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Champion PA wrestler Steen flips from Pitt to PSU

Photo from Gary Steen Twitter

As Penn State gets set to finally take the mat for the first time this season Saturday, the Nittany Lions already picked up a big win Friday by flipping one of the top wrestlers in Pennsylvania from Pitt.

Gary Steen, a 120-pounder from Reynolds High School in Greenville, announced his decision on Twitter.

Steen has enjoyed a tremendous high school career, winning the PIAA state title as a freshman in 2018 and as a junior in 2020. He finished third as a sophomore, and he’ll be vying for his third state title this season.

Steen has a career record of 147-7 as you can see below from


W L T W% W/L W/L W/L W/L W/L Post-Season
2017-2018 Reynolds 45 4 0 0.918 14/2 3/1 9/0 10/1 9/0 State 1st
2018-2019 Reynolds 42 2 0 0.955 10/2 4/0 2/0 22/0 4/0 State 3rd
2019-2020 Reynolds 48 1 0 0.980 15/1 6/0 2/0 19/0 5/0 State 1st
2020-2021 Reynolds 12 0 0 1.000 0/0 0/0 1/0 4/0 7/0
VARSITY TOTALS 147 7 0 0.955 39/5 13/1 14/0 55/1 25/0

Steen originally committed to Pitt a year ago, and at the time, this is what had to say about him:

Steen has already captured titles at the Walsh Ironman and the Powerade, while competing at 113 lbs. It was the second year in a row that Steen won the Powerade. His performance at those major tournaments has elevated him to a fifth overall ranking in the nation that weight class. Other national level credentials for Gary include a seventh-place showing in Fargo at the Junior Greco-Roman National Championships, and third place at the 2018 Ironman. 

Penn State wrestles in a tri-meet today against Indiana and Northwestern. Check here for Andy Stine’s preview.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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