Penn State wrestling clinches sixth NCAA title in seven seasons

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This is the fourth time in program history and second year in a row where the Nittany Lions are sending five wrestlers to the national finals.

The Nittany Lions' Murderer's Row of Zain Retherford (149), Jason Nolf (157), Vincenzo Joseph (165), Mark Hall (174) and Bo Nickal (184) all swept into tonight's championship finals. They do a great job here.

"There are some good teams ahead of us and we only have six guys, but we're still battling". Hughes continued to dictate the action, building up his riding time, and Hughes got on the board with a one-point stalling call on Walsh to cut the gap to 4-1 with 20 seconds left, but couldn't get any points, adding the riding time point for the final 4-2 decision. It set up a championship bout with Missouri's Lavion Mayes who beat Northern Iowa's Max Thomsen in the other semifinal.

"It kinda goes back to his first loss", OSU coach John Smith said, "aggressive mistakes". 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. After the wrestlers were reset in the middle of the mat, Rogers landed another takedown that he then turned into his second fall of the tournament - both of which came in the first period.

The Spartan freshman opened Thursday's action with a 6-0 decision over Keilan Torres of Northern Colorado in the first round before losing to second-seeded Logan Massa of MI in a 25-10 technical fall at 4:47 in the second round. And we were having to get him to a point where he would be competitive enough to compete and to protect himself.

Joseph gets a third shot at Illinois' Isaiah Martinez. "We're having fun and the guys are wrestling well", Penn State coach Cael Sanderson said. Then, in the semifinals he toppled No. 1 seed and undefeated Zahid Valencia of Arizona State, 4-3, in a match with plenty of drama.

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

Ohio State and Iowa are projected along with the Pokes to contend for the national championship. They really do go out of their way to create a good environment for them. "I feel like I wrestled tough so far".

184 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) 28-3 d. At press time, with some consolation matches still ongoing, Ohio State was in second with 26.0 and Oklahoma State third with 24.0. Nickal, 2-0 with a tech fall and a pin, moves into the quarterfinals tomorrow against No. 7 TJ Dudley of Nebraska.

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. Joseph advanced to the semifinals with a 6-5 win over Missouri's Daniel Lewis, the No. 6 seed.

First, he knocked off North Carolina's eighth-seeded Ethan Ramos in a 15-4 major decision.

Nick Nevills wrestled back to finish fifth with a 4-3 sudden-victory win over Duke's Jacob Kasper at 285 pounds.

Sophomore 133-pounder Austin Eicher was eliminated Friday morning with a 4-0 decision loss to sixth-seeded Dom Forys of Pittsburgh in the consolation bracket Friday morning. Thomas Haines, the No. 14 seed at 285, started with a second-period fall before falling to Lehigh's Doug Vollaro, 7-3, in the third round of consolations.

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