Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, March 20, 2016
With Penn State wrestling's fifth NCAA title in the last six years Saturday, the Big Ten has claimed the last 10 national crowns.
Four Big Ten teams (Iowa – 3; Minnesota – 1; Ohio State – 1; Penn State – 5) have contributed to the conference's dominant streak, and, to no surprise, it was all Big Ten in the latest NCAA Wrestling Championships, this one at Madison Square Garden.
In addition to the Nittany Lions claiming the conference's 10th straight crown, the Big Ten put six teams in the top 10 of the final team standings and claimed five of the 10 individual national titles. Even more, nine of the 10 finals featured at least one Big Ten student-athlete, four of which pitted Big Ten vs. Big Ten.
Here's a look at the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships individual national champs.
125 pounds: Nico Megaludis, Penn State. Already Penn State's ninth four-time All-American, Megaludis was not to be denied in his third trip to the NCAA finals. Read full GoPSUsports.com recap.
149 pounds: Zain Retherford, Penn State. Leaving no doubt as to a season of total dominance, Retherford dominated Iowa's Brandon Soresson, rolling to a 10-1 major decision with over 3:00 in riding time. Read full GoPSUsports.com recap.
Cael's post-finals presser! https://t.co/nHeR4sjBip— Penn State WRESTLING (@pennstateWREST) March 20, 2016
157 pounds: Isaiah Martinez, Illinois. After splitting the season's first two meetings with Jason Nolf, Martinez made it two straight victories over the Penn State freshman to record his second straight NCAA crown. Read full FightingIllini.com recap.
174 pounds: Myles Martin, Ohio State. Martin, the No. 11 seed, made a stunning run to the 174-pound title, representing one of Ohio State's two individual national championships. Read full OhioStateBuckeyes.com recap.
285 pounds: Kyle Snyder, Ohio State. Snyder took down the top heavyweight seed (NCSU's Nick Gwiazdowski) to record Ohio State's second consecutive Most Outstanding Wrestler of the event. Read full OhioStateBuckeyes.com recap.