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Best Wrestlers in Penn State History

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The top five wrestlers in Nittany Lion history have a combined fourteen NCAA titles and eighteen final appearances. Check out the best Penn State wrestlers of all-time ranked by NCAA medals!

Here are the top five!

Rank - Name - Score - Finishes

#1 - Bo Nickal - 60 - 2,1,1,1
#1 - Jason Nolf - 60 - 2,1,1,1
#3 - Ed Ruth - 58 - 3,1,1,1
#4 - David Taylor - 56 - 2,1,2,1
#5 - Zain Retherford - 55 - 5,1,1,1

There have been 119 All-American wrestlers who have won 221 medals for Penn State which is the fifth most in NCAA history!

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5 hours ago, jerseywrestling said:

Best Wrestlers in Penn State History

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The top five wrestlers in Nittany Lion history have a combined fourteen NCAA titles and eighteen final appearances. Check out the best Penn State wrestlers of all-time ranked by NCAA medals!

Here are the top five!

Rank - Name - Score - Finishes

#1 - Bo Nickal - 60 - 2,1,1,1
#1 - Jason Nolf - 60 - 2,1,1,1
#3 - Ed Ruth - 58 - 3,1,1,1
#4 - David Taylor - 56 - 2,1,2,1
#5 - Zain Retherford - 55 - 5,1,1,1

There have been 119 All-American wrestlers who have won 221 medals for Penn State which is the fifth most in NCAA history!

http://www.jerseywrestling.com/ncaa_team_profile.php?team=Penn%20State

Check out the full list in this Rokfin exclusive!

https://rokfin.com/ranking/113

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No 4 timers. Sad.....

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9 hours ago, Antitroll2828 said:

This is only his 6th year...redshirt ,2 full seasons to injury , semi starter, ncaa champ and this year is number 6....Johnny Sebastian may be in his 8th year 

Next year a Mormon mission, then 3 years in the military and he comes back at age 30 and wins another?

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18 hours ago, TobusRex said:

No 4 timers. Sad.....

The teams they were on each won the NCAA Championship 4 times.

 

#1 - Bo Nickal - 60 - 2,1,1,1
#1 - Jason Nolf - 60 - 2,1,1,1
#3 - Ed Ruth - 58 - 3,1,1,1
#4 - David Taylor - 56 - 2,1,2,1
#5 - Zain Retherford - 55 - 5,1,1,1

 

No sadness...

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12 minutes ago, PSUSMC said:

The teams they were on each won the NCAA Championship 4 times.

 

#1 - Bo Nickal - 60 - 2,1,1,1
#1 - Jason Nolf - 60 - 2,1,1,1
#3 - Ed Ruth - 58 - 3,1,1,1
#4 - David Taylor - 56 - 2,1,2,1
#5 - Zain Retherford - 55 - 5,1,1,1

 

No sadness...

 

19 hours ago, NJDan said:

I don't like the point system. Zain, with three titles, should be ahead of Taylor. 

 

I think Zain is easily 5th best of this group.  He was lucky Pico didn't attend college, or he'd likely be a 0 time champ.

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43 minutes ago, Mokoma said:

 

I think Zain is easily 5th best of this group.  He was lucky Pico didn't attend college, or he'd likely be a 0 time champ.

Pico would have graduated HS in 2016.  Retherford won his 1st NCAA title in 2016.  

He likely would have won (at least) 1.

 

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One major difference between those 3x champs: all but one of them redshirted their true freshman season. Zain wrestles as a true freshman before redshirting his true sophomore year.

If Zain had redshirted his true freshman year there’s little doubt in my mind he would’ve been a 4 timer. Houdashelt beat Habat in the 149 finals during Zain’s redshirt season his true sophomore year. In fact I think there’s a better than 50/50 chance he would’ve gone undefeated in his career. This assumes he would’ve gone 149 as a redshirt freshman, I wouldn’t say the same if he would’ve gone 141 in 2015...a bracket Stieber absolutely shredded in his final folk tourney.

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20 hours ago, Antitroll2828 said:

Aaron Brooks 

....’should be’ right? Like Hall or Taylor or going back Kolat....it’s a long way to 4  

 

no knock on Brooks, might  get it done but damn it’s still a feat to be in the mix 4x, much less actually stand at top of podium start to finish  

 

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3 minutes ago, KTG119 said:

....’should be’ right? Like Hall or Taylor or going back Kolat....it’s a long way to 4  

 

no knock on Brooks, might  get it done but damn it’s still a feat to be in the mix 4x, much less actually stand at top of podium start to finish  

 

I was just joking but of all current penn state wrestlers I’d say he’s the only one with any chance 

I don’t expect it to happen but a lot of high level wrestlers speak highly of him 

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1 hour ago, TBar1977 said:

Bubba quit PSU. 

You calling Bubba a liar?  He says he had no choice, Carl made the decision. So, once he wasn't allowed on the wrestling team, he transferred out of PSU.  If you call that quitting, then you continue to show your lack of ability to reason.

https://www.collegian.psu.edu/archives/article_acb90595-137c-56ae-9e43-93e4f5ab57da.html

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4 minutes ago, jchapman said:

You calling Bubba a liar?  He says he had no choice, Carl made the decision. So, once he wasn't allowed on the wrestling team, he transferred out of PSU.  If you call that quitting, then you continue to show your lack of ability to reason.

https://www.collegian.psu.edu/archives/article_acb90595-137c-56ae-9e43-93e4f5ab57da.html

For starters, from your own article: He said his choice to transfer or stay at Penn State will be decided by him and his family in the upcoming days. Staying at Penn State and getting his degree seems to be the best option, Jenkins said, but he plans on wrestling even though it will be away from the Penn State singlet.

So it was HIS CHOICE. He made that choice to leave Penn State. But also, that article is only from his perspective. It reports nada from the PSU perspective.

Bubba was told he was headed to 149 that year, but he didn't want to go 149 and the head coach who calls the shots told him that was where he was needed. He skipped some classes, flunked others and became academically ineligible. Then when he came back he ballooned up to 165 for Mat Town which made 149 impossible thus guaranteeing the redshirt he wanted. Cael didn't want him to redshirt so he pulled these stunts. You know what happens when you mess with the bull? You get hooked. But it was always his choice to be a team first guy, and he didn't make the right choices. 

So go ahead and play semantics, and never once mention the context that Bubba didn't give to that collegian reporter. But neither you nor Bubba can change the history behind how and why he left PSU. 

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