133-pound graduate transfer Corey Keener will attend Penn State this season and is expected to be in contention to start for the Nittany Lions. Keener announced his commitment on Twitter late Wednesday night.
Keener has been enrolled at Central Michigan since 2012-13. He was a 3-time NCAA Tournament qualifier for the Chippewas, and the 2016 runner-up in the MAC Tournament. Over the course of Keener's career, he amassed a 60-42 record.
Proud to announce that I will be furthering my education and wrestling career at Penn State University next year! #WeAre— Corey Keener (@CoreyKeener) June 1, 2017
The reason Keener is expected to be in contention to start is last season's 133-pound starter, Jered Cortez, is expected to be moving up to 141 pounds, although this has not yet been confirmed by Cortez or Cael Sanderson. Keener's transfer to Penn State also makes it more likely that promising incoming freshman, Nick Lee, could be redshirting next season, as Cortez will be the favorite to start at 141 for Penn State when the season opens in November.
Pennsylvania high school wrestling fans should remember Keener. He wrestled for Blue Mountain High School of the Schuylkill League, and had impressive accolades. Keener was a 4-time District 11 champion, 4-time Northeast Regional champion and 2-time Pennsylvania state champion.