Roman Bravo-Younger received Penn State’s first of 4 NCAA titles Saturday (Picture/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
ST. LOUIS — Whereas Iowa completed on high of the staff standings on the 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, it was Penn State that stole the present Saturday evening on the Enterprise Middle in St. Louis.
The Nittany Lions went an ideal 4-for-4 within the finals. Successful nationwide titles for Penn State had been Roman Bravo-Younger (133), Nick Lee (141), Carter Starocci (174) and Aaron Brooks (184).
“Our guys simply did a very nice job,” mentioned Penn State head wrestling coach Cael Sanderson. “I believe they simply believed they usually discovered a manner. I believe we had three overtimes and a decent match there at 84. It is simply nice to see the toughness out of the fellows. I believe that is the place that perception actually kicks in.”
Iowa’s Spencer Lee rides ASU’s Brandon Courtney (Picture/Darren Miller, HawkeyeSports.com)
Iowa’s Spencer Lee, who was wrestling with a torn ACL, claimed his third NCAA title at 125 kilos with a 7-0 victory over Arizona State’s Brandon Courtney.
Courtney, the No. 3 seed, battled Lee robust early because the match was scoreless heading into the second interval. Lee started to drag away within the second interval, getting an escape, takedown and level off a 3rd warning to steer 4-0 after two intervals. He would add a takedown and using time level within the last interval to win by seven.
Lee, a 2020 Dan Hodge Trophy winner, turned Iowa’s seventh three-time NCAA champion. He was the lone Hawkeye to win a nationwide title, as his teammates Jaydin Eierman (141) and Michael Kemerer (174) fell within the finals. Iowa received the staff title with 129 factors, 15.5 factors forward of Penn State, and completed with seven All-American, together with three NCAA finalists.
“It has been 11 years since an actual vital trophy has been in Iowa Metropolis,” mentioned Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Manufacturers.
Lee talked about the way it took a staff effort to win the staff title.
“You may’t win a staff title with only one man,” Lee mentioned. “Even when I pinned each single opponent probably the most I can rating is 30 factors, and I am fairly certain the second and third place groups had been above 100. You may’t win it with one man. You need to win it with a staff. That is all that issues. It takes a staff effort.”
Lee paid tribute to final yr’s seniors who misplaced a possibility to compete for a nationwide title in 2020 after the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships had been canceled as a result of pandemic.
“I did not simply do that for me,” mentioned Lee. “I did this for the seniors that misplaced out final yr. I am getting type of emotional. I wished them to win with us. They did not get that chance. I do not even care about this trophy proper now. I need to give it to my one brother who wasn’t in a position to compete right here final yr.”
The evening began with Penn State’s Bravo-Younger choosing up a 4-2 win in sudden victory over Oklahoma State’s Daton Repair at 133 kilos.
After a scoreless first interval, Repair selected the down place and RBY rode him out all the interval however picked up a stall warning. Repair lower Bravo-Younger free to begin the third interval. Repair continued to press ahead and with 35 seconds remaining RBY was referred to as for stalling, giving Repair a degree … and a short while later, RBY was hit for stalling once more, which finally despatched the match to sudden victory. In sudden victory, Bravo-Younger countered an assault and secured a match-winning takedown.
“I knew I used to be going to wrestle onerous in each place,” mentioned Bravo-Younger. “I wished that match. Numerous stress, however man it feels good. I am comfortable proper now. Grateful.”
Penn State’s Nick Lee is overcome with emotion after profitable the NCAA title at 141 kilos (Picture/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Nick Lee adopted up at 141 kilos with a 4-2 win in sudden victory over Iowa’s Jaydin Eierman, avenging his solely lack of the season two weeks in the past on the Large Ten Championships.
After 0-0 first interval, Eierman escaped early within the second interval to go up 1-0. The rating stayed that manner the remainder of the interval. Lee selected impartial to begin the third interval and picked up an early takedown to seize a 2-1 lead. Eierman escaped a short while later to even the rating at 2-2. Eierman almost scored a takedown within the closing moments of regulation, however Lee fought it off, which despatched it to sudden victory. In sudden victory, Lee used an inside journey to get a takedown and win the nationwide title.
