NCAA Wrestling Championships 2018

2018 Wrestling NCAA Championships




This last weekend Wrestling held their National Championships and Penn State continued their streak of dominance with a win over their BIG 10 rival Ohio State. Winning 141.5 to 137.5 it was their 7th National Championship in eight years. (For a better understanding of how wrestling is scored click here.)

In Penn States National Championship last year, they won 5 individual titles. All five of the 2017 Champions returned to the finals for the 2018 season. They went 4-1 in 2018.

In the 149-weight class Zain Rutherford returned to defend his title beating the underdog #15 seed Ronald Perry from Lock Haven University.

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Ronald Perry of Lock Haven University was little known before finishing 2nd at NCAA’s to Penn States Zain Rutherford. 

Jason Nolf of Penn State returned to win his individual title in the 157-weight class. It was Bo Nickal pinning in his 184-final match over Ohio State’s Myles Martin that guaranteed Penn States third straight team title.

The 165 match up pitted old rivals against each other. #3 seeded Vincenzo Joseph of Penn State wrestled Illinois’ Isaiah Martinez the #1 seed. Martinez and Joseph wrested in the 2017 NCAA championships and Joseph bested Martinez. But Martinez won just weeks ago in the BIG 10 Title. But Joseph stays perfect against him in their National Championship bouts after winning this weekend.

5 returning wrestlers
Penn State had 5 individual wrestling champions in 2017, all five of them returned for 2018. They went 4-1. 

The only Penn State wrestler not to repeat his individual title from last year was Mark Hall in the 174-weight class. The 2018 championship bout repeated the 2017 match with the inverse results. Arizona State’s Zahid Valencia was the only one to exact revenge against a returning 2017 Penn State champion.

Adam Coon Wrestling
Adam Coon’s of Michigan split his meetings with Olympic Gold Medalist Kyle Snyder this season. 

In other individual title stories, in the Heavy Weight class the Gold Medalist from the Rio Games Kyle Snyder was matched against Adam Coon’s of Michigan. Snyder, of Ohio State, lost to Coon in their duel meet during the season. Snyder won at the BIG 10 Conference match-up a matter of weeks ago. With the NCAA Championship they entered the Championship Match 1-1. Coons out weighs Snyder by about 55 lbs. Snyder moved the 2018 record to 2-1 with his 3-2 decision.

2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships
Kyle Snyder of Ohio State University wins the NCAA Championship in the Heavy Weight Class. Snyder won Gold in the Rio Olympics. 

In the 125-weight class, a Freshman from Iowa won the National Championship. Spencer Lee was 22-2 on the season and came into the NCAA Tournament as the 3 seed. Another big win came in the 133-weight class, where Seth Gross defeated Michigan’s Stevan Micic to earn South Dakota State’s first ever national championship in D1 athletics.

133  Cory Clark (Iowa) DEC Seth Gross (South Dakota St.), 4-3
Seth Gross of South Dakota State University

The power and prestige in wrestling still rests in the center of the country. The BIG 10 still produces the premier wrestlers in the country. At the half way point, this is where the future United States Olympians are preparing for 2020.


For a more thorough look at how the NCAA wrestling tournament is scored check out this sight here. For complete results click here. Below is the bout that won Penn State the National Title.






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