Lions Clinch National Title

Penn State locks down it second-straight wrestling championship before the finals even begin. The Lions have a record five finalists.

There will be plenty of individual drama for Penn State in Saturday night's NCAA wrestling finals in St. Louis. Five Nittany Lions will be fighting for national titles.

But the team drama is over. Following the final consolation rounds earlier Saturday, Penn State had built an insurmountable lead over second-place Minnesota, meaning Cael Sanderson's team has already clinched its second straight national title.

After the 184-pound consolation matches, Penn State had 128.5 points. Second-place Minnesota had 112.5 and mathematically could not catch the Nittany Lions.

Penn State had only one wrestler in action in the final consolation rounds, but he got the job done. Dylan Alton, a redshirt freshman 157-pounder, took an overtime decision (7-5) from American's Ganbayer Sanjaa to advance to the third-place bout. There, he avenged a regular-season loss by beating Northwestern's Jason Welch 5-2.

Wrestling for national titles Saturday night will be 125-pounder Nico Megaludis, 149-pounder Frank Molinaro, 165-pounder David Taylor, 174-pounder Ed Ruth and 184-pounder Quentin Wright.

Molinaro, Taylor and Ruth are all undefeated and heavily favored in their matches. Wright is a defending national champion.

The finals begin at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN.


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