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October 20 NLWC Rokfin Event Overview

Published October 13th, 2020 by NLWC Staff

NLWC will host another event live on Rokfin October 20

Former and current Lions to take part in freestyle match-ups set to stream on Rokfin

 

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; October 13, 2020 –  The Nittany Lion Wrestling Club (NLWC) will host a second freestyle event on Tuesday, October 20, in an event available exclusively online.  At least ten more outstanding  match-ups of some of the nation’s top freestyle wrestlers will compete without in-person fans. Many former and current Nittany Lions will take part in the event. Action is set to begin at 8 p.m. Eastern. (Please note that due to the rapidly changing environment changes to this line-up can occur leading up to Oct. 20).

 

To watch the event, subscribe to the NLWC Rokfin channel at www.rokfin.com/nlwc. The subscription will last one month and allow access to the live event, archived matches, and all other content creators on the platform.

 

A meeting for former NCAA Champions serves as the event’s capstone with former three-time Nittany Lion champion Jason Nolf (NLWC) battling former Arizona State champ Bubba Jenkins.   Nittany Lion All-American Nick Lee (NLWC) will take on former Clarion Golden Eagle Brock Zacherl while Lion All-American Roman Bravo-Young (NLWC) will face Pitt Panther standout Shelton Mack. Lion Aaron Brooks (NLWC), last year’s Big Ten Champion, will take on former Minnesota Golden Gopher Brett Pfarr.  Greg Kerkvliet (NLWC) will face former Pitt wrestler and NWCA All-American Demetrius Thomas.

 

Penn Stater Carter Starocci (NLWC) will battle former Gopher Devin Skatzka.  New Lion Beau Bartlett (NLWC) will face former Wyoming All-American Bryce Meredith and the NLWC’s Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (NLWC) will meet former Boston University wrestler Nestor Taffur.

 

Once again two NLWC women’s freestyle stars will also take to the mats.  Jane Valencia will face Vayle-Rae Baker and Alejandra Romero will face Alexis Porter.

 

Jeff Byers, the voice of Penn State Wrestling, and David Taylor, NLWC standout and two-time NCAA Champion/four-time finalist, will once again handle the play-by-play and commentary.   Follow the NLWC social media channels for event updates. 

 

The Nittany Lion Wrestling Club (NLWC) is a tax-exempt, charitable, educational organization with the purpose of educating and promoting amateur wrestling. The NLWC is supported by the many generous individuals and businesses who donate to the Club through the annual membership/sponsorship campaign, the annual golf tournament and other fund-raising efforts. The Nittany Lion Wrestling Club's goal is to be the premier wrestling club in the United States, and the NLWC is well on its way to achieving this goal.

 

USA Wrestling, the national governing organization for the sport of amateur wrestling, has designated Penn State University as a U.S. Olympic Regional Training Center with practices held in the Penn State Wrestling Room in the Lorenzo Wrestling Complex. The NLWC supports wrestling at all levels but focuses on the Olympic Development of the athletes who train at the Club's Olympic Regional Training Center.

 

 

Message from Coach Cael about the NLWC event tomorrow, September 19, on Rokfin

Published September 18th, 2020 by NLWC Staff

A special message from head coach Cael Sanderson to the our wrestling community!

 

I hope you are all doing as well as possible during this challenging time.  Like every other program and athletic department across the nation, there is a lot of uncertainty about this season and college athletics in general. As a staff, we are excited about our return to action, whenever that may be and we remain grateful for all that we have and for the opportunity to represent the Penn State Nation on the mat when the time comes. This week we had our first contact practice since March. I can't tell you how great it is to be back training in the Lorenzo wrestling room again, even if in a limited capacity. 

 

We have a very special  group of young men in the program right now, with strong work ethics and lofty goals. The future of PSU Wrestling is looking great. The Big Ten's decision to resume football in October, and the fact that the NCAA recently announced the start date for college basketball and the new 'spring' schedules for the fall sports that were postponed, gives us hope that we will know when our season will begin soon.  We are working hard and will be ready when the time comes.

 

I want to make you aware of a wrestling event the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club (NLWC) is hosting this Saturday, September 19. The event, which will feature no fans, is available to view live online and we are pretty excited about the line-up. Twelve NLWC wrestlers will be featured in the thirteen matches. A complete list of matchups can be found below.  While there will be no fans at the event, that won't change the electric atmosphere and the outstanding level of wrestling that fans can see. Jeff Byers and David Taylor will provide commentary beginning around 7:30, and the first match will begin at 8:05 pm eastern time.


