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Penn State Wrestling, NLWC Well-Represented at Final X

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

Penn State and the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club will have several members competing in the 2023 Final X Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

It will be a freestyle event in a best-of-3 series with the winners advancing to the 2023 USA World Team

The World Team will compete in Serbia at Septembers Senior World Championships.

Thomas Gilman will wrestle Zane Richards at 57 kg, while Nick Lee will challenge Yianni Diakomihalis for his spot. Diakomihalis was a 2022 World medalist at 65 kg.

Zain Retherford (70 kg) and Kyle Dake (74 kg) were both 2022 World medalists. Dake announced his move to the NLWC last September. Retherford will take on Tyler Berger and Dake will challenge teammate Jason Nolf.

Another pair of teammates will face off at 86 kg. David Taylor will look to retain his spot after winning a gold medal last year and will have to go through Aaron Brooks.

Also  at 97 kg, Kyle Snyder will defend his spot against J’den Cox.

Women’s freestyle and men’s Greco-Roman matches will also be wrestled, but no competitors are members of the NLWC.

Here’s a look at Saturday night’s pairings:

Men’s Freestyle

57 kg: Thomas Gilman vs. Zane Richards

61 kg: Vito Arujau vs. Nahshon Garrett

65 kg: *Yianni Diakomihalis vs Nick Lee

70 kg: *Zain Retherford vs Tyler Berger

74 kg: *Kyle Dake vs Jason Nolf

79 kg: *Jordan Burroughs vs Chance Marsteller

86 kg: *David Taylor vs Aaron Brooks

92 kg: Michael Macchiavello vs Zahid Valencia

97 kg: *Kyle Snyder vs J’den Cox

125 kg: Gable Steveson vs Mason Parris

*Denotes 2022 World Medalist

Women’s Freestyle

50 kg: *Sarah Hildebrandt vs Audrey Jimenez

53 kg: *Dominique Parrish vs Katie Gomez

55 kg: Alisha Howk vs Jacarra Winchester

57 kg: *Helen Maroulis vs Xochitl Mota-Pettis

59 kg: Michaela Beck vs Jennifer Page

62 kg: *Kayla Miracle vs Adaugo Nwachukwu

65 kg: Mallory Velte vs Macey Kilty

68 kg: Forrest Molinari vs Emma Bruntil

72 kg: *Amit Elor vs Joye Levendusky

76 kg: Kennedy Blades vs Adeline Gray

*Denotes 2022 World Medalist

Men’s Greco-Roman

55 kg: Brady Koontz vs Dalton Duffield

60 kg: Dalton Roberts vs Ildar Hafizov

63 kg: Hayden Tuma vs Xavier Johnson

67 kg: Robert Perez III vs Alejandro Sancho

72 kg: Justus Scott vs Patrick Smith

77 kg: Kamal Bey vs Aliaksandr Kikiniou

82 kg: Spencer Woods vs Ryan Epps

87 kg: Alan Vera vs Zachary Braunagel

97 kg: Josef Rau vs Christian Dulaney

130 kg: Cohlton Schultz vs Adam Coon

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