Penn State Wrestling is Right Around the Corner

Wrestling practice "started" yesterday, and the opening dual against Lock Haven is a month from now on Nov 11. Penn State is looking to defend its latest national championship, as are four of their five individual champions from last year: Roman Bravo-Young (133), Carter Starocci (174), Aaron Brooks (184), and Max Dean (197).

The key events on the regular-season schedule are likely Collegiate Duals Dec 19-20 in NOLA (opponents TBA), vs Michigan on Jan 20, vs Iowa on Jan 27, and at Ohio State on Feb 3.

Graphic showing the Collegiate Wrestling Duals logo in the center with the twelve logos of the participating schools: Iowa State, NC State, UNC, Lehigh, Oregon State, Central Michigan, Penn State, Lock Haven, Cal-Poly, Cornell, Northern Iowa, and Ohio State.

2022 Collegiate Duals Participants

I've already updated my wrestling primer for the year and will post it in the week leading up to the season for any new fans. All of the rule changes for the year are off-the-mat and deal with eligibility:

  • Freshmen may compete in up to five competitions without burning their redshirt. However, they may no longer wrestle unattached during their first semester.
  • Athletes must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Starting with the 2023-24 class, scholarships must be a minimum of 20%. Lesser scholarships will be allowed for Juniors and Seniors who haven't previously been on scholarship.

What do you think of the new Freshmen redshirt rules? Which non-Iowa match are you most eager to see?

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