Please visit http://www.nittanylionwrestlingclub.com for information on how to watch this awesome virtual event live or click directly on https://rokfin.com/NLWC to subscribe! Proceeds from this match will benefit the NLWC and the Olympic hopefuls training in the club.  The NLWC is an organization that supports amateur wrestling at all levels in central Pennsylvania, but focuses on Olympic Development.  The top priority of the club is to support the Olympic aspirations of current and past Penn State Wrestling alumni, as well as a select and diverse group of wrestlers from around the country and world.  The opportunity for the current PSU wrestlers to train with the Olympic Development program is a major contributor to their individual and team accomplishments.

 

The matchups and match order are as follows:

 

1. Malik Amine vs. Rick Durso

 

2.  Nick Nevills vs. Jordan Wood

 

3.  Jennifer Page vs. Desiree Zavala

 

4.  Jaimie Espinal vs. .  Domenic Abounader

 

5.  Zain Retherford vs. Alec Pantaleo

 

6.  Jason Nolf vs David McFadden

 

7.  Vincenzo Joseph vs. Dan Vallimont

 

8. Greg Kirkvliet vs. Youssif Hemida

 

9. Bekzod Abdurakhmonov vs Logan Massa

 

10.  Jane Valencia vs. Julia Salata

 

11.  Thomas Gilman vs. Darian Cruz

 

12.  Kyle Snyder vs. Mike Macciavello

 

13.  Bo Nickal vs. Alex Dieringer

 

As you can see, this lineup features many of the best wrestlers in the country and across the world.

 

Please visit http://www.nittanylionwrestlingclub.com for information on how to watch this awesome virtual event live or click directly on https://rokfin.com/NLWC to subscribe to this event.  ! As always, your support means everything to us and we wouldn't be Penn State without you!

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Cael Sanderson

NLWC Set to Host Freestyle Event Live On Rokfin September 19

Published September 1st, 2020 by NLWC Staff

https://rokfin.com/NLWC


Nittany Lion Wrestling Club Set to Host Freestyle Event Live Online

Over 10 freestyle match-ups set to stream live on Rokfin

 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; September 1, 2020 –  The Nittany Lion Wrestling Club (NLWC) will host a freestyle event on Saturday, Sept. 19, in an event available exclusively online. Upwards of 15 premier match-ups of some of the nation’s top freestyle wrestlers will compete, without in-person fans, live in an event available on Rokfin. Action is set to begin at 8 p.m. Eastern.

 

A full slate of NLWC wrestlers will wrestle and the list of wrestlers competing and the match-ups on tap is extensive (please note that due to the rapidly changing environment changes to this line-up can occur leading up to Sept. 19).

 

A meeting of NCAA champions is set with former Nittany Lion Bo Nickal (NLWC) taking on former Oklahoma State Cowboy champ Alex Dieringer. United States Olympic and NCAA champion Kyle Snyder (NLWC) takes on former NC State NCAA champion Mike Macchiavello. Former Penn State NCAA titlist Jason Nolf (NLWC) will meet another Virginia Tech All-American in David McFadden.

 

Another Lion former NCAA titlist, Zain Retherford (NLWC), will take on former Michigan All-American Alex Pantaleo and former Iowa All-American Thomas Gilman (NLWC) will battle former Lehigh NCAA champion Darian Cruz. Nittany Lion big man Greg Kirkvliet will face off against former Maryland All-American Youssif Hemida. Former Penn State All-American Nick Nevills will step on the mat to take on former Lehigh All-American Jordan Wood.

 

A number of other NCAA champions will take part as well against competitors to be announced in the coming days. Former Penn State NCAA champion Vincenzo Joseph (NLWC) and Clarion All-American Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (NLWC) will compete as will former Michigan Wolverines Malik Amine and Domenic Abounader.

 

Two women’s freestyle match-ups are also set for the event with two NLWC competitors competing. Jennifer Page (NLWC) will face off against Desiree Zavala and Jane Valencia (NLWC) will meet Lauren Louive.

 

The event will stream exclusively on Rokfin via the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club’s Rokfin channel.  For information on how to subscribe to the NLWC Rokfin page and view the event, visit https://rokfin.com/NLWC. Rokfin Inc. is a creator-first digital platform that rewards media companies and content creators for the full value they generate. Every subscriber on Rokfin pays $9.99 and can access all channels on the platform.

