Penn State's wrestling team prepares for the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships with eight top five seeds among its nine qualified wrestlers, including two number one seeds. The defending national champion Nittany Lions have won five of the last six NCAA team championships and feature six underclassmen, including two true freshman, in their NCAA lineup. The Lions placed second in the Big Ten Tournament and were crowned the regular season Big Ten Champion.
The Nittany Lions, ranked No. 1, are 14-0 and 9-0 in the Big Ten and head to St. Louis for the NCAA Championships for the event that runs from Thursday March 16 through Saturday, March 18. The tournament will air on ESPN.
Penn State's NCAA Championship lineup is as follows:
125: No. 3 Nick Suriano (freshman - 16-3) / first NCAA tournament
141: Jimmy Gulibon (senior - 14-10) / 4-time NCAA qualifier - 7-6
149: No. 1 Zain Retherford (junior - 23-0) / 3-time NCAA qualifier - 9-2
157: No. 1 Jason Nolf (sophomore - 22-0) / 2-time NCAA qualifier - 4-1
165: No. 3 Vincenzo Joseph (RS freshman - 17-4) / first NCAA tournament
174: No. 5 Mark Hall (freshman - 26-3) / first NCAA tournament
184: No. 2 Bo Nickal (sophomore - 21-1) / 2-time NCAA qualifier - 4-1
197: No. 5 MattMcCutcheon (junior - 18-4) / 3-time NCAA qualifier - 2-4
285: No. 5 Nick Nevills (sophomore - 20-3) / first NCAA tournament