Benninghoff, State House Honor Penn State Wrestling Team
4/16/2013
Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) on Monday stood on the House floor to present a citation to the Penn State wrestling team in recognition of its third consecutive National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I championship.
HARRISBURG –
Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) on Monday presented a citation to the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team on the floor of the state House, honoring the team for its third consecutive National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I championship.

“The Penn State wrestling team has set itself apart by continuing to compete at a level that exceeds expectations year after year,” Benninghoff said.  “The young men on the team have established high standards and put in the time, effort and hard work to reach their goals.  They have established Penn State as a premier wrestling program in addition to its existing status as a leading educational institution.  Through their achievements, they have brought honor to Penn State, the central Pennsylvania region and the Commonwealth as a whole.”

The Penn State squad became only the third team in the history of Division I wrestling to win three consecutive NCAA titles.  The team also won its third consecutive Big Ten Conference championship.

In addition to the teams’ athletic accomplishments, nearly half of the team was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team with individual grade point averages above 3.0.

Head coach Cael Sanderson, who won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, was named the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) national coach of the year and the Big Ten Conference coach of the year.

“I commend Coach Sanderson and the Nittany Lion wrestling team for their accomplishments,” Benninghoff said.  “I wish each of them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”

Representative Kerry Benninghoff
171st
District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Dan Massing
717.772.9845
dmassing@pahousegop.com
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