Logan Storley came back to finish third for Minnesota (Photo/Mark Beshey, The Guillotine)
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Minnesota had a strong Session V performance on Saturday and surpassed Penn State for the team lead at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The Gophers lead the Nittany Lions by 2.5 points heading into tonight's finals.
Two Gopher wrestlers, Logan Storley (174) and Scott Schiller (197), won two matches on Saturday to place third. Storley's third-place finish came over Robert Kokesh (Nebraska), a longtime friend from South Dakota. Schiller notched his second win over Kyven Gadson (Iowa State). David Thorn (133) and Kevin Steinhaus (184) both lost their consolation semifinal matches, but came back to finish fifth. Danny Zilverberg (165) claimed seventh place.
"We come together as a team before every round, just like a dual," said Storley, a three-time All-American. "We can do great things as a dual team. Now we need to do it as a tournament team and score bonus."
Two-time NCAA runner-up Nico Megaludis turned in a third-place performance with two wins on Saturday. Nittany Lion wrestlers Zain Retherford (141) and Matt Brown (174) finished fifth, while James English (149) and Morgan McIntosh (197) earned seventh-place finishes.
English, a senior, stepped in Penn State's lineup for the first time in his career late this season after battling injuries throughout his college wresetling career.
"It was great to go out with a win, my last match ever," said English. "I'm just glad I never stopped fighting, after six years I was finally able to make it here and just go out and score some points for my team there at the end."
Oklahoma State remains in third place after Austin Marsden fell in the seventh-place match to Ohio's Jeremy Johnson, 4-2. The Cowboys are 16.5 points out of first place, but have four finalists.
Iowa remains in fourth place. Edinboro jumped climbed a spot from sixth place to fifth place after a third-place finish from Mitchell Port (141), and fourth-place finishes from A.J. Schopp (133) and David Habat (149).
The finals get underway at 7 p.m. CT. The finals will open with the match at 174 pounds between Oklahoma State's Chris Perry and Oklahoma's Andrew Howe, and close with the match at 165 pounds between Penn State's David Taylor and Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell.
Team Standings (Top 10)
1. Minnesota 104
2. Penn State 101.5
3. Oklahoma St. 87.5
4. Iowa 74.5
5. Edinboro 62
6. Cornell 53
7. Ohio St. 52
8. Virginia Tech 49
9. Oklahoma 45
10. Nebraska 43.5
Medal Match Results
3rd: Nico Megaludis (Penn State) dec. Joey Dance (Virginia Tech), 6-1
5th: Cory Clark (Iowa) dec. Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa), 8-1
7th: Darian Cruz (Lehigh) dec. Earl Hall (Iowa State), 2-1 TB2
3rd: Joe Colon (Northern Iowa) dec. A.J. Schopp (Edinboro), 1-0
5th: David Thorn (Minnesota) dec. Mason Beckman (Lehigh), 5-3
7th: Joe Roth (Central Michigan) dec. Cody Brewer (Oklahoma), 8-6
3rd: Mitchell Port (Edinboro) maj. dec. Evan Henderson (North Carolina), 9-1
5th: Zain Retherford (Penn State) by medical forfeit over Joey Lazor (Northern Iowa)
7th: Steve Dutton (Michigan) dec. Richard Durso (Franklin & Marshall), 6-5
3rd: Eric Grajales (Michigan) dec. David Habat (Edinboro), 4-2
5th: Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) dec. Mitch Minotti (Lehigh), 3-0
7th: James English (Penn State) dec. Kendric Maple (Oklahoma), 2-1 TB
3rd: James Green (Nebraska) maj. dec. Ian Miller (Kent St.), 13-1
5th: Derek St. John (Iowa) by medical forfeit over Brian Realbuto (Cornell)
7th: Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin) dec. Anthony Perrotti (Rutgers), 2-0
3rd: Steven Monk (North Dakota State ) pinned Nick Sulzer (Virginia), 5:26
5th: Michael Moreno (Iowa State) dec. Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (Citadel), 9-3
7th: Danny Zilverberg (Minnesota) dec. Pierce Harger (Northwestern), 6-2
3rd: Logan Storley (Minnesota) dec. Robert Kokesh (Nebraska), 3-1 TB
5th: Matt Brown (Penn St.) dec. Michael Evans (Iowa), 6-3
7th: Tyler Wilps (Pittsburgh) dec. Bryce Hammond (CSU Bakersfield), 4-2
3rd: Gabe Dean (Cornell) dec. Jack Dechow (Old Dominion), 5-4
5th: Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota) tech. fall Lorenzo Thomas (Penn), 18-2
7th: Jake Swartz (Boise State) dec. Ophir Bernstein (Brown), 6-1
3rd: Scott Schiller (Minnesota) dec. Kyven Gadson (Iowa State), 9-6
5th: Conner Hartmann (Duke) by medical forfeit over Chris Penny (Virginia Tech)
7th: Morgan McIntosh (Penn State) dec. Nathan Burak (Iowa), 3-1
3rd: Mike McMullan (Northwestern) dec. Bobby Telford (Iowa), 3-1
5th: Mike McClure (Michigan St.) dec. Adam Chalfant (Indiana), 3-2
7th:Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) dec. Austin Marsden (Oklahoma State), 4-2