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The brackets have been announced for the 2019 NCAA wrestling championships

March 14, 2019

DEREK WHITE OF OKLAHOMA STATE IS THE NUMBER ONE SEED IN THE HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION

Photo Credit: Stillwater News Press

The NCAA released the brackets for the 2019 NCAA wrestling championship that will begin on March 21, 2019 at Pittsburgh.  There will be 33 wrestlers in each weight class.

The top four seeds in each weight division are:

125 pounds — (1) Sebastian Rivera, Northwestern (25-1), (2) Nicholas Piccininni, Oklahoma State (30-0), (3) Spencer Lee, Iowa (18-3) and (4) Ronnie Bresser, Oregon State (23-1).

133 pounds — (1) Daton Fix, Oklahoma State (30-1), (2) Stevan Micic, Michigan (14-0), (3) Nick Suriano, Rutgers (24-3) and (4) Mickey Phillipi, Pittsburgh (19-2).

141 pounds — (1) Yanni Diakomihalis, Cornell (24-0), (2) Joey McKenna, Ohio State (20-2), (3) Nick Lee, Penn State (27-2) and (4) Josh Alber, Northern Iowa (31-5).

149 pounds — (1) Anthony Ashnault, Rutgers (27-0), (2) Micah Jordan, Ohio State (25-2), (3) Mitch Finesilver, Duke (28-3) and (4) Brock Mauller, Missouri (29-2).

157 pounds — (1) Jason Nolf, Penn State (26-0), (2) Tyler Berger, Nebraska (24-3), (3) Ryan Deakin, Northwestern (29-4) and (4) Alec Pantaleo, Michigan (18-7).

165 pounds — (1) Alex Marinelli, Iowa (23-0), (2) Vincenzo Joseph, Penn State (23-1), (3) Joshua Shields, Arizona State (27-3) and (4) Evan Wick, Wisconsin (28-4).

174 pounds — (1) Mark Hall, Penn State (26-0), (2) Daniel Lewis, Missouri (24-1), (3) Zahid Valencia, Arizona State (26-2) and (4) Myles Amine, Michigan (17-3).

184 pounds — (1) Myles Martin, Ohio State (20-0), (2) Shakur Rasheed, Penn State (18-0), (3) Zachary Zavatsky, Vermont (24-3) and (4) Emery Parker, Illinois (17-3).

197 pounds — (1) Bo Nickal, Penn State (25-0), (2) Kollin Moore, Ohio State (19-2), (3) Preston Weigel, Oklahoma State (11-0) and (4) Patrik Brucki, Princeton (29-1).

285 pounds — (1) Derek White, Oklahoma State (28-1), (2) Anthony Cassar, Penn State (25-1), (3) Gable Steveson, Minnesota (30-1) and (4) Jordan Wood, Lehigh (21-3).

Penn State won the title last year and is currently ranked first in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) poll.

ALEX MARINELLI OF IOWA AFTER BEATING OKLAHOMA STATE’S CHANDLER ROGERS 5-2 ON JAN. 13, 2019 AT IOWA CITY. A MATCH AGAINST MICHIGAN.  

Photo Credit: Marshalltown Times-Republican

 

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Penn State dominates NCAA wrestling power rankings with 3 wrestlers ranked on top

March 3, 2019

JASON NOLF OF PENN STATE IS FAVORED TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT 157 POUNDS

Photo Credit: Max Seiders / Penn State

The latest NCAA power rankings were released on Feb. 26, 2019.  Penn State dominated the power rankings with three wrestlers rated No. 1: Jason Nolf, Vincenzo Joseph and Bo Nickal.  Each was the NCAA champion last year.

The top three rated wrestlers in each weight division were:

125 pounds — (1) Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern Sophomore) (22-1; only loss came at 133 pounds to Stevan Micic of Michigan in a 10-4 match), (2) Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State Junior) and (3) Spencer Lee (Iowa Sophomore).  Spencer was last year’s NCAA champion.  Rivera was fourth place in last year’s NCAA championship.

133 pounds — (1) Stevan Micic (Michigan Junior) (13-0; participates in the nation’s deepest weight class), (2) Daton Fix (Oklahoma State Freshman) and (3) Austin DeSanto (Iowa Sophomore).  Micic was the runner-up in last year’s NCAA championship.

141 pounds — (1) Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell Sophomore) (perfect 20-0 record), (2) John Alber (Northern Iowa Senior) and (3) Jaydin Eierman (Missouri Junior).  Diakomihalis was last year’s NCAA champion.

