Penn State wrestlers won two gold medals and three silvers in Des Moines on Saturday night, and the Nittany Lions captured their third consecutive NCAA title.
Ed Ruth and Quentin Wright won championships at 184 pounds and 197 pounds, respectively.
At 165 pounds, defending champion David Taylor dropped his long-awaited title match with Cornell’s Kyle Dake in a 5-4 decision. Dake became the first NCAA wrestler to win gold at four different weight classes, and only the third to win four overall. The others were current Penn State coach Cael Sanderson and Pat Smith.
Nico Megaludis (125 lbs.) and Matt Brown (174) also captured silver medals.
Edinboro University’s Mitchell Port took home a silver medal after a 4-3 loss to Oklahoma’s Kendric Maple in the final bout at 141 pounds. Teammate
Clarion University’s James Fleming placed eighth at 157 pounds, earning All-American status for the second time and becoming Clarion’s 46th All-American since 1969. Fleming finishes his collegiate career at 126-21, fourth in wins in school history behind Wade Schalles (153), Mike Cole (150) and John Testa (134).
Team Point Totals:
1) Penn State 123.5
2) Oklahoma State 119.5
3) Minnesota 103
4) Iowa 73
5) Cornell 65
14) Edinboro 37.5