Levi Hines of Biglerville earns an All-American this season at Penn State

TULSA, Okla. (WHTM) — Biglerville’s Levi Hines earned All-American honors his freshman season at Penn State, finishing his NCAA tournament as runner-up.

Penn State Wrestling as a team has won the program’s 10th national championship in the past 12 championships under head coach Cael Sanderson. It is the program’s eleventh overall title.

Haines, a 157-pound true freshman, dropped a 6-2 decision to top-ranked wrestler Austin O’Connor from UNC in the national championship match.

Complete results for Haines NCAA tournament games

Research and development. 1: #31 Ashton Eller, Lock Haven – W, Dec. 3-10.
Research and development. 2: #15 Jacob Wright, Wyoming – W, Dec 8-2.
Qtr: #7 Bryce Andonian, Virginia Tech – WBF (6:11)
Semi: #3 Peyton Robb, Nebraska – W, Dec. 3-5.
Finals: #1 Austin O’Connor, NC – L, Dec. 2-6.

Haines went 4-1 in his first NCAA Tournament and finished his senior season with a 25-2 record.

Haines stunned the wrestling world by earning a spot in Penn State’s starting rotation as a true freshman. He was brought into the lineup for the 2022 National Collegiate Duals early in the season and went 3-0.

From there, Haines was brought in against Michigan (3-1 SV win) and Iowa (3-2 decision), burning his redshirt.

Haines spent three years at Biglerville High School. As a freshman, he posted a 40-1 record with runner-up honors on home soil. As a sophomore, he had a 30-4 record and also finished 2nd in the state. As a junior, he finally won his first state championship with a perfect 30-0 record. He did not wrestle for school as a senior, instead competing at the collegiate open level.