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Biography - Zain Retherford, PA

ZAIN RETHERFORD
2019-20 Team USA Ranking:
No. 1 at 65 kg/143 lbs.
Years on Team USA: 3 (2016-18, 2019-2020)
Residence: Benton, Pa.
Club: Nittany Lion WC
College: Penn State
High School: Benton HS (Pa.)
Born: May 21, 1995
Height: 5’8”

Career Highlights
- Two-time Senior World Team member (2017, 2019)
- Third in U.S. Olympic Team Trials (2016)
- Cadet World champion (2012)
- Two-time Dan Hodge Trophy recipient, as nation’s top college    wrestler (2017-18)
- Three-time NCAA champion for Penn State (2016-18)
- Four-time NCAA All-American (2014, 2016-18)
- Three-time Big Ten champion (2016-18)

Career Biography
2020:
Bronze at Matteo Pellicone International…
2019: Final X champion… World Team Trials champion… U.S. Open runner-up… World Cup Team member (bronze)… Eighth at the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix… Seventh at Yasar Dogu… Seventh at Alans International… 26th at Senior World Championships…
2017: DNP in World Championships… Grand Prix of Spain champion… U.S. World Team Trials champion… Third in U.S. Open…
2016: Third in 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials…
2015: Second in UWW Junior World Team Trials… Second in UWW Junior Nationals… Fourth in Dave Schultz Memorial International…
2014: Second in FILA Junior World Team Trials… Second in FILA Junior Nationals…
2013: Second in FILA Junior World Team Trials… Second in FILA Junior Nationals…
2012: Cadet World Champion… FILA Cadet Nationals champion…
2011: Fifth in FILA Cadet Nationals…

College: Two-time Dan Hodge Trophy recipient, as nation’s top college wrestler (2017-18)…Three-time NCAA champion for Penn State (2016-18)… Fifth in 2014 NCAA Championships… Three-time Big Ten champion (2016-18)… Second in 2014 Big Ten Championships…

USA Age-Group: 2012 USAW Junior Freestyle Nationals champion… Fifth in 2011 USAW Cadet Freestyle Nationals…

High School: Two-time Pennsylvania state champion… Coached by Russ and Scotty Hughes… Posted a perfect 47-0 mark at Benton High School, closing his high school career with a 130-3 career record… No. 3-ranked overall recruit by InterMat coming out of high school.…

Personal: Son of Allen and Sarah Retherford… Has two sisters, Hannah and Mylee… Hobbies include reading, learning the guitar and anything outdoors…

Note: Redshirted during 2014-15 college season…

Twitter: @zaintrain_psu
Instagram: @zaintrain_psu