Penn State Wrestling clinches the team title in the 2022 NCAA Championships
With Greg Kerkvliet’s win over Michigan’s Mason Parris in the consolation bracket and Michigan losing several matches Saturday, the Nittany Lions have clinched the team title in the 2022 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Thus giving Penn State Wrestling their ninth team title in the last 11 NCAA Championships.
And this is even before Roman Bravo-Young, Nick Lee, Carter Starocci, Aaron Brooks, and Max Dean hit the mat this evening for their matches in the NCAA finals.
Here’s a look at Penn State Wrestling’s run of dominance
The dynasty Cael Sanderson has been able to build in Happy Valley is rivaled by only the most dominant teams ever in Division I athletics.
Bear Bryant and Alabama Football in the 60’s, 70’s ,and early 80’s.
Dan Gable and Iowa Wrestling in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.
John Wooden and UCLA Basketball in the 60’s and 70’s.
Well now you can add one more to the list.
And it doesn’t appear the dominant winning-machine Sanderson has built at Penn State Wrestling is slowing down anytime soon.
That’s because with the talent he has returning, the high level of recruits who continue to come to University Park, and the ability of the entire Nittany Lion coaching staff to train and get these young men ready to win on the mat, all signs point to another 10 years of incredible success to come.
Ohio State had their shot several years ago. Same with Iowa for the last couple of years and Michigan this year. Top level programs in college wrestling work tirelessly to try and weaken the stranglehold Cael Sanderson and Penn State have on college wrestling.
And as the famous quote from one of the best series’ of all time goes, “When you come at the king, you best not miss.”