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Penn State Wrestling: Big Ten Releases Pre-Seeds

Penn State wrestling is looking to win another national championship
Photo by Penn State Athletics: Cael Sanderson

The Big Ten Conference released the preliminary seeds for this weekend’s Big Ten Championships  Monday afternoon, and No. 1 Penn State wrestling stands out.

Penn State wrestling leads the way with four No. 1 seeds for the tournament in Roman Bravo-Young (133 pounds), Carter Starocci (174), Aaron Brooks (184) and Max Dean (197).

Penn State wrestling also has three No. 2 seeds in Beau Bartlett (141), Levi Haines (157), and Greg Kerkvliet (285). PSU 165-pounder Alex Facundo is seeded fourth, 149-pounder Shayne Van Ness is fifth and 125-pounder Gary Steen is 11th.

Also collecting No. 1 seeds for Big Tens are Iowa’s Spencer Lee (125) and Real Woods (141), Ohio State’s Sammy Sasso (149), Nebraska’s Peyton Robb (157), Wisconsin’s Dean Hamiti (165) and Michigan’s Mason Parris (285).

Bravo-Young, Starocci and Dean are returning Big Ten champions from last season. Brooks won Big Ten titles in 2020 and 2021.

In most weight classes, the Big Ten will qualify the top nine wrestlers to the NCAA Championships  March 16-18. The 157-pound class will qualify the top 10, while 165 will take eight and 174 will allot seven to NCAAs. Wrestlers who don’t qualify through their conference tournament must receive an at-large bid.

Session 1 for the Big Ten Championships from the University of Michigan’s Crisler Center will be  Saturday at 10 a.m. The second session begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday’s action is set to start at 1 for Session 3. The final session will be at 4:30. Saturday’s entire first session, plus the semifinals at 7:30 and Sunday’s finals at 4:30 will all be televised on the Big Ten Network.

Final brackets for the Big Ten Championships will be released Friday.

125 pounds

  1. Spencer Lee, Iowa
  2. Liam Cronin, Nebraska
  3. Matt Ramos, Purdue
  4. Eric Barnett, Wisconsin
  5. Patrick McKee, Minnesota
  6. Michael DeAugustino, Northwestern
  7. Malik Heinselman, Ohio State
  8. Braxton Brown, Maryland
  9. Dean Peterson, Rutgers
  10. Jack Medley, Michigan
  11. Gary Steen, Penn State
  12. Tristan Lujan, Michigan State
  13. Jacob Moran, Indiana
  14. Maximo Renteria, Illinois

133 pounds

  1. Roman Bravo-Young, Penn State
  2. Jesse Mendez, Ohio State
  3. Lucas Byrd, Illinois
  4. Chris Cannon, Northwestern
  5. Dylan Ragusin, Michigan
  6. Aaron Nagao, Minnesota
  7. Joe Heilmann, Rutgers
  8. Brody Teske, Iowa
  9. RayVon Foley, Michigan State
  10. Taylor LaMont, Wisconsin
  11. Henry Porter, Indiana
  12. Kyle Burwick, Nebraska
  13. Dustin Norris, Purdue
  14. Jackson Cockrell, Maryland

141 pounds

  1. Real Woods, Iowa
  2. Beau Bartlett, Penn State
  3. Brock Hardy, Nebraska
  4. Frankie Tal Shahar, Northwestern
  5. Jakob Bergeland, Minnesota
  6. Danny Pucino, Illinois
  7. Joseph Olivieri, Rutgers
  8. Parker Filius, Purdue
  9. Dylan D’Emilio, Ohio State
  10. Cole Mattin, Michigan
  11. Joseph Zargo, Wisconsin
  12. Jordan Hamdan, Michigan State
  13. Cayden Rooks, Indiana
  14. Kal Miller, Maryland

