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WATCH: Penn State Wrestling Stars Beau Bartlett, Levi Haines Get Thrilling Wins in NCAA Quarterfinals

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Beau Bartlett February 20, 2022 David Hague/NSN

Penn State wrestling is making another run for a national title and two of its wrestlers, Beau Bartlett (141) and Levi Haines (157), got thrilling wins in the NCAA Quarterfinals Friday afternoon in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

No. 6 Bartlett (23-2) continued Penn State’s good vibes a win over No. 3 Cole Matthews (21-1) from Pitt.

This came after Bartlett won in a close 3-2 decision over No. 11 Clay Carlson (23-9) of South Dakota State to make it to the quarterfinals. Matthews meanwhile won a close 1-0 decision against No. 14 Northern Iowa’s Cael Happel (17-7) on an escape in the third period.

In their match earlier today, Bartlett upset his rival with a sudden victory to move on to the semifinals. The NCAA put out a nicely edited video showing the win as well as fans reactions. The video can be watched below:

Bartlett moves on to the semifinals at 141. Penn State looks to win its 10th national title in 12 years and entered today in first place in the team race with 26 points, edging out Iowa who entered with 21.5 points.

At 157, No. 2 Haines fell behind 8-1 to Virginia Tech’s Bryce Andonian. But he fought back to tie the score at eight. Then, late in the third period  Haines pinned Andonian to move onto the semifinals.

Here is the video.

In the semifinal matches, Haines will have a rematch with Nebraska’s Peyton Robb, ranked No. 3. Haines beat Robb in a 2-1 sudden victory to win the Big Ten Championship earlier this month.

Bartlett will take on Northern Colorado’s Andrew Alirez. If Bartlett gets through to the championship, his opponent will likely be Iowa’s Real Woods, who beat Bartlett when Penn State Wrestling took on Iowa at the Bryce Jordan Center in January.

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