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Lions get big commitment from Levi Haines, one of nation’s top wrestlers

The Penn State wrestling program picked up a commitment today from the No. 12 prospect in the nation for the class of 2022, Levi Haines, a reigning state champion from Biglerville High School in PA. He posted the news on his InstaGram page.

Haines won the PIAA state title this past season at 145 pounds, posting a 30-0 record. He finished as the state runner-up each of the previous two seasons.

Here is some good background on Haines, from the InterMat story on his commitment to Penn State:

It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that Haines selected Penn State, as he’s a member of David Taylor’s M2 Training Center.

Recently, Levi made the Cadet World team in freestyle at 71 kg. … Levi has been a fast riser nationally after making the Super 32 finals at 138 lbs in the fall. He also was fourth in Fargo, while wrestling in 16U freestyle in 2019. Haines won’t be able to attend Fargo this year as he’ll be at the Cadet World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

After competing at 71kg last month, it’s reasonable to think that Haines could project at 165 lbs for the Nittany Lions. Penn State had freshman Joe Lee at the weight in 2021; however, he went 0-2 at the NCAA Championships.

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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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