Final Results

Anthony Robles (Arizona State) dec. Matt McDonough (Iowa) 7-1

133- Jason Oliver (Okla St) dec Andrew Hochstrasser (Boise State) 8-4

141- Kellen Russell (Michigan) dec. Borislav Novachklov (Cal Poly) 3-2

149- Kyle Dake (Cornell) dec. Frank Molinari (Penn State) 8-1

157- Bubba Jenkins (Arizona State) pinned David Taylor (Penn State) 4:14

165- Jordan Burroughs (Nebraska)  major dec. Tyler Caldwell (Oklahoma) 11-3

174- Jon Reader (Iowa State) dec. Nick Amuchastegui (Stanford) 10-3

184- Quentin Wright (Penn State) dec. Rob Hamlin (Lehigh) 5-2

197- Dustin Kilgore (Kent State) pinned Clayton Foster (Okla St) 4:56

285- Zach Rey (Lehigh) dec. Ryan Flores (American) 2-1

OSW Award: Anthony Robles (Arizona State) - 125 pounds
Most Pins: Ed Ruth (Penn State) - 174 pounds

Mat Notes...
   The last time Penn State won the NCAA team title was in 1953. New York had three NCAA All-Americans; two-time champion
Kyle Dake (31-2) at 149 and Hofstra teammates, Lou Ruggirello (32-5, 131-26 career) at 133 and junior PJ Gillespie (28-9) at 165 pounds. Dake is the first Cornell wrestler to ever make it to the finals in both his freshman and sophomore seasons. He now stands at 10-0 in NCAA competition and becomes the Big Red's 10th NCAA champion. Cornell finished with a program record of five All-Americans and placed ahead of national power Iowa for the first time. Hofstra now has 27 wrestlers that have earned All-American honors and the Pride landed in 26th place with 22 points. Congratulations to the NWCA Coach-of-the-Year, American University's Mark Cody. Dustin Kilgore (38-2) rallied in his 197-pound bout with a stunning fall off a scramble and became Kent State's first NCAA champion. Jordan Oliver (29-0) won the 133-pound crown and became Oklahoma State's 134th national champion. The other NCAA champion (2009) to successfully defend his title was Nebraska's tough Jordan Burroughs (36-0) who scored with a barrage of double leg takedowns and posted an 11-3 major decision en route to the 165-pound crown. He becomes the Cornhusker's first two-time winner and 11th NCAA titlist. Another 2009 champ, Darrion Caldwell (NCarolina St) sustained a severe shoulder injury in his second round bout with Eric Grajeles (Michigan) and had to default out of the tournament. Wisconsin's NCAA champ Andrew Howe lost an overtime decision in the semifinals to Oklahoma's Tyler Caldwell and had to settle for third place at 165. Of the ten champions, five remained unscathed on the season; Anthony Robles (36-0) at 125, Jordan Oliver (29-0) at 133, Kellen Russell (38-0) at 141 the aforementioned Burroughs and Jon Reader (39-0) at 174 pounds. The combined record of the ten Division I champions was 323 victories and just 14 losses. The 2011 NCAA meet set a new championships attendance record totaling 104,620 fans over the six-session event. For the championship finals there were 17,687 spectators to witness the action. Special thanks to Laurie Cannon, Assistant Director of Media Coordination for the NCAA Championships, and her outstanding work with the NCAA updates and working so well with everyone. Congratulations to the National Wrestling Media Association's Photographer of the Year Tony Nordland. Nordland has shot wrestling photography for over 30 years and has had eight cover photos for Amateur Wrestling News. As a former wrestler and coach, Nordland is able to vividly capture the drama and technical aspects of wrestling in his photos. Pennsylvania led all states with ten All-Americans. New Jersey crowned three individual national champions in the tournament. The 2012 Championships will be held at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on March 15th-17th...

Team Scores:
1. Penn State (107.5)
2. Cornell (93.5)
3. Iowa (86.5)
4. Oklahoma State (70.5)
5. American (65)
6. Arizona State (62.5)
7. Minnesota (61)
8. Lehigh (58.5)
9. Boise State (57.5)
10.Wisconsin (54.5)
                                           3rd and 4th Place

Brandon Precin (Northwestern) dec. Ben Kjar (Utah Valley) 5-0
133- Andrew Long (Penn State) dec. Scott Sentes (Central Michigan) 7-5
141- Michael Thorn (Minnesota) dec. Montell Marion (Iowa) 4-3
149- Jason Chamberlain (Boise State) dec. Ganbayar Sanjaa (American) 3-0
157- Steve Fittery (American) major dec. Derek St.John (Iowa) 13-1
165- Andrew Howe (Wisconsin) dec. Colt Sponseller (Ohio Sate) 6-4
174- Edward Ruth (Penn State) dec. Mack Lewnes (Cornell) 6-2
184- Grant Gambrall (Iowa) dec. Steve Bosak (Cornell) 6-3
197- Cam Simaz (Cornell) dec.Trevor Brandvold (Wisconsin) 5-2
285- Dom Bradley (Missouri) dec. Jarod Trice (Central Michigan) 3-2

