It is the final day of the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships on Saturday, and it time to crown some champions.
Nearly 330 wrestlers came to St. Louis, Missouri, to compete at Scottrade Center for a national title. Penn State is the defending champion and already won the national duel title earlier this season.
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The Nittany Lions had a huge day Friday, and look poised to repeat as team champions. Five Penn State wrestlers will compete for an individual national title as well. Ohio State is currently second and has two potential champions, including Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder.
Oklahoma State is third and has only one wrestler in the finals, but seven still battling in the consolation rounds and a lot of third-place finishes could put heat on the Nittany Lions if their stars falter in the finals.
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Iowa’s Thomas Gilman was the first of three previously undefeated No. 1 seeds to get upset in the semifinals. Ethan Lizak is one of two Minnesota wrestlers who could win a championship, and a top-five finish isn’t out of the question for the Golden Gophers.
(4) Darian Cruz (LEH) vs. (6) Ethan Lizak (MINN)
A few minutes after Gilman left Iowa stunned to be short a finalist, Cory Clark gave the Hawkeyes a surprise potential champ. He knocked off No. 1 seed Nathan Tomasello, and now will face former Iowa wrestler Seth Gross from South Dakota State in the final. He’s the first Jackrabbits wrestler to reach an NCAA Division I final.
(2) Seth Gross (SDSU) vs. (4) Cory Clark (IOWA)
No. 1 seed Dean Heil is the lone Oklahoma State wrestler to reach the finals. The Cowboys were competing with Penn State to be the No. 1 team in the nation this year, but they could drop to fourth or even fifth at this tournament.
(1) Dean Heil (OKST) vs. (6) George DiCamillo (UVA)
If Penn State hasn’t clinched the title by this point, Zain Retherford might be able to do it. Lavion Mayes is one of three Missouri Tigers still left competing for a championship. Retherford had an impressive pin of Iowa rival Brandon Sorensen in the semifinals.
(1) Zain Retherford (PSU) vs. (3) Lavion Mayes (MIZZ)
Here’s the second “road” match for Penn State. Missouri’s campus isn’t far from St. Louis and the Tigers should have a large contingent of fans Saturday. Nolf should still be a big favorite here.
(1) Jason Nolf (PSU) vs. (3) Joey Lavallee (MIZZ)
Isaiah Martinez is a two-time NCAA champion at 157 pounds and looking for his first title at 165. Vincenzo Joseph is a redshirt freshman making a surprise appearance in the final after knocking off Michigan’s No. 2 seed Logan Massa in the semifinals.
(1) Isaiah Martinez (ILL) vs. (3) Vincenzo Joseph (PSU)
Penn State’s Mark Hall won one of the most surprising and controversial matches of the day Saturday when No. 1 seed Zahid Valencia thought he had a takedown late in the match but was penalized for grabbing Hall’s chin strap. Ohio State’s Bo Jordan had a dramatic late semifinal win against the No. 2 seed, Brian Realbuto, just seconds before that.
(3) Bo Jordan (OHST) vs. (5) Mark Hall (PSU)
Penn State’s Bo Nickal wrestled for less than six minutes Saturday, but picked up a pair of pins. This is one of the best matchups of the day, because Gabe Dean from Cornell is the two-time defending champion at 184 pounds. Nickal lost in the final last season at 174 pounds.
(1) Gabe Dean (COR) vs. (2) Bo Nickal (PSU)
Here’s the other chance for Minnesota to win an individual national title, but Missouri’s J’Den Cox is trying to become a three-time NCAA champion. He also won a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
(1) J’den Cox (MIZZ) vs. (2) Brett Pfarr (MINN)
Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder was in serious pain after winning his quarterfinal match early Saturday afternoon, but looked in total control later that night when he dispatched Jacob Kasper from Duke. Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery weighs nearly 40 pounds more than Snyder, but the Olympic gold medalist should prevail if the injury doesn’t slow him.
(1) Kyle Snyder (OHST) vs. (2) Connor Medbery (WISC)