By The Numbers: 2016 NCAA's

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National Team Champions: Penn State

National Team Runners-Up: Oklahoma State

Most Outstanding Wrestler: Kyle Snyder

Coach of the Year: Kevin Dresser, Virginia Tech

Gorrarian Award: Mat Miller, Navy

Most Dominant: Zain Retherford


Final Placings

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125:
1. Nico Megaludis, Penn State
2. Thomas Gilman, Iowa
3. Nathan Tomasello, Ohio State
4. David Terao, American
5. Conor Youtsey, Michigan
6. Dylan Peters, Northern Iowa
7. Ryan Millhof, Oklahoma
8. Connor Schram, Stanford

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133:
1. Nahshon Garrett, Cornell
2. Cory Clark, Iowa
3. Cody Brewer, Oklahoma
4. Zane Richards, Illinois
5. Eric Montoya, Nebraska
6. Jordan Conaway, Penn State
7. Earl Hall, Iowa State
8. Jade Rauser, Utah Valley

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141:
1. Dean Heil, Oklahoma State
2. Bryce Meredith, Wyoming
3. Joey McKenna, Stanford
4. Anthony Ashnault, Rutgers
5. Chris Mecate, Old Dominion
6. Solomon Chishko, Virginia Tech
7. Joey Ward, North Carolina
8. Randy Cruz, Lehigh

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149:
1. Zain Retherford, Penn State
2. Brandon Sorenson, Iowa
3. Lavion Mayes, Missouri
4. Anthony Collica, Oklahoma State
5. Mike DePalma, Kent State
6. Alec Panteleo, Michigan
7. Justin Oliver, Central Michigan
8. Geo Martinez, Boise State

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157:
1. Isaiah Martinez, Illinois
2. Jason Nolf, Penn State
3. Nick Brascetta, Virginia Tech
4. Dylan Palacio, Cornell
5. Chad Walsh, Rider
6. Ian Miller, Kent State
7. Joe Smith, Oklahoma State
8. Tommy Gantt, NC State

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165:
1. Alex Dieringer, Oklahoma State
2. Isaac Jordan, Wisconsin
3. Bo Jordan, Ohio State
4. Daniel Lewis, Missouri
5. Steven Rodriguez, Illinois
6. David McFadden, Virginia Tech
7. Austin Wilson, Nebraska
8. Anthony Perrotti, Rutgers

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174:
1. Myles Martin, Ohio State
2. Bo Nickal, Penn State
3. Zach Epperly, Virginia Tech
4. Casey Kent, Penn
5. Nathan Jackson, Indiana
6. Lelund Weatherspoon, Iowa State
7. Cody Walters, Ohio
8. Alex Meyer, Iowa

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184:
1. Gabe Dean, Cornell
2. Tim Dudley, Nebraska
3. Pete Renda, NC State
4. Nolan Boyd, Oklahoma State
5. Mat Miller, Navy
6. Willie Miklis, Missouri
7. Nate Brown, Lehigh
8. Sammy Brooks, Iowa

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197:
1. J'Den Cox, Missouri
2. Morgan McIntosh, Penn State
3. Brett Pfarr, Minnesota
4. Nathan Burak, Iowa
5. Pat Downey, Iowa State
6. Jared Haught, Virginia Tech
7. Connor Hartmann, Duke
8. Brett Harner, Princeton

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285:
1. Kyle Snyder, Ohio State
2. Nick Gwiazdowski, NC State
3. Adam Coon, Michigan
4. Ty Walz, Virginia Tech
5. Amarveer Dhesi, Oregon State
6. Austin Marsden, Oklahoma State
7. Mike Kroells, Minnesota
8. Max Wessel, Lehigh

By Seeds:

National Champions By Seed:
(1) - Nahshon, Heil, Zain, IMAR, Dieringer, Dean
(2) - Cox, Snyder
(3) - Nico
(11) - Martin

