Penn State wrestling dominates at NWCA Championship Series
STILLWATER, Okla. – Penn State (14-0) dominated home-standing Oklahoma State (14-1) in the title matchup of the 2017 NWCA Dual Championship Series. Head coach Cael Sanderson’ squad posted a 27-13 victory to claim its second straight national dual meet title.
In a dual meet featuring 18 ranked wrestlers, Penn State’s young line-up, with seven underclassmen, handled the Cowboys. Penn State’s win came in front of an Oklahoma State wrestling all-time record crowd of 14,059 in sold out Gallagher-Iba Arena. The win is the 31st straight dual meet victory for Penn State. The Nittany Lions, who suffered a nine-point swing with an injury default loss in the dual’s first bout, reeled off seven straight wins after dropping the first three matches to roll to the lopsided victory.
The Nittany Lions, now Big Ten Regular Season (dual meet) Champions and NWCA National Dual Meet Champions, will prep for the 2017 Big Ten Wrestling Championships on March 4-5. The two-day event, which serves as the NCAA qualifier for the conference, takes place at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Penn State is the defending Big Ten Champion and has won five of the last six Big Ten crowns.
Penn State Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at @pennstateWREST, on Penn State Wrestling’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pennstatewrestling and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/pennstatewrest. The 2016-17 Penn State wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline. This is PENN STATE. WRESTLING lives here.
#1 Penn State 27, #2 Oklahoma State 13
125: #11 Nick Piccininni OKST inj. def. #2 Nick Suriano PSU, inj. def. (3:34) / 0-6
133: #3 Kaid Brock OKST maj. dec. George Carpenter PSU, 17-6 / 0-10
141: #1 Dean Heil OKST dec. #10 Jimmy Gulibon PSU, 3-2 / 0-13
149: #1 Zain Retherford PSU dec. #2 Anthony Collica OKST, 2-1 / 3-13
157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU tech fall #6 Joe Smith OKST, 24-9 (TF; 7:00) / 8-13
165: #4 Vincenzo Joseph PSU maj. dec. #8 Chandler Rogers OKST, 12-4 / 12-13
174: #7 Mark Hall PSU dec. #9 Kyle Crutchmer OKST, 3-2 / 15-13
184: #2 Bo Nickal PSU pinned #4 Nolan Boyd OKST, WBF (0:38) / 21-13
197: #9 Matt McCutcheon PSU dec. #8 Preston Weigel OKST, 4-3 / 24-13
285: #3 Nick Nevills PSU dec. Derek White OKST, 10-5 / 27-13