 

The Nittany Lion Wrestling Club (NLWC) is a tax-exempt, charitable, educational organization with the purpose of educating and promoting amateur wrestling. The NLWC is supported by the many generous individuals and businesses who donate to the Club through the annual membership/sponsorship campaign, the annual golf tournament and other fund-raising efforts. The Nittany Lion Wrestling Club's goal is to be the premier wrestling club in the United States, and the NLWC is well on its way to achieving this goal.

 

USA Wrestling, the national governing organization for the sport of amateur wrestling, has designated Penn State University as a U.S. Olympic Regional Training Center with practices held in the Penn State Wrestling Room in the Lorenzo Wrestling Complex. The NLWC supports wrestling at all levels but focuses on the Olympic Development of the athletes who train at the Club's Olympic Regional Training Center.

 

NLWC Interviews

Published May 18th, 2020 by NLWC Staff

NLWC Members and Supporters

The Club is conducting a series of NLWC Wrestler interviews that will be posted every 2-3 days! 


This interview is with Kyle Snyder. The former Ohio State wrestler had a spectacular collegiate career, winning three NCAA titles, and he has also had an outstanding international career, capturing both World and Olympic Gold Medals!


Wrestling

Q:  I think most of our Club members are familiar with your Ohio State and international freestyle careers.  However, could you please talk a little about where you're from, your family, and your wrestling journey from when you first started until you went to college?


A: I am from Woodbine, MD. I have an older brother named Steve who wrestled at West Point. My little brother Kevin wrestled at Ohio State. My little sister Megan goes to school at Towson University and wants to be an elementary school teacher. I started wrestling when I was 5 years old. I have always been aggressive, physical, and competitive. My parents thought that wrestling would be a good sport for me. I went to Good counsel high school for 3 years and I moved to Colorado Springs to train at the Olympic training center. I completed my high school for my last year of high school requirements at Coronado High School


Q:  In many ways, these are unusual and tough times...for wrestlers focused on winning Olympic Gold Medals as well as for those people facing lost jobs or income, sickness, etc.  When I think of wrestlers who have a positive outlook and are quite capable of handling any adversity that comes their way, you're at the top of the list.  Could you provide some insight on your approach?  


A: My faith is what allows me to navigate situations in a positive way. I always remind myself of two facts. The first is that God is love. The second is that God is in control. With this in my mind, I know that everything that happens to me is for my benefit and it is to mature my faith in Christ. I don't believe in chance. I believe that God has a very specific plan and He has been executing it perfectly since the beginning of creation. I believe everything that happens to His children is for their good. I read different stories in the Bible of the apostles being thrown and jail and beaten, yet they say they can continually rejoice because they know God is growing them in all these situations. If something isn't going the way that I want it too, then I know it is going the way God wants it too and I would rather His will be done. 


Q:  With the support of USA Wrestling, Olympic Regional Training Centers (RTC's) have become an important factor in the growth and development of the U.S.'s top wrestlers.  The NLWC has made support of the Club's RTC a top priority, and both coaches and donors have made a commitment to providing a environment where the Club's wrestlers are provided with an opportunity to chase their dreams.  Do you have any thoughts on what this support means for the wrestlers who have goals of being World and Olympic Champions?


A: As a NLWC athlete, my only focus is on training and competing. Without the support of all the NLWC donors, it would be very difficult for this to be possible. If you want to be the best in the world, you have to believe that everyone is working toward that same common goal. Because of everyone's generosity, I know that we have the greatest resources available to prepare us to win world and Olympic titles. 


Q:  Wrestling is a combat sport, and wrestling matches are true one-on-one battles to determine a winner.  At the same time, there is no question that wrestling brings people together.  In NLWC practices, there are wrestlers from different states, different colleges, different ethnic backgrounds, and often many different countries.   The list could go on and on.  Yet, everyone seems to get along and even go out of his/her way to provide encouragement and help one another.  What do you attribute this collegian atmosphere to?  


A: I attribute this to the leaders of the NLWC. It starts with the way that they communicate and the type of people they bring into the club. Coach Cael, Casey, Cody, and Varner are great leaders. They love what they do and are always looking for the best way to help all of us. This attitude has spread throughout the whole club. It is really easy to focus on benefitting other people when you know that you are already taken care of. The leaders make sure all the athletes are taken care of and I believe that allows all of us to focus on helping each other. I want my teammates to win and be the best in the world. 


