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All-American Drew Hildebrandt Added to Penn State's Roster

New Penn State Nittany Lion Drew Hildebrandt (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)


On Wednesday morning, the second-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions officially added 2021 NCAA All-American Drew Hildebrandt to their roster. In late November, Hildebrandt was listed as a student in the PSU directory, further confirming speculation that Hildebrandt intended on suiting up for PSU this season.

Hildbrandt was a senior in 2021, but had an extra year of eligibility remaining due to the Covid-year. Before the season, he indicated that he did not intend to use the year. A few months later, his name surfaced as a potential fit at 125 lbs for the Nittany Lions.

Getting Hildebrandt would be a massive boost for a Penn State team that has seen the combination of Jakob Campbell and Baylor Shunk go 1-5 in dual action at the opening weight.

For whatever reason, 125 lbs has been difficult for Penn State to fill since the graduation of NCAA champion Nico Megaludis in 2016. A year later, Nick Suriano had an excellent true freshman season, but was injured late in the year, didn't compete at nationals, and ended up transferring out. Since then, only Robbie Howard, in 2021, was able to qualify for NCAA's. Howard still has a lingering injury and is not competing this year.

The Nittany Lions are expected to be in a tight team race with Iowa and getting a returning All-American like Hildebrandt could nudge Penn State ahead of the defending champions. Including Drew, Cael Sanderson's squad could send out a lineup with seven returning All-Americans (with four national champs).

Hildebrandt is a three-time NCAA qualifier that went 14-2 last season and finished fourth in the nation at 125 lbs. His only losses on the year came to Spencer Lee (Iowa) in the NCAA semis and Patrick McKee (Minnesota) in the third-place bout. Hildebrandt was a two-time MAC champion and earned the sixth seed at the 2020 NCAA Tournament that ended up canceled.

Penn State returns to the mat on January 7th as they take on Maryland. Looking at the Nittany Lion schedule, some dates to circle, in reference to Hildebrandt are January 21st vs Michigan (Nick Suriano), January 28th vs Iowa (#1 Spencer Lee), and February 4th vs Ohio State (#16 Malik Heinselman).

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ban basketball (1) about 3 weeks ago
Teske will have his number, eh, El Teske from Blue White Illerstrated? ;)
intermat_user22 (1) about 3 weeks ago
It'll be a tall task for Teske considering the training partners Drew will have now. Steel sharpens steel, "eh, friends?"
ban basketball (1) about 3 weeks ago
"It'll be a tall task for Teske considering the training partners Drew will have now. Steel sharpens steel, "eh, friends?""

What do you mean, "a tall task?" I've demernstrated for over 20 years online that there's no direct cause and effect link between training partners and success. As but one pernt of proof, PSU's current 125 pernder blows, so which additional training pertners will be in the room when Hildegaard gets there?

OUCHAWAWA!
intermat_user22 (1) about 3 weeks ago
I'm still trying to decipher your broken english but based on what I could translate:
A) Unless you were a D1 AA or National Champ OR you can pull up your boot straps and defeat PSU's current 125 pound competitor, no reason to dig at him.
B) If there's no direct cause & effect between training partners and success, you're saying recruiting is meritless? One of the main motivations is to directly recruit more talent and different styles to build and grow the team. This is exactly why PSU & IA are the powerhouses in the wrestling circuit right now. Your 20 years of demonstrating online is undeserving.
C) Chances are Drew beat Teske under the Central Michigan colors, PSU will only make him better.

My apologies if this reading is beyond your vocabulary.
ban basketball (1) about 3 weeks ago
The broken vocabutary is actually on you. Of course, you'd not know that.

Hildegaard has yet, to my knowledge, face Teske, but Teske will own him.

Yes, recruiting is for such a thing, but to say that "tough room opponents" translates into good rasslin is flawed "logic" and, quite frankly, a tedious pernt. It doesn't splain those who are great rasslers with little competition in a room, nor does it splain the great recruits with good talent on the room who never materialize.

Got it now, Alex Tsirtsis, Nathan Galloway, Shane Webster, Matt Gentry, and/or Derek Moore? Good...
ban basketball (1) about 3 weeks ago
Correction: Hildegaard has "beaten" Teske twice, but there are signifertant caveats. The first time, Teske was at Penn State, where he wasn't being taught properly. The second time, the match was either rigged, or, more likely, Teske was playin' possum with Hildegaard so that the next time they meet Hildegaard's guard will be down. Them there Panthers are crafty. ;)

Easy to splain.
intermat_user22 (1) about 3 weeks ago
LOL