PSU's Vincenzo Joseph stunned Isaiah Martinez of Illinois in the finals (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
InterMat is providing a running notebook throughout the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The latest updates will appear at the top.
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No. 2 Bo Nickal (Penn State) dec. No. 1 Gabe Dean (Cornell), 4-3
Bo Nickal (Penn State) capped off the 2016 NCAAs by edging two-time NCAA champion Gabe Dean (Cornell) 4-3, giving the Nittany Lions five consecutive NCAA champions. Dean struck first, scoring a takedown midway through the first period, but Nickal battled back, getting an escape and takedown to take a 3-2 lead into the second period. Nickal escaped in the second period to extend his lead to 4-2. A quick escape by Dean in the third period made the score 4-3 in favor of Nickal. Dean nearly scored a takedown on the edge of the mat, but they went out of bounds. Nickal held on for the victory.
No. 5 Mark Hall (Penn State) dec. No. 3 Bo Jordan (Ohio State), 5-2
True freshman Mark Hall (Penn State), the nation's No. 1 recruit in 2016, gave Penn State its fourth consecutive NCAA champion. After a scoreless first period, Hall chose down in the second period and escaped in the first 10 seconds to take a 1-0 lead. The Penn State true freshman scored a takedown with just over 40 seconds left in the second period to go up 3-0. Jordan escaped, and the second period ended 3-1 in favor of Hall. Jordan started the third period in the down position and escaped to make the score 3-2. Jordan kept the pressure on, and Hall was warned for stalling. The two continued to battle, and with five seconds left Hall shot a double leg and put the match away with a takedown.
No. 3 Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) pinned No. 1 Isaiah Martinez (Illinois), 5:26
Freshman Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) pinned Isaiah Martinez (Illinois) in the finals, stunning the two-time NCAA champion. The two wrestlers traded takedowns and escapes in the first period, and the first period ended with the score 3-3. Martinez chose down to start the second period and escaped to take a 4-3 lead. Joseph came back with a takedown to take a 5-4 lead. Martinez escaped and the second period ended tied 5-5. Joseph, with 1:05 riding time, chose down to start the second period and escaped within five seconds to grab a 6-5 lead and preserve riding time. A short time later the two locked up and Joseph used double overs to throw Martinez to his back and get the pin.
No. 1 Jason Nolf (Penn State) maj. dec. No. 3 Joey Lavallee (Missouri), 14-6
Top-seeded Jason Nolf (Penn State) came through to win his first NCAA title after falling short in the NCAA finals last season. Retherford picked up a 14-6 major decision over No. 3 Joey Lavallee (Missouri) in the finals. Lavallee kept the score close early in the match, and trailed just 2-1 after the opening period. Nolf extended his lead to 6-1 after two periods, and then turned it up in the third periods, scoring four takedowns to get the major decision.
No. 1 Zain Retherford (Penn State) tech. fall No. 3 Lavion Mayes (Missouri), 18-2
Zain Retherford (Penn State) completed an undefeated season, winning his second straight NCAA title with an 18-2 technical fall over No. 3 Lavion Mayes (Missouri). The Missouri Tiger started fast, scoring a takedown in the first 30 seconds to take a 2-0 lead. But it was all the points he would score. Retherford dominated the rest of the way. After an escape and takedown, he took a 3-2 lead into the second period. He added a takedown in the second period and extended his lead to 6-2 after two periods. Mayes, trailing by four, chose the down position in the third period … and paid for it. Retherford scores three sets for four-point nearfalls to close out the technical fall with less than 30 seconds remaining in the match.
No. 1 Dean Heil (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 6 George DiCamillo (Virginia), 6-3
Dean Heil (Oklahoma State) repeated as NCAA champion, defeating No. 6 George DiCamillo (Virginia) 6-3 in the championship match. Heil scored a first-period takedown and led 2-1 after one. Heil escaped in the second period to grab a 3-1 lead. DiCamillo kept the pressure on in the second period and nearly scored a takedown on the edge of the mat with a throw -- and again at the close of the period -- but the period would end 3-1 in favor of Heil. DiCamillo escaped in the first 30 seconds of the final period to cut the deficit to 3-2. With 40 seconds on the clock, Heil scored a takedown to extend his lead. He would add an additional point for riding time.
No. 4 Cory Clark (Iowa) dec. No. 2 Seth Gross (South Dakota State), 4-3
Cory Clark (Iowa) claimed the NCAA title after finishing runner-up in each of the two previous seasons. The Hawkeye senior edged No. 2 Seth Gross (South Dakota State) 4-3 in the championship match. Gross jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a first-period takedown. After an escape by Clark, Gross led 2-1 after the first period. Clark chose the down position in the second period and escaped with just over a minute remaining in the period to tie the match at 2-2 after two periods. Gross started the third period in the down position, and re-took the lead, 3-2, after an escape. With 1:20 left in the match, Gross shot a single leg and converted it for a takedown to take a 4-3 lead. He then erased Gross' riding time and took the one-point victory.
No. 4 Darian Cruz (Lehigh) dec. No. 6 Ethan Lizak (Minnesota), 6-3
A day after knocking off top-seeded Thomas Gilman (Iowa), No. 4 Darian Cruz (Lehigh) came through to win the NCAA title with a 6-3 victory over No. 6 Ethan Lizak (Minnesota), avenging a loss from the Southern Scuffle. Cruz scored a first-period takedown and led 2-1 after the first period. Lizak chose the down position in the second period and escaped in 30 seconds to knot the score at 2-2. With the match tied 2-2 after two periods, Cruz chose to start the period in neutral. With 30 seconds left, Cruz scored the go-ahead takedown. The call was challenged by Minnesota and upheld. Lizak cut the deficit to 4-3 after an escape, but Cruz added a takedown at the buzzer to win by three.
No. 1 Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) dec. No. 2 Connor Medbery (Wisconsin), 6-3
Olympic champion Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) repeated as NCAA champion with a 6-3 win over Connor Medbery (Wisconsin) in a rematch from the Big Ten finals. Snyder scored a takedown midway through the first period, lifting Medbery ande finishing with a double leg. Medbery escaped, and a short time later Snyder earned a point off a fleeing the mat call. Snyder extended his lead to 5-1 in the second period. Medbery, trailing by four, chose the top position in the final period. Snyder escaped 15 seconds into the period to make it 6-1. Medbery would add a late takedown, but it too little too late.
No. 1 J'den Cox (Missouri) dec. No. 2 Brett Pfarr (Minnesota), 8-2
Olympic bronze medalist J'den Cox (Missouri) opened the NCAA finals with an 8-2 victory over No. 2 Brett Pfarr (Minnesota) to capture his third NCAA title. Cox scored three takedowns -- one in each of the three periods, with the final takedown coming at the buzzer. He added a point for riding time to win by six. It was Cox's second win over Pfarr this season. The first one came in the finals of the Southern Scuffle.