AFTER ROUND TWO
The Penn State Nittany Lions lead the 84th annual NCAA Championships with 26 points ahead of second place Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Minnesota Gophers both with 21.5 points at the end of day one. Penn State advanced five wrestlers into the quarterfinal round including unbeaten David Taylor (31-0) who posted two falls at 165 and Ed Ruth (31-1) who dominated two opponents in the 184 pound class.
Oklahoma State was paced by returning NCAA champion Chris Perry (27-1) at 174 as they pushed six wrestlers into the quarters. Two-time Tony Nelson (28-4) registered a second period fall at 285. New York State has four quarterfinalists: Brian Realbuto (Cornell) at 157, Joah Veltre (Bloomsburg) at 165, Cody Reed (Binghamton) at 197 and 2012 All-American Nick Gwiazdowski (NC State) who upped his record to 40-2 at 285 pounds.
AFTER ROUND ONE
The Penn State Nittany Lions lead the 84th annual NCAA Championships with 16.5 points ahead of second place Oklahoma State Cowboys (13.5). National champions David Taylor (165) and Ed Ruth (184) had convincing wins in the first round. Rounding out the top teams are Edinboro and Minnesota both with 11 points followed by Nebraska (9.5) and the of Cornell with 9 points.
Oklahoma State advanced Alex Dieringer (157) and top seeded Chris Perry (174). The Big Red had Nashan Garrett (125), Brian Realbuto (157), Dylan Palacio (165) and third seeded Gabe Dean (184). Other NCAA champions that went unscathed were Jesse Delgado of Illinois (125), Logan Steiber of Ohio State (141), Oklahoma's Kendrick Maple (149) and Andrew Howe (174) as well as Derek St. John of Iowa (157) and two-time titlist Tony Nelson of Minnesota who eked out 1-0 victory at 285 pounds.
Hofstra advance two matmen, Luke Vaith (141) and EIWA champ Joe Booth at 165 pounds. Michigan's Stephen Dutton (9-4) edged Iowa's Josh Dziewa 3-1, at 141. Dutton will meet unbeaten Devin Carter (15-0) of Virginia Tech in the next round. Other top teams: Iowa State and Oregon State with 9 points along with Iowa and Wisconsin with 8.5 points each.