No. 1 Penn State Wrestling dominates the Black Knight invitation

WEST POINT, NY; November 20, 2022 – Penn State No. 1 (1-0, 0-0 B1G) crowned five champions at the 2022 Black Knight Open hosted by Army West Point in West Point, NY. The Nittany Lions had 13 wrestlers compete in the event.

The Nittany Lions dominated the event, bringing eight wrestlers to the finals, including three weight classes that featured only Penn State title bouts. In the end, Penn State crowned five champions and went 5-3 in the finals, with all losses falling to other Penn State wrestlers in All-PSU Finals. Placed eleven of Penn State’s 13 wrestlers.

Beau Bartlett11th with 141, advanced to the finals with 141 where he faced his teammate David Evans. The Nittany Lion duo struggled through near-takedowns for over 7:00 before Bartlett hit the only takedown of the bout, remaining with a sudden 27-win win to deliver the hard-fought 3-1 (SV) win. Bartlett clinched the Black Knight title by a 4-0 record, including a tech fall and a major. Evans finished second with a 3-1 mark, including a win over a ranked opponent, and a pin.

Shayne van Ness, ranked 149th at No. 23, advanced to the finals at No. 149 where he faced 14th-placed Johnny Lovett of Central Michigan. Van Ness gave up a takedown in the first period, but relentless pace and pressure forced Lovett into an injury time mid-period that gave Van Ness a point and he leveled the fight at 3-3 to start the third . Pressure from Van Ness led to a late takedown and an impressive 5-3 win. Van Ness claimed the Black Knight crown with a 3-0 record, including a major.

Terrell Barraclough, 31st in 157th, advanced into the finals in 157th, battling a true freshman teammate Levi Haines. After a scoreless first period, Barraclough escaped to start the second period and drove into the third period with that lead. Haines chose Down to start the third. Barraclough kept control of Haines long enough to put his drive time past 1:00, but Haines flipped him in the final seconds, killing the time advantage and earning a 2-1 win in a great All-PSU final. Haines won the title by a 4-0 mark, including three wins over ranked opponents. Barraclough was second with a 3-1 mark including a technical fall.

Alex Facundo165th in 17th place, also made it to the finals where he faced fellow Lions Matt Lee. Facundo built an early lead in the first and extended it in the second, leading 7-1 heading into the third. Facundo ended his title run with a 10-2 major against Lee. Facundo won the title 3-0, including a major. Lee finished second with a 3-1 record, two majors and a win over a ranked opponent.

Max Dean, ranked #1 with 197, stormed into the finals with 197 as the last of Penn State’s eight Black Knight Open finalists. Dean made short work of No. 25 Trey Rogers in the final, taking him down early and flipping him on his back for a pin at 1:15. Dean clinched Penn State’s fifth singles title in that event with a 4-0 record, including two pins and a tech crash. Dean was named Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament for his efforts.

Gary Steen advanced to the semifinals with 125 points before losing a 4-2 decision to No. 24 Army Ethan Berginc. Steen was battling for third place, scoring a 3-2 win over Campbell’s Zander Phaturos. He went 3-1 that day. Donovon ball advanced to the semifinals with 184 points before losing a hard-fought 3-2 clash to No. 25 Hofstra’s Jacob Ferreira. Ball fought for third place, scoring a 4-3 win over Army’s Sahm Abdulrazzaq. He 2-1 to third place at 184. Luke Cochran placed fifth with 197. Cochran responded to a second-round loss with three straight wins. He went 4-1 with two majors. Jack Kelly went 1-2 at 174 and Karl Schindeldecker also dropped two difficult decisions at 125.

Penn State went 37-10 overall at the event, including eight majors, three tech falls and three pins.

Penn State is 1-0, 0-0 in B1G doubles. Carter Starocci, Aaron Brooks and Greg Kerkvliet will compete in the 2022 NWCA All-Star Classic on Tuesday, November 22 in Austin, Texas. The NWCA All-Star fights do not count as official NCAA matches, either in the athlete’s win-loss tally or in relation to his RPIs. The Nittany Lions return on December 2nd and 4th with a double road trip. Penn State will travel to Trenton, NJ to take on the Rider Broncs on Friday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the CURE Arena. Two days later, the Nittany Lions visit Lehigh on Sunday, December 4 for a 2 p.m. dual.

The 2022-23 Penn State wrestling season is presented by the Family Clothesline. Penn State fans are encouraged to follow Penn State Wrestling on Twitter at @pennstateWREST, on the Penn State Wrestling Facebook page at and on Instagram at This is PENN STATE. WRESTLING lives here.


