Friday, Cael Sanderson's top-ranked Nittany Lions advanced all five of their semifinalists on to Saturday's championship bouts. In the team race, PSU had built a practically insurmountable lead.
Midway through the final consolation bouts, Penn State had 128.5 points. Minnesota was a distant second (111.5), followed by Iowa (99.5) and Cornell (90.5). Though the outcome was still mathematically in question, it would take a series of unlikely events for the Lions to lose their lead.
State's three undefeated and top-ranked wrestlers all advanced in relatively easy fashion.
Frank Molinaro decisioned unseeded Justin Accordino (5-0) at 149 pounds and will face Minnesota's Dylan Noss (No. 7 seed) in the final.
David Taylor had his fourth straight pin of the tournament at 165, decking Clarion's fourth-seeded Bekzod Abdurakhmono in 4:44. Taylor faces No. 11 seed Brandon Hatchett of Lehigh in the final.
Ed Ruth dominated fourth-seeded Logan Storey of Minnesota (7-1) at 174. Ruth now squares off with third-seeded Nick Amuchastegui of Stanford in the final.
Of Penn State's other two finalist, one was a surprise and one was not.
At 125 pounds, Nico Megaludis entered the tournament as the No. 10 seed. But he beat the No. 7, No. 2 and No. 6 seeds to advance to the final. Friday's double-overtime semifinal win was over sixth-seeded Frank Perrolli of Cornell. Megaludis faces Iowa's top-ranked Matt McDonough in the final.
Meanwhile, PSU 184-pounder Quentin Wright once again picked the right time to heat up. After winning a national title as a No. 9 seed last season, Wright entered this tournament as a No. 6 seed. He breezed through to the semis, where he got an early lead on No. 2 seed Robert Hamilin of Lehigh. Wright was never seriously threatened in a 3-2 decision. He faces No. 4 seed Steve Bosak of Cornell in the final.
At 157 pounds, Penn State's Dylan Alton advanced to the consolation semifinals. He won two matches, including a decision over Northwestern's Jason Welch (6-2) in the third-place match.
Alton and the finalists have all won All-America honors this year.
Nittany Lions Frank Martellotti (133), Morgan McIntosh (197) and Cameron Wade (275) have all been eliminated from the tournament.