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Penn State Wrestlers Lead NCAAs After First Day

Penn State's wrestling squad closes out the first two sessions of the 2017 NCAA Championships with a strong overall performance that saw the squad go 15-1 and end up as the top ranked team to close out the first day of competition.

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Penn State's wrestling team had about as good of an opening day at the NCAA Championships as one could expect. After putting together a perfect 8-0 opening session, the Nittany Lions had nearly as strong of a showing in the second evening session. There PSU saw seven of their eight competitors advance to the quarterfinal round to take place Friday morning.

Here's a review of the second session performance for the Nittany Lions:

Senior Jimmy Gulibon, who is unseeded at 141 for PSU, dropped a 6-3 decision to No. 4 Matt Kolodzik of Princeton. He will next wrestle in the consolation bracket where he will meet Northern Colorado’s Timmy Box looking for a third place finish in his weight class.

Junior Zain Retherford, who is No. 1 at 149 for the Lions, defeated No. 16 Jordan Laster of Princeton with a 16-0 technical fall at the 5:43 mark. Retherford, who has with two tech falls in the event so far, advances into the quarterfinals against Alex Kocer of South Dakota State.

Sophomore Jason Nolf, who is No. 1 at 157 for Penn State, faced No. 16 Victor Lopez of Bucknell and grabbed a 24-9 technical fall at the 7:00 mark for his second victory of the day. He next faces B.J. Clagon from Rider in the quarterfinals.

Redshirt freshman Vincenzo Joseph, who is No. 3 at 165 for the Lions, matched up with No. 14 Branson Ashworth of Wyoming. He grabbed a strong 12-4 major decision and will next face No. 6 Daniel Lewis of Missouri.

Freshman Mark Hall, who is No. 5 at 174 for PSU, grappled with Jadaen Bernstein of Navy, defeating him with a 16-0 technical fall at the 2:20 mark. He next faces No. 4 Zach Epperly of Virginia Tech.

Sophomore Bo Nickal, No. 2 at 184 for the Lions, battled No. 15 Steven Schneider of Binghamton. Nickal pinned Schneider at the 5:33 mark. Next he faces No. 7 TJ Dudley of Nebraska in thev quarterfinals.

Junior Matt McCutcheon, No. 5 at 197 for PSU, squared off against  No. 12 Frank Mattiace of Penn. He grabbed a posted a solid 6-3 win and next meets No. 4 Jared Haught of Virginia Tech.

Sophomore Nick Nevills, No. 5 at 285 for Penn State, wrestled No. 12 William Miller of Edinboro. He posted a 6-2 decision and will have a quarterfinal matchup against No. 4 Jacob Kasper of Duke.

After the first two rounds the team scores are:

1: Penn State – 30.5
2: Ohio State – 26.0
3: Oklahoma State – 24.0
4: Iowa – 22.5
5: Missouri – 20.0

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