National Finalists By Seed:
(1) - 9 - Nahshon, Heil, Retherford, IMAR, Dieringer, Nickal, Dean, McIntosh, Gwiazdowski
(2) - 5 - Clark, Sorenson, Jordan, Cox, Snyder
(3) - 2 - Nico, Nolf
(4) - 1 - Gilman
(7) - 1 - Dudley
(11) - 1 - MyMart
(14) - 1 - Meredith

All Americans By Seed:
(1) 10
(2) 8
(3) 7
(4) 7
(5) 6
(6) 3
(7) 7
(8) 6
(9) 4
(10) 4
(11) 2
(12) 3
(13) 2
(14) 3
(15) 2
(16) 1
Unseeded: 5

By Conference:

National Champions By Conference:
Big Ten - Nico, Retherford, IMAR, MyMart, Snyder
Big 12 - Heil, Dieringer
EIWA - Nahshon, Dean
MAC - Cox

Finalists By Conference:
Big Ten - 13
Big 12 - 3
EIWA - 2
ACC - 1
MAC - 1

All Americans By Conference:
Big Ten - 31
Big 12 - 13
ACC - 11
EIWA - 10
MAC - 10
Pac 12 - 4
EWL - 1
SoCon - 0

By Grade:

National Champions By Grade:
SR - Nico, Nahshon, Dieringer
JR - Dean, Cox
SO - Heil, Zain, IMAR, Snyder
FR - None
True FR - Martin

All Americans By Grade:
SR - 25
JR - 26
SO - 20
FR - 6
True FR - 3

By State:

National Champions By State:
PA - Nico, Zain
CA - Nahshon, IMAR
MI - Dean
MD - Snyder
MO - Cox
NJ - Martin
OH - Heil
WI - Dieringer

National Finalists By State:
CA - 3
PA - 3
IA - 3
OH - 2
MD - 1
MI - 1
MO - 1
NJ - 1
NY - 1
SC - 1
TX - 1
WI - 1
WY - 1

All Americans By State:
PA - 12
OH - 10
IA - 6
IL - 6
MI - 6
NJ - 6
CA - 4
NY - 3
CO - 3
MD - 3
MO - 3
MN - 2
OK - 2
FL - 1
GS - 1
HI - 1
MT - 1
NE - 1
NM - 1
SC - 1
TX - 1
VA - 1
WA - 1
WI - 1
WV - 1
WY - 1
Canada - 1

Blood Round Losers By State:
PA - 7
OH - 4
CA - 3
NJ - 3
IL - 3
KS - 2
CO - 2
OR - 2
NY - 1
CT - 1
MI - 1
MN - 1
MO - 1
DE - 1
IA - 1
ID - 1
IN - 1
FL - 1
NE - 1
OK - 1
WI - 1
WV - 1

Qualifiers By State:
PA - 63
OH - 31
IL, NJ - 27
CA - 19
MI - 15
NY - 12
IA - 11
MN - 10
CO, MO, VA - 9
FL, GA, IN - 7
OK - 6
MD, OR, WA - 5
AZ, CT, SD - 4
KS, KY, NC, TX, WV - 3
DE, HI, NE, WI - 2
AL, ID, NM, SC, TN, UT, VT, WY - 1
Canada - 1
Finland - 1

International Experience:

National Champs that AA'd in Fargo
Nico, Nahshon, Zain, IMAR, Dieringer, Martin, Cox, Snyder

Runners-Ups that AA'd In Fargo
Gilman, Clark, Meredith, Sorenson, Nickal, Dudley, McIntosh, Gwiazdowski

All Americans That Made a Cadet or Junior World Team
Thomas Gilman, Iowa - Junior World Bronze 2014, Junior World Team 2013 Cadet World Team 2011
Earl Hall, Iowa State - Junior World Team 2012
Zane Richards, Illinois - Cadet World Team 2011
Joey McKenna, Stanford - Junior World Silver 2014
Zain Retherford, Penn State - Cadet World Champion 2012
Alex Dieringer, Oklahoma State - Junior World Silver 2013
Bo Nickal, Penn State - Cadet World Team 2013
Gabe Dean, Cornell - Junior World Bronze 2014
Sammy Brooks, Iowa - Junior World Team 2013, Cadet World Bronze 2011
Pat Downey, Iowa State - Junior World Silver 2012
Kyle Snyder, Ohio State - Junior World Gold 2013, Junior World Bronze 2014, SR World Champion 2015
Adam Coon, Michigan - Junior Double World Bronze 2014, Cadet World Gold 2011
Austin Marsden, Oklahoma State - Junior World Team 2012 and 2013

