Cael Sanderson has a knack for receiving commitments from elite talents, and the program received an extra boost with a commitment from Beau Bartlett. Bartlett is the No. 7 wrestler pound-for-pound in FloWrestling's big board, and is another lightweight stud to go with what Penn State already has in the room.
Bartlett has had a very impressive high school career with Wyoming Seminary, where he has won three national prep titles. In December 2017, he defeated former Penn State wrestler Gavin Teasdale, handing Teasdale his first loss in high school. Bartlett recently competed at the senior US Open at 61 kg. He finished in eighth, and pinned former Nittany Lion and two-time All-American Jordan Conaway. Bartlett is looking like a potentially elite wrestler at the senior level already and he's still only a high school junior.
The commitments of Beau Bartlett and Robbie Howard have Penn State's lightweight lineups secure for the long term. It's no secret that Penn State has been in the market for more depth in the lightweight positions since Teasdale left Penn State and Adam Busiello flipped his commitment to Arizona State. These two prospects give Penn State stud recruits, which has not been the deepest positions in the room for the Nittany Lions. Expect them to wrestle in back-to-back weights, like 125 and 133 or 133 and 141.
It will be interesting to see if Penn State will use a greyshirt on either, as they did with the class of 2018 to preserve eligibility. Howard openly talked about redshirting his freshman season, but a greyshirt can accomplish the same thing and preserve his eligibility for the future. There's also Brody Teske, who many feel will not be able to stay at 125 pounds for his whole career. 133-pound freshman starter Roman Bravo-Young and 141-pound sophomore starter Nick Lee hoth have multiple years of eligibility left, and both can be redshirted as well.
One thing is for certain though, Penn State's class of 2020 has the potential to be as great as the Class of 2018. With Beau Bartlett and Robbie Howard, Cael Sanderson is off to a tremendous start and it will be interesting to see who else the Nittany Lions can get to round out the group.