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Penn State Goes 5-for-5 in Finals to Claim 2022 National Title

The 2022 National Champion Penn State Nittany Lions (Photos courtesy of Sam JanickiPhoto.com)


Even though the Penn State Nittany Lions had the 2022 NCAA team title locked up before the first whistle blew tonight, there was still plenty of drama and uncertainty surrounding the championship finals. Five PSU wrestlers earned spots in the finals of their respective weights.

Fast forward to three hours later and all five Nittany Lion finalists were crowned national champions. 133 lber Roman Bravo-Young started the Penn State onslaught by downing his opponent from the 2021 finals, Daton Fix. RBY was able to withstand some dangerous scoring situations from Fix and converted for himself and prevailed, 3-2. It was a similar situation a weight later as Nick Lee also became a two-time champion at 141 lbs. Lee surrendered an early takedown to #15 seed Kizhan Clarke (North Carolina) and managed to emerge from an amazing flurry without any further damage. From that point on, it was all Lee. He never gave Clarke space to breathe and claimed a 10-3 win.

The next run of champions for Penn State came at 174-197. Each of those three consecutive weights was won by a Penn State wrestler. At 174, Carter Starocci outlasted Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech) in a battle of past champions. Each garnered a takedown in a bout that ended 4-4 in regulation. After a scoreless sudden victory period, both had a shot in the : 30-second tiebreakers. Starocci ended up with his hand raised after amassing more riding time than Lewis.

In the de facto main event of the night, Aaron Brooks reversed his Big Ten finals result by downing top-seeded Myles Amine (Michigan) 5-3. Brooks struck early in the first period with a takedown and started to rack up riding time. His top work throughout the match neutralized the dangerous Amine. Brooks is now a two-time champion, as well.

Rounding out the Nittany Lions sweep was Max Dean at 197 lbs. Dean scrapped to a hard-fought 3-2 win over Big Ten rival Jacob Warner (Iowa). Dean is the only first-time champion for Penn State this year.

Host Michigan finished as team runner's-up and got the evening started with a title from 125 lber Nick Suriano. Suriano jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and hung on despite a few stalling calls from the bottom position in the third period. Suriano is now a two-time champion and has earned titles at two different schools and weights (Rutgers - 133).

Also in the multiple champions club was Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) at 149 lbs. Diakomihalis faced Ridge Lovett (Nebraska), who represented Diakomihalis' stiffest test of the season. He took the Big Red star into sudden victory at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The final result was never in doubt this time as Yianni dominated on his feet, to the tune of an 11-5 win. He is now a three-time champion and has won 75 straight collegiate matches.

The lone senior that ended his career with his first national title was Ryan Deakin (Northwestern). Always a contender, with three Big Ten titles, Deakin finally got over the hump and won the Wildcats first national title since 2014. He faced some resistance from Quincy Monday (Princeton) in the early going, but ended up cruising to a 9-2 win.

A 2021 champion that did not repeat was Shane Griffith (Stanford) at 165 lbs. Keegan O'Toole (Missouri) wore down Griffith on the mat and grabbed a 6-5 win in one of the most star-studded weights of the tournament.

Finally, we have the last bout of the evening at 285 lbs. Gable Steveson (Minnesota) added his name to the two-time champs club, in a controlled 6-2 victory over Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State). After the bout, Steveson left his shoes on the mat, symbolizing his retirement from the sport. The 2020 Olympic gold medalist already has a NIL deal with the WWE and is expected to pursue that path in the near future. In his post-match presser, Steveson did leave open a possibility of a return. Either way, Steveson should be the odds on favorite to win a second consecutive Hodge Trophy.

Championship Finals

125 lbs - Nick Suriano (Michigan) dec Patrick Glory (Princeton) 5-3

133 lbs - Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) dec Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) 3-2

141 lbs - Nick Lee (Penn State) dec Kizhan Clarke (North Carolina) 10-3

149 lbs - Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) dec Ridge Lovett (Nebraska) 11-5

157 lbs - Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) dec Quincy Monday (Princeton) 9-2

165 lbs - Keegan O'Toole (Missouri) dec Shane Griffith (Stanford) 6-5

174 lbs - Carter Starocci (Penn State) dec Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech) 5-5RTTB

184 lbs - Aaron Brooks (Penn State) dec Myles Amine (Michigan) 5-3

197 lbs - Max Dean (Penn State) dec Jacob Warner (Iowa) 3-2

285 lbs - Gable Steveson (Minnesota) dec Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State) 6-2

Team Scores

1st) Penn State 131.5
2nd) Michigan 95
3rd) Iowa 74
4th) Arizona State 66.5
5th) Nebraska 59.5
6th) Northwestern 57.5
7th) Cornell 54.5
8th) Virginia Tech 52.5
9th) Missouri 49.5
10th) NC State 48

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ban basketball (1) about 2 months ago
Who else is thoroughly sick of Penn State?

I realized last night that they're a bunch of weirdos, and seem like a religious "cult." They all invoke God in their interviews, they all essentially say the same scripted thing, and the creepiest aspect of their likeness is how it's all a recruitment spiel for coming to Penn State. "Please come here. We will make your dreams come true. Our leader, Cael, is magical and God-like." Again, sounds like a cult.

I also will bet that when I saw a shot of either Starocci or Brooks with headphones on that they all listen to recorded, re-education messages from Cael. "You are at the right place. I am your leader and will never lead you astray. With God and me at your side, and with you not believing what the outside world tells you, I can make you into anything that you want to be. Are we on board?

