Andrew Carpenean-US PRESSWIRE
The crowd roars, the lights come on (and go out) and the national championship picture comes into better focus. The semi finals of the division 1 national wrestling championships are over, and it looks like the champion may already be crowned.
From a team points/mathematical perspective, only three teams can still win the NCAA wrestling championship: Penn State, Oklahoma State, and Minnesota. Oklahoma State has wrestled a simply fantastic tournament, with two finalists and seven All Americans. This is remarkable. Minnesota might be doing even better, their team has yielded eight All Americans, almost nine. I'll have to check the history books to see if any team has ever had 80% of its lineup make the podium at the national championships and not win the team national championships.
The problem faced by Oklahoma State and Minnesota is Penn State (PSU). PSU has produced a mere five All Americans, it just so happens that all five of them are in the national finals. If you send half of your lineup to the national finals and score a bunch of bonus points, you're going to be tough to beat, plain and simple. It looks very much like Penn State is going to easily march to its third straight title.
Top three team scores are below via Penn State Wrestling Club
|# SF||# F||# Cons 4 |
(Rd of 12)
|# Cons 5 |
|# Cons Semi||# 7th-8th|
As you look at the match ups for the finals, note the number of all Big Ten finals. Also, if you check the updated brackets, you'll notice that the tiny but mighty Citadel has two All Americans. The Citadel, a tiny school on the banks of the Ashley River in Charleston, South Carolina, only claims a couple thousand in its student body. It also provides the greatest education on Earth. Producing two All Americans at a place like the Citadel is an amazing feat.
Semi finals results via Trackwrestling
Semifinal - Nicholas Megaludis (Penn State) 28-3 won in tie breaker - 2 over Alan Waters (Missouri) 32-1 (TB-2 3-2)
Semifinal - Jesse Delgado (Illinois) 25-3 won by decision over Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) 41-5 (Dec 10-5)
Semifinal - Logan Stieber (Ohio St.) 25-0 won by tech fall over A.J. Schopp (Edinboro) 32-4 (TF-1.5 7:00 (18-2))
Semifinal - Tony Ramos (Iowa) 31-1 won in sudden victory - 2 over Tyler Graff (Wisconsin) 31-5 (SV-2 6-4)
Semifinal - Mitchell Port (Edinboro) 34-3 won by decision over Hunter Stieber (Ohio St.) 34-1 (Dec 7-6)
Semifinal - Kendric Maple (Oklahoma) 29-0 won by decision over Undrakhbayar Khishignyam (The Citadel) 41-5 (Dec 4-0)
Semifinal - Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma St.) 37-0 won by major decision over Steve Santos (Columbia) 29-2 (MD 14-3)
Semifinal - Jason Chamberlain (Boise State) 30-1 won by decision over Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) 31-10 (Dec 7-3)
Semifinal - Jason Welch (Northwestern) 34-1 won by decision over David Bonin (Northern Iowa) 29-8 (Dec 7-1)
Semifinal - Derek St. John (Iowa) 30-2 won in tie breaker - 2 over Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma St.) 33-3 (TB-2 3-2)
Semifinal - Kyle Dake (Cornell) 36-0 won by decision over Tyler Caldwell (Oklahoma St.) 32-5 (Dec 2-0)
Semifinal - David Taylor (Penn State) 30-1 won by fall over Peter Yates (Virginia Tech) 33-2 (Fall 3:25)
Semifinal - Chris Perry (Oklahoma St.) 34-2 won in sudden victory - 1 over Robert Kokesh (Nebraska) 36-4 (SV-1 4-2)
Semifinal - Mathew Brown (Penn State) 29-4 won by decision over Logan Storley (Minnesota) 27-4 (Dec 3-2)
Semifinal - Edward Ruth (Penn State) 32-0 won by decision over Steve Bosak (Cornell) 23-3 (Dec 4-1)
Semifinal - Robert Hamlin (Lehigh) 26-3 won by decision over Ben Bennett (Central Michigan) 30-1 (Dec 3-2)
Semifinal - Dustin Kilgore (Kent St.) 43-0 won by decision over Taylor Meeks (Oregon St.) 34-6 (Dec 8-6)
Semifinal - Quentin Wright (Penn State) 31-0 won in tie breaker - 2 over Matthew Wilps (Pittsburgh) 22-3 (TB-2 4-3)
Semifinal - Michael McMullan (Northwestern) 22-3 won in sudden victory - 1 over Dominque Bradley (Missouri) 38-2 (SV-1 3-1)
Semifinal - Anthony Nelson (Minnesota) 32-1 won by decision over Alan Gelogaev (Oklahoma St.) 27-4 (Dec 5-4)