Penn State earns 8 Top 8 seeds for Big Ten wrestling

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The seeds and brackets were finalized and released for the 2018 Big Ten Wrestling Championships and top-ranked and undefeated Penn State now knows its first-round opponents. The two-day event takes place in Michigan State’s Breslin Center on today and Sunday.

The Nittany Lions have nine of their ten wrestlers with top-six seeds, including eight in the top three and three No. 1 seeds. Penn State’s line-up features only three seniors. Head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad has three first round byes.

Senior Carson Kuhn is unseeded at 125 and will take on third seed and No. 4 ranked Nathan Tomasello of Ohio State in the first round.

Senior Corey Keener is the No. 6 seed at 133 and received a bye

True freshman Nick Lee is the No. 2 seed at 141 and will face Rutgers’ Mike Van Brill in the opening round

Senior Zain Retherford is the No. 1 seed at 149 and receives a first round bye and will take on the winner of No. 21 Steve Bleise of Minnesota and No. 24 Malik Amine of Michigan in the quarterfinals.

Junior Jason Nolf is the No. 2 seed at 157 and will take on Michigan State’s Jake Tucker in the first round.

Sophomore Vincenzo Joseph is the No. 3 seed at 165 and will take on Northwestern’s Mike Sepke in the first round.

Sophomore Mark Hall is the No. 1 seed at 174 and will wrestle Michigan State’s Logan Ritchie in the first round.

Junior Bo Nickal is the No. 1 seed at 184 and has a bye in the opening round and will take on either Brandon Krone of Minnesota or Mitch Sliga of Northwestern in the quarterfinals.

Junior Shakur Rasheed is the No. 2 seed at 197 and faces Jake Kleimola of Indiana in the first round.

Junior Nick Nevills is the No. 3 seed at 285 and wrestles Illinois’ Deuce Rachal in the first round in East Lansing.