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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 (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  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

NLWC Outstanding Weekend at U.S. Open

Published May 13th, 2019 by NLWC Staff

The NLWC came away from the U.S. Open National Championships in Las Vegas this past weekend with one gold medalist, two silver medalists, three bronze medalists, two fifth place finishers, and one sixth place finisher.  Club wrestlers suffered some very close, heart-breaking losses in the semifinals and finals, but overall, it was an outstanding showing!  

Bo Nickal Wins Gold in Senior Freestyle

In his first competition since winning a 3rd NCAA Championship in March, Bo Nickal (92 kg) had an outstanding tournament, winning five straight matches to capture the gold.  In the semi-finals, Bo defeated the 2018 197 lb. NCAA Champion, Mike Macchiavello (TMWC/Wolfpack WC) 14-4, and in the finals, he defeated 2018 U.S. World Team Trials finalist Hayden Zillmer (Minnesota Storm) 13-3.  This performance gives Bo a bye into the finals of the 2019 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament.  Congratulations Bo!!

Bringing Home Silver were Roman Bravo-Young in Junior Freestyle and Zain Retherford in Senior Freestyle

Roman Bravo Young (61kg) dominated in five straight wins, including a 12-1 decision in the semi-finals over 2018 NCAA All-American Pat Glory (NJRTC).  Roman was winning 4-2 in a tough final's match before getting caught on his back in a scramble and pinned by Gabriel Tagg.  

In what was probably the deepest and toughest weight class in the tournament, Zain Retherford (65 kg) had five straight dominating wins on his way to the finals. In a great match between two outstanding competitors, Zain led Yianni Diakomihalis 4-2 late in the match before giving up a couple scores and dropping a close 6-4 decision.  

Jason Nolf Earns Bronze in Senior Freestyle while Mason Manville and Ben Provisor Earn Bronze in Senior Greco-Roman

Jason Nolf (70 kg) went 6-1 on the weekend with his only loss being a 6-6 criteria decision to 2X World Medalist James Green in the semi-finals.  Both Mason Manville and Ben Provisor had fine tournaments on their way to bronze medals.  Both lost in hard-fought matches in the semis but dominated in their other matches during the tournament.  

Geno Morelli, Jarod Verkleeren, and Riley Lefever all placed to Qualify for the 2019 World Team Trials

Geno Morelli (79 kg) has been training at the NLWC's RTC while he works on his MBA at Penn State.  The former top college wrestler had an outstanding tournament, finishing in 5th place in the Senior Freestyle.  Jarod Verkleeren (67 kg) also had a fine tournament, finishing in 5th place in the Senior Greco-Roman division, while Riley Lefever (92 kg) who missed the entire 2018 season due to injury, continued his comeback and earned a 6th place finish in the Senior Freestyle Tournament.  

David Taylor named UWW Best Freestyle Wrestler of the Year for 2018

Published January 10th, 2019 by NLWC Staff

BY TIM FOLEY, UWW | JAN. 01, 2019, 12:50 P.M. (ET)

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (January 1) - With the 2018 wrestling season officially at a close, United World Wrestling has awarded "Best Wrestler of the Year" honors to David TAYLOR (USA) for freestyle, Petra OLLI (FIN) for women's wrestling, and Peter BACSI (HUN) for Greco-Roman.

The award was based on the number of ranking points each of the wrestlers attained over the course of the 2018 season. A majority of points were earned at the world and continental championships, with additional points earned at a number of style-specific Ranking Series tournaments around the world.

For their efforts, Taylor, Olli and Bacsi each received a 10,000 CHF prize from United World Wrestling.

Taylor, the 86kg world champion in freestyle finished the season with 112 total ranking points. In addition to his world title Taylor took gold at 2018 Senior Pan-American championships, the Ivan Yariguin (Ranking Event), and the Yasar Dogu (Ranking Event). Taylor didn't lose a match all season.

"I'm really grateful for the opportunity to compete for the USA and represent the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club," said Taylor. "I wouldn't have been able to reach this point without my coaches, training partners, and the treigning lab. I'm honored to be the wrestler of the year and look forward to 2019!"

David Taylor Pins 4 Opponents at Yasar Dogu

Published July 31st, 2018 by NLWC Staff

Nittany Lion Wrestling Club Resident Athlete David Taylor (86 kg/189 lbs.) scored pins in all four matches to win a gold medal at the Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul, Turkey this weekend.  This was a pre-World Championships ranking tournament, and David set himself up for a high seed at the upcoming World Championships in October.  

In his first match, David pinned Azamat Dauletbekov of Kazakhstan in 4:37; in his second match, he pinned 2017 World silver medalist Boris Makoev of Slovakia in 3:50; in the semi-finals, it was a pin in 4:05 over Ahmet Bilici of Turkey; and in the finals, he decked 2017 European silver medalist Murad Suleymanov of Azerbaijan in 1:22.  

David Taylor Wins Final X; Makes World Team

Published June 19th, 2018 by NLWC Staff

On Saturday in Penn State's Rec Hall, NLWC Resident Athlete David Taylor defeated North Carolina State star Nick Reenan in two straight matches at 86kg to win a spot on the U.S. World Team.  David dominated, winning by technical fall in both matches, 13-2 and 10-0.  

Rec Hall was full of Penn State and Nittany Lion Wrestling Club fans, and it was a great atmosphere.  Thanks for the tremendous support of the NLWC and David!

David will be competing for team U.S.A. at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, October 20-28.  

Congratulations David!

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