Levi Haines at the Cadet World Team Trials finals (Photo/Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
Just yesterday InterMat went into detail about wrestlers from the Class of 2022 Big Board that have committed to DI schools. A name missing from that list was Penn State. That changed today as Levi Haines (Biglerville, PA), the #12 overall recruit in the Class of 2022, has given a verbal commitment to the Penn State staff. Haines made the announcement this morning on Instagram. It shouldn't come as a huge surprise that Haines selected Penn State, as he's a member of David Taylor's M2 Training Center.
Haines is a three-time Pennsylvania AA state finalist that captured his first title this year at 145 lbs. Recently, Levi made the Cadet World team in freestyle at 71 kg as he outlasted Iowa's Aiden Riggins in a three-match series, picking up wins 12-2 and 10-4. Prior to the finals, Haines blew through his first three opponents before getting by Lehigh-commit Enzo Morlacci 8-3 in the quarters and North Carolina's Joseph Sealey 6-6 in the semi's.
Levi has been a fast riser nationally after making the Super 32 finals at 138 lbs in the fall. He also was fourth in Fargo, while wrestling in 16U freestyle in 2019. Haines won't be able to attend Fargo this year as he'll be at the Cadet World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
After competing at 71kg last month, it's reasonable to think that Haines could project at 165 lbs for the Nittany Lions. Penn State had freshman Joe Lee at the weight in 2021; however, he went 0-2 at the NCAA Championships.