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Penn State wrestling loses commitment from key member of the 2024 recruiting class

The Penn State wrestling team has suffered a decommitment from a key member of the 2024 recruiting class. How will this impact the Nittany Lions next season?



Penn State wrestling, Mason Gibson, Decommit, 2024 recruiting class
Penn State head coach Cael Sanderson speaks with reporters after the third session of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships, Sunday, March 6, 2022, at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. 220306 Big Ten Wr 072 Jpg

Penn State wrestling has been dominant since Cael Sanderson took over the program over a decade ago. The Nittany Lions have strengthened their hold on the collegiate wrestling world by continuously getting top talent from across the country. On Thursday, Mason Gibson a top 15 overall recruit for the 2024 recruiting class chose to decommit from Penn State.

Penn State wrestling loses top 15 Talent

Mason Gibson announced via his social media that he will decommit from the Penn State wrestling team. The wrestler out of Bishop McCourt is the 14th-ranked wrestler in the country for the 2024 class according to FloWrestling.

“After a lot of thought and discussion, I have decided to withdraw my commitment to wrestle at Penn State and reopen my recruiting options. I would like to thank Penn State for their understanding and for ending this on good terms”.

Gibson was a part of one of the greatest recruiting classes ever assembled in college wrestling and the No. 1 ranked team class for 2024. The class includes No. 1 Luke Lilledahl, No. 5 Zack Ryder, No. 6 Joe Sealey, No. 11 Connor Mirasola, and No. 24 Cole Mirasola.

Why did Mason Gibson decommit?

Penn State wrestling is flush with talent both already in the room itself and what is yet to come. Gibson is projected to be a 133-pounder in college and may directly compete with No. 1 Luke Lilledahl who is also projected at that weight class according to FloWrestling.

The current team features All-American Aaron Nagao still has two more seasons of eligibility and Sophomore Braeden Davis who was cutting some serious weight to get to 125 and might make the move up in future years. That leads to what has become an embarrassment of riches for Cael Sanderson in the lighter-weight classes.

Gibson may possibly be heading to Rutgers based on some of his other recent social media activity. While this decommitment won’t affect Penn State as much as other programs thanks to the depth of the class, he would be the top-ranked recruit by far for Rutgers in the 2024 cycle.

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Former contributor at Nittany Central, Patrick joined Basic Blues Nation in 2023 as the Social Media Director, Penn State Wrestling beat writer, and producer of the Penn State Roar Room spaces. Patrick is also a contributor of Penn State football, basketball, and ice hockey news for the site.


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