National champs Retherford, Hall win world team trials

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Two Penn State national champions will represent the United States in on the world stage as junior Zain Retherford and true freshman Mark Hall claimed titles at the 2017 U.S. World Team Trials and U.S. Junior World Team Trials respectively.

Retherford, a junior and a two-time NCAA champion, downed Nittany Lion all-time great and 2016 U.S. Olympian Frank Molinaro in the 65 kg weight class’ best-of-three finals Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska. Molinaro, who tied for fourth at the 2016 Olympics last year, won the first match 7-6 before Retherford rebounded to claim the title. The Nittany Lion, who returns for his senior year next season, won the next match 6-0 to set up a third and final bout for the title and a spot on the U.S. World Team. Retherford posted a 7-4 win to become a U.S. World Team member for the first time. He placed third last year.

Hall, a true freshman last season and an NCAA champion, rolled over Iowa’s Alex Marinelli in the finals at 74 kg. Hall posted a dominating 10-0 win at the 1:53 mark to earn a spot on the 2017 U.S. Junior World Team.

Retherford will compete for the U.S. in Paris, France, Aug. 21-16. Hall will compete in Tampere, Finland, in the 2017 Junior World Championships Aug. 1-6. Both athletes represented the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club at the U.S. World Team Trials.

Last Updated June 12, 2017