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PSU wrestlers get seeds, first-round opponents for NCAA Championships

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The nine Penn State wrestlers who will be participating in next weekend’s NCAA Championships learned their seeds and opening opponents this evening.

Here’s the rundown, all of which can be found at GoPSUSports:

125: Robert Howard (No. 23) vs. Malik Heinselman (No. 10) of Ohio State. Howard finished 6th at Big Tens

133: Roman Bravo-Young (No. 2) vs. Sean Carter (No. 31) of Appalachian State. RBY, a two-time All-American, won the Big Ten title

141: Nick Lee (No. 2) vs. Julian Flores (No. 31) of Drexel. Lee, a three-time All-American, finished 2nd at Big Tens

149: Penn State did not have an NCAA qualifier at this weight

157: Brady Berge (No. 12) vs. Andrew Cerniglia (No. 21) of Navy. Berge finished 6th at Big Tens

165: Joe Lee (No. 23) vs. Travis Wittlake (No. 10) of Oklahoma State. Lee finished 8th at Big Tens

174: Carter Starocci (No. 3) vs. Victor Marcelli (No. 30) of Virginia. Starocci finished 2nd at Big Tens

184: Aaron Brooks (No. 1) vs. winner of No. 32 Jhaquan Anderson of George Washington and No. 33 Joe Accoustie of Sacred Heart. Brooks, a one-time All-American, just won his second straight Big Ten title

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197: Michael Beard (No. 15) vs. Jacob Koser (No. 18) of Navy. Beard finished 6th at Big Tens

285: Greg Kerkvliet (No. 9) vs. Michael McAleavey of The Citadel (No. 24). Kerkvliet finished finished 4th at Big Tens

From the PSU release:

The 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships take place on March 18-20 in the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Mo.  With capacity restrictions put in place by the NCAA, the sessions and timing are different this year.  Sessions 1A and 1B are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the 18th. Sessions 2A and 2B are at 6 and 9 p.m. on the 18th.  Sessions 3 and 4 (quarterfinals) are at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the 19th. Sessions 5 (semifinals) is at 8 p.m. on the 19th. Session 6 (medal) is at 11 a.m. on the 20th and session 7 (finals) is at 7 p.m. on the 20th.  The ESPN family of networks will cover the entire event. All times listed are EASTERN.

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