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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 31, 2021 02:16 PM
From: Senator Scott Martin and Sen. Jake Corman, Sen. Joe Pittman
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution Honoring Pennsylvania’s NCAA Division I Wrestling National Champions and All-Americans
In the near future, Senator Corman, Senator Pittman and I will be introducing a resolution to congratulate the achievements of several members of the Pennsylvania State University wrestling team for their victories during the 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships as well as the achievements of several Pennsylvania natives that saw their own successes while competing with other teams.

Specifically, four of the Penn State Wrestlers, Roman Bravo-Young, Nick Lee, Carter Starocci and Aaron Brooks won individual NCAA titles in their respective weight classes.  Penn State Wrestlers Michael Beard and Greg Kerkvliet placed seventh in their respective weight classes in the NCAA tournament.  Each of these wrestlers earned the distinction of All-American for the year. In addition to these personal achievements, the Pennsylvania State University Wrestling team broke another record, sending the most wrestlers of any team to the finals.

In addition, Franklin Regional High School graduate Spencer Lee, who competed with two torn ACLs, earned the gold for the third time in his collegiate career and ultimately was declared the co-winner of the 2021 Dan Hodge Trophy. This was the second straight year that Lee would win what is considered the wrestling equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.

Finally, of the 330 wrestlers competing in the tournament, 50 hailed from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our resolution will also acknowledge and congratulate those Pennsylvanians that earned the silver. Their names are as follows: Sammy Sasso (149lbs - OSU) from Nazareth, Jake Wentzel (165lbs - PITT) from South Park, Trent Hidlay (184lbs - NC State) from Lewistown, Nino Bonaccorsi (197lbs - PITT) from Bethel Park and Michael Kemerer (174lbs - IOWA) who was also a graduate of Franklin Regional High School (Murrysville).

Please join us in congratulating these young men on their outstanding efforts on the mat.

Introduced as SR118