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Penn State Wrestling Runs Away With 2024 Big Ten Championship | FULL RESULTS

No. 1 Penn State Wrestling put on one of the most dominant performances ever at the 2024 Big Ten Wrestling Championships.

After advancing a team-record seven guys to the finals, the Nittany Lions kept the hammer down in the finals and the consolation bracket. Of the nine guys in action on Sunday, two grapplers took home third place (Aaron Nagao and Tyler Kasak), two finished runner-up (Beau Bartlett and Bernie Truax), and five brought home individual titles (Braeden Davis, Levi Haines, Mitchell Mesenbrink, Aaron Brooks, and Greg Kerkvliet).

Here are the final team standings:

1. Penn State 170.5

2. Michigan 123.5

3. Nebraska 118.0

4. Iowa 110.5

And here’s how the wrestling unfolded for both Session III and Session IV of the 2024 Big Ten Championships.

Now onto the action!

Session III – Consolation Matches


No. 5 Aaron Nagao major dec. over (PSU) No. 7 Braxton Brown (MD) 9-5


No. 4 Tyler Kasak (PSU) dec. over No. 3 Caleb Rathjen (IOWA) 8-1

Session IV – Third Place Matches


No. 5 Aaron Nagao (PSU) fall over No. 4 Jacob Van Dee (NEB) 1:52


No. 4 Tyler Kasak (PSU) fall over No. 6 Ethen Miller (MD)


If there were any concerns regarding an underperformance from Aaron Nagao or nervous jitters from a true freshman under the bright lights of postseason collegiate wrestling, then those were put to bed completely.

Granted, both of those concerns were probably manufactured inside of my own brain, but I digress.

Third place finishes from both Nagao and Kasak are a huge statement on how good these young men are and it proves they have what it takes to make a deep run in the 2024 NCAA’s in Kansas City.

Session IV – Finals Matches


No. 6 Braeden Davis (PSU) dec. over No. 4 Patrick McKee (MINN) 8-1


No. 2 Jesse Mendez (OSU) dec. over No. 1 Beau Bartlett (PSU) 4-1


No. 1 Levi Haines (PSU) dec. over No. 2 Will Lewan (MICH) 4-1 SV


No. 2 Mitchell Mesenbrink (PSU) dec. over No. 1 Dean Hamiti (WIS) 13-11


No. 1 Isaiah Salazar (MINN) dec. over No. 3 Bernie Truax (PSU) 8-1 SV


No. 1 Aaron Brooks (PSU) tech. fall over No. 3 Zach Glazier (IOWA) 19-3


No. 1 Greg Kerkvliet (PSU) dec. over No. 2 Nick Feldman (OSU) 9-3



To piggy back on what I said earlier about Aaron Nagao, you can apply the same sentiment to Braeden Davis as he gutted his way to the finals with two razor close wins in the quarterfinals and then the semifinals.

And in the finals Davis was about as impressive as a true freshman can possibly be and he looked way more like the guy who was turning heads back in early January. Any doubts about him peaking too early and underperforming in the Big Ten’s can be balled up, thrown out the window, and then blasted by Rick Dalton and his flamethrower.

In the 141 finals both Bartlett and Mendez were locked up in yet another tight one. This match looked like it was going to play out exactly like their bout back in early February with Bartlett snagging the winning takedown in sudden victory.

However Mendez didn’t want to take it to sudden victory a second time. With short time left in the third period, Jesse landed the deciding takedown and there simply wasn’t enough time for Beau to counter.

But hey, that’s the great thing about the Big Ten Championships, you can gain valuable experience and knowledge which can be used when it really matters. If Mendez and Bartlett square off in the upcoming NCAA’s then I would bet my golf clubs that the result will be different.

At 157 Levi Haines proved yet again who’s the best at that weight in the Big Ten. However it wasn’t a walk in the park for him as the Human Stall Machine know as Will Lewan was his counterpart in the finals.

Not surprisingly the match was tied 1-1 going into sudden victory and it wasn’t surprising which grappler landed the winning takedown. Levi Haines is now a two-time Big Ten Champion and it looks like his NCAA title train is rolling full steam into the station in two weeks.

The finals at 165 represented one of, if not THE most anticipated conference final this year.

And when the dust settled between Mitchell Mesenbrink and Dean Hamiti it 100% lived up to the billing.

Mesenbrink was trailing 11-6 following a reversal by Hamiti early in the third period. And this came on the heels of Mesenbrink finally hitting home with his first takedown late in the second period. It looked like Mitchell had momentum on his side … well until Hamiti’s reversal.

Things looked bleak.

As Penn State fans have seen all year with Mesenbrink, he’s a fighter and he’s going to give all out effort until the final whistle blows in every match. And nothing proved this more than how the final minute and 30 seconds unfolded in the 165 finals.

Mitchell broke free of Hamiti with 1:28 left in the third period and he immediately went to work to grab his second takedown. While riding Hamiti, Mesenbrink slammed him down with a mat return. And in the process it put Dean in a really bad position. Mitchell quickly recognized this and nearly pinned Hamiti, but he still got three swipes.

Mesenbrink’s escape, takedown, and three near fall point sequence moved the match from him being down 11-6 to him being up 13-11. Which is where the match ultimately finished and Mitchell Mesenbrink walks out of College Park as a Big Ten Champion!

Bernie Truax exceeded expectations a bit just by avenging a previous loss to Lenny Pinto to land himself in the finals. And there he gave Isaiah Salazar a heck of a fight for the first eight minutes of the match. But with just over a minute remaining in sudden victory Salazar took Truax to the mat and grabbed an additional four near fall points in the process.

Finishing runner-up at the Big Ten’s is a huge accomplishment and it should go a long way with Bernie’s confidence going into the NCAA’s.

Prior to Aaron Brooks’ finals matchup against Zach Glazier, do you know how many of his 16 matches didn’t end with bonus points?

It was one and it was against Glazier back in early February.

And if there were any questions flying around that Glazier can actually compete with Brooks, then those were blown up with several sticks of TNT. Aaron Brooks completely dismantled Glazier in the second bout of the season and the 19-3 technical fall by Brooks was the proverbial cherry on top of his fourth Big Ten title.

In the final matchup of the evening, three-time All-American Greg Kerkvliet was trying to wrap up his first ever Big Ten title. Which is hard to comprehend considering how good he’s been over the past several years. But that’s what happens when you wrestle in the same weight class as Gable Steveson and Mason Parris.

Other than Nick Feldman landing the initial takedown, the match pretty much went the way Penn State Wrestling fans assumed it would. Kerk Kong used his quickness to get his opponent to the mat and then he grinded them into the Resilite until their soul was completely crushed.

And just like that, you have “Greg Kerkvliet – Big Ten Champion”!

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