Q:  When you won an Gold Medal in 2016, you became the youngest Olympic Gold Medalist in American wrestling history.  When you were on top of the podium and the National Anthem was playing, what was going through your mind at that moment?


A: Every time I'm on the podium I thank God for everything that happened throughout the day. I thanked Him for being with me during the tournament and I thanked Him for everyone He put in my life that helped me get to that point. I also remember thinking about my older brother who wasn't able to be at the Olympics because he serves in the army. I have always looked up to him and know he played a huge role in the way that I compete. 


Q:  Do you have any interesting wrestling stories or memories you would be willing to share with the NLWC membership?    


A: At the 2015 world championships, I had 3 pennies left over after buying some food. I looked over to my roommate and said that I am going to throw all these up in the air and if they come down on heads then I will win the worlds tomorrow. I threw them up in the air and they all came down on tails. I was like dang... I hope this isn't foreshadowing how the wrestling is going to go. It turns out that the pennies didn't have any impact on how I competed. 


Dodgeball

Was planning to move on the from the dodgeball question, but we better get your take on it since the importance of dodgeball in determining wrestling success is unquestioned.  


Q:  What was your initial impression from your first NLWC dodgeball game?  


A: I immediately recognized there was some strong alliances between players and the quality of play was high. It's also a high intensity environment. Takes a couple games to follow know where both balls are at. 


Q:  When that moment occurs that someone has the ball and is targeting you, are you more likely to jump, duck, or go for the catch?  Why?  Or maybe this is giving away too much strategy?


A: Depends on what style of dodgeball we are playing. In partner dodge you got to be aware of the amount of players left in and if your teammate is up or not. For the most part I try and catch the ball because the risk is worth the reward. I've got pretty good hands so I catch a lot of them... especially if Manville throws it at me....


Q:  If you have the ball in hand and an opponent dead to rights a couple feet away, do you go a little easy, show no mercy, or does it depend on the opponent?


A. I usually go pretty easy. I've gotten in trouble with that approach a couple times. I've got to get better at throwing at their feet and not their chest in those situations. 


Q:  I know you're training for wrestling while in quarantine.  Are you also spending some extra time developing your dodgeball skills?  


A: Rest and recovery is as important as the training. I've been resting my shoulder. Spending some time to do some extra upper body mobility. Working on throwing with my off hand. I've also been staying in contact with most of the top players. Those alliances need to be strong when we return. 


Off the Mat

Q:  What is your favorite saying(s)?  


A: I love sayings. One of my favorites right now is "Who can't?!". Meaning that I or the person that I am talking to can do anything if we believe it. 


Q:  What food is your go-to snack?  


A: Pre NLWC nutrition plan, I would say cereal. Now, it is an apple or pumpkin seeds. 


Q:  Who are your real-life heroes?  Why?


A: My parents are my heroes because they always tell me the truth and put my best interests in front of their own. My Poppop and Grandma are my heroes because they always believed in me. Don Frederich and Neil Serafenas are my heroes because of the way they live out their faith. 


Q:  Any hobbies?


A: I like to compete in anything. I like ping pong. I like learning about leadership. I love to study the Bible and goto bible studies. I really do enjoy training and wrestling though. It is one of my favorite things to do. 


Q:  What's the best advice you've ever received?  


A: To follow the Lord with 100% commitment and to be focused on His will in everything that I think/say/do. 


Matteo Pellicone International

Published January 21st, 2020 by NLWC Staff

Zain Retherford (65kg) and Kyle Snyder (97kg) both earned bronze medals at the Matteo Pellicone International in Rome, Italy over the weekend.  


Zain lost his first match to 2018 World silver medalist and 2019 World bronze medalist Bajrang Bajrang of India by a score of 4-5 before wrestling back with a 10-5 win over Joey McKenna of the U.S. To take the bronze, Zain earned a fall in 4:41 over 2015 World bronze medalist Vasyl Shuptar of Ukraine.  


Kyle had wins over Iliskhan Chilayev of Kazakhstan, 10-0 and Ibrahim Bolukbasi of Turkey, 12-4 before losing to Mohammadhossein Mohammadian of Iran.  Kyle wrestled back for the bronze with a default win over teammate Bo Nickal and 12-1 decision over 2018 World bronze medalist Abraham Conyedo of Italy.  


