Penn State Wrestling was in the news once again on Tuesday, this time gaining a commitment from All-American Aaron Nagao. He announced his decision on the Baschmania podcast on Tuesday afternoon.
Aaron Nagao is coming off a very impressive 23-6 season at Minnesota in his first season as a starter. Nagao would eventually lose to Penn State Wrestling’s Roman Bravo-Young in the quarterfinals at the NCAA Championships in the 133 lbs bracket. Nagao would then enter the wrestle backs and earn himself a fifth place and All-American status.
Now with Roman Bravo-Young moving on, it is time for Nagao to replace the man who beat him. The two also faced off in the Big Ten Tournament finals, where Roman Bravo-Young won after an impressive showing throughout the tournament from Nagao.
Thanks to a Covid year and a redshirt year, Nagao will come to the Penn State Wrestling room with three years of eligibility remaining. Nagao would look to build off his impressive first year and be one of the favorites in the Big Ten at 133 lbs going forward.
It has been a busy week for Penn State Wrestling. Nagao is the third addition from the transfer portal in the past six days, following Bernie Truax IV and Mitchell Mesenbrink. Unlike the previous two transfers, there shouldn’t be any question about what weight class Aaron Nagao will enter. Nagao should seamlessly replace RBY in the starting lineup at 133.
With the additions made to the roster recently, Penn State Wrestling is a clear favorite heading into the 2023-24 season. The transfers have filled the holes left by the graduating Max Dean and Roman Bravo-Young. And depth seems to be there if someone like Carter Starocci decides to take an Olympic Redshirt year.
With so many new faces on the roster, the wrestling season cannot get here soon enough for Penn State Wrestling fans.