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National champions earn Penn State’s top honor for 2015-16
National Champion Nittany Lions also among the nation’s top students
Trio of Nittany Lions on ballot for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors
National Champions on the mat, Penn State leads the nation with six first team All-Academic picks
Wrestling Wins NCAA Crown; Fencing and Men's Gymnastics Finish in Top 10 at NCAA Championships
Sophomore Zain Retherford earned All-America laurels as a true freshman two years ago and heads into the new campaign looking to win an NCAA title. Coming off of a red-shirt season, Retherford's emergence as a true freshman helped spark Penn State to an NCAA title run.Parents: Sarah and Allen Retherford -- Major: Finance.
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|
|Career||33-3||16-0 (8-0)||17-3 (3-1/4-2)||4-0||2-0||8-0||58|