Penn State clinches another NCAA wresting title

Penn State wrestling team clinches 6th NCAA title in seven years.

Penn State's wrestling juggernaut rolled on in St. Louis, winning the NCAA team championship before the finals even began.

The Nittany Lions on Saturday clinched their sixth title in seven seasons, perhaps one of the most satisfying titles for coach Cael Sanderson.

After placing second at the Big Ten championships, and losing freshman medal-contender Nick Suriano to an injury, the Lions faced questions entering the NCAA tournament.

Penn State answered them by sending five wrestlers to Saturday's championship round and finishing with six all-Americans. The Lions also received bonus points from all eight wrestlers at nationals to blow through the field.

Now, five Penn State wrestlers will seek national titles, including Zain Retherford, who is looking to defend his 149-pound NCAA title. Two of the finalists are freshmen: Mark Hall and Vincenzo Joseph.

The NCAA finals begin at 8 p.m. Saturday and will be broadcast on ESPN.

PENN STATE IN THE NCAA WRESTLING FINALS

149 POUNDS

  • No. 1 Zain Retherford vs. No. 3 Lavion Mayes (Missouri).

157 POUNDS

  • No. 1 Jason Nolf vs.  No. 3 Joey Lavallee (Missouri).

165 POUNDS

  • No. 6. Vincenzo Joseph vs. No. 1 Isaiah Martinez (Illinois).

174 POUNDS

  • No. 5 Mark Hall vs. No. 3 Bo Jordan (Ohio State).

184 POUNDS

  • No. 2 Bo Nickal vs. No. 1 Gabe Dean (Cornell).
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