After leaving the program in the fall semester, Gavin Teasdale was anticipated to come back into the room and possibly compete for the 125 pound starting job in the spring semester. However, Cael Sanderson confirmed in a media day today that Gavin Teasdale has left the program and they expect him to transfer from the university.
It is not clear at this time where Teasdale will be transferring. He has been removed from Penn State's roster, and will not practice with the team. Whatever happened between Teasdale and Penn State must have accelerated fairly quickly. Teasdale was entered into the Southern Scuffle to wrestle attached to Penn State, but he was withdrawn before the tournament began. Since the Scuffle withdrawal, he was not really mentioned at all, and not listed on the match notes the last two weekends.
Teasdale is a former cadet world team member, and was an initial commit to Iowa. However, he flipped his commitment to Penn State, and really seemed to embrace Cael Sanderson's program. Jason Nolf was in his corner for a Who's #1 match against Pat Glory, but he will leave Penn State having never wrestled a match for the program. It is quite the turn for someone who was one of the most heralded recruits for the class of 2018.
It is expected that this news will mean Devin Schnupp will get the start for the rest of the season. Brody Teske has only appeared in one event unattached for Penn State so far, and that was at the Southern Scuffle where he went 2-1. However, a 15-0 loss to Luke Werner (Lock Haven) exhibited that Teske is likely not going to be a major point contributor at this stage in his career. For that reason, it makes a lot of sense to allow Teske to continue to develop in the room and allow Schnupp to finish out the season. Teske will likely be the favorite to be the 125-pound starter in 2019-20 with Teasdale no longer at Penn State.
Despite the transfer, Penn State is still set up well at the lightweights for future seasons. Class of 2020 commit Robbie Howard is one of the elite prospects in the country, and figures to be a potential national title contender provided he continues to improve and develop. However, Howard has openly spoken about redshirting a year when he gets to college, so it is safe to say he could easily not be competing for Penn State for three more seasons.