125: Gary SteenMrs.
Rd 1: Yanni Vines, Colombia – W, ​​5th-4th dec
Qtrs: Patrick Adams, Buffalo – W, 10-3 Dec
Semifinals: #24 Ethan Berginc, Army West Point – L, 2nd-4th dec
3approx: Zander Phaturos, Campbell – W, ​​3-2 Dec.

125: Karl SchindeldeckerMrs.
Rnd 1: Charlie Farmer, Army – L, 6th-9th dec
cn. 1: Patrick Adams, Buffalo – L, Dec 5-9

141: #11 Beau Bartlettjr.
Rnd 1: Cole Rehmrev, Indiana – W, ​​18-3 (TF; 4:30)
Qtrs: Tyler Morris, Army – W, ​​20-7 Maj Dec
Semifinals: Shannon Hanna, Campbell – W, ​​Dec 7-2
Final: David EvansPenn State – F, 3-1 (sv)

141: David EvansSo.
Rnd 1: Jack Marlow, Buffalo – W, ​​11th-6th dec
Quarters: Justin Bierdempfel, Brown – RVF (0:36)
Semifinals: #32 Cayden Rooks, Indiana – W, ​​Dec 3-2
Final: #11 Beau BartlettPennsylvania – L, 1-3 (sv)

149: #23 Shayne van NessMrs.
Round 1: Bye
Qtrs: Kaleb Burgess, Buffalo – W, 15-7 Maj Dec
Semifinals: Graham Rooks, Indiana – W, ​​8-2 Dec
Finals: No. 14 Johnny Lovett, Central Michigan – W, ​​Dec 5-3

157: #31 Terrell Barracloughjr.
Lap 1: Michael Leandrou, Hofstra – W, ​​18-3 (TF; 6:58)
Quarter: Derek Gilcher, Indiana – W, ​​6:0 Dec.
Semifinals: #33 Corbyn Munson, Central Michigan – W, ​​3-1 Dec
Final: Levi HainesPenn State-L, Dec 1-2

157: Levi HainesMrs.
Rd 1: Trae McDaniel, Army – W, 8-2 Dec
Qtrs: #29 Troy Nation, Campbell – W, ​​17-3 Maj Dec
Semifinals: #28 Nate Lukez, Army West Point – W, ​​7th-4th dec
Final: #31 Terrell BarracloughPenn State – W, ​​Dec 2-1

165: #17 Alex FacundoMrs.
Round 1: Bye
Qtrs: Tyler Lillard, Indiana – W, ​​Oct. 10-4. dec
Semifinals: Tracy Hubbard, Central Michigan – W, 7th-3rd dec
Final: Matt LeePenn State – W, ​​10-2 Maj Dec

165: Matt LeeSo.
Rd 1: Chandler Amaker, Central Michigan – W, ​​10-2 Maj Dec
Qtrs: Mason Spears, Brown – W, 11-2 Maj Dec
Semifinals: #28 Dalton Harkins, Army West Point – W, ​​Dec 4-3
Final: #17 Alex FacundoPenn State – L, 2-10 Maj. Dec.

174: Jack KellyMrs.
Rd 1: Cole Rees, Campbell – L, 4-5 Dec
cn. 1: Anthony DeRosa, Bloomsburg – W, 10-6. dec
cn. 2: Jack McGill, Colombia – LBF (2:02)

184: Donovon balljr.
Round 1: Bye
Qtrs: Ben Cushman, Central Michigan – W, ​​7th-3rd dec
Semifinals: #25 Jacob Ferreira, Hofstra – L, 2-3 Dec
3approx: Sahm Abdulrazzaq, Army West Point – W, ​​4-3 Dec

197: #1 Max Deansir
Lap 1: Brandon Hoselton, Campbell – RVF (1:55)
Qtrs: Aaron Wolk, Brown – W, 15-0 (TF; 4:15)
Semifinals: Nick Willham, Indiana – W, ​​inj. def. (3:00; to 5-0 at time)
Final: #25 Trey Rogers, Hofstra – WBF (1:15)

197: Luke CochranMrs.
Rd. 1: Danny Lawrence, Army – W, 13-1 Maj. Dec.
Qtrs: Sam Mitchell, Buffalo – L, 2nd-5th dec
cn. 2: Cade Dallwitz, Central Michigan – W, ​​16-2 Maj Dec
cn. 3: Levi Hopkins, Campbell – W, ​​10th-5th dec
5th: Eli Sheeran, Buffalo – W, ​​Dec 9-4