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Penn State wrestling wins 7th Big Ten Championship

On Sunday, Penn State won its 7th Big Ten title at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, MI.



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Mar 5, 2023; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Penn State wrestlers receive the trophy as the Big Ten Champions at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

From March 4th (Saturday) through March 5th (Sunday), the Big Ten held its wrestling championships at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, MI. The undefeated Penn State wrestling team (16-0, 8-0 Big Ten) cruised its way to a team Big Ten title and four individual Big Ten titles as well.

Penn State wrestling: Four Nittany Lions crowned Big Ten Champions

On Sunday, six Penn State wrestling Nittany Lions competed for Big Ten titles at their respective weight classes. Seeing as the Big Ten is the best wrestling conference (by a long shot), winning a team and individual Big Ten title is no small task, yet four Penn Staters did exactly that this afternoon/evening.

Roman Bravo-Young — 133

This year’s Penn State wrestling team now has two three-time Big Ten champions, one of which is Roman Bravo-Young (133). On Sunday, RBY defeated No. 13 Aaron Nagao of Minnesota in the Big Ten title bout, earning his third conference title and punching his ticket to the NCAA championships with a 16-0 record.

Aaron Brooks — 184

The other Nittany Lion to become a three-time Big Ten champ is Aaron Brooks (184). Brooks battled No. 5 Kaleb Romero of Ohio State and defeated him 12-2 — Brooks’ win makes him the 9th Penn State wrestling star to win three Big Ten individual titles. He also earned a spot in the NCAA championships with a 12-1 record this season.

Levi Haines — 157

Penn State wresting has a star in the making with true freshman Levi Haines, who defeated No. 1 Peyton Robb of Nebraska in the Big Ten championship round on Sunday. He went 3-0 this weekend and will head to the NCAA championships with a 22-1 record this season.

Carter Starocci — 174

On Sunday, Carter Starocci became the fourth Penn State wrestling star to be crowned a Big Ten champion this year. In the championship round, Carter Starocci met No. 2 Mike Labriola of Nebraska and won 6-1 — his 3-0 performance at the Big Tens this weekend earned him a spot in the NCAA tournament with a 19-0 record this season.

Penn State wrestling crowned Big Ten Champions

This weekend marked Penn State’s seventh Big Ten title in wrestling — the Nittany Lions’ 147.0 points put them quite far ahead of second place Iowa’s 134.5. Additionally, nine Penn State wrestlers automatically qualified for the NCAA tournament: Bravo-Young (133), Bartlett (141), Van Ness (149), Haines (157), Facundo (165), Starocci (174), Brooks (184), Dean (197), Kerkvliet (285).

Penn State’s 2023 Big Ten title is another incredible addition to the Cael Sanderson era in State College. The Lions’ other six titles came in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2019, making this year’s title Penn State’s first of the decade. Now, we will shift our focus to the NCAA tournament which is set to start on March 16th and run through March 18th in Tulas’s BOK Center.

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