Chris Godwin, Garrett Sickels impress at NFL combine, Penn State wrestlers second at Big Ten and more
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Godwin, Sickels shine
As noted in this space last week, Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that he hoped to crack 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine.
Godwin ran a 4.42 at the Indianapolis-based event, fifth-best among wide receivers. The Centre Daily Times’ John McGonigal, who posted some video clips of Godwin’s 40 – as well as his performance in other events – noted that while Washington’s John Ross set a combine record with his 4.22 clocking, Godwin caught the eye of NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock:
“From a football perspective, (Godwin had) a more impressive 40 time for me.”
Godwin was thought to be a third-round pick after he capped a 59-catch season with a glittering nine-reception, 187-yard, two-touchdown performance against USC in the Rose Bowl. The only question was his speed, but he appears to have addressed that concern.
Defensive end Garrett Sickels was the only other PSU player invited to the combine, and on Sunday he bench-pressed 225 pounds 20 times. In doing so he helped not only himself but others. Sickels, the 2016 Uplifting Athletes Penn State chapter president, had hoped to raise $200 per rep for UA, which raises money in the battle against rare diseases.
He ended up raising $347.65 for each rep, for a total of $6,953.
Retherford, Nolf win titles
Zain Retherford and Jason Nolf won individual titles, but PSU finished second to Ohio State at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships over the weekend in Bloomington, Ind.
The Buckeyes finished with 139.5 points, while the Lions had 130.
Retherford (27-0) was named Outstanding Wrestler of the Championships after storming through the 149-pound bracket. He registered three pins and a technical fall, the last coming against Ohio State’s Micah Jordan in the championship match.
Nolf, 25-0 in the 157-pound class, was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Year. He beat Iowa’s Michael Kammerer 8-2 for the title.
Eight Lions will compete in the NCAA Championships, March 16-18 in St. Louis.
Here is some video of the championship matches involving Retherford and Nolf, from the Big Ten Network’s Twitter feed.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 5, 2017
We highly doubt it's his last: https://t.co/YhrwybPaWg
— Penn State On BTN (@PennStateOnBTN) March 5, 2017
Lions fall in finale
Josh Reaves scored a career-high 25 points and Mike Watkins had 17 points and 12 rebounds, but the PSU men’s basketball team dropped its regular-season finale 90-79 at Iowa.
It was the fifth straight loss for the Lions (14-17), who trailed 70-49 early in the second half. They open the Big Ten Tournament against Nebraska (12-18) at 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday in Washington.
Athletic director Sandy Barbour did confirm after the game that Pat Chambers will return as coach next season.
Also in the Land of 10
- At the NFL combine, Iowa’s Desmond King says he’s OK with playing cornerback, safety or nickelback in the NFL
- Nebraska coach Tim Miles says he’s not worried about job security, even though his team capped a 12-18 regular season with a 93-57 loss to Michigan
- Wisconsin beats Minnesota 66-49 to secure the second seed in the Big Ten Tournament