Davis Advance to National Final

Oklahoma City — Penn State sophomore Phil Davis became the Lions’ first ever finalist at 197 pounds with a convincing win in the NCAA semifinals. Senior Eric Bradley and junior James Yonushonis both became All-Americans as well to keep Penn State firmly entrenched in the top 10 of the team race.

\The Nittany Lions, under the guidance of head coach Troy Sunderland, are currently in seventh place with 53.5 points, just eight points out of fourth and two and a half points out of fifth. Oklahoma State leads the team race with 106.0 points, followed by Minnesota (72.5), Oklahoma (64.5), Iowa (61.5), Arizona State (56.0), Cornell (54.0) and Penn State (53.5).

Penn State entered the fourth session with Davis in the semis and four other Nittany Lions poised to become All-Americans in the consolation quarterfinals.

Davis, the No. 6 seed at 197 and a returning All-American after placing seventh last year, met No. 7 seed Jerry Rinaldi of Cornell in one of the national semifinals at 197. Davis got the first takedown to take a two-point lead at the same time that the partisan Oklahoma State crowd went crazy as No. 4 seed Jacob Rosholt of OSU pinned his way to the final, awaiting the winner of the Davis/Rinaldi bout. Davis rode Rinaldi for :52 seconds before the Cornell wrestler escaped to a 2-1 deficit. The first period ended with Davis leading 2-1 and the sophomore from Harrisburg chose down to begin the second.

Within seconds, Davis reversed Rinaldi to lead 4-1. Davis maintained his top position for the duration of the period, building up a 4-1 lead with 2:12 in riding time. Davis chose neutral to begin third period and added to his lead with a takedown at the 1:05 mark. Up 6-1 with a guaranteed riding time point, Davis allowed Rinaldi to escape. The Cornell wrestler scored a takedown to cut the lead to 6-4 with 0:28 left, but Davis was never in danger and the Penn State sophomore advanced to tomorrow's championship bout with a 7-4 win. Davis and OSU's Rosholt will meet in the finals tomorrow night, which begin at 7:30 p.m. Eastern and will be broadcast live on ESPN.

See the rundown below to find out how the other PSU wrestlers in the tournament did.

The tournament will continue tomorrow at 11 a.m. Saturday with the placing bouts, three through eight. The championship finals, which will air live on ESPN, take place as Session Six tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. The entire early session Saturday will also be aired by WBLF 970 AM and streamed live at www.GoPSUsports.com.

2006 NCAA Wrestling Championships

Top Ten Teams Through Session 4

1: Oklahoma State 106.0

2: Minnesota 72.5

3: Oklahoma 64.5

4: Iowa 61.5

5: Arizona State 56.0

6: Cornell 54.0

7: PENN STATE 53.5

8: Michigan 52.0

9: Hofstra 47.0

10: Lehigh 46.0

Penn State Individual Results Through Session 4:

133: Jake Strayer, Fr., South Fork, Pa. - 7 seed (3-2 - eliminated in round of 12)

Rd 1: W, 4-0 dec. Tommy Vargas, Cal State-Bakersfield

Rd 2: L, 4-7 dec. Jason Borrelli, Central Michigan

Cons Rd 2: W, 7-0 dec. Mark Budd, Buffalo

Cons Rd 3: W, 7-1 dec. Gabriel Flores, Illinois

Cons Qtr: L, 1-9 maj. dec. No. 8 Matt Keller, Chattanooga

141: DeWitt Driscoll, Sr., Connellsville, Pa. (3-2 -- eliminated)

PT: L, 3-5 dec. Michael Keefe, Chattanooga

Cons PT: W, 13-4 maj. dec. Cesar Grajales, Penn

Cons Rd 1: WBF Brandon Carter, Central Michigan (3:54)

Cons Rd 2: WBF Sal Tirico, Columbia (0:41)

Cons Rd 3: L, 2-13 dec. David Hoffman, Virginia Tech

149: James Woodall, Sr., Dupont, Pa. (0-2 - eliminated)

Rd 1: L, 2-9 dec. No. 4 Matthew Storniolo, Oklahoma

Cons Rd 1: L, 5-12 dec. David Jauregui, West Virginia

157: Nathan Galloway, Jr., State College, Pa. (2-2 -- eliminated)

Rd 1: WBF Aric Fuhrman, Bloomsburg (0:26)

Rd 2: L, 0-2 dec. No. 1 Trent Paulson, Iowa State

Cons Rd 2: WBF James Strouse, Hofstra (0:34)

Cons Rd 3: L, 3-9 dec. No. 8 Craig Henning, Wisconsin

174: James Yonushonis, Jr., Philipsburg, Pa. - 9 seed (4-2 to date - All-American - Wrestling for 7th place Saturday)

Rd 1: W, 8-4 dec. Brian Bernal, Wyoming

Rd 2: L, 4-6 dec. No. 8 Travis Frick, Lehigh

Cons Rd 2: WBF Donald Reynolds, Illinois (3:16)

Cons Rd 3: W, 6-3 dec. Wes Roberts, Oklahoma

Cons Qtr: W, 7-2 dec. No. 8 Kenneth Cook, UC-Davis

Cons Semi: LBF No. 12 Matthew Herrington, Penn (0:41)

184: Eric Bradley, Sr., Plaistow, N.H. - 8 seed (3-2 to date - All-American - Wrestling for 7th place Saturday)

Rd 1: W, 10-2 maj. dec. Greg Perz, Eastern Illinois

Rd 2: W, 7-4 dec. Paul Bradley, Iowa

Quarterfinals: LBF No. 1 Joshua Glenn, American (6:30)

Cons Qtr: W, 7-6 dec. No. 7 Kurt Backes, Iowa State

Cons Semi: L, 4-11, No. 4 Joseph Mazzurco, Cornell

197: Phil Davis, So. Harrisburg, Pa. - 6 seed (4-0 to date - All-American - Wrestling for National Title Saturday night)

Rd 1: W, 11-0 maj. dec. Jon Oplinger, Drexel

Rd 2: W, 6-2 dec. No. 11 Ryan Goodman, North Carolina State

Quarterfinals: W, 6-5 dec. No. 3 B.J. Padden, Nebraska

Semifinals: W, 7-4 dec. No. 7 Jerry Rinaldi, Cornell

HWT: Joel Edwards, Sr., Upper Darby, Pa. (3-2 - eliminated in Round of 12)

Rd 1: LBF No. 4 Cain Velasquez, Arizona State (1:06)

Cons Rd 1: WBF Tyler Rhodes, Northern Iowa (1:55)

Cons Rd 2: W, 3-2 dec. No. 10 Dustin Fox, Northwestern

Cons Rd 3: WBF No. 12 Adam LoPiccolo, American (3:38)

Cons Qtr: L, 3-3 RT Criteria No. 8 Michael Faust, Virginia Tech


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