Penn State wrestling added a surprising but potentially big piece to its 2021 recruiting class on Friday
After much thought and time I am excited to announce that I will be furthering my academic and athletic career at Penn State University. I want to thank my family, friends and coaches that supported me along the way. #WeAre pic.twitter.com/R5jNH0wsOz— Gary Steen (@GarYsTeeN_) January 29, 2021
Two-time state champion and former Pitt commit Gary Steen announced on twitter that he would be joining the Nittany Lions following his senior year.
The Reynolds, Pa. product took home a state title in 2018 before losing in the first round and wrestling back for third as a sophomore in 2019. A year ago he won a tremendous semifinal bout with Notre Dame-Green Pond’s Brett Ungar before taking out South Park’s Joey Fischer in the finals.
Steen projects as a career 125-pounder and joins Shayne Van Ness and Alex Facundo in the 2021 class. He’s currently ranked No. 7 in the nation at 120 pounds by The Open Mat and No. 35 overall in the 2021 class rankings.
Steen’s addition proves an interesting fit, as it signals that 2020 commit Robbie Howard could well be headed to 133 in future years and may well end the Nittany Lions’ pursuit of California prospect Joey Cruz, who currently sits at No. 4 in the nation at 120 and No. 11 in the 2022 class rankings.