Penn State wrestling clinches 11th team title at 2023 NCAA Wrestling Championships
Penn State wrestling is putting on another show of force at the 2023 NCAA Wrestling Championships. In the process, the Nittany Lions left no doubt about who belonged at the top of the mountain of the wrestling world.
Early in Saturday morning’s session, Penn State wrestling clinched the 2023 team title. The Nittany Lions entered Saturday with 116.5 points while Iowa stood at 77 points in second place heading into the final day.
The title is Penn State’s 10th team championship in the past 12 wrestling national championships going back to 2011 (2020 canceled due to COVID) and the program’s 11th all-time team title. Head coach Cael Sanderson has been at the helm for the last 10 titles for Penn State.
Penn State has clinched its 10th NCAA Wrestling National Championship in the last 12 events //
It’s the 11th in school history //
It’s the 10th for head coach Cael Sanderson //
This is PENN STATE. WRESTLING lives here.#PSUwr
— Penn State WRESTLING (@pennstateWREST) March 18, 2023
After being dethroned by Iowa in 2021, Sanderson and the Nittany Lions rebounded with a championship in 2022 and followed that up with a dominant 2023 season. Prior to Iowa’s victory, Sanderson had delivered 4-straight team titles for Penn State from 2016-19. He also produced another 4-year stretch of titles from 2011-14 with Ohio State ending the streak in 2015.
What’s next for Penn State?
Despite wrapping up the team title, a lot is still on the line for Penn State. The Nittany Lions will send 5 wrestlers to the national finals on Saturday night.
Here are the wrestlers competing for an individual title for Penn State Saturday night:
- Roman Bravo-Young (133 pounds)
- Levi Haines (157 pounds)
- Carter Starocci (174 pounds)
- Aaron Brooks (184 pounds)
- Greg Kerkvliet (285 pounds)