Penn State wrestling takes national team and five individual titles
March 19, 2017


ST. LOUIS -- Penn State's NCAA wrestling tournament began with a major loss. The Nittany Lions did almost nothing but win after that.

Two days after learning that one of their most explosive wrestlers wouldn't be able to compete due to an injury, the Nittany Lions pulled away from the field to clinch the team title before the finals even began. Then they went 5-for-5 in individual championship matches, as three vaunted veterans were joined by two freshmen atop their respective championship podiums on Saturday.

Zain Retherford (149 pounds), Jason Nolf (157), Vincenzo Joseph (165), Mark Hall (174) and Bo Nickal (184) all won titles to lead the Nittany Lions to their sixth team championship in seven years and seventh overall.