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Penn State Wrestling: PSU Transfer Finds New Home

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There hasn’t been much news– good or bad– for Penn State wrestling when it comes to the transfer portal.

The program is an empire– 11 national titles in the past 13 years– so most who joined aren’t looking to leave.

PSU also has eight of its 10regular starters from last season’s team that won the national title by a record 100 points set to return for 2024-25, so coach Cael Sanderson and company don’t need to look to the portal for reinforcements.

The only Penn State wrestler to enter the portal this offseason was Terrell Barraclough,and Barraclough has found a new home.

Barraclough announced on Instagram that he’ll be going to Utah Valley, which is located roughly an hour from his hometown (Kaysville, Utah) and competes in the Big 12 for wrestling.

In a separate Instagram post, Barraclough thanked the Penn State wrestling program.

“Penn State its been real,” he wrote. “It has been one of the greatest privileges to be amongst legends and great people. I forever will be grateful for each of my brothers and coaches.”

Barraclough entered the portal in late April with one season of eligibility remaining.

Barraclough’s ideal weight was 165 but he wrestled as low as 157 and as high as 174.

It was at 174 where Barraclough wrestled each of his three dual meets this past season, his fourth and, likely, final with Penn State wrestling.

With regular starter and future four-time national champ Carter Starocci battling illness, coach Cael Sanderson called upon Barraclough to wrestle up at 174 in dual meets at Michigan and Michigan State and at home against Rutgers in this season’s Bryce Jordan Center dual.

In his first dual meet, Barraclough had a solid showing against Michigan’s Shane Griffith, who came in ranked No. 4.

Barraclough fell just 2-1 against the former national champion.

Less than 48 hours later, Barraclough beat Michigan State’s DJ Shannon 8-1.

Barraclough’s finest hour came several weeks later at the BJC. He took on Rutgers’ Jackson Turley, ranked No. 13, and won 4-3. Barraclough’s effort earned him Performance of the Night.

At Sanderson’s weekly media availability the next day, he said he felt Barraclough “just keeps getting better.”

“He’s been in and out of the lineup since he was a freshman… He’s still been in big matches, and he’s always competed reallywell,” Sanderson said. “He’s very consistent. He prepares for every match the same as if he is going to wrestle for every match. That’s a pretty rare thing.”

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