Penn State Crowns Four at the 2019 Army West Point Invite

Penn State Crowns Four at the 2019 Army West Point Invite

Penn State took 15 wrestlers to the 2019 Army West Point Invitational. Eleven of those wrestlers placed, including four champions.

No. 3 Roman Bravo-Young (133), No. 3 Nick Lee (141), Jarod Verkleeren (149) and No. 1 Mark Hall (174) took first place titles, with Verkleeren edging out fellow Nittany Lion, Luke Gardner with a late takedown and 3-2 win in the 149 finals bout. Gardner got the go-ahead start in the first dual meet this year, we’ll see how the 149 weight class plays out for Penn State this season.

No. 3 Kyle Conel had a tough run at the Invite. It started with a close 3-2 tiebreaker win in his opening match with Maryland's Jaron Smith. He faced Central Michigan’s Aaron Bolo in the second round. Conel notched an early takedown, but injured himself during an escape in the third. He dropped the match 5-3 and medically forfeited from the tournament.

No. 5 Brady Berge (157), No. 2 Shakur Rasheed (184) and No. 1 Anthony Cassar (285) did compete over the weekend. No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph (165) was also absent from the Invite because he was at the Bill Farrell Open in New York City. He advanced to the semifinals where he met former Nittany Lion, Jason Nolf, and fell 6-0.



3rd Place: Brody Teske

5th Place: Brandon Meredith

DNP: Devin Schnupp


1st Place: No. 3 Roman Bravo-Young


1st Place: No. 3 Nick Lee

DNP: Dominic Giannangeli


1st Place: Jarod Verkleeren

2nd Place: Luke Gardner


5th Place: Bo Pipher

DNP: Paul Feite


3rd Place: Konner Kraeszig


1st Place: No. 1 Mark Hall


5th Place: Creighton Edsell


5th Place: Austin Hoopes

DNP: No. 3 Kyle Conel

The Nittany Lions head west this Friday for a 9 p.m. matchup against Arizona State. Mark Hall and Zahid Valencia won’t be seeing each other on the mat this year. Valencia has moved up to 184, but this should be a good test for Penn State early in the season.