NCAA Qualifiers That Made Cadet or Junior World Teams
Sean Fausz, NC State - Cadet World Team 2013
Tommy Thorn, Minnesota - Cadet World Team 2012
Seth Gross, SDSU - Cadet World Team 2012
Nathan Butler, Stanford - Junior World Bronze 2015
Tanner Hall, Arizona State - Junior World Team 2012 and 2011
Sam Stoll, Iowa - Junior World Team 2015
Ray O'Donnell, Princeton - Cadet World Team 2012

Miscellaneous Results and Statistics
Ultimate Road Warrior - Lost 1st Round, Took 3rd
174: Zach Epperly, Virginia Tech

Road Warrior - Lost 1st Round, AA'd
133: Jade Rauser, Utah Valley (8th)
174: Alex Meyer, Iowa (8th)

Semi-Slide - Made Semi's, Took 6th
149: Alec Pantaleo, Michigan
157: Ian Miller, Kent State
174: Lelund Weatherspoon, Iowa State
184: Willie Miklus, Missouri

Big Ten, Big Stage
9 - Number of finals with a Big Ten Wrestler (141: Meredith vs. Heil)
4 - Number of finals that were Big Ten vs. Big Ten

The Zain Train
28.5 - Number of Team Points Zain Earned - Good enough for 16th place as his own team, 1.5pts better than Minnesota.
3 - Number of Falls
1 - Number of Technical Falls
1 - Number of Major Decisions
1 - Number of Zain Retherfords on Earth

The Zain Train + Jason Nolf
50.5 - Number of team points these two combined for - Tied with Illinois and Michigan for 9th place.
1 - Number of their matches that did not result in bonus.

Happiest Valley - PSU Bonus
16 - Matches won by bonus
7 - Major Decisions
5 - Pins
4 - Technical Falls

The Hangover:
A day after Alex Meyer and Sammy Brooks wrestled exceptionally to keep Iowa in podium contention, the Hawkeyes went 1-8. It's the first time they haven't been Top 4 since 2007.

Can I See Some I.D.?
Myles Martin became the first true freshman to win a title since J'Den Cox and just the 15th ever in NCAA history.

I'll Be Back:
Team Points Returning in 2017 for:
Ohio State - 83: Tomasello (17), Micah (4), Bo (16.5), Myles (21), Snyder (24.5)
Penn State - 73: Gulibon (3), Zain (28.5), Nolf (22), Morelli (1.5), Bo (18), McCutcheon (0)
Missouri - 71: McGhee (2), Synon (0), Manley (0), Mayes (15.5), Lewis (16.5), Miklus (12), Cox (25)
Virginia Tech - 69.5: Dance (1), Chishko (10.5), McFadden (13), Epperly (20.5), Zavatsky (2), Haught (9), Walz (13.5)
Iowa - 68.5: Gilman (21.5), Clark (17), Sorenson (17), Meyer (6), Brooks (7), Stoll (0)
Oklahoma State - 61.5: Heil (20), Collica (14.5), Smith (6.5), Rogers (5), Boyd (12.5), Weigel (3)
Michigan - 48.5: Youtsey (12), Pantaleo (11), Murphy (2), Abounader (3), Coon (20.5)

Wave the Flag:
Challenges Overturned in 2016: 8 of 55
Challenges Overturned in 2015: 12 of 59
Challanges Overturned in 2014: 4 of 47

Best Hair - Bryce Meredith, Wyoming
Best Hair Runner-Up: Bo Nickal
Best Hair Honorable Mention: Earl Hall, Nahshon Garrett, Chris Mecate, Solomon Chishko


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