The NCAA Wrestling Championships have come to a close and the excitement of the matches is still emanating beyond the weekend. Penn State repeated as overall winners, as three of their five finalists earned titles.

The 133-pound match-up featured quite a bit of controversy, as a late takedown for Jordan Oliver failed to be scored. Replays showed Logan Stieber’s butt had touched the mat but the referee was out of position to make the call.

Kyle Dake added not only another national title to his resume, but also became the first to win three titles in three different weight classes. Dake was warned for stalling but ultimately managed to hang on for a decision win. He has one more year at Cornell so it will be interesting to see if he can keep his streak alive.

In a performance that showcased the pure dominance that Penn State enjoyed, David Taylor was able to do anything he wanted to Brandon Hatchett. Taylor won in convincing fashion, claiming a technical fall 22-7.

Perhaps the “Upset of the Night” award should go to Minnesota’s Anthony Nelson for his victory over defending champion Zachery Rey. Even more impressive was the fact that Nelson was nowhere near the heavyweight limit and had a visible size disadvantage to Rey. Nelson joins former/current MMA standouts Brock Lesnar and Cole Konrad as Minnesota heavyweight champions.

The tournament featured many wrestlers that could easily make a transition into MMA. One former champion who’s already made his implications known is Christopher Honeycutt. Coming from the same school that produced national champion Josh Koscheck, Honeycutt announced his intentions to branch out into MMA following his last match as a collegiate wrestler.

FINAL TEAM RESULTS

1. Penn State 143.0
2. Minnesota 117.5
3. Iowa 107.5
4. Cornell 102.5
5. Ohio St. 68.5

FINAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

125 pounds – Matt McDonough (Iowa) 36-1 def. Nicholas Megaludis (Penn State) 28-8 (Dec 4-1)
133 pounds – Logan Stieber (Ohio St.) 33-2 def. Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma St.) 28-2 (Dec 4-3)
141 pounds – Kellen Russell (Michigan) 33-1 def. Montell Marion (Iowa) 31-4 (OT 6-4)
149 pounds – Frank Molinaro (Penn State) 33-0 def. Dylan Ness (Minnesota) 24-9 (Dec 4-1)
157 pounds – Kyle Dake (Cornell) 35-0 def. Derek St. John (Iowa) 21-3 (Dec 4-1)
165 pounds – David Taylor (Penn State) 32-0 def. Brandon Hatchett (Lehigh) 22-4 (TF 22-7)
174 pounds – Edward Ruth (Penn State) 31-0 def. Nick Amuchastegui (Stanford) 24-1 (Maj 13-2)
184 pounds – Steve Bosak (Cornell) 33-4 def. Quentin Wright (Penn State) 30-4 (OT 4-2)
197 pounds – Cam Simaz (Cornell) 31-1 def. Christopher Honeycutt (Edinboro) 40-2 (Dec 7-5)
285 pounds – Anthony Nelson (Minnesota) 32-2 def. Zachery Rey (Lehigh) 26-3 (Dec 4-1)

About The Author

Kyle Symes
Staff Writer

Kyle is a recent graduate of Aurora University, where he obtained a Bachelor's in Communications. Kyle resides in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He played baseball and football in both high school and college, but is now focusing on an amateur MMA career.