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Ten Years of: Penn State Wrestling (2013-22)

2x NCAA champion Nick Lee (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

Welcome to a new, regular feature for InterMat! Every day, for the next few months, we'll look into the recent history of a DI wrestling program with our "Ten Years of…" feature. Even if you're a die-hard supporter of a particular school, there will be good information you may have forgotten. For others, it's a quick way to learn about a program you may not be familiar with. We're going in alphabetical order for this one, so next up is...Penn State!

NCAA Qualifiers (88)

2022


#16 Drew Hildebrandt (125 lbs), #1 Roman Bravo-Young (133 lbs), #1 Nick Lee (141 lbs), #13 Beau Bartlett (149 lbs), #16 Brady Berge (157 lbs), #1 Carter Starocci (174 lbs), #2 Aaron Brooks (184 lbs), #1 Max Dean (197 lbs), #4 Greg Kerkvliet (285 lbs)


2021

#23 Robbie Howard (125 lbs), #2 Roman Bravo-Young (133 lbs), #2 Nick Lee (141 lbs), #12 Brady Berge (157 lbs), #23 Joe Lee (165 lbs), #3 Carter Starocci (174 lbs), #1 Aaron Brooks (184 lbs), #15 Michael Beard (197 lbs), #9 Greg Kerkvliet (285 lbs)


2020

#5 Roman Bravo-Young (133 lbs), #2 Nick Lee (141 lbs), #19 Jarod Verkleeren (149 lbs), #2 Vincenzo Joseph (165 lbs), #1 Mark Hall (174 lbs), #3 Aaron Brooks (184 lbs), #21 Shakur Rasheed (197 lbs)


2019

#10 Roman Bravo-Young (133 lbs), #3 Nick Lee (141 lbs), #12 Brady Berge (149 lbs), #1 Jason Nolf (157 lbs), #2 Vincenzo Joseph (165 lbs), #1 Mark Hall (174 lbs), #2 Shakur Rasheed (184 lbs), #1 Bo Nickal (197 lbs), #2 Anthony Cassar (285 lbs)


2018

Corey Keener (133 lbs), #8 Nick Lee (141 lbs), #1 Zain Retherford (149 lbs), #3 Jason Nolf (157 lbs), #3 Vincenzo Joseph (165 lbs), #2 Mark Hall (174 lbs), #1 Bo Nickal (184 lbs), #5 Shakur Rasheed (197 lbs), #3 Nick Nevills (285 lbs)


2017

#3 Nick Suriano (125 lbs), Jimmy Gulibon (141 lbs), #1 Zain Retherford (149 lbs), #1 Jason Nolf (157 lbs), #3 Vincenzo Joseph (165 lbs), #5 Mark Hall (174 lbs), #2 Bo Nickal (184 lbs), #5 Matt McCutheon (197 lbs), #5 Nick Nevills (285 lbs)


2016

#3 Nico Megaludis (125 lbs), #5 Jordan Conaway (133 lbs), Jimmy Gulibon (141 lbs), #1 Zain Retherford (149 lbs), #3 Jason Nolf (157 lbs), Geno Morelli (165 lbs), #1 Bo Nickal (174 lbs), #16 Matt McCutheon (184 lbs), #1 Morgan McIntosh (197 lbs)


2015

#11 Jordan Conaway (125 lbs), #7 Jimmy Gulibon (133 lbs), #12 Zack Beitz (149 lbs), #2 Matt Brown (174 lbs), #14 Matt McCutheon (184 lbs), #2 Morgan McIntosh (197 lbs), #8 Jimmy Lawson (285 lbs)


2014

#3 Nico Megaludis (125 lbs), Jimmy Gulibon (133 lbs), #3 Zain Retherford (141 lbs), James English (149 lbs), #13 Dylan Alton (157 lbs), #1 David Taylor (165 lbs), #5 Matt Brown (174 lbs), #2 Ed Ruth (184 lbs), #3 Morgan McIntosh (197 lbs), #14 Jon Gingrich (285 lbs)


2013

#4 Nico Megaludis (125 lbs), #12 Jordan Conaway (133 lbs), Bryan Pearsall (141 lbs), #11 Andrew Alton (149 lbs), #8 Dylan Alton (157 lbs), #2 David Taylor (165 lbs), #2 Matt Brown (174 lbs), #1 Ed Ruth (184 lbs), #2 Quentin Wright (197 lbs), Jimmy Lawson (285 lbs)


NCAA Champions

Roman Bravo-Young (133 - 2021, 2022)

Nick Lee (141 - 2021, 2022)

Carter Starocci (174 - 2021, 2022)

Aaron Brooks (184 - 2021, 2022)

Max Dean (197 - 2022)

Jason Nolf (157 - 2017, 2018, 2019)