Franklin Gomez and Bo Nickal also competed and had several wins but fell short of earning medals.  

Bo Nickal Dominates at U-23 World Championships

Published October 31st, 2019 by NLWC Staff

Nittany Lion Wrestling Club Resident Athlete Bo Nickal dominated the 92 kg weight class on his way to a World title at the U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary!  


Bo won by technical fall, 12-2, over returning U23 World Bronze Medalist Hossein Shahbazigazvar of Iran in his first match and followed that with a fall in 1:13 over Takumi Tanizaki of Japan in his second match.  


In the semis against the returning U23 World Champion, Bo completely controlled the match in a 9-1 victory.  


In the finals, Bo scored a 12-2 technical fall over Batyrbek Tsakulov of Russia who was a seventh place finisher at the 2018 Senior World Championships!  


Collegian Brady Berge (74 kg) dropped a 1-5 decision to Razambek Zhamalov of Russia in the first round.  Zhamalov advanced to the finals pulling Brady back into repechage, but Brady suffered an injury and was unable to advance to the bronze medal match.

NLWC Competing at 2019 World Championship

Published September 18th, 2019 by NLWC Staff

World Championships Preview

Nittany Lion Wrestling Club Resident Athletes Zain Retherford (65 kg/145 lbs.), Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (74 kg/163 lbs. for Uzbekistan)Franklin Gomez (74 kg/163 lbs. for Puerto Rico), and Jaime Espinal (86 kg/189 lbs. for Puerto Rico) will be competing next week at the Senior World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.  


The competition takes place all week, starting with Greco-Roman, moving on to Women's Wrestling, and ending with Freestyle Wrestling.  In preliminary round action, Zain will wrestle at 1 a.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 19; Bekzod and Franklin will wrestle at 1 a.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 20; and Jaime will wrestle at 1 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 21.  Detailed schedule is below.  


World Championships Details 

Visit themat.com (USA Wrestling website) for information on the wrestlers competing for Team USA, a 2019 Senior World Championships Special Section with weight class previews, and access to a World Championships Fan and Media Guide.  


Watching the World Championships

To watch the action Live or On-demand, visit trackwrestling.com.  The cost is $29.95.  


World Championships Schedule (local time in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan)
*Nur-Sultan is 10 hours ahead of Eastern time


Saturday, Sept. 14
11:00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (GR 55 kg, 63 kg, 72 kg, 82kg)
6:00 p.m. - Semifinals (55 kg, 63 kg, 72 kg, 82 kg)

Sunday, Sept. 15
11:00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (GR 67 kg, 87 kg, 97 kg)
11:00 a.m. - Repechage (GR 55 kg, 62 kg, 72 kg, 82 kg)
6:00 p.m. - Semifinals (GR 67 kg 87 kg, 97 kg)
7:00 p.m. - Medal Matches (GR 55 kg, 62 kg, 72 kg, 82 kg)

Monday, Sept. 16
11:00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (GR 60 kg, 77 kg, 130 kg)
11:00 a.m. - Repechage (GR 67 kg, 87 kg, 97 kg)
5:00 p.m. - Semifinals (GR 60 kg, 77 kg, 130 kg)
6:00 p.m. - Medal Matches (GR 67 kg, 87 kg, 97 kg)

Tuesday, Sept. 17
11:00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (WFS 50 kg, 53 kg, 55 kg, 72 kg)
11:00 a.m. - Repechage (GR 60 kg, 77 kg, 130 kg)
4:45 p.m. - Semifinals (WFS 50 kg, 53 kg, 55 kg, 72 kg)
6:00 p.m. - Medal Matches (GR 60 kg, 77 kg, 130 kg)

Wednesday, Sept. 18
11:00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (WFS 57 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 76 kg)
11:00 a.m. - Repechage (WFS 50 kg, 53 kg, 55 kg, 72 kg)
4:45 p.m. - Semifinals (WFS 57 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 76 kg)
6: 00 p.m. - Medal Matches (WFS 50 kg, 53 kg, 55 kg, 72 kg)

Thursday, Sept 19
11:00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (WFS 62 kg, 68 kg)
11: 00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (MFS 57 kg, 65 kg) 
11:00 a.m. - Repechage (WFS 57 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 76 kg)
4:45 p.m. - Semifinals ( WFS 62 kg, 68 kg)
4:45 p.m. - Semifinals (MFS 57 kg, 65 kg)
6:00 p.m. - Medal Matches (WFS 57 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 76 kg)

