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March 18 Newsletter

Penn State Sports Magazine

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When head coach Cael Sanderson last led Penn State into St. Louis' Scottrade Center for the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships, he boasted arguably the best starting lineup he's had during his tenure with the Nittany Lions. Penn State paced the field that year, outscoring second-place Minnesota by 25.5 points and sending four wrestlers into their re- spective finals, three of whom – Frank Molinaro, David Taylor and Ed Ruth – claimed individual ti- tles. This year's team enters the national tournament with much less fanfare. The Nittany Lions don't have any No. 1 seeds. Matt Brown and Morgan McIntosh are seeded second at 174 and 197 pounds, respectively, and will carry PSU's individual champi- onship hopes. And instead of being pro- hibitive favorites for the team trophy as they had been in 2012 – and 2011, '13 and '14 – the Lions aren't being talked about by fans and media as likely title contenders. After a fifth-place finish at Big Tens, the Nittany Lions are widely perceived to be on the outside looking in this sea- son. Co-Big Ten champions Iowa and Ohio State are the favorites, and that makes perfect sense. After all, the past eight Big Ten champs have gone on to S P R I N G S P O R T S R E P O R T M A R C H 1 8 N E W S L E T T E R T I M   O W E N | O W E N . T I M . B W I @ G M A I L . C O M M A R C H 1 8 , 2 0 1 5 B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . C O M 1 ARCH MADNESS Penn State is an underdog as it heads to St. Louis for NCAA tourney TITLE HOPEFUL Coming off a Big Ten championship at 197 pounds, McIntosh is seeded second at NCAAs and is one of Penn State's best hopes for an individual title. Matt Brown (174) is the Lions' other second- seeded wrestler. Photo by Cameron Hart

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