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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mike4010 (2) about 1 year ago
Get ready for Foley and the other delusional liberals to scold Penn State for going to the White House. These people have no respect for the President and continue on with this impeachment charade. EVERY witness has denied to have seen or "felt" ANY impeachable offence. Not one when asked point blank has voiced an impeachable offence. THIS is why the left has no leg to stand on. I must divulge this is only my opinion based on the FACTS. Bless yer hearts.
mike4010 (1) about 1 year ago
JohnnyMac was so excited when the soccer girls refused to go to the White House. You go girl!!
69dartman (2) about 1 year ago
BRAVO!!!!!! I agree 100%, Proud to be an American.It's nice to see all of those mentioned on accepting the invite and hopefully, no one throws disparaging remarks upon them.BTW does anyone know what happened to Cole Corrigan Columbia U. 149lber he wrestled at the Princeton Open (1-2) and is now not on the roster or even in the stats. Thank you.
hostcity (1) about 1 year ago
Glad to see there are people that still respect the President, unlike the anti-Christian, socialistic liberals. How about the mention of the 27 ways Democrats are just like socialists. Check their platforms. 27 ways folks. Dangerous and scary they are. It is not okay for Mr. Trump to be a bully, but it is okay for them to bully us to vote against him. Double standard hypocrites.
Willie (1) about 1 year ago
Maybe they an ask the Prez how it feels to have spent a minimum of $13,000 a year over the past ten years on whores? That is the publicly admitted figure - so they can ask how much it really is.
mike4010 (1) about 1 year ago
Little Willie Willie won't, go home, but you can't push Willie round Willie won't go... tried telling everybody but .. oh no.. Willie Willie Willie won't go home.

Band anybody?
mike4010 (1) about 1 year ago
The band was The Sweet recorded in 1972. Trump wins again Brazil000 6 - Go Penn State!!
mike4010 (1) about 1 year ago
Oh Willie - you see, it is the personal life of the president that bothers you... Did Clinton's "blue dress" hurt your feelings too? Or, are you partisan liberal as I suspect? At least Trump pays his way unlike Clinton stealing the goods. LOL Willie Willie Willie won't...... go home. That song was in my head the whole day.... I can't stop hearing it...Willie, would you like to wager that Trump wins by a landslide in 2020? I didn't think so. LOL.
Brazil06 (1) about 1 year ago
Mike4010- You are a stain on the underwear of this country. Just could not help yourself to have to spew your nastyness, so yeah of course your comments would incite some Trump haters. Great that these wrestlers get to go to the White House. Not great that you had to politicize it for no reason.
foxwit99 (1) about 1 year ago
I will not comment on the choices of those attending. This is NOT meant to be a political statement. But I question the organizer of this event, who planned it for the 56th anniversary of a Presidential assassination, that of JFK. Poor planning
Leon (1) about 1 year ago
Under any other administration I'd never decline an invite but this Trump guy, c'mon he's a clown. Usually wrestlers stand for something but I'm not surprised with these new age wrestlers who also trash each other on social media.
ResiliteMarine (1) about 1 year ago
Foley went Platinum.
For those opposed to the visit. Do you think the wrestlers can't make their own minds up?