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Penn State Sweeps InterMat Post-Season Awards

Penn State wrestling sweeps the post-season InterMat honors with the Wrestler of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year for 2017.

The accolades for Penn State's wrestling team continue to pile up as the Nittany Lions swept interMat's 2017 post-season awards.

Junior Zain Retherford, who previously won the 2017 Hodge Trophy, 2017 Outstanding Wrestler of the NCAA Championship Tournament and the NCAA's Most Dominant Wrestler for this past season, was named InterMat's Wrestler of the Year. Retherford received the same honor in 2016. He won the 2017 National Championship at 149 pounds.

Retherford received eight of 10 first-place ballots for a total of 86 points. His Penn State teammate Jason Nolf, the NCAA National Champion at 157 pounds, was at the top of two InterMat staffers' ballots, for 57 points. Bo Nickal placed fifth with 13 points.

True Freshman Mark Hall was honored as 2017 InterMat Freshman of the Year. Hall won the 2017 NCAA National Championship at 174 pounds. He received the InterMat honor over his team mate Vincenzo Joseph who was runner-up for the award.

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Cael Sanderson was named InterMat Coach of the Year. This marks the fourth time he has won the honor - 2007 as Iowa State head coach and 2012, 2016 and 2017 as Penn State's headman.

The InterMat Coach of the Year Award is presented annually to the best college coach in all divisions. The award is based solely on the votes of writers and executives at InterMat prior to the announcement of any other national wrestling media awards. Each staffer is asked to select five coaches and rank them from first to fifth. Point values are assigned to each placement, ranging from one point for a coach listed fifth on a voter's ballot, up to nine points for a first-place choice.

Sanderson received seven of ten first-place votes from InterMat staffer ballots, for a total of 80 points. Ohio State's Tom Ryan came in second with 37 points, despite not receiving any first-place votes. 

With three of the top five Wrestler of the Year finalists (all undergraduates) and the top two Freshman of the Year finalists, the future looks more than bright for Penn State wrestling.


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