CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL RESULTS
125- Spencer Lee (Iowa) dec. Jack Mueller (Virginia) 5-0
133- Nick Suriano (Rutgers) dec. Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) 4-2 OT
141- Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) dec. Joe McKenna (Ohio State) 6-4 OT
149- Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) dec. Micah Jordan (Ohio State) 9-4
157- Jason Nolf (Penn State) maj.dec. Tyler Berger (Nebraska)10-2
165- Mekhi Lewis (Va Tech) dec. Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) 7-1
174- Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) dec. Mark Hall (Penn State) 4-3
184- Drew Foster (UNI) dec. Max Dean (Cornell) 6-4
197- Bo Nickal (Penn State) dec. Kollin Moore (Ohio State) 5-1
285- Anthony Cassar (Penn State) maj.dec. Derek White (Oklahoma State) 10-1
Co-Editors Tony Nordland and Jim Nordland
2019 NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
1. Penn State (137.5 pts.)
2. Ohio State (96.5)
3. Okla State (84)
4. Iowa (76)
5. Michigan (62.5)
6. Missouri (62)
7. Cornell (59.5)
8. Minnesota (53.5)
9. Rutgers (51.5)
10. Nebraska (51)
National Champions Penn State
2019 NCAA CHAMPIONS
Spencer Lee (Iowa), Nick Suriano (Rutgers), Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell), Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers), Jason Nolf (Penn State).
Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech), Zahed Valencia (Arizona State), Drew Foster (UNI), Bo Nickal (Penn State), Anthony Cassar (Penn State).
Runners-up Ohio State
PPG Paints Arena - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Cornell's Yianni Diakomihalis uses this leg chop in overtime to takedown Ohio State's Joey McKenna to win 6-4 and claim his second NCAA title.
Former four-time NYS champions Nick Piccininni (Ward Melville) and Vito Arujau (Syosset) battled in the All-American round. Cornell's Arujau (31-4) defeated Oklahoma State's Piccininni (34-2), 5-1, after scoring with a pair of hard-fought single leg takedowns and a tight ride. Arujau, a redshirt freshman, finished in 4th place and two-time AA Piccininni, a redshirt junior, earned 5th place. The Big Red of Cornell now have 66 All-Americans.
New York State finished with five All-Americans: the aforementioned Arujau, Piccininni, Diakomihalis, Ben Honis (Cornell) and Youssif Hemida (Maryland). Honis (23-7) placed 8th at 197 and Hemida (21-9), a two-time All-American finished 6th at 285. Kerry McCoy (Longwood HS) will be stepping down after the NCAA Championships, he served as head wrestling coach at the University of Maryland for the past 11 years. McCoy was a former state champion and two-time titlist at Penn State.
Only four wrestlers remianed unbeaten on the season: Diakomihalis, Ashnault, Nolf and Nickal. Diakomihalis now has a 43-match win streak. The combined record of the ten Division I champions was 291 victories and only 16 losses. The total six-session attendance was 109, 405 wrestling fans. The 2020 NCAA Division I Championships will held at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. on March 19th - March 21st.
Northern Iowa's Drew Foster holds off Cornell's Max Dean to win the 184 pound title.