NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships roundup: Session III

Penn State leads Minnesota by two, heading into semifinals

Published: March 21 2014 | 2:21 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:58 am in

OKLAHOMA CITY - The team competition became a three-horse race.

Penn State, Minnesota and Oklahoma State pulled away from the rest of the pack after the third session of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Nittany Lions hold the lead with 61 points, leading second-place Minnesota by two. Oklahoma State is third with 56 points. Iowa was fourth with 42 1/2 and Cornell rounded out the top five with 39 1/2.

Penn State has four semifinalists and three alive in consolation competition.

The Gophers went 4-2 in the quarterfinals, receiving pins from 157-pounder Dylan Ness and heavyweight Tony Nelson. Ness decked top-seeded James Green in the quarterfinals. Minnesota also has four wrestlers competing in consolation matches Friday night.

Oklahoma State advanced four into the semifinals and have three in the wrestlebacks.

Iowa has three semifinalists and three alive in consolation matches. Tony Ramos (133), Mike Evans (174) and heavyweight Bobby Telford won quarterfinal bouts, while Cory Clark (125), Derek St. John (157) and 197-pounder Nathan Burak are a win from All-American honors.

UNI is 12th with 26 1/2 points. Dylan Peters (125) and Joe Colon (133) moved into the semifinals, giving the Panthers two All-Americans in consecutive years for the first time since 2004-05.

Iowa State went 0-2 in quarterfinals, but have four wrestlers alive in the consolation round. The Cyclones were tied for 17th with 16 points.

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