The Penn State Nittany Lions have once again clinched the NCAA Team title
And there you have it. With Spencer Lee of Iowa’s medical forfeit in today’s Session V consolation round wrestling action, the Penn State Wrestling team and Cael Sanderson have captured their 10th NCAA Team Championship in the past 12 NCAA Tournaments.
Following the action in Session IV of the 2023 NCAA Wrestling Championships, Penn State advanced five grapplers to their respective finals matches and they jumped out to a 39.5-point lead over second place Iowa (116.5 to 77.0). With the advancement points growing larger in the later rounds, and with the Nittany Lions already advancing Roman Bravo-Young, Levi Haines, Carter Starocci, Aaron Brooks, and Greg Kerkvliet to their finals, Penn State’s lead was simply insurmountable. Lee dropping out made it impossible for second place Iowa to catch up.
The Nittany Lions cap off their dominant 2022-2023 season by going a perfect 16-0 in dual meets, they took home their first Big Ten Wrestling Championship since 2019, Levi Haines won Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Cael Sanderson won Big Ten Coach of the Year, and they now hoist the team trophy yet again.
It doesn’t appear the dominant winning-machine Sanderson has built at Penn State is slowing down anytime soon. 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.
There will be several teams who have they eyes set on trying to topple the mighty Nittany Lions. But for teams like Nebraska, Cornell, Iowa, NC State, and Ohio State, they are going to have to do a whole lot more to reach the precipice Cael Sanderson and the Nittany Lions have achieved in the last decade plus.
But for now, enjoy the rest of the wrestling action, Penn State fans!