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Junior Zain Retherford will head into the 2016-17 season looking to defend the NCAA 149-pound title. The 2016 NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler and the 2016 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, Retherford will be looking to become a three-time All-American this year and is riding a 35-match win streak.
Parents: Sarah and Allen Retherford -- Major: Finance.
2015-16: Ranked #1 by InterMat...dominating 15-0 tech fall over #13 Sal Mastriani of Virginia Tech on 11/15...pinned CSUB's Coleman Hammond at the 1:17 mark on 11/20 and Stanford's Paul Fox at the 6:35 mark on 11/22...went 4-0 (plus a win vs. a non-collegiate) with a pin to win the Nittany Lion Open on 12/6...pinned Wisconsin's Ryan Lubeck (2:56) in the first BJC Dual of the year on 12/13...rolled to 2016 Southern Scuffle title (his second) with a 5-0 run through the field at 149, including three techs, a major and a pin...went 2-0 in Big Ten road swing at Purdue and Indiana on 1/8-10 with a tech fall and a pin...dominating 12-3 major over #5 Jake Sueflohn of Nebraska with 3:17 riding time on 1/15 (named B1G Wrestler of the Week, 1/19)...majored #4 Jason Tsirtsis of Northwestern two days later, 15-5, in Evanston...pinned #6 Alex Pantaleo of Michigan on 1/31, his fourth win over a top-ten ranked opponent...picked up a major at Lehigh on 2/12 and a tech fall at home vs. Michigan State on 2/13...strong 4-1 win over #12 Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State on 2/21, with 2:35 riding time...named 2016 NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler...first team CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large...second team CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large...first team NWCA Academic All-America...Penn State Male Athlete of the Year (the fifth straight wrestler to win the honor).
Big Ten Championships (4-0, Champion, NCAA Qualifier): 2016 Big Ten Champion with 4-0 run through tourney...pinned #5 Alec Pantaleo of Michigan in semis and shutout #2 Brandon Sorensen of Iowa 4-0 in finals...2016 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year.
NCAA Championships (5-0, Champion, All-American): Concluded unbeaten sophomore season by winning 2016 NCAA 149-pound crown with 5-0 run in Madison Square Garden...had three pins and a tech fall to get to the finals where he rolled to a 10-1 major over #2 Brandon Sorensen of Iowa.
2014-15: Red-shirt season, did not compete in open tournaments.
2013-14: First year of collegiate wrestling...rolled to the Binghamton Open title at 141 in his first collegiate tournament on 11/10, going 5-0 with two pins, a tech fall and a major....12-3 major over Paul Kirchner of Rider in Penn State dual meet debut on 11/16...made Rec Hall dual debut on 11/24 with strong 6-1 decision over Lock Haven's Dan Neff...thrilling 4-2 (SV) victory over #1 Logan Stieber of Ohio State on 12/15, sparking Penn State to 31-6 victory over Buckeyes in Rec Hall...he was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week (12/17) for his efforts...4-2 win over #9 Josh Dziewa of Iowa in Lions' dual win in CHA on 12/21/13...rolled to 2014 Southern Scuffle crown as a true freshman, downing the #11, #7 and #19 ranked grapplers on the way...5-0 run included a pin and a major...won four straight Big Ten dual meet bouts by major (1/12 through 1/24)...pinned MSU's Brian Gibbs on 1/31 (4:42)...7-1 win over #13 Steve Dutton of Michigan on 2/2...strong 4-0 win over #6 Chris Dardanes of Minnesota on 2/9...beat #19 Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State on 2/16...closed out perfect regular season (26-0) with 8-4 win over Clarion's Tyler Bedelyon on 2/23.
Big Ten Championships (3-1, 2nd, NCAA Qualifier): Advanced to Big Ten title bout as a true freshman before dropping 7-3 decision to defending NCAA champ Logan Stieber of Ohio State in the finals...the loss was Retherford's first after a 29-0 start to his collegiate career...went 3-1 to finish as Big Ten Runner-Up.
NCAA Championships (3-2, 5th, All-American): Went 4-2 at first NCAA tournament as a true freshman, placing fifth...both losses at NCAAs were to #1 and #2 seeds.
Zain Retherford came to Penn State after blazing to the 2013 Pennsylvania State title in 2013. Retherford posted a perfect 47-0 mark at Benton High School, closing out his high school career with a 130-3 career record, including two state titles. He won the PIAA title as a freshman with a 40-1 mark then placed third as a sophomore. Retherford was the No. 3 ranked overall recruit by Intermat coming out of high school. After winning his second state title as a senior, Retherford went on to win a world championship on the freestyle circuit as well. Retherford projects at 141 for Penn State.
|YEAR||OVERALL||DUALS (B10)||TRN (B10/NCAA)||F||TF||M|| Pts.
|2013-14||33-3||16-0 (8-0)||17-3 (3-1/4-2)||4-0||2-0||8-0||58|
|2015-16||34-0||15-0 (9-0)||18-0 (4-0/5-0)||15-0||8-0||7-0||81|
|Career||67-3||31-0 (17-0)||35-3 (7-1/9-2)||19-0||10-0||15-0||139|