If you thought you’ve seen the last of David Taylor, Zain Retherford, and Bo Nickal at Penn State, think again.
It looks like the 2020 Olympic Wrestling Trials are coming to the Bryce Jordan Center next spring.
Taylor seemed to let the news slip on Saturday afternoon at the Penn State Alumni Association championship mixer while speaking to the crowd of fans in attendance. After Taylor let the cat out of the bag, athletic director Sandy Barbour said that she didn’t realize the news was ready to go public yet.
The news comes after more than a year of rumors about the trials coming to Happy Valley. Given Penn State’s long-standing success on the mat, State College seems to be an emerging destination for wresting competition. Just last year, Rec Hall hosted the Final X World team trials.
This is the biggest wrestling-related event to come to the Bryce Jordan Center since the 1999 NCAA Championships, which featured individual champions Cael Sanderson and Casey Cunningham.
In years past, the Trials have been held in April, so look out for an announcement on further details as they become available.
Already, five returning Penn State wrestlers are eligible to take Olympic redshirts next season and train for the Trials.