Penn State’s Carter Starocci celebrates after beating Iowa’s Michael Kemerer (Picture/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Starocci, like his teammate Nick Lee, avenged a loss from the Large Ten finals in opposition to an Iowa wrestler, beating No. 1 Michael Kemerer 3-1 in sudden victory. The 2 wrestlers traded escapes within the second and third interval and regulation ended 1-1. In additional time, Starocci countered with a double leg powered by means of for a takedown. Kemerer entered the match seeded No. 1 and undefeated.
Aaron Brooks turned Penn State’s forty eighth nationwide champion (Picture/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Brooks used a second-period reversal to assist him earn a hard-fought 3-2 win over NC State’s Trent Hidlay within the finals at 184 kilos. Hidlay almost had a takedown with 20 seconds left within the match (name was challenged by NC State and upheld), however Brooks fought it off and earned the victory, changing into Penn State’s forty eighth nationwide champion.
Stanford’s Shane Griffith topped Pitt’s Jake Wentzel to win the title at 165 kilos (Picture/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Eighth-seeded Shane Griffith introduced the followers to their ft by profitable a nationwide championship for Stanford in this system’s last season of competitors. He topped Pitt’s Jake Wentzel 7-2 within the finals at 165 kilos. He was named Excellent Wrestler of the match.
Griffith, sporting an all-black singlet with no college brand, scored a takedown within the opening interval off a merkle. The third-seeded Wentzel escaped to chop the deficit to 2-1 after one. Within the second interval, Wentzel evened the rating with one other escape. With the rating tied at 2-2, Griffith selected impartial to begin the third interval. He transformed a takedown with simply over a minute remaining after which picked up late nearfall factors to win by 5. After Griffith’s win, the gang started chanting “Carry again Stanford!” He turns into the varsity’s second nationwide champion ever and first since Matt Gentry received a title in 2014.
“All of us had targets coming into the season earlier than this pandemic and the [school’s] determination got here out,” mentioned Griffith. “Its somewhat gas to the tank, simply attempt to show them mistaken.”
Griffith mentioned the battle stays to maintain the Stanford wrestling program.
“Simply preserve preventing the battle,” mentioned Griffith. “Whether or not it is a weeklong battle, yearlong … 10 years … who is aware of … I do know we will preserve preventing the battle.
“There’s nothing extra that we are attempting to do than to maintain this program at Stanford. The best way issues are rolling proper now I believe we have now a very good shot.”
Iowa State’s David Carr after profitable the NCAA title at 157 kilos (Picture/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Iowa State’s David Carr added to the Carr household legacy by claiming his first NCAA title at 157 kilos, 40 years after his father Nate received his first NCAA title as a Cyclone. Carr shut out Rider’s Jesse Dellavecchia 4-0 within the championship match. The match was scoreless after the primary interval. Within the second interval, Carr escaped to go up 1-0 earlier than getting a takedown off a double leg to construct his led to 3-0. Dellavecchia selected the down place to begin the third interval and was ridden out all the interval, giving Carr a further level for using time.
A.J. Ferrari flexes after profitable the NCAA title as a real freshman (Picture/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
A.J. Ferrari turned solely third true freshman for Oklahoma State to win a nationwide title and first since Pat Smith in 1990. He defeated Pitt’s Nino Bonaccorsi 4-2 within the finals at 197 kilos.
The ultra-confident Ferrari picked up a takedown lower than a minute into the primary interval. Bonaccorsi escaped to make it 2-1 after the primary interval. Ferrari rode Bonaccorsi for a lot of the second interval earlier than the Pitt wrestled escaped to even the rating at 2-2. Ferrari retook the lead within the third interval with an escape and added a using time level to win by two.
