Jason Nolf, of Penn State raises his arms after beating Hayden Hidlay, of North Carolina State, in their 157 pound match. March 17, 2018 (Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer)
Wrestling started at Penn State 100 years before current coach Cael Sanderson arrived in Happy Valley. But mention Penn State wrestling these days and his name is first out of the mouths of the sports passionate followers.
Well, his and maybe Jason Nolfs and Vincenzo Josephs and Mark Halls and Bo Nickals as well. Those NCAA champions are back in the Nittany Lions lineup this season, and other wrestlers – lettermen and freshmen – will join them at 2 p.m. Sunday in Rec Hall when Sanderson begins his 10th season.
Penn State will face Kent State. A banner-raising ceremony in which the 2018 NCAA Championship banner will be raised to the Rec Hall rafters will precede a match in which the Lions will be heavy favorites.
Share Share Wrestling Preview: No. 1 Penn State vs No. 24 Kent State tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports Whenever wrestling season begins, I start singing out loud (and in my head) to myself.