Penn State takes step toward NCAA Division I team wrestling title

Posted March 18, 2017

But Thursday's session was different as defending champion Penn State will have more hard path to its sixth title in seven years as it was announced freshman 125-pound wrestler Nick Suriano has withdrawn from the championships because of an ankle injury.

Another goal? Seeing more individual national champs, and Penn State has five in the finals: Zain Retherford (149 pounds), Jason Nolf (157), Vincenzo Joseph (165), Mark Hall (174) and Bo Nickal (184). "We've got a big day tomorrow, big matches in the finals", Penn State coach Cael Sanderson said. They do a great job here.

Coleman lost his first opening-round match to Cornell (N.Y.) University's Gabe Dean, who scored a 21-12 major decision.

The wrestler who beat Nolf in the finals a year ago, Illinois' Isaiah Martinez, will face Vincenzo Joseph in Saturday's 165 pound championship bout. "I just had a position where I was looking for back points or getting the fall". So no disrespect to him or anybody else, but I just wrestle whomever they put out there and whomever makes it to the finals, whether that would be him or Dance (Joey Dance of Virginia Tech the No. 2 seed) or anybody else. He led just 2-0 after one, scoring a takedown with five seconds left in the period. "You get to the NCAA Championships and your whole year is judged about how you perform at that tournament". IL junior Isaiah Martinez, a two-time champion at 157 pounds, is 27-0 at 165 this season.

Mark Hall (33-3), a No. 5 seed at 174, upset No. 1 Zahid Valencia of Arizona State, 4-3, in the semifinals.

Penn State enters the championship ranked atop the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll and OSU is second.

"I know for a fact that it wasn't on objective".

Ohio State and Oklahoma State will look to prove otherwise this weekend in St. Louis. "We've got a insane tough tournament team, and I think we're just going to go out there and prove it". "They want it, and they're going out to get it". First, he hit his patented "secret move" in which he has a leg from bottom, reaches for the head, pivots through and crunches into a near cradle to pin Nebraska's T.J. Dudley in the quarterfinals.

Nickal (28-1), a No. 2 seed and returning runner-up, earned a return trip to the finals by pinning Iowa's Sammy Brooks, No. 3 seed. In the quarterfinals, Joseph overcame a 4-2 deficit at the start of the third period against Missouri's Daniel Lewis to clinch a quarterfinals berth.

Clarion's Brock Zacherl, bottom, tries to escape from the grasp of Oklahoma State's Dean Heil in a 141-pound match in the first round of the NCAA Division I Wresting Championships, Thursday, March 16, 2017 in St. Louis. The Cowboys, with 25.5 points, trail defending national champions Penn State, which leads the team standings after the first day with 30.5 points, and Ohio State with 26 points. At 133, freshman Eierman continued his spirited wrestling with a major decision and a 9-6 win.

Nevills lost, 3-1, to Duke's Jacob Kasper and was knocked into the consolation bracket.

Bucknell's last hope for All-American, No. 15 seed Victor Smith fell one win short, losing 11-3 in the All-American round to Princeton's Matthew Kolodzik.

The Illini, who are tied for 12th heading in to Friday's action, still have 125-pound Travis Piotrowski (19-14) and 157-pound Kyle Langenderfer (24-9) in the consolation bracket.