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We're rolling right into week two of the college wrestling season, highlighted by the season debut for #1 Penn State on Sunday.
Sunday, November 10 | 2:00 PM Eastern
The four-time defending national champs open the year against Navy in Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions will be heavy favorites over the Midshipmen, who began the 2019-20 season last week in San Diego.
Here are six reasons you should be watching PSU this weekend LIVE on Flowrestling:
1) National Champs: "Time Me"
Penn State has three national champs in their lineup in Vincenzo Joseph, Mark Hall, and Anthony Cassar. For the past several years, they've seemed to have a friendly game of "anything you can do I can do better" going, so we'll probably see them try to top each other with the quickest pin of the day.
2) Will We See Small Mark Hall?
This past weekend at the AFC duals, Seth Gross looked noticeably leaner than usual since he's going 57kg for the Bill Farrell. If Mark is going 74kg as expected right now, will we also see a leaner and sleeker Hall than the one we're used to at 174? We haven't seen him that small since his Junior world title in August of 2017.
3) The Return of Kyle Conel
After setting the crowd in Cleveland on fire with his run to a third-place finish at the 2018 NCAA tournament, Kyle Conel was only able to wrestle two matches last season. But then he transferred to Penn State, was granted a sixth year of eligibility, and is now on the promotional graphics for PSU. We'll all be eagerly watching his first match in the blue and white singlet to see if his shoulder is fully healed.
4) Brody Teske's Varsity Debut
When you search "Brody Teske" on Flo and go to his videos, there's a huge gap from the third-place match at Super 32 until his first-round match at the Southern Scuffle this past January. He wrestled just seven matches during his redshirt year, plus another five freestyle matches when he went 57kg Juniors at the Open. A rare Iowa native on a Happy Valley roster, 125 has been snakebitten for PSU the past few years, so he'll be as intently watched by the fans as his more established teammates.
5) What's Shakur Rasheed Look Like?
The only reason Shakur is wresting this year is because he got a sixth year of eligibility, and he needed it after not being able to replicate his 2018 All-American finish up at 197 when he dropped to 184 last year. It seemed like injuries caused him to miss several duals at the end of the year and hampered his performance in the postseason, so a full offseason should have him back at 100 percent.
6) How Healthy is Brady Berge?
At the U23 world championships, Berge suffered what looked like a head injury. PSU has not released their probable starters yet, so we're waiting on that, plus just a general idea of how long, if at all, Berge will be out for. The only other 157 on the roster is Bo Pipher.
Quick update on Brady Berge: Brady was injured at the U23 Worlds earlier today, he was taken from the venue to the hospital and has since been released #PSUwr— Penn State WRESTLING (@pennstateWREST) October 30, 2019