Friday, 16 March 2012 22:10
The NCAA Division I wrestling championship finals take place at a sold out Savvis Center in St. Louis tomorrow night. The show airs live on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. The semifinals held today drew 18,694 fans.
The third place matches will air at 11 a.m. tomorrow on ESPN U.
125 - Matt McCondough (Iowa) vs. Nico Megaluids (Penn State)
133 - Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State) vs. Logan Steibler (Ohio State)
141 - Kellen Russell (Michigan) vs. Montell Marion (Iowa)
149 - Frank Molinaro (Penn State) vs. Dylan Ness (Minnesota)
157 - Kyle Dake (Cornell) vs. Derek St. John (Iowa)
165 - David Taylor (Penn State) vs. Brandon Hatchett (Lehigh)
174 - Ed Ruth (Penn State) vs. Nick Amuchastegul (Stanford)
184 - Steve Bosak (Cornell) vs. Quentin Wright (Penn State)
197 - Cam Simez (Cornell) vs. Chris Honeycutt (Edinboro)
265 - Zack Ray (Lehigh) vs. Tony Nelson (Minnesota)
Penn State, with five wrestlers in the finals, is well ahead in the team standings. Notable bouts are at 174 as both Ruth and Amuchastegul are undefeated.
Dake at 157 is going for a unique historical note, as if he wins, he will not only be a rare three-time champion but will have won titles in three different weight classes. He won at 141 in 2010 and 149 in 2011.
Taylor and Oliver are two stars to watch, as they've dominated the competition this season. Russell and Ray are defending champions as well.
As heavyweight, Ray had lost to Ryan Flores during the season and came into the tournament ranked No. 4. But he beat Flores, the unbeaten top seed and a Hodge trophy candidate 7-1 today to reach the finals. Nelson was ranked No. 2 behind Flores coming into the tournament.