Penn State Wrestling
Ground. And Pound.
Penn State legends battle for the starting spot on the Olympic team.
Iowa clinched the team title earlier in the day, but Penn State dominated on Saturday night, going 4 for 4 in the Finals, including two head-to-head matchups over Hawkeyes, to finish second at the National Championships. (updated with corrected Finals winning percentages for Sanderson & Brands)
Penn State continued its dominance in the National Semifinals, putting four wrestlers in position to win their first Championships tonight, while Iowa has clinched the team title.
Iowa stretched their lead to 16.5 points, as the tournament ended in agony for Brady Berge & Robbie Howard.
Iowa and Penn State wrestled nearly flawlessly on Day One and are locked into what could shape into an epic team race today.
The Nittany Lion grapplers were nearly perfect in Session I, and remain in great shape two points behind Iowa in second place.
Garrett Carr and former Duke wrestler Dylan Ryan join Clay Sauertieg for a bit of banter ahead of the 2021 NCAA Wrestling Tournament
Coach Cael Sanderson took questions and gave us all some quotes.
In this session, four Nittany Lions are resting for this afternoon’s Finals; four will fight on in pursuit of 3rd place; one will battle for 7th.
Four Nittany Lions have qualified for Nationals and are competing in the Semifinals, while the other six are fighting to qualify, in the Consolation Bloodround.
Seven Nittany Lions are set to compete in the first round, with three having byes through to the quarterfinals.
Cael Sanderson’s model of bringing Nittany Lion Freestyle wrestlers returns tonight with two cards, in NLWC Event #5.
Beyond a big pin at 165, the Buckeyes didn’t have much for the young-but-quickly-maturing Nittany Lions.
The Nittany Lions move up a spot in the rankings, and take on their one protected rival in the Big Ten.
Freshman Carter Starocci notched a big upset and the Nittany Lions claimed six of 10 matches for the victory.