OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Three-time defending champion Penn State holds the slimmest of leads heading into the final day of the NCAA national wrestling championships.
The Nittany Lions have 91 points after Friday’s action, followed by Minnesota with 90.5 and Oklahoma State with 87.5.
Penn State and Minnesota have two finalists and seven total wrestlers remaining. Oklahoma State has four finalists, but just one other wrestler remaining,
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Penn State’s David Taylor advanced to the finals for the fourth time. He defeated North Dakota State’s Steven Monk 12-5 in the 165-pound semifinals.
Penn State’s Ed Ruth also advanced to the finals. The two-time national champion defeated Cornell’s Gabriel Dean 5-3 in the 184-pound semifinals. Ruth will face No. 1 seed Jimmy Sheptock of Maryland, who remained unbeaten with a win over Old Dominion’s Jack Dechow.