Mark Hall, nation's No. 1 wrestler, picks Penn State

Mark Hall, nation's No. 1 wrestler, picks Penn State

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Mark Hall, nation's No. 1 wrestler, picks Penn State

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Hall, the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Wrestler of the Year in 2014-15, went 42-0 last season and spent the summer competing in national and international level events. He is 229-4 in his career and 35-0 in the state tournament. Among those 35 wins are 20 pins.

Hall also has a 3.7 grade point average at Apple Valley.

Saying he was a competitor, a wrestler, a son and then citing his faith, Hall said, “I an Apple Valley Eagle, but today I am proud to announce that I will be a Penn State Nittany Lion,” as he put on a Penn State hat.

“There’s so much that goes into picking a place you want to go,” Hall said. “For me, the wrestling is a big part but of it, but it’s not going to be there forever. Going out to Penn State, it felt like a home to me. … All the places I’m visiting and I have to live there for 10, 15 years for training or maybe longer after that depending on a potential coaching career. I felt the most comfortable at Penn State.”

Hall also was No. 12 in USA TODAY Sports’ countdown of members of the Class of 2016 in all sports to watch.

He said the recruiting process being over was not a “weight off his shoulders” because that weight lifted “when I left the Penn State campus. … The hardest part was holding it in and keeping it secret.”

Hall has taken official visits to Wisconsin, Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska and also has visited his home-state Minnesota.
“If I could go all five schools at the same time, believe me, I would,” Hall said after thanking all five for “making me a better person and giving me these opportunities.”

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