House adopts Conklin, Benninghoff resolutions congratulating Penn State wrestling, basketball champs

HARRISBURG, June 12 – The House today unanimously adopted two resolutions introduced by state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, and state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin, congratulating the Penn State University men’s wrestling and basketball teams on championship-winning seasons.

House Resolution 956, introduced by Conklin, congratulated Coach Cael Sanderson and the Penn State men’s wrestling team on its seventh National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I championship in eight years.

“Last year, the Penn State wrestling team was described as ‘dominant,’ but it’s time we use the correct word and call them what they truly are – a dynasty,” Conklin said. “I can’t tell you how much pride we have in what this team has done. These amazing young men fought back from points behind – from what many thought were overwhelming odds – to capture this championship.”

House Resolution 954, introduced by Benninghoff, recognized Coach Patrick Chambers and the Penn State men's basketball team for their victory over the University of Utah and becoming the National Invitation Tournament champions in 2018.

“It was a great year to be a Nittany Lion fan,” Benninghoff said. “Congratulations to both teams on their outstanding seasons, athleticism and leadership on behalf of all of us in Centre County and across this commonwealth. We are proud to have cheered you on in your incredible accomplishments, both on and off the court, and on and off the mat.”

Head basketball coach Chambers and players Lamar Stevens and John Harrar were formally recognized today in the House chamber, as were head wrestling coach Sanderson and wrestlers Zain Retherford and Nick Nevills.