Penn State Wins Tag Team Title at Home, 5 Individual Crowns in Dominant NCAA Tournament Performance | Penn State Wrestling News


DETROIT — Saturday night at Motor City was a moment to remember for Penn State fans across the country as Cael Sanderson’s team resoundingly proved they are the best team in the entire country and one of the best in history.

Despite clinching the tag team title before the title games even started, the Nittany Lions didn’t slow down, crowning five individual champions and totaling 131.5 team points.

The blue and white’s five crowned wrestlers equaled his own record for most individual champions in a season.

Here’s how things went in Saturday’s action for the Nittany Lions.

Novel Bravo-Young, 133 books

Kicking off the action on Saturday night for the blues and whites, Bravo-Young walked away with his second national title of his career.

In a rematch from last year’s NCAA Finals, Bravo-Young reassured everyone that he was the top dog at 133 pounds.

In what may be his last game at the collegiate level, Bravo-Young defeated Oklahoma State’s Daton Fix 3-2 to win his second straight national title.

Nick Lee, 141 pounds

After Bravo-Young’s performance, a second Nittany Lion won another individual title.

A five-year starter at Penn State, Lee ended his storied Nittany Lion career with his second national title in as many years.

Lee took on No. 15 seed Kizhan Clarke, who played spoiler against a number of higher-seeded wrestlers throughout the tournament, taking on No. 2 seed Jaydin Eierman and No. No. 6 Cole Matthews of Pitt.

Lee wouldn’t suffer the same fate, winning by XX decision in his last game in a Penn State jersey.

Penn State’s Carter Starocci scores a win over North Carolina’s Hayden Hindlay in the NCAA Wrestling Tournament Semifinals. Starocci beat Hindlay 10-3, qualifying him for the final.

Carter Starocci, 174 lbs.

The third Nittany Lion on Friday to have had the privilege of donning the blue and white jersey in a league game, the second Starocci represented their history well.

Going up against Virginia Tech’s Mekhi Lewis, things stalled between four and three periods of action and things stayed that way thanks to a sudden victory.

Starocci managed to escape in the first tiebreaker round and recorded 0:15 in driving time to take the victory.

The Erie, Pennsylvania native capped off a perfect tournament with the overtime win over the Hookie.

In only his second NCAA tournament, Starocci won the second NCAA title of his career.

Aaron Brooks, 184

In what was perhaps the most anticipated match of the entire tournament, Brooks completed his trilogy with Michigan’s Myles Amine in the lead.

The Nittany Lion scored a first-period takedown on Amine and wouldn’t look back.

Brooks won his second career national title at 184 pounds by defeating an Olympic bronze medalist, cementing his place at the top of the 184-pound pecking order.

After falling to Amine in the final round of the Big Ten tournament, the Nittany Lion got the better of the Wolverine in the moment that mattered, taking the win 5-3.

Max Dean, 197 pounds

After an already extremely successful first season with his new team, Dean capped off his inaugural season at Penn State with his first national title.

The title came with a win over a familiar opponent in Iowa’s Jacob Warner.

In what was an early season rematch, Dean trailed 1-0 after two periods, but the junior scored a breakaway himself.

With 32 seconds remaining in the match, Dean followed that up with the fight’s first and only takedown, winning by 3-2 decision and claiming his first national title.


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Greg Kerkvliet, heavyweight

After a win Saturday, Penn State’s Kerkvliet finished fourth overall in her second national tournament.

Kerkvliet beat Michigan’s Mason Paris earlier in the day, winning by 6-1 decision with just over three minutes of driving time after a full third period.

The blue and white heavyweight went on to lose medically in his third-place fight against Lehigh’s Jordan Wood.

The fourth place comes after finishing seventh in the tournament a year ago.


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