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Penn State finds out seeds for today’s Big Ten Championships in college wrestling

STATE COLLEGE — Penn State, ranked No. 2 in the latest InterMat Tournament Power Index, knows their official seeds and first round match-ups for the 2021 Big Ten Wrestling Championships today.

The brackets were finalized as the conference’s 14 wrestling teams prepare for the two-day event, hosted by Penn State in the Bryce Jordan Center this weekend.

Penn State will have three first-round byes Saturday thanks to its three top-two seeds.

True freshman Robert Howard will be the No. 11 seed at 125 and will face sixth-seed Eric Barnett of Wisconsin in the opening round. Howard went 2-1 this season and is making his first appearance at the Big Ten Championship.

Junior Roman Bravo-Young will be the top-seed at 133 pounds and will receive a first-round bye. Bravo-Young is ranked No. 3 nationally by InterMat and is 6-0 on the year. He is 6-3 all-time at the Big Ten Championship.

Senior Nick Lee is the No. 2 seed at 141 and also receives a first-round bye. Lee is ranked No. 2 nationally by InterMat and is 6-0 this season. He is 8-2 all-time at the Big Ten Championship.

True freshman Beau Bartlett is the No. 11 seed at 149 and will battle sixth-seed Michael Blockhus of Minnesota in the opening round. Bartlett is ranked No. 10 by InterMat and is 7-1 on the year. He is making his first trip to the Big Ten tournament.

Junior Brady Berge is the No. 5 seed at 157 and will take on Illinois’ Johnny Mologousis in the opening round. erge is ranked No. 8 in the nation by InterMat and is 5-0 this year. The Lion junior owns a 2-1 career mark in the Big Ten Championship.

Freshman Joe Lee is the No. 6 seed at 165 and will face Jonathan Spadafora of Maryland in the first round. Lee is ranked No. 15 nationally by InterMat and is 4-2 this year. He is making his first-ever appearance in the post-season for Penn State.

Freshman Carter Starocci is the No. 3 seed at 174 and will battle Phillip Spadafora of Maryland in the first round. Starocci is ranked No. 4 at 174 by InterMat and is 6-1 this year. He is making his Big Ten Championship debut.

Sophomore Aaron Brooks is the top-seed at 184 and will receive a first-round bye. Brooks, last year’s Big Ten Champion, is ranked No. 1 in the country by InterMat with a 6-0 record. He is 3-0 all-time at the Big Ten tournament.

Freshman Michael Beard is the No. 7 seed at 197 and will face Billy Janzer of Rutgers in round one. Beard is ranked No. 15 by InterMat and is 3-1 on the year. He is making his Big Ten Championship debut this season.

Freshman Greg Kerkvliet is the No. 7 seed at 285 and will meet Jack Heyob of Northwestern in the opening round. Kerkvliet is ranked No. 6 by InterMat and is 2-0 this season. He is one of six Nittany Lions competing in their first-ever Big Ten Championship events.

The Big Ten received a total of 76 qualifying spots for the 2021 NCAA Championships, set for St. Louis on March 18-20. The Big Ten will qualify eight wrestlers (seven pre-allocations and one automatic spot for the weight class champion) at seven different weights (125, 133, 141, 157, 165, 174, 184), seven at 149 and 285 and six at 197.

Penn State finished its dual meet schedule with a perfect 6-0 mark, 6-0 in the Big Ten, and earned a share of its seventh Big Ten Regular Season Championship with 5-0 Iowa. The 2021 Big Ten Championships begin today at 10 a.m.

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