Penn State Wrestling picked up another big addition in the transfer portal on Friday as they continue to add talented athletes to the already-loaded wrestling room. This time the pickup comes in the form of Mitchell Mesenbrink out of Cal Baptist. The wrestler announced his commitment to the program Friday night on Twitter.
This is the second addition to Penn State Wrestling this week from the transfer portal. Bernie Truax IV committed to the Nittany Lions on Wednesday.
Mesenbrink is very talented despite being inexperienced at the collegiate level. He was redshirted last year during his Freshman season and went just 2-0.
But Mesenbrink had all the accolades coming out of high school. He was a two-time state champion in Wisconsin which led to him being the #12 overall recruit in the 2022 class.
But his impressive accolades don’t stop there. Mesenbrink also captured a silver medal at the Under-20 World Championships in 2022. Funnily enough, he defeated fellow Penn Stater Levi Haines twice leading up to the tournament. Being in the same room will surely make both wrestlers even better, which is a scary thought for the rest of the country.
The commitment of Truax made sense with the departure of Max Dean. The opening for Mesenbrink isn’t as simple. The aforementioned Levi Haines was seemingly locked into the starting spot at 157, and Alex Facundo had a solid year at 165 posting a 19-6 record.
Needless to say, there will be A LOT of competition in the Penn State Wrestling room this upcoming year. And I’m sure Cael Sanderson wouldn’t have it any other way.
In an interview with FloWrestling, Mesenbrink talked about the weight class dilemma. He mentioned that redshirts are available for all 3 wrestlers. This is a really interesting interview as he also gives insight into the culture that exists in the Penn State Wrestling room.
Whether it be 2023 or 2024, 157 or 165 pounds, I look forward to seeing Mitchell Mesenbrink in a blue singlet.