After a strong opening day on Thursday at the NCAA Championships which resulted in a 15-1 record in the first two sessions, Penn State's wrestling team kept up the momentum going 5-2 in the quarterfinal round.
Junior Zain Retherford, who is No. 1 at 149 for the Lions, grabbed an 18-2 technical fall at the 5:13 mark of the match against Alex Kocer of South Dakota State.
Sophomore Jason Nolf, who is No. 1 at 157 for Penn State, managed to pin B.J. Clagon from Rider at the 4:06 mark of the match to advance to the semifinal round.
Redshirt freshman Vincenzo Joseph, who is No. 3 at 165 for the Lions, came our with a thrilling 6-5 win tanks to a takedown with eight seconds left in the match.
Freshman Mark Hall, who is No. 5 at 174 for PSU, grabbing a 10-2 major decision against No. 4 Zach Epperly of Virginia Tech.
Sophomore Bo Nickal, No. 2 at 184 for the Lions, pinned No. 7 TJ Dudley of Nebraska at the 4:33 mark to move on to the semifinal round.
Junior Matt McCutcheon, No. 5 at 197 for PSU, dropped a 7-3 decision to No. 4 Jared Haught of Virginia Tech. He will wrestling in the All-American round this evening.
Sophomore Nick Nevills, No. 5 at 285 for Penn State, dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 4 Jacob Kasper of Duke. Nevills will wrestle in the All-American round to start the fourth session tonight.
Also, Jimmy Gulibon got a 14-5 major decision against Northern Colorado’s Timmy Box as he battles for third place in the 141 consolation bracket.
After the quarterfinal round the team scores are as follows (semifinalists in parenthesis):
1. Penn State 73.5 (Retherford, Nolf, Joseph, Hall, Nickal)
2. Ohio State 57.5 (Tomasello, Jordan, Moore, Snyder)
3. Iowa 57.0 (Gilman, Clark, Sorensen, Brooks)
4. Oklahoma State 47.0 (Brock, Heil, Boyd)