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Penn State Nittany Lions wrestling
such talented wrestlers as Nico Megaludis, Zain Retherford, Jason Nolf, Bo Nickal, and Morgan McIntosh. Zain Retherford won his last 94 consecutive matches

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Penn State Nittany LionsUniversityPennsylvania State UniversityHead CoachCael Sanderson (10th season)Assistant CoachCasey CunninghamConferenceBig TenLocationUniversity Park, PAArenaLorenzo Wrestling Complex at Rec Hall
(Capacity: 7,000)NicknameNittany LionsColorsBlue and White[1]
         Fight songFight On, StateTeam national championships1921, 1953, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018NCAA individual national championships1935, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1984, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018NCAA individual champions41 (by 29 athletes)All-Americans214Conference championships2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016

The Penn State Nittany Lions wrestling team is a NCAA Division I Wrestling team competing as members of the Big Ten Conference.

Coached by Olympic Champion Cael Sanderson (Athens, 2004), the Nittany Lions have maintained status as a top wrestling program. Penn State held a four-time NCAA team championship winning streak from 2011-2014. Ed Ruth & David Tayor concluded their collegiate careers in March 2014. Ruth finished third as a freshman and then was a three time National Champion. Taylor was a two-time National Champion, finished as runner-up twice, and four-time All-American.

The Nittany Lions have captured three more consecutive championships in 2016, 2017 & 2018, bringing the Nittany Lions to a total of eight NCAA team National Championships. The 2015-2016 Penn State team includes such talented wrestlers as Nico Megaludis, Zain Retherford, Jason Nolf, Bo Nickal, and Morgan McIntosh.

Zain Retherford won his last 94 consecutive matches over his last three seasons, including three championships. Retherford and Megaludis won individual titles in 2016, as Penn State captured its 6th team championship. Both the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 squads had five wrestlers reach their individual championship match: Retherford (149), Nolf (157), Vincenzo Joseph (165), Mark Hall (174), and Bo Nickal (185). In 2017, all five won their matches, becoming the fourth team to accomplish that feat. All five returned to their championship mats in 2018, and all but Hall repeated as individual champions, helping Penn State secure their 7th and 8th team championships. The 2018 squad featured 8 All-Americans, bringing their all-time total up to 214. They have gone undefeated over the last three seasons in dual meets, riding a 45 meet winning streak into the 2018-2019 season.

Contents History

Penn State wrestling program was established in 1909 and was declared national dual meet champion in 1921.[2] [3] In 1925 Penn State won all seven team duals in which they competed, finishing the dual meet season undefeated.[4] Charlie Spiedel coached the team from 1927–1964, taking a four-year break during World War II to serve his country. He is credited with laying the groundwork for the Nittany Lion wrestling standard of excellence, and he guided the team to the 1953 national title.[5]

National championships Team championships

In 1921, Penn State was declared the National Dual Team champion after defeating Indiana University & Iowa State. [5] Penn State has won eight NCAA national championships as a team (1953, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018).[6][7]


Year Coach NCAA Meet Points Duals Record (W-L-T) 1921 William E. Lewis N/A 6-1 1953 Charlie Speidel 21 9-0 2011 Cael Sanderson 107.5 17-1-1 2012 Cael Sanderson 143.0 13-1 2013 Cael Sanderson 123.5 13-1 2014 Cael Sanderson 109.5 15-1 2016 Cael Sanderson 123.0 16-0 2017 Cael Sanderson 146.5 14-0 2018 Cael Sanderson 141.5 14-0 Individual Championships

Winners (41)

