I’d like to start this off by saying this article is based on the results of the last decade; NOT overall program history. So hold your horses before you jump down my throat, Bama/SEC fans.
Since 2009-10, Alabama Football and Penn State Wrestling have been the epitome of dominant, winning a combined 13 of 20 possible National Championships. But the question is, which program is more dominant in its respective sport?
There is no question that Alabama has had a dominant past decade. Having won five National Championships, making the CFB Playoffs every season of its existence, and accruing over 35 individual player awards, Alabama has been making quite the résumé for best dynasty in recent memory. But like the football program in Tuscaloosa, the wrestling program in State College is doing the same. Maybe even better.
On Saturday morning near the conclusion of the consolation brackets, the Penn State Wrestling team mathematically locked up its 8th National Title in 9 years. This is the 4th in a row for the Lions’ squad and marks the second four-year championship streak in the nine-year span.
To go a little deeper, Penn State has an undefeated streak of 59 matches, going back to before the 2016 season. They’ll be looking to extend that streak and surpass the record for consecutive dual-meet victories (69) next season. Since the beginning of this National Title streak, wrestlers have had 14 individual Champions and have only lost 1 semi-final bout in that time.
It’s no question that collegiate sports viewers have been treated to a couple of amazing runs. Which 10-year dynasty is better though? There isn’t necessarily a wrong choice, but since everyone argues Championships first, I’m going with the program that has eight….Penn State Wrestling.