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Iowa Locks It Up, PSU & Oklahoma State Battle For Second

Iowa Locks It Up, PSU & Oklahoma State Battle For Second

Before tonight's finals, the Hawkeyes have mathematically clinched the team title while Oklahoma State and Penn State are in a battle for second.

Mar 20, 2021 by David Bray
Iowa Locks It Up, PSU & Oklahoma State Battle For Second
There were moments when it looked like Penn State could topple the heavily favored Hawkeyes, but now, with just ten bouts left, they're in a tight race with Oklahoma State for second. Here's where the team race stands before the finals.

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There were moments when it looked like Penn State could topple the heavily favored Hawkeyes, but now, with just ten bouts left, they're in a tight race with Oklahoma State for second. Here's where the team race stands before the finals.

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Iowa got strong performances in the morning session from third place finishers Austin DeSanto and Tony Cassioppi and got a win from both Jacob Warner who finished fourth and Kaleb Young who finished seventh. They could add to their point total tonight as Spencer Lee, Jaydin Eierman, and Michael Kemerer are all top seeds and thus favored in the finals.

Penn State got two wins in the early session with seventh place performances from Michael Beard and Greg Kerkvliet, and they're currently two points ahead of Oklahoma State for second with four finalists still to compete. Aaron Brooks is favored at 184 while RBY, Nick Lee, and Carter Starocci are all slight underdogs at 133, 141, and 174 respectively.

Oklahoma State pulled within two points this morning as both Boo Lewallen and Travis Wittlake won in the consolation semis and finished fourth and Dakota Geer got a win in the fifth place bout. Wyatt Sheets also finished eighth. Both Daton Fix and AJ Ferrari are favored in their finals bouts tonight, so second place is within reach for the Cowboys.

Arizona State hasn't quite clinched the fourth place team trophy, but they're close. They finish with five All-Americans Brandon Courtney will wrestle in the finals at 125, Jacori Teemer and Cohlton Schultz finished Fourth, Michael McGee finished sixth, and Anthony Valencia finished eighth. The only teams that can catch them are Michigan and NC State. Michigan would need a major decision from Mason Parris to tie or a tech/pin to win, and NC State would need a fall from Trent Hidlay to tie.

NCAA Brackets in FloArena | NCAA Championships Hub

1Iowa 125.0
2Penn State 97.5
3Oklahoma State 95.5
4Arizona State 74.0
5Michigan 69.0
6NC State 68.0
7Missouri 64.0
8Minnesota 60.0
9Ohio State 46.5
10Northwestern 45.0
11Pittsburgh 40.5
12Nebraska 38.0
13Rutgers 37.5
14Virginia Tech 36.5
15Iowa State 33.5
16North Carolina 32.0
17Stanford 31.5
18Illinois 25.0
19Northern Iowa 24.5
20Rider 22.0
21Utah Valley 21.5
22Central Michigan 20.0
23Wisconsin 18.5
24Oklahoma 17.0
25Cal Poly 16.5
26Purdue 15.5
26South Dakota State 15.5
26Wyoming 15.5
29Northern Illinois 13.5
30Michigan State 13.0
31Lehigh 11.5
31Virginia 11.5
31West Virginia 11.5
34Bucknell 11.0
35Fresno State 10.5
35North Dakota State 10.5
37Navy 7.5
38Appalachian State 6.5
38Binghamton 6.5
38Campbell 6.5
41Air Force 6.0
41Army West Point 6.0
41Csu Bakersfield 6.0
44Hofstra 5.5
44Kent State 5.5
46Indiana 5.0
46Oregon State 5.0
48Drexel 3.5
48Duke 3.5
48Northern Colorado 3.5
51Clarion 1.5
51Cleveland State 1.5
51Gardner-Webb 1.5
54Bloomsburg 1.0
54Buffalo 1.0
54Chattanooga 1.0
54Ohio 1.0
58Edinboro 0.5
58Little Rock 0.5
60American 0.0
60Sacred Heart 0.0
60SIU Edwardsville 0.0
60The Citadel 0.0