Year NCAA Champion Weight Class 1935 Howard Johnston 165 lbs 1952 Joe Lemyre 167 lbs 1953 Hud Samson 191 lbs 1955 Larry Fornicola 137 lbs 1955 Bill Oberly Heavyweight 1957 Jon Johnston 130 lbs 1971 Andy Matter 167 lbs 1972 Andy Matter 167 lbs 1975 John Fritz 126 lbs 1984 Carl Destefanis 118 lbs 1984 Scott Lynch 134 lbs 1988 Jim Martin 126 lbs 1991 Jeff Prescott 118 lbs 1992 Jeff Prescott 118 lbs 1994 Kerry McCoy 275 lbs 1995 John Hughes 142 lbs 1996 Sanshire Abe 126 lbs 1997 Kerry McCoy 275 lbs 1999 Glen Pritzlaff 174 lbs 2000 Jeremy Hunter 125 lbs 2008 Phil Davis 197 lbs 2011 Quentin Wright 184 lbs 2012 Frank Molinaro 149 lbs 2012 David Taylor 165 lbs 2012 Ed Ruth 174 lbs 2013 Ed Ruth 184 lbs 2013 Quentin Wright 197 lbs 2014 David Taylor 165 lbs 2014 Ed Ruth 184 lbs 2015 Matt Brown 174 lbs 2016 Nico Megaludis 125 lbs 2016 Zain Retherford 149 lbs 2017 Zain Retherford 149 lbs 2017 Jason Nolf 157 lbs 2017 Vincenzo Joseph 165 lbs 2017 Mark Hall 174 lbs 2017 Bo Nickal 184 lbs 2018 Zain Retherford 149 lbs 2018 Jason Nolf 157 lbs 2018 Vincenzo Joseph 165 lbs 2018 Bo Nickal 184 lbs

Penn State Wrestlers have reached their individual championship match 69 times, going 41-28 in those title bouts. The following table counts the achievements of Nittany Lion wrestlers by name as opposed to year.

Wrestler NCAA Championships NCAA Runners-up Outstanding Wrestler Ed Ruth 3 0 Zain Retherford 3 0 Hodge Award 2017 & 2018 Vincenzo Joseph 2 0 Andy Matter 2 0 Kerry McCoy 2 0 Hodge Award 1997 Bo Nickal 2 1 Jason Nolf 2 1 Jeff Prescott 2 0 David Taylor 2 2 Hodge Award 2012 & 2014 Quentin Wright 2 1 Nico Megaludis 1 2 Frank Molinaro 1 1 Phil Davis 1 1 Jeremy Hunter 1 1 Sanshire Abe 1 1 John Hughes 1 1 Jim Martin 1 1 Matt Brown 1 1 Glen Pritzlaff 1 0 Scott Lynch 1 0 Carl Destefanis 1 0 John Fritz 1 0 Jon Johnston 1 0 Bill Oberly 1 0 Larry Fornicola 1 0 Hud Samson 1 0 Joe Lemyre 1 0 Howard Johnston 1 0 Mark Hall 1 1 Troy Sunderland 0 2 Josh Moore 0 1 Clint Musser 0 1 Pat Cummins 0 1 Aaron Anspach 0 1 Bubba Jenkins 0 1 Dan Vallimont 0 1 Greg Haladay 0 1 Cary Kolat 0 1 Dan Mayo 0 1 Greg Elinsky 0 1 Morgan McIntosh 0 1 TOTALS 41 28 5 Hodge Awards Olympics and post-graduate careers

Penn State wrestlers have gone on to have success beyond their NCAA achievements. Wrestlers have had career success in the Olympics and in professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

Year Wrestler Competition Notable Achievements 1924 Katsutoshi Naito Olympics Bronze Medal 1988 Ken Chertow Olympics 1996 Sanshiro Abe Olympics 2000, 2004 Patrick Cummins (fighter) UFC two-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler and 2004 runner-up 2000, 2004 Kerry McCoy Olympics 2009–present Phil Davis Bellator 12-2 record UFC Light Heavyweight. 2016 Frank Molinaro Olympics T-5th place Coaching Current coaching staff Position[8] Name Head Coach Cael Sanderson Associate Head Coach Cody Sanderson Head Assistant Coach Casey Cunningham Assistant Coach Jake Varner Director of Operations Adam Lynch Head coach history Years Name 1927–1942, 1947–1964 Charlie Spiedel 1965–1978 Bill Koll 1979–1992 Rich Lorenzo 1993–1998 John Fritz 1999–2009 Troy Sunderland 2010–present Cael Sanderson Roster

2014-15 Roster [9]

