Penn State Wins Third Straight NCAA Wrestling Championship

Nittany Lions claim four individual titles en route to program’s eighth NCAA Championship


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Penn State won the 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championships on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, capturing the eighth NCAA wrestling title in school history and third in a row. The Nittany Lions’ title marked the 12th straight year that a Big Ten school has claimed the NCAA Championship, with seven of Penn State’s crowns coming in the last eight years.


The Nittany Lions’ Zain Retherford earned his third straight 149-pound title, while Jason Nolf claimed the 157-pound championship for the second time. Vincenzo Joseph won the 165-pound title, while Bo Nickal was victorious in the 184-pound division.


Penn State amassed 141.5 points, while fellow Big Ten member Ohio State came in second with 134.5 points. Three other Big Ten schools also finished among the top 10 — Iowa in third place (97 points), Michigan tied for fourth (80.0), and Nebraska in ninth (47.0).


Two other Big Ten wrestlers claimed individual titles at the NCAA Championships. Iowa’s Spencer Lee secured the 125-pound championship, while Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder earned his third-straight 285-pound crown.


Iowa’s Sam Stoll was awarded the Gorriaran Trophy following the championships. The award is presented annually to the wrestler who records the most pins in the least amount of time at the national tournament. Stoll placed fifth at 285 pounds, recording a tournament-best three falls in a combined time of eight minutes, 50 seconds. He is the sixth Hawkeye in program history to earn the award and the first since Mark Perry in 2006.


Thirty-one Big Ten wrestlers earned All-America honors. The full list of Big Ten All-Americans, along with their weight class, can be found below.



Nick Suriano, Rutgers, 125

Spencer Lee, Iowa, 125

Nathan Tomasello, Ohio State, 125

Luke Pletcher, Ohio State, 133

Stevan Micic, Michigan, 133

Joey McKenna, Ohio State, 141

Zain Retherford, Penn State, 149

Ke-Shawn Hayes, Ohio State, 149

Tyler Berger, Nebraska, 157

Alec Pantaleo, Michigan, 157

Jason Nolf, Penn State, 157

Michael Kemerer, Iowa, 157

Micah Jordan, Ohio State, 157

John Van Brill, Rutgers, 157

Isaiah Martinez, Illinois, 165

Alex Marinelli, Iowa, 165

Vincenzo Joseph, Penn State, 165

Isaiah White, Nebraska, 165

Evan Wick, Wisconsin, 165

Myles Amine, Michigan, 174

Bo Jordan, Ohio State, 174

Mark Hall, Penn State, 174

Bo Nickal, Penn State, 184

Domenic Abounader, Michigan, 184

Myles Martin, Ohio State, 184

Kollin Moore, Ohio State, 197

Shakur Rasheed, Penn State, 197

Kyle Snyder, Ohio State, 285

Youssif Hemida, Maryland, 285

Nick Nevills, Penn State, 285

Adam Coon, Michigan, 285