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Eight individuals ranked as start of 2017-18 season nears
Penn State Wrestling Club hosts annual post-season Awards Luncheon
Hall Freshman, Zain Wrestler, Cael Coach of the Year as Penn State sweeps InterMat Awards
Nittany Lions blaze to five straight wins in a 5-0 finals showing to tie NCAA record for national champions
Sophomore downs Duke's Kasper to place fifth at 285 in first NCAA tournament appearance
NCAA Champion Vincenzo Joseph heads into the 2017-18 season looking to become a two-time national title winner. The Pittsburgh native and teammate Mark Hall became Penn State's first two freshmen National Champions last season, part of the Nittany Lions' team title run and 5-0 performance in the national finals.
Parents: Sandra and Victor Joseph -- Major: Kinesiology
2016-17: Ranked #3 by InterMat...tech fall over Army WPs Andrew Mendel (21-6; 5:36) in collegiate dual debut at West Point on 11/11...superb showing at Keystone Classic, going 4-0 with two tech falls to win the title at Penn on 11/20..beat #5 Chad Walsh of Rider (12-5) and #13 Te'Shawn Campbell of Pitt (9-5) in the title bout...downed #14 Nick Wanzek in Minnesota in B1G dual debut on 1/6...19-3 TF over Rutgers' Willie Scott on 1/13 in Rec Hall...last second takedown and takedown in SV led to 6-4 (sv) loss to #3 Isaac Jordan at Wisconsin on 1/27...majored Ohio State's Cody Burcher in Columbus on 2/3...lost close 5-2 dec. to #1 Isaiah Martinez of Illinois on 2/10....first collegiate pin on 2/12, pinning Patrick Gerish of Maryland (3:58) in sold out Rec Hall...resounding 12-4 major over #8 Chandler Rogers of Oklahoma State on 2/19, helping lead Penn State to 27-13 win at OSU for NWCA Dual crown.
Big Ten Championships (3-1, 3rd place, NCAA Qualifier): Placed third at Big Ten Championships as the fourth seed, going 3-1 (all against ranked wrestlers)...downed #16 Joey Gunther of Iowa, pinned #15 Nick Wanzek of Minnesota and beat #3 Isaac Jordan 5-2 for third place...only loss 8-5 dec. to #1 Isaiah Martinez in semifinals.
NCAA Championships (5-0, Champion, All-American): Became one of Penn State's first two freshman National Champions (with teammate Mark Hall) by pinning two-time defending champion #1 Isaiah Martinez of Illinois at the 5:25 mark in national final...rolled to national title with 5-0 mark including a pin and a major...downed #14 Branson Ashworth of Wyoming (12-4 major), #6 Daniel Lewis of Missouri (6-5 dec.), #2 Logan Massa of Michigan (5-4 dec.) and #1 Isaiah Martinez of Illinois (fall, 5:25) in an impressive run to the title.
2015-16: Redshirt season...went 11-0 as an unattached wrestler in open tournaments last year, most at 165...had three pins, five techs and a major.
High School/Personal: Came to Penn State with nearly 140 wins as a four-year starter at Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School...won two-straight Pennsylvania state titles during his last two years and was a four-time place winner...went 39-8 and finished seventh as a freshman, 26-9 and placed third as a sophomore, 40-3 and the 138 pound title as a junior and 31-1 and the 152 pound crown as a senior...was a two-year captain and helped lead Central Catholic to the 2014 Pennsylvania state team title...also competed in the 2014 Who's Number 1 tournament and both the Dapper Dan and Dream Team Classics in 2015.
|YEAR||OVERALL||DUALS (B10)||TRN (B10/NCAA)||F||TF||M||Pts.|
|2015-16||Red Shirt Season|
|2016-17||22-4||10-3 (6-2)||12-1 (3-1/5-0)||2-0||4-0||4-0||40||Career||22-4||10-3 (6-2)||12-1 (3-1/5-0)||2-0||4-0||4-0||40|