Heading to Cleveland for the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, there were a tremendous number of storylines including a potentially thrilling team race between two teams capable of historically good performances. Over three days in Quicken Loans Arena, college wrestling lived up to the hype and then some. From the opening round of the tournament through a thrilling final session, the twists and turns were numerous. The top two teams in the country battled back and forth, while it seemed no seed was safe from a stern test from a surprising upstart. In the end, Penn State prevailed once again over an Ohio State crew that should be commended for their accomplishments as well. Iowa was the surprising winner of the battle for third place and, suddenly, Division I college wrestling has some momentum. Today, we'll break down what we learned, what that momentum means, what we should do with it, and whether anyone can stop the Nittany Lions.
Penn State Until Further Notice
It isn’t exactly breaking news that the Nittany Lions are the dominant force in college wrestling these days. However, every time we think they just might fall, Cael Sanderson’s crew finds a new way to amaze. Facing a worthy foe in Ohio State, Penn State’s usual bonus point advantage never materialized in 2018. The Buckeyes actually outscored the champions in that category by a half point and third-place Iowa led the field with 30.5 bonus overall.
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