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Oh, Hello (Wrestling Edition): Robbie Howard Commits to Penn State

The rich get richer-er

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It’s really, really, really good to be a Penn State wrestling fan these days.

The Nittany Lions have won seven of the last eight national championships, are the odds on favorite to make it eight of nine in march, and the end to their dominance doesn’t appear to be anywhere in site.

That cause was helped even further on Wednesday afternoon.

Robbie Howard, the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2020 according to The Open Mat, announced that he would continue his wrestling career at Penn State.

Howard, a Bergen Catholic (NJ) product, is a two-time state finalist and a champion last year with a career record of 69-4. He’s also a two-time Cadet world team member.

The current No. 1-ranked wrestler in the country at 126 pounds, Howard projects to wrestle 133 pounds and in an interview with FloWrestling’s Dan Lobdell said that he envisions a path where he redshirts in 2020-21 and then enters the lineup in 2021 with current freshman Roman Bravo-Young bumping up to 141.

With the flip of current high school senior Adam Busiello from PSU to Arizona State, Howard found a perfect projected spot in the lineup.

Current freshman Brody Teske projects as a career 125-pounder and Gavin Teasdale’s status is currently up in the air after leaving the university due to health reasons, though Teasdale says he plans to re-enroll in January.

Howard is the first commit of the 2020 class for Penn State and chose the Nittany Lions over Iowa and Michigan among others.