“I thank God for permitting me to indicate my items, enable me to do it on this method and have this platform to indicate it off,” mentioned Ferrari.
Oklahoma State head coach John Smith had excessive reward for his freshman standout.
“He is a younger man who has numerous spirit about himself and he simply received an NCAA championship,” mentioned Smith, who guided the Cowboys to a third-place end in St. Louis. “He talks a giant recreation and he exhibits a giant recreation.”
UNC’s Austin O’Connor received the NCAA title at 149 kilos (Picture/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Austin O’Connor turned North Carolina’s first NCAA champion since 1995. The Illinois native edged top-seeded Sammy Sasso of Ohio State 3-2 within the finals at 149 kilos. After a 0-0 opening interval, Sasso rode O’Connor for over a minute to begin the second interval earlier than the UNC wrestler escaped to make it 1-0. The rating remained that manner till early within the second interval when Sasso scored an early escape whereas preserving his using time. With 40 seconds left, O’Connor scored a takedown utilizing a merkle to go up 3-1 earlier than eliminating O’Connor’s using time level. Sasso almost scored a takedown as time expired, however O’Connor fought it up … and the decision was upheld after an unsuccessful problem from Ohio State.
“I have been ready on this second for a very long time. It bought canceled final yr, so it had me ready even longer,” mentioned O’Connor. “This was simply the subsequent step in my journey.”
O’Connor praised his coaches after profitable the title.
“Our teaching employees is wonderful,” mentioned O’Connor. “That is an enormous purpose why I went there. I knew they had been altering this system round, ever since they began recruiting me.”
Gable Steveson will get in on a shot in opposition to Michigan’s Mason Parris (Picture/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Minnesota’s Gable Steveson capped off an undefeated season with an 8-4 win over Michigan’s Mason Parris at 285 kilos. Steveson scored a takedown within the first interval and took a 3-1 lead into the third. He would add two extra takedowns and a stalling level within the third interval. The Gopher huge man turns into the primary Minnesota wrestler to win a nationwide title since Tony Nelson received back-to-back titles in 2012-13.
“It had been a really very long time coming for me,” mentioned Steveson. “Numerous doubters. Lots of people who modified on me. I am so comfortable to be right here.”
Steveson, a three-time age-group world champion in freestyle, will now shift his focus to freestyle as he makes an attempt to make the U.S. Olympic freestyle staff in two weeks.
“I count on onerous matches with all the fellows,” mentioned Steveson, who’s among the many favorites at 125 kilograms. “There’s going to be nice opponents in Texas on the Olympic Trials.
“I am simply comfortable to compete on this time. I am grateful for all of the alternatives that I get.”
Iowa received its twenty fourth NCAA staff title (Picture/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
Last Group Standings (High 10)
1. Iowa 129
2. Penn State 113.5
3. Oklahoma State 99.5
4. Arizona State 74
5. Michigan 69
6. NC State 68
7. Minnesota 64
7. Missouri 64
9. Ohio State 46.5
10. Northwestern 45
2021 NCAA Division I particular person wrestling champions (Picture/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
Medal Match Outcomes
1st No. 1 Spencer Lee (Iowa) dec. No. 3 Brandon Courtney (Arizona State), 7-0
third: No. 15 Patrick McKee (Minnesota) dec. No. 4 Drew Hildebrandt (Central Michigan), 5-3
