Penn State claims five of Big Ten's seven individual NCAA wrestling titles

Penn State shown here celebrating its 2016 national championship will be going for its sixth title in seven years starting tomorrow in St. Louis. Penn State will be without Nick Suriano though who injured his ankle against Oklahoma State in February

All rankings listed are official tournament seeds. Then, in the Round of 16, he was dropped into the consolation by Princeton No. 4 seed Matthew Kolodzik, 6-3. He had advanced to that round with a 3-0 decision and fall in 6:08.

Seventeen Penn State batters struck out in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader, and Game 2 wasn't much better, as DE swept Penn State by scores of 6-1 and 5-0.

Nolf will face Missouri's Joey Lavallee, the No. 3 seed, in the title match.

Redshirt freshman Nick Piccininni, the eighth seed at 125, had a similar result in his rematch with North Dakota State's Joshua Rodriguez to reach Friday morning's quarterfinals.

157: No. 1 Jason Nolf (Soph.) vs. Hall (31-3) was up 3-2 and holding on late when he secured the win with the clinching takedown. Nolf used seven takedowns to earn a 14-6 major decision over Lavallee and pick up his first individual title after falling to Illinois' Isaiah Martinez in the finals past year. He also pinned Rider's Bryan Clagon in the quarterfinals. Joseph and Hall both made their tournament debuts and will wrestle Illinois' Isaiah Martinez and Ohio State's Bo Jordan, respectively. "When you're scoring four points it gets up there quick". "Then my second and he'd be coming hard at it and kind of set it up perfectly". Joseph and Ashworth traded takedowns and the Lion led 8-4 with over 2:00 in time after two periods. He picked up a bonus point for his team with a 12-4 major decision over Wyoming's Brandon Asworth. Joseph wrestled what most, if not all, would call his best match of the season and led Martinez 6-5 with over a minute of riding time at the time of the trip.

True freshman Mark Hall kept the momentum going with a 5-2 win over Ohio State's Bo Jordan at 174, setting up the main event of the finals. Hall ended the match early.

The Cowboys have won only one national title since putting five wrestlers on top of the podium.

After Kyle Crutchmer was upset in the first session of the day at 174 pounds to an unseeded wrestler, Oklahoma State lost two more in the evening session when No. 2 seed Anthony Collica (149 pounds) lost in sudden death to 15th-seeded Kenny Theobold of Rutgers.

Nickal was able to ward off the brute strength of Cornell's Dean with his scrambling and countering ability and prevailed 6-3 at 184.

Nolf (29-0), the top seed and returning runner-up at 157, earned another trip to the finals with a 13-5 major decision win over Nebraska's Tyler Berger, the No. 4 seed, in the semifinals. "We've got a insane tough tournament team, and I think we're just going to go out there and prove it". Nickal came right back with a leg- attack takedown to seal the win. "I knew I had to score more than one takedown, so that was big". Missouri's J'Den Cox, who injured his knee in the Rio Games but still took home a bronze medal, is 23-0 at 197 pounds in 2016-17.

He finished the season 32-0 after going 38-0 as a sophomore.

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