149 pounds — (1) Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers Graduate Student with Senior Standing) (23-0 record and could be the first ever NCAA champion for Rutgers; missed the entire 2017-18 season due to injury), (2) Micah Jordan (Ohio State Senior) and (3) Mitch Finesilver (Princeton Junior).

157 pounds — (1) Jason Nolf (Penn State Senior) (23-0), (2) Tyler Berger (Nebraska Senior) and Ryan Deakin (Northwestern Sophomore).

165 pounds — (1) Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State Junior) (21-0), (2) Alex Marinelli (Iowa Sophomore) and (3) Evan Wick (Wisconsin Sophomore).

174 pounds — (1) Mark Hall (Penn State Junior) (23-0), (2) Myles Amine (Michigan Junior) and (3) Daniel Lewis (Missouri Senior).  Hall was the runner-up in last year’s NCAA championship.

184 pounds — (1) Myles Martin (Ohio State Senior) (17-0), (2) Shakur Rasheed (Penn State Senior) and (3) Ryan Preisch (Lehigh Senior).  Martin was the runner-up in last year’s NCAA championship.

197 pounds — (1) Bo Nickal (Penn State Senior) (22-0), (2) Kollin Moore (Ohio State Junior) and (3) Ben Honis (Cornell Senior).  Moore was one of two # 1 seeded wrestlers who did not make it to last year’s finals.

285 pounds — (1) Gable Steveson (Minnesota Freshman) (28-0; a rare undefeated freshman), (2) Derek White (Oklahoma State Senior) and (3) Anthony Cassar (Penn State Senior).

As of Feb. 28, 2019, Nolf (157) and Nickal (197) are battling for Penn States’s all-time falls record.  Nolf has 58 and Nickal has 56.  This year, Nolf is 23-0 with 13 pins, three technical falls and four major decisions.  Nickal is 22-0 with 15 pins, two technical falls and four major decisions. Nolf has a 71-2 takedown record while Nickal is 57-1.

Nickal leads the NCAA as “Most Dominant Wrestler” with a statistic of 5.41.  Nolf is second at 5.26 and Vincenzo Joseph (165) of Penn State is third at 5.0.

Steveson (285) was a four-time Minnesota state high school champion with a record of 210-3.  The Golden Gopher standout said he wants to be a four-time NCCA champion and the 2020 Olympics are on his mind.  His closest matches this years have been to # 22 Youssif Hemida of Maryland (7-4), # 21 Conan Jennings of Northwestern (9-5), # 8 Jordan Wood of Lehigh (9-4) and # 16 Tanner Hall of Arizona State (3-1).

The 2019 NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championship will be held at PPG Paints Arena at Pittsburgh from March 21-23, 2019.  The championship round will begin at 7 p.m. Eastern Time and will be broadcast by ESPN.

UNDEFEATED ANTHONY ASHNAULT OF RUTGERS SEEKS TO BECOME THE FIRST SCARLET KNIGHT WRESTLER TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP IN DIVISION 1 NCAA WRESTLING

Photo Credit: Rutgers University

 

Penn State wins sixth title in seven years; five Nittany Lions win individual titles

March 19, 2017

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PENN STATE WRESTLING TEAM AFTER WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP

(PHOTO CREDIT: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Penn State won its sixth national championship in seven years in the NCAA Division I wrestling championship which ended on March 18, 2017 at St. Louis.  Penn State sent five wrestlers to the finals (Zain Retherford at 149, Jason Nolf at 157, Vincenzo Joseph at 165, Mark Hall at 174 and Bo Nickal at 184 pounds). Each wrestler for the Nittany Lions won in the finals.

Zain Retherford was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler and named the season’s Most Dominant Wrestler. Missouri’s Brian Smith was named Coach of the Year.

Two Olympic medalists — Gold Medal winner Kyle Snyder of Ohio State and Bronze Medal winner J’den Cox of Missouri — each placed first in the championships.

As to Penn State going five-for-five in the championship round, Penn State head coach Cael Sanderson said:

“It’s crazy. Usually, you have somebody lose [in the championship round] or something doesn’t go right and as a competitor your heart is always with the kid that doesn’t reach his goal.  So this is very special.” Source: Clay Sauertieg, Penn State Wrestling closes out NCAA Tournament in style (March 19, 2o017).

