Shakur Rasheed wrestling at the Southern Scuffle (Photo/Sam Janicki, SJanickiPhoto.com)
Happy Valley wrestling fans are now doubly happy.
Shakur Rasheed, who wrestled at 184 pounds last season, announced Tuesday that he will be back wrestling at Penn State next season ... just days after 2019 NCAA heavyweight champ Anthony Cassar revealed he would be returning to the Nittany Lion lineup.
Rasheed shared his good news about having been granted one more year of eligibility at Penn State on his Instagram Tuesday evening, specifically addressing fans of his college program ... as well as those in the place where he grew up in New York State.
Rasheed was a member of Penn State's top-ranked 2014 recruiting class, along with Bo Nickal, Jason Nolf, Nick Nevills and Anthony Cassar. However, Rasheed and Cassar both have had to battle injuries throughout their collegiate careers. For that reason, both sought and received medical redshirts from the NCAA. In Rasheed's case, the NCAA extension is most likely to make up for his 2016-17 season when he wrestled only six matches due to injuries.
Since that injury-plagued season, Rasheed tallied two successful seasons, racking up a 44-7 record -- along with 20 pins -- for 2017-18 and 2018-19 combined. Among the other highlights for Rasheed for the 2017-18 season: crowned champ at 197 pounds at the 2018 Southern Scuffle (and being named Outstanding Wrestler at the New Year's event), placing second at the Big Ten conference championships, and earning All-American honors by placing seventh at 197 at the 2018 NCAA championships in Cleveland.
This past season, Rasheed was 20-2. He repeated as Southern Scuffle champion on Jan. 2, 2019, this time winning the title at 184 pounds. Rasheed placed second at 184 at the 2019 Big Tens. He was seeded second for the 2019 NCAAs, but went 1-2 before making his untimely exit.
Before coming to Happy Valley in 2014, Rasheed wrestled at Longwood High School in Coram, Long Island, winning New York state titles as a junior and senior.