NCAA Championships Running Notebook: Semifinals

Jason Nolf is one of five finalists for Penn State (Photo/Tony Rotundo,

PITTSBURGH -- Three-time defending national champion Penn State went 5-for-6 in the semifinals on Friday night to extend its lead to 32 points. InterMat will be providing a full recap of the semifinals.

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11:02 p.m. InterMat will be providing a full recap of the semifinals. Please check back soon.

10:52 p.m. One last note, top ten team scores.
1. Penn State 120.5
2. Ohio State 88.5
3. Oklahoma State 73.5
4. Iowa 68
5. Missouri 54
6. Cornell 52
7. Nebraska 51
8. Michigan 48
(tie) Minnesota
10. Virginia Tech 45

10:50 p.m. With that we end the Friday night wrestling program at PPG Paints Arena. No. 2 seed Anthony Cassar (Penn State) beats No. 3 Gable Steveson (Minnesota) 4-3 for the second time in about 13 days. Five Nittany Lions wrestlers into tomorrow night's finals program.

10:45 p.m. Derek White (Oklahoma State) into the finals as the No. 1 seed with a 3-1 overtime victory over No. 4 Jordan Wood (Lehigh).

10:30 p.m. No. 1 Bo Nickal (Penn State) into his fourth national final with a PIN at the 4:41 mark. He seeks a third straight title tomorrow night at 197 pounds. Nickal will face No. 2 Kollin Moore (Ohio State), whom he has dominated two times this season already after Moore earned the 12-4 major decision.

10:25 p.m. All-Americans by state:
16- PA*;
10- NJ*;
6- OH*, IL, MI;
5- NY;
4- MO, CA;
3- IN, MN, IA;
2- OR, CO, OK, TX;
1- MT, FL, CAN, AZ, KS, GA

10:15 p.m. Down goes No. 1 Myles Martin (Ohio State). Max Dean (Cornell), the No. 5 seed, won a late scramble to win 5-4. He's in the final against No. 6 seed Drew Foster (Northern Iowa), a 7-4 winner over No. 15 Chip Ness (North Carolina).

10:01 p.m. Catching up on the last two weights of the consolation round of 12. All-Americans at 197 were Ben Honis (Cornell), Willie Miklus (Iowa State), Jacob Warner (Iowa), and two-sport athlete Josh hokit (Fresno State). At 285, they were Yousif Hemedia (Maryland), Matt Stencel (Central Michigan), Trent Hillger (Wisconsin), and Amar Dhesi (Oregon State).

10:00 p.m. It'll be a rematch of last year's 174 final tomorrow night. No. 1 Mark Hall (Penn State) beat Myles Amine (Michigan) 2-1 in the tiebreaker. No. 3 Zahid Valencia (Arizona State), the defending national champion, beat No. 2 Daniel Lewis (Missouri) 11-3; he reversed a regular season loss in dominant fashion.

9:50 p.m. Today's sessions BOTH had over 18,00 in attendance. The morning session was a 18,013; the evening at 18,100. Awesome crowds.

9:45 p.m. Consolation All-Americans at 184 - Dakota Geer (Oklahoma State), Ryan Preisch (Lehigh), Emery Parker (Illinois), and Zach Zavatsky (Virginia Tech).

9:42 p.m. Just announced N.C. State got a team point deduction for control of mat, presumably for during that 157 "circus".

9:40 p.m. Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech) into the finals from the No. 8 seed, he wins 5-2 with takedowns in the first period and then late in the third period over No. 4 Evan Wick (Wisconsin). Two-time national champion Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State), the No. 2 seed, wins 3-2 over No. 3 Josh Shields (Arizona State), though fans wanted stalling call(s) against Joseph at the end of the bout.

9:35 p.m. Consolation All-Americans at 174: Jordan Kutler (Lehigh), David McFadden (Lehigh), Mikey Labriola (Nebraska), and Devin Skatzka (Minnesota).

9:20 p.m. No. 1 Jason Nolf (Penn State) into a fourth straight NCAA final. He wins 3-2 on the early second period takedown. No. 5 Hayden Hidlay (N.C. State) had a takedown at the end of the first period reversed via replay review, and then was in deep at the end of the bout but Nolf whizzered it off.

9:15 p.m. Consolation All-Americans at 165 are Chance Marsteller (Lock haven), Alex Marinelli (Iowa), Isaiah White (Nebraska), and Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa).

9:05 p.m. Consolation All-Americans at 157 are Alec Pantaleo (Michigan), Christian Pagdilao (ARizona State), Larry Early (Old Dominion), and Ryan Deakin (NOrthwestern).

9:02 p.m. Top two seeds into the 149 final. Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) with a 2-0 win over No. 5 Matthew Kolodzik (Princeton), second period escape and third period rideout to earn the advantage point. No. 2 Micah Jordan (Ohio State) with three takedowns and the riding time point to beat No. 6 Austin O'Connor (North Carolina) 7-4.

8:55 p.m. Consolation All-Americans at 149 include true freshman Brock Mauller (Missouri), the fourth 2018 high school graduate to earn a podium position. He is joined by Jarrett Degen (Iowa State), Pat Lugo (Iowa), and Mitch Finesilver (Duke).

8:45 p.m. Third period takedowns the difference as No. 1 seed Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) and No. 2 Joey McKenna (Ohio State) advance to the 141 final. Diakomihalis 6-5 over No. 5 Jaydin Eierman (Missouri), McKenna 4-3 over No. 3 Nick Lee (Penn State).

8:42 p.m. Consolation All-Americans at 141 were Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven), Dom Demas (Oklahoma), Mitch McKee (Minnesota), and Chad Red (Nebraska).

8:33 p.m. Consolation All-Americans at 133: true freshman Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State), John Erneste (Missouri), Austin DeSanto (Iowa), and Ethan Lizak (Minnesota).

8:30 p.m. It'll be No. 1 seed Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) vs. No. 3 Nick Suriano (Rutgers) in the final. Suriano reversed a dual meet loss to No. 2 Stevan Micic (Michigan) with a 4-1 victory, while Fix beat No. 4 Luke Pletcher (Ohio State) 4-2.

8:15 p.m. Patrick Glory (Princeton) - a true freshman - among the consolation All-Americans at 125. He is joined by Ronnie Bresser (Oregon State), Vitali Arujau (Cornell), and Rayvon Foley (Michigan State)

8:13 p.m. As comprehensive a semifinal performance as you'll ever see, No. 5 seed Jack Mueller (Virginia) knocks off No. 1 Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern) 8-2 with takedowns in each period and 5 minutes of advantage time. No. 3 Spencer Lee (Iowa) will make it to a second straight national final, he wins 11-4 to avenge the in-season dual meet loss to Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State).

8:05 p.m. And we got whistles. Semifinal matches on mats 1 & 2, consolation round of 12 on mats 3-6 and consolation quarters follow.


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