One of the biggest questions surrounding the Penn State Wrestling Team heading into the 2023-2024 has finally been answered.
Following his pin of Nebraska’s Mikey Labriola in the 2023 NCAA Championships, Carter Starocci
gave an interview for the ages. And for good reason.
The all-everything standout at 174 pounds had just secured his third NCAA title in three seasons and he was on top of the wrestling world. And with the Olympic trials looming and the enticing offers which undoubtedly were flooding in from the world of MMA, it looked like Starocci
might ride out into the sunset of collegiate wrestling.
That is until his interview with Jeff Byers was just released earlier today by GoPSUSports.
Starocci confirms he is coming back.
That coupled with the weight certifications yesterday from Carter and Aaron Brooks
confirms they will not be taking an Olympic Redshirt.
The only thing from Carter’s interview that struck me was the wording of his response:
“Yes, I’ll be back for my fourth and final year, my senior year.”
If Starocci is able to become the first Nittany Lions
grappler in program history to secure his fourth NCAA title, will he come back to try and become the first wrestler in NCAA history to get five?
Due to the COVID-year he would still have one year left.
But I guess we’ll leave that question for next off season.