Nittany Lion Wrestlers Roll Up Bonus Factors in First Spherical of 2021 NCAA Championships

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ST. LOUIS,  Mo.  –The Penn State Nittany Lions (6-0, 6-Zero B1G), underneath the route of head coach Cael Sanderson, rolled up bonus factors within the first session of the 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Penn State went 8-1 total within the opening spherical, with seven of the wins garnering bonus factors. The Nittany Lions certified 9 for this yr’s event and the three-day occasion is being held within the Enterprise Middle in St. Louis, Mo.
 
True freshman Robert Howard (Cranford, N.J.) is the No. 23 seed at 125.  Howard took on No. 10 Malik Heinselman of Ohio State in his first NCAA event bout. The duo battled by means of a scoreless opening interval and the bout moved to the second interval tied 0-0. Howard selected down to start out the second interval and after a minute’s work, reversed the Buckeye to take a 2-Zero lead.  He then turned Heinselman for 4 again factors, practically pinning him, and leg 6-1 after two.  Heinselman escaped to start out the third and added a late takedown, however Howard’s robust second interval gave the Nittany Lion a 6-Four victory in his first NCAA event bout.
 
Junior Roman Bravo-Young (Tucson, Ariz.) is the No. 2 seed at 133.  Bravo-Younger met No. 31 Sean Carter of Appalachian State within the opening spherical. Bravo-Younger took an early 2-Zero lead with a fast takedown and tacked on two extra to steer 6-2 with over 2:00 in time after one interval. The second-seeded Lion added an early escape and a takedown and completed off the interval with a four-point flip to steer 13-2 after two (with a clinched driving time level).  Bravo-Younger completed off the technical fall with a flurry of takedowns within the third, posting the 20-5 technical fall with 3:45 in driving time.
 
Senior Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.) is the No. 2 seed at 141.  Lee battled No. 31 Julian Flores of Drexel within the opening spherical.  Lee got here out quick, taking Flores down and rapidly turning him to his again for 4 nearfall factors and a 6-Zero lead.  He added a second four-point flip, then a 3rd, and led 14-Zero with 1:00 nonetheless on the clock. Lee completed off the tech fall with a last flip to roll to an 18-Zero win on the 2:33 mark within the opening interval.
 
Junior Brady Berge (Mantorville, Minn.) is the No. 12 seed at 157.  Berge met No. 21 Andrew Cerniglia of Navy within the opening spherical.  Berge fought off a quick shot from Cerniglia and had two stable alternatives of his personal defended by Cerniglia and the primary interval was scoreless. Berge escaped to a 1-Zero result in begin the second interval after which took a 3-Zero lead with the bout’s first takedown on the :45 mark.  The Nittany Lion added a second takedown late to steer 5-1 after two durations. Berge tacked on three extra takedowns and 1:45 in driving time to roll to a 12-Four main resolution.
 
Freshman Joe Lee (Evansville, Ind.) is the No. 23 seed at 165.  Lee confronted No. 10 Travis Wittlake of Oklahoma State in his first NCAA event match-up.  Lee battled Wittlake by means of a scoreless first interval however have a up a stall warning within the course of and the primary interval ended tied 0-0.  Wittlake escaped to a 1-Zero result in begin the second stanza.  Lee tried to throw Wittlake on the sting of the mat however the Cowboy countered the trouble and turned Lee to his again for a 7-Zero lead off the takedown and close to fall factors. Lee picked up a late escape within the second interval however dropped an 8-1 resolution to fall into the comfort bracket.
 
Freshman Carter Starocci (Erie, Pa.) is the No. Three seed at 174.  Starocci took on No. 30 Victor Marcelli of Virginia in his first NCAA bout.  Starocci took a 2-Zero lead with :51 left within the opening interval, turning a excessive single right into a takedown to steer by two after the primary interval after ending the interval on high.  He rapidly escaped to start out the second stanza and added a takedown within the last seconds to hold a 5-Zero lead into the third interval.  The Lion constructed his driving time level up over 1:00, then tallied two extra takedowns to roll to a 10-2 main resolution in his first NCAA event bout.
 
Sophomore Aaron Brooks (Hagerstown, Md.) is the No. 1 seed at 184.  Brooks battled No. 32 Jhaquan Anderson of Gardner-Webb within the first spherical. Brooks scored simply seconds into the bout, rapidly added a second after which turned Anderson to his again to open up an 8-1 lead after the opening stanza.  Brooks picked up one other takedown and a stall level within the second to steer 11-1 with practically 4:00 in driving time after two.  His domination continued into the third interval and the top-seeded Lion sophomore posted a lopsided 17-1 technical fall on the 5:25 mark, advancing to the second spherical.
 
Freshman Michael Beard (Pottstown, Pa.) is the No. 15 seed at 197.  He met No. 18 Jacob Koser of Navy within the opening spherical on this, his first NCAA tourney.  Beard turned a fast excessive single right into a takedown and an early lead proper out of the gates. The Lion managed Koser for the interval, turning him for 4 again factors and ending on high to steer 6-Zero after one. He reversed Koser within the second and added a late takedown to steer 10-1 after two durations.  The Lion freshman iced his first NCAA event win one other takedown and three:17 in driving time, rolling into the second spherical with a 14-Four main resolution.
 
