Blue White Illustrated

December 2023

Penn State Sports Magazine

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4 6 D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 3 W W W . B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . C O M T he Penn State wrestling team will feature familiar names, a few transfers and a handful of less-ex- perienced competitors looking to earn mat time this coming season. With coach Cael Sanderson getting set to begin his 15th season in State Col- lege, the Nittany Lions will be looking to defend Big Ten regular-season and postseason titles, as well as an NCAA crown they won last year in Tulsa, Okla. PSU has captured two consecutive na- tional titles and will be trying to win three in a row for the first time since it won four straight from 2016-19. "It's not my dynasty," Sanderson said last March. "It's a program. Our assis- tant coaches are unbelievable. Coach Cody [Sanderson] and Coach Casey [Cunningham] and Coach [ Jimmy] Kennedy, they work really, really hard. We've just got to keep getting better, and we've got a lot of things we can work on moving forward. ON TOP OF THE WORLD Boasting a loaded lineup, coach Cael Sanderson's Nittany Lions could dominate yet again in 2023-24 G R E G P I C K E L | G R E G . P I C K E L @ O N 3 . C O M Sophomore Levi Haines is ranked No. 1 by FloWrestling in the 157- pound class after winning a Big Ten title and finishing second at nationals as a true freshman. PHOTO BY DANIEL ALTHOUSE

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