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Huge weekend on tap for Penn State wrestlers at US Olympic Trials

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Bo Nickal

A total of 15 wrestlers with ties to Penn State and the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club will be competing for spots in this year’s Olympic Games when they take part in the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials this weekend in Fort Worth, Texas.

Three current PSU wrestlers who just won NCAA individual national titles will take part in the event: Nick Lee, Aaron Brooks and Carter Starocci. A fourth current member of the Lions also will participate, Greg Kerkvliet. Individual NCAA national champ Roman Bravo-Young is not competing this weekend.

Nine Penn State wrestlers who have won NCAA national championships will be competing. Also, two gold medal winners from the 2016 Olympics will take part.

Competition will take place in men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman.

Following is information on those competing from the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club and Titan Mercury Wrestling Club, plus how to watch all of the action.

From the release at GoPSUSports:

Men’s Freestyle
57 kg: Thomas Gilman
65 kg: Zain Retherford
65 kg: Nick Lee
65 kg: Frank Molinaro
74 kg: Jason Nolf
74 kg: Vincenzo Joseph
86 kg: David Taylor
86 kg: Bo Nickal
86 kg: Aaron Brooks
86 kg: Carter Starocci
97 kg: Kyle Snyder — Snyder is defending Olympic gold medalist
125 kg: Greg Kerkvliet

Women’s Freestyle
57 kg: Helen Maroulis — Maroulis is defending Olympic gold medalist
62 kg: Jennifer Page

Greco-Roman
77 kg: Mason Manville

Every match of the trials will air live on NBC Sports and Peacock from Fort Worth.  Challenge tournaments on Friday will lead to Saturday’s 18 finalists in all divisions across three style classifications.

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The full schedule is as follows (all times Eastern):

Friday, April 2:
Challenge tournaments; 11 a.m.; Peacock and live streaming (see link below)
Challenge tournament finals Mat 2; 7:30 p.m.; NBCSN and live streaming
Challenge tournament finals Mats 1,3,4; 7:30 p.m., Peacock and live streaming

Saturday, April 3:
Challenge tournament consolations; 1 p.m.; Peacock and live streaming
Championship Series Mat 2; 7:30 p.m.; NBCSN and live streaming
Championship Series Mats 1,3,4; 7:30 p.m.; Peacock and live streaming

All live streaming links can be found at nbcsports.com here:
https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2021/03/31/wrestling-olymipc-trials-tv-live-stream-schedule-usa/

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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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