Penn State Wrestling: Inside the Singlet – Wrestler Profiles for 141

Palm Desert freshman Erik McCown, left, wrestles St. John Bosco's Timothy Levine during the CIF-SS Boys' Individual Wrestling Championships in Palm Springs, Calif., on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Levine won.Cifboyswrestling5687
Palm Desert freshman Erik McCown, left, wrestles St. John Bosco's Timothy Levine during the CIF-SS Boys' Individual Wrestling Championships in Palm Springs, Calif., on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Levine won.Cifboyswrestling5687 /
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Continuing our on-going series of player profiles for the 2022-2023 Penn State Nittany Lion Wrestling Team

In our first installment of “Inside the Singlet“, we highlighted the incredible and interesting Nittany Lion grapplers at 125 and 133 pounds. From hard working farmers who do anything and everything under the sun, to stories of limo rides while in elementary school, to Call of Duty battles, to trips to Peru, the awesome memories and stories go on and on.

This time, myself and Penn State Wrestling’s No. 1 fan Jessi Lillo are peering behind the curtain of the group at 141.

Now onto the fun!

Timothy Levine

Year: Sophomore
Weight: 141
Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies
Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.

Penn State Career

Levine is a recent transfer to Penn State as he spent his first two collegiate wrestling seasons at Brown University. Timothy started off as a 133 pounder and then bumped up to 141 his redshirt freshman year.

Nittany Lion fans haven’t had a chance to see Levine on the mat as he has yet to suit up for any tournaments, invitationals, or dual meets. While his official bio for Penn State lists Timothy at 125/133, we have listed him in the 141 group since he wrestled a full season at this weight.

Prior to Penn State

Timothy was unable to see the wrestling mat his freshman year at Brown due to the Ivy League cancelling all athletic events stemming from the pandemic. But he was incredibly active his redshirt freshman year by taking part in 32 matches which comprised of Brown dual meets and several opens and invitationals.

Prior to college, Levine compiled an overall record of 132-39 while wrestling for St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California. Timothy qualified for the state championships three times with a high finish of fifth in the 2020 CIF State Championships. And in the 2018 National Preps Championship, Levine also took home an impressive fifth place finish.

Away from the high school mat Levine claimed All-American honors twice at the Fargo Junior Freestyle Championships, finished fourth in the 2018 Walsh Jesuit Ironman, finished fifth at the 2019 NHSCA Championships, was ranked as a top 250 recruit according to Rokfin, and won several scholar-athlete honors.

"“Timothy was with us for 3 years at Bosco. He was fun to have around. He would challenge us on every point and keep us on our toes. Some might say he was argumentative, but I always found him to be very thoughtful and analytical. He is a smart kid (young man now) and school was always a priority for him. What I liked most though, was he was always willing to give his time to help others. He would help the kids that were just learning to wrestle, always willing to offer a word of advice or encouragement. I feel he really enjoyed the teaching aspect of the sport.” -Coach John Anderson"

According to an interview Timothy did with Rokfin, he started wrestling when he was 10 years old in his native country of Canada. Levine and his family then moved to California in 2014 and he started wrestling folkstyle in the eight grade. “Once I entered high school, I
decided to focus solely on wrestling to pursue my collegiate goals.”

“I chose Penn State because I wanted a school that provided me with all the resources to succeed both athletically and academically. I know Penn State is the country’s number one wrestling program, and I wanted to be surrounded by individuals with the same goals as myself. I’m driven by my goal to be the best in the country as well as the world, so I always believe there is more work that can be done to get me there.”

Away from wrestling, Levine enjoys reading novels and graphic novels and games on his Nintendo Switch. He lists his favorite books in the following order:
No. 1 Ready Player One
No. 2 Dune
No. 3 11/22/63

As for movies, Timothy likes comedies but he definitely loves a movie with a good twist ending. Keeping with the list-themes, this is his top five movies:
No. 1 Whiplash
No. 2 The Departed
No. 3 The Social Network
No. 4 Goodfellas
No. 5 Kill Bill: Volume 1

I don’t know about you, but Levine has no problem from me with that list.

If I had to describe Timothy Levine in one world, I think “worldly” would best apply. Prior to wrestling, Levine competed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he makes some mean scrambled eggs in the kitchen, his favorite food is sushi, and his dream vacation would be a trip to Japan.