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Penn State Wrestling Star Carter Starocci Posts Cryptic Message

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Penn State wrestling star Carter Starocci wanted to wrestle this weekend.

Coach Cael Sanderson wanted something else.

After Penn State got done with an incredible night— placing seven in the Big Ten finals— Sanderson addressed a big topic, which was  Starocci not competing due to injury.

Starocci took an injury default in both of his matches and thus didn’t get a chance to go for a third Big Ten title. His 64-match winning streak, which was the longest in the country, is also gone.

All of this happened due to Starocci suffering an injury in Penn State’s last dual meet of the season against Edinboro late last month. Sanderson explained why he held Starocci out to Nate Cobler of the Centre Daily Times.

“There’s just no reason, when he meets the criteria to get an at-large (bid), to put himself in a position to set himself back,” Sanderson said.

That was predicable. But the rest of Sanderson’s answer, while not shocking, is more compelling.

“He wanted to wrestle the whole tournament and was planning on wrestling the tournament,” Sanderson said. “It is really tough for him. He’s having a hard time about this. He’d wrestle if both of his legs were hurt. He’s just so competitive. He’s pretty upset…

“He’s not happy with me, but that’s why he’s Carter Starocci.”
Roughly three hours after Penn State heavyweight Greg Kerkvliet ended night one of the championships with a win, Starocci posted this to X (formerly Twitter).
“Looking forward to a new chapter. Thank you Penn State forever.”

Starocci has one year of eligibility left due to COVID-19, but the common thought is that, injury or not, this will be his last season of college wrestling regardless of injury.
It’s also worth noting that Starocci’s post is listed as being sent “from State College, Pennsylvania,” when Starocci made the trip to College Park and Penn State still has a day left of competition.
But nothing is confirmed yet regarding Starocci’s future. We’ll know soon what Starocci’s immediate future in college wrestling is because the National Championships are scheduled for March 21-23 in Kansas City.

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