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Penn State Wrestling: NLWC Sending 6 to Senior World Championships

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

In Penn State wrestling news, The Nittany Lion Wrestling Club was dominant in the 2023 Final X event on Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Six of the nine wrestlers that were in the finals came out of the best-of-3 series victorious and will represent the United States freestyle team at the Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in September.

Nick Lee (65 kg), Zain Retherford (70 kg), Kyle Dake (74 kg), David Taylor (86 kg), Kyle Snyder (97 kg), and Jennifer Page (women’s 59 kg) will all be going to Serbia.

Thomas Gilman (57 kg), Jason Nolf (74 kg) and current Penn State wrestling star Aaron Brooks (86 kg) all fell in their finals series. Nolf and Brooks fell to teammates Dake and Taylor, respectively. Gilman lost to Zane Richards.

Penn State wrestling alum Lee picked up a 7-6 and 8-8 victory over Yianni Diakomihalis. Retherford took his first match over Tyler Berger, 11-2, before winning the second, 4-3.

Dake beat Nolf, 6-0 and 3-0, while Taylor beat Brooks, 6-0 and 5-4.

Kyle Snyder was the only participant of the day that didn’t have to wrestle as his opponent J’den Cox was injured and appeared at weigh-ins on crutches. Cox injury defaulted to Snyder in both matches.

Page earned a pair of 11-0 technical falls over Michaela Beck.

The Senior World Championships will be held on Sept. 16 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Men’s Freestyle

Round 1

57 kg – Zane Richards dec. Thomas Gilman, 4-3

61 kg – Vitali Arujau dec. Nahshon Garrett, 6-5.

65 kg – Nick Lee dec. Yianni Diakomihalis, 7-6.

70 kg – Zain Retherford dec. Tyler Berger, 11-2.

74 kg – Kyle Dake dec. Jason Nolf, 6-0.

79 kg – Jordan Burroughs dec. Chance Marsteller, 3-3.

86 kg – David Taylor dec. Aaron Brooks, 6-0.

92 kg – Zahid Valencia dec. Michael Macchiavello, 8-0.

97 kg – Kyle Snyder inj. Def. J’den Cox.

125 kg – Gable Steveson dec. Mason Parris, 6-2.

Round 2

57 kg – Zane Richards dec. Thomas Gilman, 8-6. Richards wins series, 2-0.

61 kg – Vitali Arujau dec. Nahshon Garrett, 13-10. Arujau wins series, 2-0.

65 kg – Nick Lee dec. Yianni Diakoihalis, 8-8. Lee wins series, 2-0.

70 kg – Zain Retherford dec. Tyler Berger, 4-3. Retherford wins series, 2-0.

74 kg – Kyle Dake dec. Jason Nolf, 3-0. Dake wins series, 2-0.

79 kg – Chance Marsteller dec. Jordan Burroughs, 5-4. Series tied, 1-1.

86 kg – David Taylor dec. Aaron Brooks, 5-4. Taylor wins series, 2-0.

92 kg – Zahid Valencia dec. Michael Macchiavello, 9-2. Valencia wins series, 2-0.

97 kg – Kyle Snyder inj. Def. J’den Cox. Snyder wins series, 2-0.

125 kg – Gable Steveson dec. Mason Parris, 5-0. Steveson wins series, 2-0.

Round 3

79 kg – Chance Marsteller dec. Jordan Burroughs, 8-3. Marsteller wins series, 2-1.

Greco-Roman

Round 1

55 kg – Dalton Duffield tech. fall Brady Koontz, 8-0.

60 kg – Ildar Hafizov fall Dalton Roberts, 4:01.

63 kg – Xavier Johnson tech. fall Hayden Tuma, 10-1.

67 kg – Alejandro Sancho dec. Robert Perez III, 3-2.

72 kg – Justus Scott dec. Patrick Smith, 3-3.

