NCAA Wrestling: Championship Finals Open Thread

By RossWB on March 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Podium time.

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WHAT: 2018 NCAA Wrestling Tournament
WHERE: Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, OH)
WHEN: 
Session I: Saturday, March 17, 7 PM CT
TV: ESPN2
ONLINE: WatchESPN
RADIO: 800 AM KXIC, Hawkeye Radio Network, TuneIn (?)
BRACKET: available here

Spencer Lee's smashed his way through the 125 lb weight class at the NCAA Tournament, but there's still one more match to go: the championship finals and a showdown with Rutgers' Nick Suriano, the #4 seed. Suriano's seed feel due to some injury-related absences, but he's looked healthy (and plenty sharp) at the NCAA Tournament, so he'll be another big test for Lee. But Lee's answered every test so far; we can't wait to see how he handles this one. 

As far as the team race, Iowa is locked into 3rd place after the Medal Round this morning. Penn State and Ohio State will be an intriguing duel for the championship. 

1. 130.5 -- Ohio State
2. 124.5 -- Penn State
3. 93.0 -- Iowa
4. 80.0 -- Michigan
5. 76.0 -- NC State

Full Championship Listing: 

WEIGHT FINALIST VS FINALIST
125 #4 Nick Suriano (Rutgers, SO, 25-0) vs #3 Spencer Lee (Iowa, TR FR, 21-2)
133 #1 Seth Gross (South Dakota State, JR, 28-1) vs #2 Stevan Micic (Michigan, SO, 26-2)
141 #1 Bryce Meredith (Wyoming, SR, 33-1) vs #3 Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell, TR FR, 33-1)
149 #1 Zain Retherford (Penn State, SR, 30-0) vs #15 Ronald Perry (Lock Haven, SR, 32-3)
157 #1 Hayden Hidlay (NC State, RS FR, 26-0) vs #3 Jason Nolf (Penn State, JR, 25-1)
165 #1 Isaiah Martinez (Illinois, SR, 18-0) vs #3 Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State, SO, 24-2)
174 #1 Zahid Valencia (Arizona State, SO, 31-0) vs #2 Mark Hall (Penn State, SO, 32-0)
184 #1 Bo Nickal (Penn State, JR, 30-0) vs #2 Myles Martin (Ohio State, JR, 31-2)
197 #4 Michael Macchiavello (NC State, SR, 21-3) vs #3 Jared Haught (Virginia Tech, SR, 30-2)
285 #1 Kyle Snyder (Ohio State, SR, 16-1) vs #2 Adam Coon (Michigan, SR, 29-1)


I'll be posting results and observations in the comments below; feel free to join in. 

The usual rules apply. 

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