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Penn State Wins Second Straight NCAA Wrestling Championship

Written by Bryson Jones, Big Ten Conference | Mar 19, 2017 7:55 AM
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The Penn State wrestling team salutes their fans after winning the team title at the NCAA Division I wresting championships, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in St. Louis.

(St. Louis) -- Penn State won the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships on Saturday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, capturing the seventh NCAA wrestling title in school history and second in a row.

The Nittany Lions' title marked the 11th straight year that a Big Ten school has claimed the NCAA Championship, with six of Penn State's crowns coming in the last seven years.

The Nittany Lions' Zain Retherford earned his second straight 149-pound title, while Jason Nolf claimed the 157-pound championship. Vincenzo Joseph won the 165-pound title, while Mark Hall was victorious at 174 pounds and Bo Nickal won the 184-pound division.

Penn State amassed 146.5 points, while fellow Big Ten member Ohio State came in second with 110 points. Four other Big Ten schools also finished among the top 10 -- Iowa in fourth place (97 points), Minnesota in seventh (62.5), Nebraska in ninth (59.5) and Michigan in 10th place (47.5).

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