NWCA Division I National Duals 2017
Penn State captures second straight NWCA National Duals Championship with win over Oklahoma State
Penn State (14-0, 9-0 B1G) dominated home standing Oklahoma State (14-1, 6-0 Big 12) in the title match-up of the 2017 NWCA Dual Championship Series.
Head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad posted a 27-13 victory to claim its second-straight national dual meet title.
Thanks to all of the host schools who made the 2017 NWCA Division I National Duals a success! A special thank you to our presenting partners, The United States Marines, Theraworx and Bats-Toi along with our Sponsor Northern Mutual.
We are indebted to all of our teams who traveled and participated in the duals this year. Check out our site winners— Congratulations! Good luck to all of the teams the rest of this season.
national championship match
In a dual meet featuring 18 ranked wrestlers, Penn State’s young line-up, with seven underclassmen, handled the Cowboy squad. Penn State’s win came in front of an Oklahoma State wrestling all-time record crowd of 14,059 in sold out Gallagher-Iba Arena. The win is the 31st straight dual meet victory for Penn State. The Nittany Lions, who suffered a nine-point swing with an injury default loss in the dual’s first bout, reeled off seven straight wins after dropping the first three matches to roll to the lopsided victory.
cornell vs ohio state match
Cornell upends Ohio State—Senior Brian Realbuto beat top-ranked Bo Jordan at 174 pounds and No. 1 Gabe Dean defeated defending NCAA champion Myles Martin at 184, but it was sophomore Jeramy Sweany’s victory at heavyweight that lifted Cornell to a 19-18 upset win over No. 4 Ohio State on Sunday afternoon. The eighth-ranked Big Red closed its regular season with a 13-2 record after knocking off the Buckeyes in the NWCA National Duals Championship Series. Ohio State fell to 11-3 on the year.
nc state vs michigan
After falling behind 10-0 after the first three matches, the No. 7 Wolfpack won six of the final seven bouts and defeated visiting #16 Michigan 23-15 Friday night in the NCWA Nationals Duals. The Wolfpack (13-2) won in the National Duals for the second straight year, following up last year’s 21-17 win at #2 Iowa.
iowa vs edinboro
The third-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team scored bonus points in five of its seven wins to top No. 23 Edinboro, 28-9, on Saturday night at the NWCA Division I National Duals Championship Series.
lehigh vs rutgers
In its final dual of the season, No. 11 Lehigh took seven of 10 bouts from visiting Rutgers to defeat the 12th-ranked Scarlet Knights 23-10 Friday inside Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall as part of the NWCA National Duals Championship Series. Junior Darian Cruz and senior Mitch Minotti posted wins by major decision, but it was an overtime win from freshman Andrew Price at 184 that helped Lehigh clinch its 10th win and avenge a three-point loss at Rutgers last season in the same National Duals Championship Series event.
PURDUE VS SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
The final match of the dual tied it, but it was the first match that gave Purdue the edge to upset No. 17 South Dakota State on its home mat 20-19 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals Championship Series presented by Theraworx and the United States Marine Corps. With both teams winning five bouts, the 19-19 tie was broken using the second criteria and Ben Thornton’s pin at 125 pounds. The Boilermakers concluded the dual season with a 9-7 record while defeating a ranked opponent for the first time this season.
VIRGINIA TECH VS NEBRASKA
With the win, Tech moved to 18-1 overall on the season and beat the Cornhuskers for the first time in four attempts. The Hokies also moved to 8-1 against ranked opponents this season. Nebraska fell to 12-4 on the year.
INDIANA VS APPALACHIAN STATE
The Indiana wrestling team preceded the tournament postseason with a dual meet at No. 20 Appalachian State, as part of the annual NWCA Division-I National Dual Championship series. The Hoosiers (10-9, 2-7) scored their first top-20 win of the season over the Mountaineers (13-3, 8-0), winning six bouts for a 21-12 victory.