5th and 6th Place

Zach Sanders (Minnesota) dec. Ryan Mango (Stanford) 6-2
133- Tyler Graff (Wisconsin) dec. Mike Grey (Cornell) 7-2
141- James Kennedy (Illinois) major. dec. Todd Schavrien (Miossouri) 11-1
149- Jamal Parks (Oklahoma State) dec. Andrew Nadhir (Northwestern) 6-2
157- Adam Hall (Boise State) dec. Jason Welch (Northwestern) 5-1
165- Shane Onufer (Wyoming) dec. Josh Asper (Maryland) 5-4
174- Colby Covington (Oregon State) dec. Chris Henrich (Virginia) 3-2
184- Chris Honeycutt (Edinboro) defeated Joe LeBlanc Wyoming) Forfeit
197- Luke Lofthouse (Iowa) dec. Zack Giesen (Stanford) 6-3
285- Ricardo Alcala (Indiana) dec. Spencer Myers (Maryland) 5-4

7th and 8th Place

Jarrod Patterson (Oklahoma) dec. James Nicholoson (Old Dominion) 3-2
133- Lou Ruggirello (Hofstra) dec. Bernard Futrell (Illinois) 9-6
141- Zack Bailey (Oklahoma) dec. Zack Kemmerer (Penn) 5-2
149- Kevin LeValley (Bucknell) dec. Derek Valenti (Virginia) 5-4
157- Bryce Saddoris (Navy) dec. Marshall Peppelman (Harvard) 4-3 OT
165- Brandon Hatchett (Lehigh) dec. Paul Gillespie (Hofstra) 3-0
174- Mike Letts (Maryland) dec. Ben Bennett (Central Michigan) 7-2
184- Travis Rutt (Wisconsin) dec. Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota) 4-2
197- Sonny Yohn (Minnesota) dec. Matt Powless (Indiana) 5-2
285- Anthony Nelson (Minnesota) pinned Levi Cooper (Arizona State) 2:37
                      2011 NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
                                       By Jim & Tony Nordland

     Penn State won the 81st annual NCAA Wrestling Championships before
17,687 fans at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. The Nittany Lions tallied 107.5 points, crowned one champion and garnered five All-Americans en route to their second NCAA mat title. Penn State sophomore, ninth-seeded Quentin Wright (21-6) won the lone championship as he pinned Iowa's Grant Gambrall in the semifinals and posted a solid 5-2 decision in the 184-pound final.

      Cornell amassed 93.5 points and finished as runners-up for the second consecutive year. The Big Red were paced by sophomore Kyle Dake (65-4 career mark) who claimed his second NCAA title. Dake was unscored upon in five bouts and dominated Frank Molinari (Penn State), 8-1, in the 149-championship. In that bout Dake scored quickly with a single leg/lift takedown and later added a three-point near fall along with over six minutes of riding time. Dake said after the match, "I've been working on my leg series for a long time and he wasn't expecting the half-backside, I sunk it, cranked it over and held on as tight as I could."

      Rounding out the top teams were defending team champion Iowa (86.5), Oklahoma State (70.5) and a strong showing from American University who finished in fifth place with 65 points. Arizona State's Anthony Robles (36-0) defeated defending champ Matt McDonough (Iowa) at 125 pounds. Robles used a snap/spin takedown and a tight arm/bar tilt for a 7-1 verdict. Robles was voted the tournament's outstanding wrestler award and finishes with a  spectacular career mark of 122-13 and as a three-time All-American. Robles' teammate Bubba Jenkins (21-3), a Penn State transfer, squared off against undefeated freshman David Taylor (Penn State) in the 157-pound final. Jenkins applied a tight overhead cradle and stunned the Nittany Lion and partisan crowd with a stunning second period fall.

     Nebraska's two-time tilist Jordan Burroughs (36-0) coasted through the 165-pound bracket, as he posted two tech falls, two major decisions and had a default victory. In the finals he rolled with an 11-3 win over Oklahoma's Tyler Caldwell. Other champions were sophomore Jordan Oliver (133) of Oklahoma State, Kellen Russell (101-11 career) of Michigan at 133, three-time All-American Jon Reader (124-23 career) of Iowa State at 174, Dustin Kilgore (38-2) of Kent State at 197 and Lehigh's Zach Rey (44-1) at 285 pounds.
Anthony Robles receives the Outstanding Wrestler Award.
The Mat Slap's Tony Nordland receives the "National Photographer of the Year Award."
NCAA Team Champions - Penn State
NCAA Team Runnersup - Cornell
Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia
Quentin Wright won the 184 pound title and led the Nittany Lions to their first NCAA title in 58 years.
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