Bo Nickal (184/197 - 2017, 2018, 2019)

Anthony Cassar (285 - 2019)

Zain Retherford (149 - 2016, 2017, 2018)

Vincenzo Joseph (165 - 2017, 2018)

Mark Hall (174 - 2017)

Nico Megaludis (125 - 2016)

Matt Brown (174 - 2015)

David Taylor (165 - 2014)

Ed Ruth (184 - 2013, 2014)

Quentin Wright (197 - 2013)


NCAA All-Americans

2022: Roman Bravo-Young (133 - 1st), Nick Lee (141 - 1st), Carter Starocci (174 - 1st), Aaron Brooks (184 - 1st), Max Dean (197 - 1st), Greg Kerkvliet (285 - 4th)

2021: Roman Bravo-Young (133 - 1st), Nick Lee (141 - 1st), Carter Starocci (174 - 1st), Aaron Brooks (184 - 1st), Michael Beard (197 - 7th), Greg Kerkvliet (285 - 7th)

2019: Roman Bravo-Young (133 - 8th), Nick Lee (141 - 5th), Jason Nolf (157 - 1st), Vincenzo Joseph (165 - 2nd), Mark Hall (174 - 2nd), Bo Nickal (197 - 1st), Anthony Cassar (285 - 1st)

2018: Nick Lee (141 - 5th), Zain Retherford (149 - 1st), Jason Nolf (157 - 1st), Vincenzo Joseph (165 - 1st), Mark Hall (174 - 2nd), Bo Nickal (184 - 1st), Shakur Rasheed (197 - 7th), Nick Nevills (285 - 7th)

2017: Zain Retherford (149 - 1st), Jason Nolf (157 - 1st), Vincenzo Joseph (165 - 1st), Mark Hall (174 - 1st), Bo Nickal (184 - 1st), Nick Nevills (285 - 5th)

2016: Nico Megaludis (125 - 1st), Jordan Conaway (133 - 6th), Zain Retherford (149 - 1st), Jason Nolf (157 - 2nd), Bo Nickal (174 - 2nd), Morgan McIntosh (197 - 2nd)

2015: Jordan Conaway (125 - 8th), Jimmy Gulibon (133 - 5th), Matt Brown (174 - 1st), Morgan McIntosh (197 - 3rd), Jimmy Lawson (285 - 6th)

2014: Nico Megaludis (125 - 3rd), Zain Retherford (141 - 5th), James English (149 - 7th), David Taylor (165 - 1st), Matt Brown (174 - 5th), Ed Ruth (184 - 1st), Morgan McIntosh (197 - 7th)

2013: Nico Megaludis (125 - 2nd), David Taylor (165 - 2nd), Matt Brown (174 - 2nd), Ed Ruth (184 - 1st), Quentin Wright (197 - 1st)


NWCA All-Americans

Roman Bravo-Young (133 - First Team)

Nick Lee (141 - First Team)

Vincenzo Joseph (165 - First Team)

Mark Hall (174 - First Team)

Aaron Brooks (184 - First Team)


NCAA Round of 12 Finishers

Brady Berge (2021 - 157)

Jimmy Gulibon (2017 - 141)

Matt McCutheon (2015/184 - 2017/197)

Jordan Conaway (2013 - 133)

Dylan Alton (2013 - 157)


Big Ten Conference Champions

2022: Roman Bravo-Young (133), Nick Lee (141), Carter Starocci (174), Max Dean (197)

2021: Roman Bravo-Young (133), Aaron Brooks (184)

2020: Mark Hall (174), Aaron Brooks (184)

2019: Jason Nolf (157), Mark Hall (174), Bo Nickal (197), Anthony Cassar (285)

2018: Zain Retherford (149), Mark Hall (174), Bo Nickal (184)

2017: Zain Retherford (149), Jason Nolf (157)

2016: Zain Retherford (149), Bo Nickal (174), Morgan McIntosh (197)

2015: Morgan McIntosh (197)

2014: David Taylor (165), Ed Ruth (184)

2013: David Taylor (165), Matt Brown (174), Ed Ruth (184), Quentin Wright (197)


Dual Record

2021-22: 17-0

2021: 6-0

2019-20: 12-2

2018-19: 14-0

2017-18: 14-0

2016-17: 14-0

2015-16: 16-0

2014-15: 11-4

2013-14: 15-1

2012-13: 13-1


Big Ten Tournament Placement

2021-22: 2nd

2021: 2nd

2019-20: 4th

2018-19: 1st

2017-18: 2nd

2016-17: 2nd

2015-16: 1st

2014-15: 5th

2013-14: 1st

2012-13: 1st


NCAA Tournament Team Placement

2021-22: 1st (131.5 points)

2021: 2nd (113.5 points)

2019-20: No Tournament

2018-19: 1st (137.5 points)

