Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Nickal's pin clinches Penn States' 7th title in 8 years

Nickal's pin clinches Penn States' 7th title in 8 years

Iowa's Spencer Lee secured the 125-pound championship, while Ohio State's Kyle Snyder earned his third-straight 285-pound crown.

Tariq Wilson, N.C. State (Steubenville), won a 13-5 major decision over Kaid Brock of Oklahoma State in the 133 quarterfinals, then was pinned in overtime by Seth Gross of San Diego State in the semifinals. He's really tough, so I'm excited to have that opportunity and to be able to go out there and compete for a national championship because that's what I trained for. He snagged an early takedown and repeatedly tilted Jordan to his back for nearfall points to complete the 18-0 technical fall in just 4:28.

Martin, the No. 2 seed, defeated sixth-seeded Zachary Zavatsky of Virginia Tech, 6-3, in one 184-pound semifinal while the top-seeded Nickal beat fifth-seeded Domenic Abounader, 8-4.

The biggest blow came when No. 1-seeded Kollin Moore was pinned in a stunning upset by unseeded Kyle Conel of Kent State in the quarterfinals.

Retherford, last season's Hodge Trophy victor, took Lock Haven's Ronnie Perry down twice in the first period and fended off the sophomore the rest of the way to win his 94th straight match and third straight title. The four-time All-American finished this season with a 31-0 record and his career with a 94-match win streak, undefeated since his freshman campaign.

Retherford (149 pounds) beat North Carolina's Troy Heilmann 10-4 to spark Penn State's 5-for-5 performance in the semifinals and cue its surge to the top of the team standings.

Penn State 157-pound senior Jason Nolf won his second straight national championship, notching a 6-2 decision over Hayden Hidlay of North Carolina State. He was the national runnerup as a sophomore.

Vincenzo Joseph won the 165-pound title, while Bo Nickal was victorious in the 184-pound division.

Penn State learned its fate during the ESPNU broadcast while having a team brunch at Pegula Ice Arena.

Penn State men's hockey is back in the NCAA Tournament. Penn State needed it, too, because Snyder won the heavyweight title soon after with a 3-2 decision over MI nemesis Adam Coon.

Shortly before his 92nd straight win propelled him into the finals of the NCAA Wrestling Championships - where he'll try for his third title when the tournament concludes on Saturday - Retherford looked around a packed Quicken Loans Arena.

Like Penn State, Ohio State is a relatively young team, with only four seniors moving on after this season. It was closer the second time around with Nickal winning 7-4. He became the program's second three-time national champ, joining Ed Ruth.

Macchiavello's takedown inside the last 20 seconds of the match snapped a 1-1 tie. He'll face MI big man Adam Coon after Snyder beat Duke's Jacob Kasper 10-5 and Coon edged Oregon State's Amar Dhesi 4-2 in the semis.

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