The Penn State Nittany Lions wrestling team is a NCAA Division IWrestling team. Coached by former OlympianCael Sanderson, the Nittany Lions have maintained status as a top wrestling program. Penn State holds a four-time NCAA team championship winning streak from 2011-2014, and has won five overall NCAA National Championships. There are many very talented wrestlers who currently attend Penn State including Nico Megaludis, Zain Retherford, Morgan McIntosh & Matt Brown. Ed Ruth and David Tayor concluded their collegiate careers in March of 2014. Ruth finished third as a freshman and then was a three time National Champion. Taylor was a two-time National Champion and finished as runner-up twice.
Penn State Wrestling program was established in 1909, declared national dual meet champion in 1921. In 1925 Penn State won all seven team duels in which they competed, finishing the dual meet season as undefeated. Charlie Spiedel coached the team from 1927-1964, taking a four-year break during WW2 to serve his country. He is credited with laying the groundwork for the Nittany Lion wrestling standard of excellence, and he guided the team to the 1953 national title.
Penn State has high quality wrestling facilities. A wrestling room is equipped with equipment and gear. Nittany Lion wrestlers may take advantage of spacious strength training facilities, a practice room, athletic medical facilities and academic support centers housed in the venerable fieldhouse to maximize their talents. The Lorenzo Wrestling Complex - widely considered among the best in the nation - gives Penn State athletes a world-class facility for training. Recently renovated and expanded, the facility encompasses over 24,000 square feet, including the practice room, weight room, locker room and support space. The recent renovation more than doubled the size of the former wrestling room. When hosting home dual meets, mats are set in the gym. Penn State has committed over $145 million to Nittany Lions athletic facilities, creating the best facilities in the nation.