2017-18: 1st (141.5 points)

2016-17: 1st (146.5 points)

2015-16: 1st (123 points)

2014-15: 6th (67.5 points)

2013-14: 1st (109.5 points)

2012-13: 1st (123.5 points)


Head Coaching History

Cael Sanderson (2009-Present)


Best Lineup (Comprised of wrestlers from 2013-22)

125 - Nico Megaludis: 4x NCAA All-American (1st, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd), 2016 NCAA Champion, 2x Big Ten Runner-Up

133 - Roman Bravo-Young: 3x NCAA All-American (1st, 1st, 8th), 2020 NWCA First Team All-American, 2x Big Ten Champion

141 - Nick Lee: 4x NCAA All-American (1st, 1st, 5th, 5th), 2x NCAA Champion, 2020 NWCA First-Team All-American, 2022 Big Ten Champion

149 - Zain Retherford: 4x NCAA All-American (1st, 1st, 1st, 5th), 3x NCAA Champion, 2x Hodge Trophy Winner, 3x Big Ten Champion

157 - Jason Nolf: 4x NCAA All-American (1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd), 3x NCAA Champion, 2x Big Ten Champion

165 - David Taylor: 4x NCAA All-American (1st, 2nd, 1st, 2nd), 2x NCAA Champion, 2x Hodge Trophy Winner, 4x Big Ten Champion

174 - Ed Ruth: 4x NCAA All-American (1st, 1st, 1st, 3rd), 3x NCAA Champion, 4x Big Ten Champion

184 - Aaron Brooks: 2x NCAA Champion, 2020 NWCA First Team All-American, 2x Big Ten Champion

197 - Bo Nickal: 4x NCAA Champion (1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd), 3x NCAA Champion, 3x Big Ten Champion, 2019 Hodge Trophy Winner

285 - Anthony Cassar: 2019 NCAA Champion, 2019 Big Ten Champion


Recruiting

Number of Big Boarder's Per Year


2022: #7 Levi Haines (PA)

2021: #2 Alex Facundo (MI), #5 Shayne Van Ness (NJ), #55 Gary Steen (PA), #76 Luke Cochran (UT)

2020: #5 Beau Bartlett (AZ), #9 Robbie Howard (NJ), #19 Austin Boone (MI), #75 Matt Lee (IN)

2019: #10 Carter Starocci (PA)

2018: #5 Aaron Brooks (MD), #9 Gavin Teasdale (PA), #12 Michael Beard (PA), #15 Roman Bravo-Young (AZ), #17 Seth Nevills (CA), #19 Brody Teske (IA), #24 Joe Lee (IN), #95 Jack Davis (PA)

2017: #6 Brady Berge (MN), #9 Nick Leen (IN), #20 Jarod Verkleeren (PA)

2016: #1 Mark Hall (MN), #3 Nick Suriano (NJ), #10 Mason Manville (VA), #88 AJ Nevills (CA)

2015: #5 Vincenzo Joseph (PA), #35 Kellan Stout (PA)

2014: #4 Jason Nolf (PA), #5 Nick Nevills (PA), #7 Bo Nickal (TX), #43 Shakur Rasheed (NY), #90 Gary Dinmore (NJ)

2013: #3 Zain Retherford (PA), #32 Matt McCutcheon (PA), #41 Garett Hammond (PA), #71 Cody Law (PA)

For past teams:

Air Force

American

Appalachian State

Arizona State

Army West Point

Binghamton

Bloomsburg

Brown

Bucknell

Buffalo

Cal Poly

Campbell

Central Michigan

Chattanooga

Clarion

Cleveland State

Columbia

Cornell

CSU Bakersfield

Davidson

Drexel

Duke

Edinboro

Franklin & Marshall

Gardner-Webb

George Mason

Harvard

Hofstra

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Iowa State

Kent State

Lehigh

Lock Haven

Maryland

Michigan

Michigan State

Minnesota

Missouri

Navy

NC State

Nebraska

North Carolina

North Dakota State

Northern Colorado

Northern Illinois

Northern Iowa

Northwestern

Ohio

Ohio State

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State

Oregon State

Penn

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M Smart (1) about a month and a half ago
9 yr. NCAA team points: PSU 947, OSU 803, IA 789, OK ST 741. Indiv. titles: PSU 32, COR 11, OK ST 10, OSU 9, IOWA 7. I'm sure there's been 10-year periods by IA or OK ST that are comparable. Shockingly low number of champs from IA in last 11 years.
mzendar (1) about a month ago
Very impressive. 10 years, 10 weight classes with at least one NCAA championship per weight. Most 2 or 3 years. No other team is close. A few more years like this, they will be the best team ever.
M Smart (1) about a month ago
3 of Iowa's 7 individual titles since 2011 were won by Spencer Lee.