Name Wt. Class Class Hometown/High School Andrew Alton 149 SR Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain Dylan Alton 157 SR Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain Zack Beitz 141 SO Mifflintown, Pa./Juniata Brian Brill 165 SO State College, Pa./Central Mountain Matt Brown 174 SR West Valley City, Utah/Cyprus George Carpenter 125 FR Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro Anthony Cassar 197 FR Rocky Hill, N.J./Montgomery Jordan Conaway 125/133 JR Abbottstown, Pa./New Oxford Dylan Dailey 174/184 JR Danville, Pa./Danville James Frascella 174 JR Carmel, Ind./Carmel Luke Frey 149 JR Montoursville, Pa./Montoursville Jon Gingrich 285 SR Wingate, Pa./Bald Eagle Area Jimmy Gulibon 133 SO Latrobe, Pa./Derry Area Garett Hammond 157/165 RS FR Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg Cody Law 157/165 RS FR Windber, Pa./Forest Hills Jimmy Lawson 285 SR Toms River, N.J./Manchester Township Caleb Livingston 165/174 SO Drexel Hill, Pa./Upper Darby Rex Lutz 165 JR Easton, Pa./Penn Argyl Matt McCutcheon 184/197 RS FR Apollo, Pa./Kiski Area Morgan McIntosh 197 JR Santa Ana, Calif./Calvary Chapel Nico Megaludis 125 SR Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional Kade Moss 141/149 RS FR South Jordan, Utah/Bingham Nick Nevills HWT FR Clovis, Calif./Clovis Bo Nickal 174/184 FR Allen, Texas/Allen Jason Nolf 149/157 FR Yatesboro, Pa./Kittanning Jordan Pagano 174 FR Oradell, N.J./Bergen Catholic Wes Phipps 174/184 SO Grove City, Pa./Grove City Shakur Rasheed 165 FR Coram, N.Y./Longwood Zain Retherford 141 SO Benton, Pa./Benton Josh Rogers 197 JR Pottstown, Pa./St. Pius X/Valley Forge MA Nick Ruggear 285 SR Oxford, Pa./Oxford Devon Van Cura 174/184 FR Washington, N.C./Washington Michael Waters 133/141 JR Advance, N.C./Davie Nicholas Weldon 184 FR Birmingham, Ala./Clay-Chalkville Kenneth Yanovich 125 FR Effort, Pa./Pleasant Valley Facilities This section reads like a press release or a news article. (December 2016)

Penn State has high quality wrestling facilities. A wrestling room is equipped with equipment and gear. Nittany Lion wrestlers may take advantage of spacious strength training facilities, a practice room, athletic medical facilities and academic support centers housed in the venerable fieldhouse to maximize their talents. The Lorenzo Wrestling Complex - widely considered among the best in the nation - gives Penn State athletes a world-class facility for training. Recently renovated and expanded, the facility encompasses over 24,000 square feet, including the practice room, weight room, locker room and support space. The recent renovation more than doubled the size of the former wrestling room. When hosting home dual meets, mats are set in the gym. Penn State has committed over $145 million to Nittany Lions athletic facilities.[10]

See also References
  1. ^ Penn State Artwork (PDF). November 6, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2018..mw-parser-output cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Lock-green.svg/9px-Lock-green.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-gray-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-red-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  2. ^ "Indiana University Alumni Quarterly". IX. Indiana University Alumni Association. 1922: 210. Retrieved 2010-04-12.
  3. ^ The Penn State Wrestling Club (2008). A Century of Penn State Wrestling. pp. 18–21. ISBN 978-0-615-19200-0.
  4. ^ http://www.wrestlingstats.com/pennstate/home.php
  5. ^ a b Palmer, Mark (June 3, 2008). "Intermat Rewind: 1953 Penn State". Intermat. Retrieved 2010-04-27.
  6. ^ "National Championships". Penn State University. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  7. ^ "Penn State Wrestling History and Records". Penn State Wrestling Club. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  8. ^ "Coaches". Penn State University. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  9. ^ "Official Wrestling Roster". Penn State University. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  10. ^ "Lorenzo Wrestling Complex". Penn State University. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
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