149 pounds

  1. Sammy Sasso, Ohio State
  2. Austin Gomez, Wisconsin
  3. Yahya Thomas, Northwestern
  4. Max Murin, Iowa
  5. Shayne Van Ness, Penn State
  6. Michael Blockhus, Minnesota
  7. Graham Rooks, Indiana
  8. Ethen Miller, Maryland
  9. Chance Lamer, Michigan
  10. Tony White, Rutgers
  11. Dayne Morton, Nebraska
  12. Jake Harrier, Illinois
  13. Peyton Omania, Michigan State
  14. Jaden Reynolds, Purdue

157 pounds

  1. Peyton Robb, Nebraska
  2. Levi Haines, Penn State
  3. Kendall Coleman, Purdue
  4. Chase Saldate, Michigan State
  5. Cobe Siebrecht, Iowa
  6. Will Lewan, Michigan
  7. Michael Carr, Illinois
  8. Trevor Chumbley, Northwestern
  9. Garrett Model, Wisconsin
  10. Derek Gilcher, Indiana
  11. Brayton Lee, Minnesota
  12. Paddy Gallagher, Ohio State
  13. Andrew Clark, Rutgers
  14. Michael North, Maryland

165 pounds

  1. Dean Hamiti, Wisconsin
  2. Cameron Amine, Michigan
  3. Patrick Kennedy, Iowa
  4. Alex Facundo, Penn State
  5. Carson Kharchla, Ohio State
  6. Caleb Fish, Michigan State
  7. Maxx Mayfield, Northwestern
  8. Danny Braunagel, Illinois
  9. Andrew Sparks, Minnesota
  10. Bubba Wilson, Nebraska
  11. Nick South, Indiana
  12. Robert Kanniard, Rutgers
  13. Stony Buell, Purdue
  14. John Martin Best, Maryland

174 pounds

  1. Carter Starocci, Penn State
  2. Mikey Labriola, Nebraska
  3. Ethan Smith, Ohio State
  4. Bailee O’Reilly, Minnesota
  5. Edmond Ruth, Illinois
  6. DJ Washington, Indiana
  7. Nelson Brands, Iowa
  8. Troy Fisher, Northwestern
  9. Max Maylor, Michigan
  10. Jackson Turley, Rutgers
  11. Ceasar Garza, Michigan State
  12. Dominic Solis, Maryland
  13. Josh Otto, Wisconsin
  14. Cooper Noehre, Purdue

184 pounds

  1. Aaron Brooks, Penn State
  2. Kaleb Romero, Ohio State
  3. Isaiah Salazar, Minnesota
  4. Matt Finesilver, Michigan
  5. Abe Assad, Iowa
  6. Layne Malczewski, Michigan State
  7. Lenny Pinto, Nebraska
  8. Brian Soldano, Rutgers
  9. Dylan Connell, Illinois
  10. Tyler Dow, Wisconsin
  11. Evan Bates, Northwestern
  12. Ben Vanadia, Purdue
  13. Clayton Fielden, Indiana
  14. Kevin Makosy, Maryland

197 pounds

  1. Max Dean, Penn State
  2. Silas Allred, Nebraska
  3. Zac Braunagel, Illinois
  4. Cameron Caffey, Michigan State
  5. Jacob Warner, Iowa
  6. Jaxon Smith, Maryland
  7. Gavin Hoffman, Ohio State
  8. Braxton Amos, Wisconsin
  9. Michial Foy, Minnesota
  10. Nick Willham, Indiana
  11. Billy Janzer, Rutgers
  12. Andrew Davison, Northwestern
  13. Brendin Yatooma, Michigan
  14. Hayden Filipovich, Purdue

285 pounds

  1. Mason Parris, Michigan
  2. Greg Kerkvliet, Penn State
  3. Tony Cassioppi, Iowa
  4. Lucas Davison, Northwestern
  5. Trent Hillger, Wisconsin
  6. Boone McDermott, Rutgers
  7. Tate Orndorff, Ohio State
  8. Jacob Bullock, Indiana
  9. Jaron Smith, Maryland
  10. Hayden Copass, Purdue
  11. Garrett Joles, Minnesota
  12. Ryan Vasbinder, Michigan State
  13. Matt Wroblewski, Illinois
  14. Austin Emerson, Nebraska


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