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Champions Crowned

Snyder was trailing 5-3 and his shots were failing against the bigger Gwiazdowski. Similar to his World Finals match in September, Snyder got his opponent to step and then hit his low single and finished with the double. The possibly greatest heavyweight final matchup of all time fittingly went to sudden death. Gwiazdowski fired the first shot but then Snyder sprawled and countered to win his first NCAA title. He wins Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament.

Isiah Martinez and Jason Nolf didn't disappoint either. The final included just two career losses and those were to each other. The match was tied late, but Imart caught Nolf off balance with a shrug from an underhook. Martinez finished and is two for two for national championships.  

While Penn State wins the team championship by a considerable distance, the Buckeyes will be the talk of the final session as the #11 seed Myles Martin upset substantial favorite Bo Nickal. Nickal fell behind early going for some big moves, but then started to control the match. Nickal then drove for an ankle pick but as they fell to the ground Martin locked up a chest lock to roll it through for 6-points and the national championship as a true freshman. 

At 125, Nico Megaludis got one of two titles for Penn State when he beat Gilman in a couple scarmbles early for takedowns. Coming from behind on the outstanding defense on Megaludis is a nearly impossible task, and Gilman fell short. Zain Retherford capped off an incredible undefeated season with a dominant win. 

Nahshon Garrett capped off the season with the 133 title. After a disappointment at 125, Garrett bumped up with new rejuvenation to dominate the year. Cornell added another champ later when Gabe Dean successfully defended his title. He is on his way to being the most successful college wrestler to ever come out of Michigan. 

Unfortunately, Morgan McIntosh will go down as one of the best wrestlers to never win a title. Him and J'den Cox battled but Cox scored the takedown late in the 3rd to win his 2nd title in three tries. 

Dean Heil is not flashy, but he is a national champion. I had my doubts, but his positioning and timing made him the top guy in 141 all year. 

Last but not least, Alex Dieringer controlled Isaac Jordan the whole match. Dieringer gets his 3rd title and goes in to the history books as one of the best college wrestlers of all time. He should win the Hodge with Gwiz being knocked off.  

Kevin Dresser (Virginia Tech) wins Coach of the Year as he put Virginia Tech on the podium this year earning the first ever team trophy for the ACC.   

Most Falls (in shortest time) goes to Matthew Miller (Navy). He was awesome to watch all tournament and it was great to see the senior get the All-American honors. 

1st: Nico Megaludis (Penn State) dec. Thomas Gilman (Iowa), 6-3
3rd: Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State) dec. David Terao (American), 5-3
5th: Conor Youtsey (Michigan) by medical forfeit over Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa)
7th: Ryan Millhof (Oklahoma) dec. Connor Schram (Stanford), 1-0

1st: Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) dec. Cory Clark (Iowa), 7-6
3rd: Cody Brewer (Oklahoma) dec. Zane Richards (Illinois), 9-4
5th: Eric Montoya (Nebraska) dec. Jordan Conaway (Penn State), 7-4
7th: Earl Hall (Iowa State) tech. fall Jade Rauser (Utah Valley), 17-1

1st: Dean Heil (Oklahoma State) dec. Bryce Meredith (Wyoming), 3-2
3rd: Joey McKenna (Stanford) dec. Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers), 7-6
5th: Chris Mecate (Old Dominion) dec. Solomon Chishko (Virginia Tech), 5-3
Joey Ward (North Carolina) dec. Randy Cruz (Lehigh), 3-1 SV

1st: Zain Retherford (Penn State) maj. dec. Brandon Sorensen (Iowa), 10-1
3rd: Lavion Mayes (Missouri) dec. Anthony Collica (Oklahoma State), 3-2
5th: Mike DePalma (Kent State) pinned Alec Pantaleo (Michigan), 3:30
7th: Justin Oliver (Central Michigan) dec. Geo Martinez (Boise State), 5-1

1st: Isaiah Martinez (Illinois) dec. Jason Nolf (Penn State), 6-5
3rd: Nick Brascetta (Virginia Tech) dec. Dylan Palacio (Cornell), 4-1
5th: Chad Walsh (Rider) by medical forfeit over Ian Miller (Kent State)
7th: Joe Smith (Oklahoma State) dec. Tommy Gantt (NC State), 6-3

1st: Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State) dec. Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin), 6-2
3rd: Bo Jordan (Ohio State) dec. Daniel Lewis (Missouri), 9-7
5th: Steven Rodrigues (Illinois) dec. David McFadden (Virginia Tech), 8-5
7th: Austin Wilson (Nebraska) dec. Anthony Perrotti (Rutgers), 4-2

1st: No. 11 Myles Martin (Ohio State) dec. Bo Nickal (Penn State), 11-9
3rd: Zach Epperly (Virginia Tech) dec. Casey Kent (Pennsylvania), 8-4
5th: Nathan Jackson (Indiana) dec. Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State), 5-2
7th: Cody Walters (Ohio) dec. Alex Meyer (Iowa), 4-3

1st: Gabe Dean (Cornell) dec. T.J. Dudley (Nebraska), 5-3
3rd: Pete Renda (NC State) tech. fall Nolan Boyd (Oklahoma State), 18-3
5th: Mathew Miller (Navy) dec. Willie Miklus (Missouri), 4-2
7th: Nate Brown (Lehigh) dec. Sammy Brooks (Iowa), 9-3

1st: J'den Cox (Missouri) dec. Morgan McIntosh (Penn State), 4-2
3rd: Brett Pfarr (Minnesota) dec. Nathan Burak (Iowa), 2-1
5th: Pat Downey (Iowa State) pinned Jared Haught (Virginia Tech), 3:48
7th: Conner Hartmann (Duke) maj. dec. Brett Harner (Princeton), 11-2

1st: Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) dec. Nick Gwiazdowski (NC State), 7-5 SV
3rd: Adam Coon (Michigan) pinned Ty Walz (Virginia Tech), 7:57
5th: Amarveer Dhesi (Oregon State) pinned Austin Marsden (Oklahoma State), 1:29
7th: Michael Kroells (Minnesota) dec. Max Wessell (Lehigh), 5-2

Team Standings

1. Penn State 123
2. Oklahoma St. 97.5
3. Ohio St. 86
4. Virginia Tech 82
5. Iowa 81
6. Missouri 74.5
7. Cornell 67
8. Nebraska 58
9. Illinois 50.5
9. Michigan 50.5