Freshman Greg Kerkvliet (Grove Heights, Minn.) is the No. 9 seed at 285.  He confronted No. 24 Jonathan Birchmeier of Navy his first NCAA event match-up. Kerkvliet dominated the bout from the opening whistle.  The Lion freshman took Birchmeier down after which went to work on offense.  He turned the Navy wrestler for 4 again factors and reset himself three extra instances in lower than three minutes.  With a takedown and 4 four-point nearfalls, Kerkvliet rolled to an 18-Zero technical fall on the 2:17 mark, selecting up a win in his NCAA debut and rolling on to the second spherical.
 
The Nittany Lions went 8-1 within the first spherical with seven of these victories bringing bonus factors.  Penn State had 4 technical falls and three majors to tally 9 bonus factors within the opening spherical. The Nittany Lions sit in second place within the group race with 17.Zero factors, simply behind first place Iowa’s 19.0
 
Penn State has gained eight of the final 9 contested NCAA Championships with final yr’s being cancelled by the NCAA (all since Sanderson’s arrival at Penn State and he’s in his 12th season this yr). The Nittany Lions have gained 9 NCAA titles total, proudly owning a championship from 1953.  The Nittany Lions have gained four-straight titles in 2016, ’17, ’18 and ’19 and in addition gained four-straight in 2011, ’12, ’13 and ’14.
 
The 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships proceed on Thursday, March 18 (tonight) with session two at 6 and 9 p.m.  Penn State completed its twin meet schedule with an ideal 6-Zero mark, 6-Zero within the Massive Ten, and earned a share of its seventh Massive Ten Common Season Championship with 5-Zero Iowa. The Nittany Lions completed as Massive Ten event runners-up two weekends in the past. 
 
Penn State Followers are inspired to comply with Penn State wrestling through twitter at @pennstateWREST, on Penn State Wrestling’s Fb web page at www.fb.com/pennstatewrestling and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennstatewrest. That is PENN STATE. WRESTLING lives right here.
 
 
Penn State at 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships – Session 1
March 18, 2021 – Enterprise Middle – St. Louis, Mo.
 
TEAM STANDINGS (high three as of three:45 p.m.)
1: Iowa – 19.0
2: PENN STATE – 17.0
3: Missouri – 14.0
 
 
Weight-by-weight agate (RANKINGS LISTED ARE OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT SEED):
 
125: #23 Robert Howard, Fr., Cranford, N.J.
Rd. 1: #10 Malik Heinselman, Ohio State – W, 6-Four dec.
Rd. 2: #7 Taylor LaMont,  Utah Valley – later
 
See above story for this session’s recap.
 
133: #2 Roman Bravo-Young, Jr., Tucson, Ariz.
Rd. 1: #31 Sean Carter, Appalachian State – W, 20-5 (TF; 7:00)
Rd. 2: #18 Kyle Burwick, Wisconsin – later
 
See above story for this session’s recap.
 
141: #2 Nick Lee, Sr., Evansville, Ind.
Rd. 1: #31 Julian Flores, Drexel – W, 18-0 (TF; 2:33)
Rd. 2: #15 Clay Carlson, South Dakota State — later
 
See above story for this session’s recap.
 
157: #12 Brady Berge, Jr., Mantorville, Minn.
Rd. 1: #21 Andrew Cerniglia, Navy – W, 12-Four maj. dec.
Rd. 2: #5 Kaleb Younger, Iowa – later
 
See above story for this session’s recap.
 
165: #23 Joe Lee, Fr., Evansville, Ind.
Rd. 1: #10 Travis Wittlake, Oklahoma State – L, 1-Eight dec.
Cn. 1: #26 Andrew Nicholson, Chattanooga – later
 
See above story for this session’s recap.
 
174: #3 Carter Starocci, Fr., Erie, Pa.
Rd. 1: #30 Victor Marcelli, Virginia – W, 10-2 maj. dec.
Rd. 2: #14 Hayden Hastings, Wyoming – later
 
See above story for this session’s recap.
 
184: #1 Aaron Brooks, So., Hagerstown, Md.
Rd. 1:  #32 Jhaquan Anderson, Gardner-Webb – W, 17-1 (TF; 5:25)
Rd. 2: #17 Owen Webster, Minnesota – later
 
See above story for this session’s recap.
 
197: #15 Michael Beard, Fr., Pottstown, Pa.
Rd. 1: #18 Jacob Kosar, Navy – W, 14-Four maj. dec.
Rd. 2: #31 Owen Pentz,  North Dakota State – later
 
See above story for this session’s recap.
 
285: #9 Greg Kerkvliet, Fr., Grove Heights, Minn.
Rd. 1: #24 Johnathan Birchmeier, Navy – W, 18-0 (TF; 2:17)
Rd. 2: #Eight Jordan Wooden, Lehigh – later
 
See above story for this session’s recap.
 
 




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