fifth: No. 7 Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley) dec. No. 2 Sam Latona (Virginia Tech), 4-1
seventh: No. 17 Killian Cardinale (West Virginia) dec. No. 19 Eric Barnett (Wisconsin), 12-7
1st: No. 2 Roman Bravo-Younger (Penn State) dec. No. 1 Daton Repair (Oklahoma State), 4-2 SV1
third: No. 4 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) dec. No. 3 Korbin Myers (Virginia Tech), 10-6
fifth: No. 7 Lucas Byrd (Illinois) pinned No. 9 Michael McGee (Arizona State), 6:17
seventh: No. 8 Chris Cannon (Northwestern) maj. dec. No. 10 Louie Hayes (Virginia), 11-3
1st: No. 2 Nick Lee (Penn State) dec. No. 1 Jaydin Eierman (Iowa), 4-2 SV1
third: No. 4 Tariq Wilson (NC State) maj. dec. No. 3 Sebastian Rivera (Rutgers), 15-5
fifth: No. 14 Dylan Duncan (Illinois) dec. No. 8 Chad Pink (Nebraska), 3-0
seventh: No. 10 Zachary Sherman (North Carolina) dec. No. 15 Clay Carlson (South Dakota State), 11-4
1st: No. 2 Austin O’Connor (North Carolina) dec. No. 1 Sammy Sasso (Ohio State), 2-1
third: No. 25 Yahya Thomas (Northwestern) dec. No. 4 Boo Lewallen (Oklahoma State), 5-3
fifth: No. 3 Brock Mauller (Missouri) dec. No. 17 Kyle Parco (Fresno State), 8-5
seventh: No. 8 Jaden Abas (Stanford) dec. No. 7 Jonathan Millner (Appalachian State), 5-3
1st: No. 3 David Carr (Iowa State) dec. No. 4 Jesse Dellavecchia (Rider), 4-0
third: No. 1 Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) dec. No. 11 Jacori Teemer (Arizona State), 1-0
fifth: No. 2 Hayden Hidlay (NC State) maj. dec. No. 6 Brayton Lee (Minnesota), 11-2
seventh: No. 5 Kaleb Younger (Iowa) dec. No. 33 Wyatt Sheets (Oklahoma State), 3-2
1st: No. 8 Shane Griffith (Stanford) dec. No. 3 Jake Wentzel (Pittsburgh), 7-2
third: No. 6 Keegan O`Toole (Missouri) dec. No. 10 Travis Wittlake (Oklahoma State), 4-3
fifth: No. 7 Ethan Smith (Ohio State) dec. No. 5 Zach Hartman (Bucknell), 7-5 SV1
seventh: No. 11 Cameron Amine (Michigan) by medical forfeit over No. 2 Anthony Valencia (Arizona State)
1st: No. 3 Carter Starocci (Penn State) dec. No. 1 Michael Kemerer (Iowa), 3-1 SV1
third: No. 4 Mikey Labriola (Nebraska) dec. No. 12 Bernie Truax (Cal Poly), 8-3
fifth: No. 5 Logan Massa (Michigan) by medical forfeit over No. 2 Demetrius Romero (Utah Valley)
seventh: No. 8 Daniel Bullard (NC State) by medical forfeit over No. 26 Jackson Turley (Rutgers)
1st: No. 1 Aaron Brooks (Penn State) dec. No. 2 Trent Hidlay (NC State), 3-2
third: No. 4 Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa) dec. No. 6 John Poznanski (Rutgers), 5-4
fifth: No. 11 Dakota Geer (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 7 Brit Wilson (Northern Illinois), 6-0
seventh: No. 5 Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech) dec. No. 3 Lou Deprez (Binghamton), 6-3
1st: No. 4 AJ Ferrari (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 6 Nino Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh), 4-2
third: No. 1 Myles Amine (Michigan) dec. No. 5 Jacob Warner (Iowa), 5-3
fifth: No. 7 Rocky Elam (Missouri) dec. No. 26 Jake Woodley (Oklahoma), 9-3
seventh: No. 15 Michael Beard (Penn State) dec. No. 8 Stephen Buchanan (Wyoming), 10-8 SV1
1st: No. 1 Gable Steveson (Minnesota) dec. No. 2 Mason Parris (Michigan), 8-4
third: No. 5 Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) dec. No. 4 Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State), 5-0
fifth: No. 6 Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State) dec. No. 14 Trent Hillger (Wisconsin), 4-0
seventh: No. 9 Greg Kerkvliet (Penn State) maj. dec. No. 21 Tate Orndorff (Ohio State), 13-1