Friday, Sept 20
11:00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (MFS 70 kg, 74 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg) 
11:00 a.m. - Repechage (WFS 62 kg, 68 kg)
11:00 a.m. - Repechage (MFS 57 kg ,65 kg)
4:45 p.m. - Semifinals (MFS 70 kg, 74 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg)
6:00 p.m. - Medal Matches (WFS 62 kg, 68 kg)
6:00 p.m. - Medal Matches (MFS 57 kg, 65 kg)

Saturday, Sept. 21
11:00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (MFS 61 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg)
11:00 a.m. - Repechage (MFS 70 kg, 74 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg)
4:45 p.m. - Semifinals (MFS 61 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg)
6: 00 p.m. - Medal Matches (MFS 70 kg, 74 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg)

Sunday, Sept. 22
3:30 p.m. - Repechage (MFS 61 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg)
6:00 p.m. - Medal Matches ( MFS 61 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg)


Good luck Zain, Bekzod, Franklin, Jaime, and Team USA!!!

NLWC World Team Trials Strong Showing

Published May 29th, 2019 by NLWC Staff

The World Team Trials Challenge Tournament took place this weekend in Raleigh, NC.  In this tournament, the top wrestlers in the U.S. competed for a spot in the Final X later this summer. The winners of the  Final X will represent the U.S. at the 2019 World Championships.  


Zain Retherford (65 kg) scored two 7-6 victories over former 2X NCAA Champion and multiple time U.S. National team member Jordan Oliver to win the best of three finals at the World Team Trials Tournament.  On his was to the finals Zain defeated former NCAA Champ Dean Heil by technical fall and earned a hard fought victory over former Olympian and teammate Frank Molinaro.   


Bo Nickal (92 kg) had a bye to the best of three finals after his U.S. Open Title last month. Bo defeated NCAA Champion Michael Macchiavello by scores of 10-0 and 5-0 to win the title.


Ben Provisor (87 kg) dominated in three straight matches to win the Greco-Roman Challenge Tournament and then defeated Patrick Martinez by scores of 1-1 criteria and 3-1 to win the best of three finals.

 

Several Other NLWC Wrestlers also had Fine Performances
Competing for the first time up a weight at 74 kg, Jason Nolf won the challenge tournament before dropping the final match in the best of three series.  Mason Manville, competing in Greco at 77 kg had three straight victories before losing in the best of three finals.  Roman Bravo-Young (61 kg) finished second in the Junior Freestyle challenge tournament while Mark Hall (79 kg) also earned a silver.  Josh Rodriguez (57 kg) and Riley Lefever (92 kg) both earned third place with Josh defeating 2019 NCAA runner-up Jack Mueller, 11-8, and Riley tech falling 2019 NCAA runner-up Kollin Moore in their bronze medal matches.   Jarod VerkleerenGeno Morelli (79 kg) and Nick Nevills (125 kg) wrestled but fell short of placing.  


Former NLWC wrestlers Nico Megaludis, Frank Molinaro, and Dan Vallimont also competed. Both Nico and Frank had outstanding tournaments, finishing true 2nd in their weight classes.
 

NLWC Wrestlers Mark Hall and Nick Nevills Dominate

Published May 13th, 2019 by NLWC Staff

NLWC wrestlers Mark Hall (79 kg) and Nick Nevills (125 kg) won the Last Chance World Team Trials Qualifier yesterday and are now qualified to compete at the U.S. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Raleigh, NC.  


On his way to gold, Mark scored four straight technical falls by 10-0 scores, not giving up a single point in the tournament. Nick scored three straight technical falls to win the the title.


Mark and Nick now join a large group of NLWC wrestlers who will be competing at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament, May 16-19.  

Pictured above L-R

Nick Nevills, Eric Thompson, Mark McKnight, & Mark Hall

Casey Cunningham Named 2018 USA Wrestling Freestyle Coach of the Year

Published May 13th, 2019 by NLWC Staff

Nittany Lion Wrestling Club Olympic Regional Training Center and Penn State Wrestling Coach Casey Cunningham was recently announced as the winner of the prestigious 2018 Terry McCann Award as USA Wrestling Freestyle Coach of the Year. The NLWC would like to thank Coach Cunningham for all of the time and effort he has put into developing the Club's wrestlers. He has been instrumental in the development of the many, many NLWC wrestlers who have enjoyed tremendous success at both the National and International levels

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