Penn State cruises to another NCAA wrestling title
March 19, 2017
After securing its sixth title in seven years during the Saturday morning session, Penn State took a run at history Saturday night in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Scottrade Center.
Picking up victories in the final five matches of the finals, the Nittany Lions matched Iowa (1986 and 1997) and Oklahoma State (2005) as the only teams in tournament history with five individual champions.
The 11th consecutive Big Ten squad to win the team title, Penn State defended its 2016 championship and dominated in doing so. The Nittany Lions received a technical fall from two-time champ Zain Retherford at 149 pounds, a major decision from Jason Nolf at 157, a stunning third-period pin from freshman Vincenzo Joseph over two-time champ Isaiah Martinez of Illinois at 165, a gritty 5-2 win from true freshman Mark Hall at 174 and another stunner at 184 as 2016 runner-up Bo Nickal posted a 4-3 decision over two-time defending champ Gabe Dean of Cornell.