[quote="greenmanRD, post:41, topic:163"]Some PSU wrestling news:
After a strong showing since the US Team Trials and 5th place finish in Rio, Frank Molinaro is now ranked #6 in the world at 65 kg for freestyle. It’s a shame he couldn’t get the bronze against World Champion Frank Chamizo but he can hold his head high.
Mark Hall, incoming freshman (though he will redshirt), won the Junior World Championships at 74 kg for freestyle. He won the final with a tech fall after just 29 seconds.
Former ISU wrestler, trained at Nittany Lion Wrestling Club and Olympic gold medalist Jake Varner has been hired as an assistant coach, while Frank will pursuit his freestyle career.
Projected Lineup for next season:
125 - Nick Suriano
133 - Jered Cortez
141 - Jimmy Gulibon
149 - Zain Retherford (good luck NCAA wrestlers)
157 - Jason Nolf
165 - Vincenzo Joseph
174 - Shakur Rasheed/Brian Brill (would be Bo if he doesn’t move up)
184 - Bo Nickal (my opinion, think he moves up this year)
197 - Anthony Cassar will end up winning this spot imo
285 - Nick Nevills[/quote]
That is an insanely talented lineup.
Craziest thing is, 8 of those 10 spots are underclassmen. Even crazier, Mark Hall is not even in the lineup yet !!!
Lordy, does the future ever look bright !!!
I would say the future of Penn State and USA wrestling looks pretty freaking bright right now.
At 50 kg is Spencer Lee (Iowa commit, sad face), who has won Cadet Worlds 1x and Jr. Worlds 2x. PSU lost out on him likely because his coach wrestled for Iowa.
At 65 kg is Zain Retherford, defending national champion, who ended 3rd in US Team Trials despite only being a redshirt sophomore this year, and got the opportunity to train with the USA Wrestling Team in Colorado Springs. I think he has a good chance to give PSU their first Olympic medalist in wrestling.
At 74 kg is Mark Hall (PSU commit), who is coming off a Jr. Worlds championship and went 2-2 in the US Team Trials as an 18 year old. He could very well end up being a 4x national champion and I wouldn’t be surprised at all.
At 86 kg is J’Den Cox (Missouri rising Senior), who is coming off his 2nd national title and a bronze medal in Rio. However, he might try football after this year, and that could certainly impact his wrestling weight and career if he wants to pursuit wrestling further.
At 97 kg is Kyle Snyder (Ohio State rising junior), who is coming off a gold medal in Rio and is already a former Worlds champion. He’s also USA’s youngest Olympic gold medalist ever.
USA wrestling is looking as bright as it’s looked in quite some time.