Creeps indeed, eh, friends?
macman340 (1) about 2 months ago
ban must have wrote the before he went for church this morning! Shame on you for bad mouthing good kids that happen to have values and are Great athletes. Did you actually listen to there post match interviews, classy , grateful and humble!
ban basketball (1) about 2 months ago
"Did you actually listen to there post match interviews, classy , grateful and humble!"

First off, it's their not there.

Second, had you actually comprehended what I wrote you'd have gathered that everything that I wrote was based on their interviews. So, yes, homey certainly heard the interviews/"cult" recruitment spiels.

Finally, Jesus was pretty clear in his advice against being hypocrites by showing one's "faith" in public. That's why many denominations only pray or show faith in private. Read it some time, my boy!
midnightcop1970 (1) about 2 months ago
The kids just won the biggest event in their lives. Then you come here to crap all over them? No matter what you think of Penn State and their program you have to admit it has been an amazing run for them. Like it or not what is happening at Penn State works.
ban basketball (1) about 2 months ago
Maybe, but they're still weirdos.
PSU_TheBest (1) about 2 months ago
Sorry, I think they’re legit. Cael has built a winning culture, not cult. See Twitter link
twitter.com/matscoutwillie/status/1505394024181555205?s=21
hardcor_33 (1) about 2 months ago
Way to focus on one verse there. The reference in that verse is to the holy men praying only in public but not living a Godly life outside of the public eye. There are also multiple verses about going out and making disciples of nations and being the light in the world. You cannot do that by sitting in your room and praying.

Ultimately your comment speaks more to your character than to theirs.
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mzendar (1) about 2 months ago
This website has always been bias to Iowa which failed to get it done once again. Maybe next year they should wrestling in the Big Ten finals instead of MFF. If someone has any kind of belief it has to be better then none at all.
dbestsport (3) about 2 months ago
Don't respond to ban basketball. The guys a buffoon.
Remember when he complained about the Big 10 allocations and that they weren't fair.
8 of the champions came from the Big 10.
39 of the All American's came from the Big 10. That is 39% of their allocations. Compare that to the Big 12 who had 14 AA's (just under 15% of their 71 allocations) or the EIWA who had 7 AA's (13% of their 48 allocations), or even the ACC who had 10 AA's (25% of their 40 allocations).
And in the Blood Round, the Big 10 was 18-8 in matches against other conferences.
'Nuff Said'
ban basketball (1) about 2 months ago
Hardcore,

That's a lesser issue to me than how they resemble a creepy "cult."

With that said, baloney. My 14 years of religious education taught us otherwise. All hypocrites, in Jesus' eyes.
ban basketball (1) about 2 months ago
Buffoon, eh, debestsport?!

Shall I remind you that you were the one who once said, like your guru, HUD McVeigh Hannity tells you to say, "you can't make this up," only to then blatantly make something up? LOL!!!!!!

Then, in just the past two weeks, you completely missed the pernts regarding the allocation/handout system. Then, in a follow up act of brilliance, you claimed that rasslers in the Big 12 don't rassle as many matches in their conference tournament than do Big 10 rasslers. Funny how after I pernted out your error, mum was the word from you. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

HUD Mac, a brilliant poster indeed, eh, friends!?
Monsieur Tarzan (1) about 2 months ago
If God can win a NCAA wrestling championship, let's see him come down here and do it. Until then, I'm not convinced.
ckwrestler (2) about 2 months ago
Ban basketball, when wrestlers buy in to a program you’re going to hear some similarities in what they say. Being like-minded just shows a pattern that makes them successful.
avnidelhite (1) about 2 months ago
ban basketball (1) about 2 months ago
CK Rassler,

While I can appreciate your comment, the fact that my 27 years as a prackticking social scientist suggests this is another level, not far off, if at all, from my observations.
Homer87 (2) about 2 months ago
Do you notice how humble the PSU wrestlers are after they win a match? They rarely boast about themselves, but they compliment their opponents and don't trash talk another school or wrestler. They are known to be very coachable student/athletes who buy into the PSU coaching program. Cael is in a very nice situation to be able to recruit for a large school in the middle of the area the country (PA/NJ/OH/NY) that produce many of the top ranked high school wrestlers. Cael has turned PSU into a wrestling school whereas before 2010 these kids were going to Iowa, ISU, OK State and a few other great wrestling programs.
ofcrboob (1) about 2 months ago
Ban basketball…I think Kyven Gadson tweeted it best when he said “ I encourage people to be aware of what you say about these young men competing at @NCAAWrestling all are traversing their daily lives while trying to perform at their peak levels and accomplish their dreams. I know they are part of your entertainment. They’re people 1st not SAs!” If you’re as old as I think you are based on whatever “life experience” you brag about, you should really keep this in mind.
1pattonr (2) about 2 months ago
Like them or hate them, PSU has generally done well to recruit and keep excellent wrestlers with strong character traits. Some are religious and evoke God, but so what? Ever hear of freedom of speech? I'd say the view they all have about going out and having fun while they wrestle has been good for recruiting. I think that attitude is, in part, what has started to really separate them from other elite programs like Iowa. Iowa guys always look too wound tight in big matches. I think intensity is good but it can just translate into a ton of pressure sometimes. The exception seems to be Spencer Lee. He looks focused but fluid.
ban basketball (1) about a month and a half ago
"Ban basketball…I think Kyven Gadson tweeted it best when he said “ I encourage people to be aware of what you say about these young men competing at @NCAAWrestling all are traversing their daily lives while trying to perform at their peak levels and accomplish their dreams. I know they are part of your entertainment. They’re people 1st not SAs!” If you’re as old as I think you are based on whatever “life experience” you brag about, you should really keep this in mind."

Sorry, but censorship, or the promotion of, isn't my thing, Trump/Putin..