Max Dean after the 2019 NCAA semifinals (Photo/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Perhaps the biggest name in the transfer portal is off the market! 2019 NCAA runner-up Max Dean will transfer to Penn State, as confirmed by his older brother Gabe on Chael Sonnen's "Beyond the Fight" podcast today. The move presents plenty of possibilities for the Nittany Lions in 2021-22. They return undefeated NCAA champion Aaron Brooks at 184 lbs and NCAA seventh-place finisher Michael Beard at 197. Brooks will be a sophomore, while Beard retains freshman eligibility. Gabe mentioned the possibility of Max moving up to 197 lbs. Either way, there could be an All-American out of the lineup for Penn State.
Dean is a two-time All-American as he was eighth in the nation as a freshman in 2018. Max has made the EIWA finals in each of his first two years competing for Cornell. He finished as a runner-up as a freshman and won a title as a sophomore. In his two years of officially competing for the Big Red, Dean racked up a 57-12 record.