77 kg – Kamal Bey tech. fall Allaksandr Kikinlou, 9-0.

82 kg – Spencer Woods dec. Ryan Epps, 3-3.

87 kg – Alan Vera tech. fall Zachary Braunagel, 11-0.

97 kg – Josef Rau dec. Christian DuLaney, 3-2.

125 kg – Cohlton Schultz dec. Adam Coon, 3-0.

Round 2

55 kg – Brady Koontz dec. Dalton Duffield, 4-1. Series tied, 1-1.

60 kg – Dalton Roberts tech. fall Ildar Hafizov, 9-0. Series tied, 1-1.

63 kg – Xavier Johnson tech. fall Hayden Tuma, 10-0. Johnson wins series, 2-0.

67 kg – Alejandro Sancho dec. Robert Perez III, 5-1. Sancho wins series, 2-0.

72 kg – Patrick Smith dec. Justus Scott, 5-4. Series tied, 1-1.

77 kg – Kamal Bey dec. Aliaksandr Kikiniou, 5-1. Bey wins series, 2-0.

82 kg – Ryan Epps tech. fall Spencer Woods, 9-0. Series tied, 1-1.

87 kg – Zachary Braunagel dec. Alan Vera, 6-5. Series tied, 1-1.

97 kg – Josef Rau tech. fall Christian DuLaney, 8-0. Rau wins series, 2-0.

125 kg – Cohlton Schultz dec. Adam Coon, 5-1. Schultz wins series, 2-0.

Round 3

55 kg – Brady Koontz dec. Dalton Duffield, 7-2. Koontz wins series, 2-1.

60 kg – Ildar Hafizov dec. Dalton Roberts, 2-2. Hafizov wins series, 2-1.

72 kg – Patrick Smith dec. Justus Scott, 7-5. Smith wins series, 2-1.

82 kg – Spencer Woods dec. Ryan Epps, 5-0. Woods wins series, 2-1.

87 kg – Zachary Braunagel inj. def. Alan Vera. Braunagel wins series, 2-1.

Women’s Freestyle

Round 1

50 kg – Sarah Hildebrandt dec. Audrey Jimenez, 8-0.

53 kg – Dominique Parrish fall Katie Gomez, 1:45.

55 kg – Jacarra Winchester tech. fall Alisha Howk, 10-0.

59 kg – Jennifer Page tech. fall Michaela Beck, 11-0.

62 kg – Kayla Miracle dec. Adaugo Nwachukwu, 6-1.

65 kg – Macey Kilty fall Mallory Velte, 5:50.

68 kg – Emma Bruntil dec. Forrest Molinari, 6-3.

72 kg – Amit Elor tech. fall Joye Levendusky, 10-0.

76 kg – Adeline Gray dec. Kennedy Blades, 7-5.

Round 2

50 kg – Sarah Hildebrandt tech. fall Audrey Jimenez, 11-0. Hildebrandt wins series, 2-0.

53 kg – Dominique Parrish dec. Katie Gomez, 5-0. Parrish wins series, 2-0.

55 kg – Jacarra Winchester tech. fall Alisha Howk, 11-0. Winchester wins series, 2-0.

59 kg – Jennifer Page tech. fall Michaela Beck, 11-0. Page wins series, 2-0.

62 kg – Kayla Miracle dec. Adaugo Nwachukwu, 10-3. Miracle wins series, 2-0.

65 kg – Macey Kilty dec. Mallory Velte, 6-5. Kilty wins series, 2-0.

68 kg – Forrest Molinari dec. Emma Bruntil, 3-2. Series tied, 1-1.

72 kg – Amit Elor tech. fall Joye Levendusky, 10-0. Elor wins series, 2-0.

76 kg – Adeline Gray pinned Kennedy Blades, 4:38. Gray wins series, 2-0.

Round 3

68 kg – Emma Bruntil dec. Forrest Molinari, 3-2. Bruntil wins series, 2-1.

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