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Penn State Wrestling Claims Five Champions at Black Knight Invite

Beau Bartlett February 20, 2022 David Hague/NSN

The Penn State wrestling team had five champions and 11 out of 13 wrestlers place in the Black Knight Open, hosted by Army on Sunday.

In the team standings, Penn State was very dominant, taking home first place with 110.5 points. Homestanding Army and Indiana tied for second place with 95 points.

Beau Bartlett (141), Shayne Van Ness (149), Levi Haines (157), Alex Facundo (165), and Max Dean (197) all won titles on the day. David Evans (141) lost to teammate Bartlett, 3-1, in the finals. Terrell Barraclough (157) also wrestled a teammate in the finals, falling to Haines, 2-1. Matt Lee (165) did the same, falling to Facundo, 10-2. Gary Steen (125) and Donovon Ball (184) both took third place, while Lucas Cochran (197) picked up a fifth place.

Karl Shindledecker (125) and Jack Kelly (174) did not place. Shindledecker went 0-2 on the day, while Kelly was 1-2.

Starters Roman Bravo-Young, Carter Starocci, Aaron Brooks, and Greg Kerkvliet did not participate in the tournament. Starocci, Brooks, and Kerkvliet will wrestle in the 2022 NWCA All-Star Classic on Tuesday in Austin, Texas. Starocci will wrestle Virginia Tech’s Mekhi Lewis, Brooks will take on Northern Iowaás Parker Keckeisen, and Kerkvliet will face Iowa’s Anthony Cassioppi.

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