Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Penn State seeks next national wrestling crown

Penn State seeks next national wrestling crown

But Thursday's session was different as defending champion Penn State will have more hard path to its sixth title in seven years as it was announced freshman 125-pound wrestler Nick Suriano has withdrawn from the championships because of an ankle injury.

Six Big Ten wrestlers hold the top seed in their respective weight classes - Illinois' Isaiah Martinez (165), Iowa's Thomas Gilman (125), Ohio State's Kyle Snyder (285) and Nathan Tomasello (133), and Penn State's Jason Nolf (157) and Zain Retherford (149). "We've got a big day tomorrow, big matches in the finals", Penn State coach Cael Sanderson said. A few of the others pick Heil to place second, and some don't have him listed in the finals (they only listed the final two wrestlers in each weight class). We're wrestling great and got a lot of guys wrestling well. Joseph had a 5-1 decision and then a 12-4 major.

The wrestler who beat Nolf in the finals previous year, Illinois' Isaiah Martinez, will face Vincenzo Joseph in Saturday's 165 pound championship bout.

Nolf, like Retherford, will face a Tiger in the finals. "I had to wrestle back". So no disrespect to him or anybody else, but I just wrestle whomever they put out there and whomever makes it to the finals, whether that would be him or Dance (Joey Dance of Virginia Tech the No. 2 seed) or anybody else. Hughes took control and managed the action in the second stanza, not able to score any points, but taking down Walsh's riding time and eventually building up his own, however Walsh had a reversal for two points just before the horn sounded at the end of the second period.

The Spartan freshman opened Thursday's action with a 6-0 decision over Keilan Torres of Northern Colorado in the first round before losing to second-seeded Logan Massa of MI in a 25-10 technical fall at 4:47 in the second round. "I would (have) liked to have won that quarters match". In the process, though, Hall's headgear ended up over his mouth and the Penn State coaches challenged the takedown. "So, I mean, I knew as you guys know".

Ohio State and Oklahoma State will look to prove otherwise this weekend in St. Louis. "It happens. I wish it could happen another way, knowing that I know Zahid very well". They really do go out of their way to create a good environment for them. It set up a finals showdown with Penn State's Bo Nickal who made quick work of semifinal opponent Sammy Brooks of Iowa. Collica appeared on track to rebound Friday morning, leading Arizona State's Josh Marruca, 4-2, with riding-time advantage in the third period, but fell victim to a takedown and four-point near fall in the final seconds to lose 8-5. Nickal also pinned Nebraska's T.J. Dudley in the quarterfinals. Nickal and Cornell's Gabe Dean will be the final match of the night, meaning that Penn State will be represented in the final five matches of the NCAA wrestling season. Once there, though, he posted 2-0 and 6-4 wins to advance to this morning's consolation semifinals.

At heavyweight, Nick Nevills lost his first match of the day, a 3-1 loss to Duke's Jacob Kasper but beat Pitt's Ryan Solomon 2-0 to stay alive in the blood round and then proceeded to move on with a 6-4 win against Minnesota's Michael Kroells. Scotty Parker (Lehigh) 20-5 (14-4) 141: Matthew Kolodzik (Princeton) 30-4 d.

Eric Barone (10-10) was eliminated at 149, losing by fall in the first round and 7-3 in wrestlebacks.

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