman, making him the only student-athlete in high school's history to place four times at state championships. Keener also owns the Pennsylvania District 11 career win record with 190 victories.