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Penn State early enrollee Lamont Wade is among those who believe that fans like this one will have much to celebrate in 2017 as well.

Penn State newcomer Lamont Wade has high hopes for 2017, wrestling team wraps up the Big Ten and more

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Wade expresses optimism

Clairton (Pa.) cornerback Lamont Wade, an early enrollee at Penn State, was named Pennsylvania Small School Mr. PA Football in a banquet at the Harrisburg (Pa.) Hilton Hotel on Saturday night, and afterward he was asked by Pennlive’s Brian Linder about the season ahead.

Wade first mentioned that PSU assistant Terry Smith had told him early in his recruitment that he should trust the process as far as the program’s rebuild is concerned.

“It’s there now,” Wade told Linder. “Preseason rankings should be top five (in the nation). We’re ready to live up to the hype.”

Wade “will have the opportunity to play both sides of the ball,” Smith said on National Signing Day, but in spring practice he will concentrate on defense.

“We just want to get him to where he knows the system defensively,” Smith said, adding that Wade “brings the ability to play the nickel position.”

Wade also played running back in high school.

Irish woo Micah Parsons

Micah Parsons, a 5-star defensive end from Harrisburg High and a 2018 commit to PSU, tweeted out that he had received an offer from Notre Dame.

Parsons also received an offer from Oregon last month. And Alabama, another school in the hunt, has told him that he would have an opportunity to play on offense.

He doubled as a running back in high school.

Wrestling team locks up Big Ten

PSU’s second-ranked wrestling team routed Maryland 45-6 Sunday in Rec Hall to run its winning streak to 30 and sew up its second straight Big Ten regular-season championship.

The Lions won eight straight matches in one stretch, five of them via pin. Here is coach Cael Sanderson’s take, per the Centre Daily Times:

“It’s a fun stretch there. We had five falls in a row? That’s great, we’ll take that every time. Those guys are looking for falls. They wrestled aggressively and moved forward. That’s what it takes to get those bonus points.”

Zain Retherford, the Lions’ top-ranked 149-pounder, was part of the pin parade, following up the fall he recorded Friday against Illinois.

Jason Nolf, who is No. 1 at 157, also had a pin.

Penn State next travels to top-ranked Oklahoma State at 4 p.m. ET Sunday in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Dual Championship Series, the second straight year the two schools have squared off. PSU won last year, 29-18.

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