125 POUNDS — Darian Cruz (Leigh), the # 4 seed,  dec. Ethan Lizak (Minnesota), the # 6 seed, 6-3.  Thomas Gilman (Iowa), the # 1 seed, placed third.  Cruz’s season record was 31-2.  Cruz had an upset victory over Gilman in the semi-finals, winning 4-2 in overtime.  In overtime, Cruz went ahead on a switch, which was challenged by the Iowa coaching staff.

133 POUNDS — Cory Clark (Iowa), the # 4 seed, dec. Seth Gross (South Dakota State), the # 2 seed, 4-3.  Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State), the # 1 seed, placed third.  Clark’s season record was 20-3.  Clark placed second in the tournament the past two seasons, losing to Code Brewer of Oklahoma in 2o15 and to Nahshon Garrett of Cornell in 2016.  Gross was South Dakota State’s first wrestler to make the finals.

141 POUNDS — Dean Heil (Oklahoma State), the # 1 seed, dec. George DiCamillo (Virginia), the # 6 seed, 6-3.  Kevin Jack (North Carolina State), the # 2 seed, placed third. Heil’s season record was 32-0.  It was Heil’s second NCAA title.

149 POUNDS — Zain Retherford (Penn State), the # 1 seed, tf. Lavion Mayes (Missouri), the # 3 seed, 18-2 (6:43). Brandon Sorensen (Iowa), the # 5 seed, placed third. Retherford’s season record was 28-0.  It was Retherford’s 63rd straight victory and his second consecutive NCAA championship with a perfect season.

157 POUNDS — Jason Nolf (Penn State), the # 1 seed, md. Joey Lavallee (Missouri), a # 3 seed, 14-6.  Michael Kemerer (Iowa), the # 2 seed, placed third. Nolf’s season record was 27-0.  Nolf was second to Isaiah Martinez of Illinois in the NCAA finals last season.

165 POUNDS — Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State), the # 3 seed, pinned Isaiah Martinez (Illinois), the # 1 seed, 5:26.  Logan Massa (Michigan), the # 2 seed, placed third. Joseph’s season record was 22-4.  Joseph prevented Martinez from winning his third straight NCAA championship.

174 POUNDS — Mark Hall (Penn State), the # 5 seed, dec. Bo Jordan (Ohio State), the # 3 seed, 5-2. Zahid Valencia (Arizona State), the # 1 seed, placed third. Hall, a true freshman, had a season record of 31-3.  Jordan had defeated Hall 6-4 in the finals of the Big 10 Championships on March 5, 2017.

184 POUNDS — Bo Nickal (Penn State), the # 2 seed, dec. Gabe Dean (Cornell), the # 1 seed, 4-3.  T.J. Dudley (Nebraska), the # 7 seed, placed third. Nickal’s season record was 26-1.  Dean was attempting to win his third straight NCAA title.  Nickal received individual recognition for his three pins in the tournament.

197 POUNDS — J’den Cox (Missouri), the # 1 seed, dec. Brett Pfarr (Minnesota), the # 2 seed, 8-2.  Kollin Moore (Ohio State), the # 3 seed, placed third. Cox’s season record was 28-0. It was the third consecutive NCAA title for Cox.

285 POUNDS — Kyle Snyder (Ohio State), the # 1 seed, dec. Connor Medbery (Wisconsin), the # 2 seed, 6-3.  Tanner Hall (Arizona State), the # 7 seed, placed third. Snyder season record was 17-0.  It was Snyder’s second straight championship.  In 2016 Snyder defeated Nick Gwiazdowski, who had won two consecutive championships.

The top five teams were Penn State (146.5), Ohio State (110), Oklahoma State (103), Iowa (97) and Missouri (86.5).  Placing sixth through tenth were Virginia Tech (63.5), Minnesota (62.5), Cornell (59.5) and Michigan (47.5).

Penn State is coached by Cael Sanderson, who was undefeated (159-0) during his collegiate career at Iowa State University.  Sanderson won four consecutive NCAA titles (1999-2002).  He was also a Gold Medal winner for the United States in the 2004 Olympics at Athens, Greece.

The 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament will be at Cleveland from March 15-17, 2018.  Heil and Snyder will have a chance to win their third titles.

ZAIN.RETHERFORD

ZAIN RETHERFORD OF PENN STATE WAS NAMED THE OUTSTANDING WRESTLER AND THE SEASON’S MOST DOMINANT WRESTLER — THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN DURING A MATCH WITH ADAM WHITESELL OF MARYLAND ON FEB. 12, 2017 — RETHERFORD WON THE MATCH 13-2

(PHOTO CREDIT: ANTONELLA CRESCIMBENI)