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Carter Starocci (Eerie, Pa./Penn State Univ.) has been selected as USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week on Feb. 23, 2021.
Starocci, a freshman for Penn State, entered the weekend ranked No. 5 in the country at 174 pounds. On Saturday, he made a case to jump into the top-three, defeating No. 2 Kaleb Romero of Ohio State in dual action.
In his bout against Romero the score was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, but Starocci used a tiebreaker rideout to win the match, 2-1. The Nittany Lion put an exclamation point on his weekend with a Monday-night win over Maryland’s Phillip Spadafora in the form of a 15-6 major decision.
Starocci heads into conference championships with a 6-1 overall record.
Each week USA Wrestling will select an Athlete of the Week based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling from youth programs through the senior level. Twitter fan votes also play a part in decision.
To nominate a wrestler for this honor please send the athlete's name, wrestling program, weekly accomplishments and career accolades to USA Wrestling Manager of Communications Taylor Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.