Tyler Kasak at the 2022 Cadet World Team finals (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Today, the defending national champion Penn State Nittany Lions got a huge verbal from one of the top remaining, uncommitted wrestlers in the Class of 2023. 2021 Pennsylvania AAA state champion Tyler Kasak (Bethlehem Catholic, PA) gave Cael Sanderson's staff a verbal commitment. Recently, Kasak earned a spot on the Cadet World Freestyle Team after an epic, three-match series win over Joel Adams (Millard South, NE) in the 65kg finals.
Within the last year, Kasak has racked up the national-level accolades. He was a 16U freestyle national runner-up in Fargo in 2021. A few months later, Kasak finished fifth at 138 lbs at the Super 32. During the high school regular season, Kasak notched titles at the Walsh Ironman, the Beast of the East, and Escape the Rock.
Kasak enters his senior year at Bethlehem Catholic as a three-time state placewinner. He was fifth as a freshman, before winning the 126 lb weight class as a sophomore. This year, Kasak was upset in the semifinals by Pierson Manville (State College) and had to settle for third place.
His performance at the Cadet World Team Trials has boosted Kasak to a #2 ranking nationally at 145 lbs.
Ultimately, Kasak likely projects at 157 lbs for Penn State. Getting Kasak isn't too big of a surprise since he works out with Nittany Lion legend David Taylor at Taylor's M2 club. If incoming freshman Levi Haines can't hold 157 lbs for more than a year or two, that becomes a weight class of need.
After a small Class of 2022, the Nittany Lions are really loading up with the Class of 2023. Kasak's commitment gives Sanderson's team verbals from three of the top-22 juniors in the nation. He'll join #4 Josh Barr (Davison, MI), #22 Braeden Davis (Dundee, MI), and #120 Cael Nasdeo (Williamsport, PA), as early verbals for the Nittany Lions.
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