WATCH: All 5 Matches Where Penn State Wrestling Won 2017 NCAA National Titles

By Mike Treb on March 19, 2017 at 11:19a
Penn State Nittany Lions wrestler Mark Hall celebrates his 174-lb. national title win in St. Louis against Ohio State's Bo Jordan.

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If you missed a historic moment in Penn State wrestling Saturday night, we have you covered.

Penn State went five-for-five in securing individual national titles in St. Louis, for the first time in the program's history. From a stunning upset win to the dominance of a man named Bo, watch all five matches from start-to-finish. 


Zain Retherford Wrecks Lavion Mayes

Retherford, the defending champ who came into the finals with three tech falls and a pin, decimated Missouri's Mayes in the third period. In the end, the 149-lb. "Zain Train" secured the first of Penn State's five championships, 18-2.

"It's what we do every day in our room," Retherford said of the pressure the Nittany Lions put on opponents.

And it was just the start of the evening.

Jason Nolf Dominates Joey Lavallee

Nolf, who was a runner-up last year, roughed up Missouri's Lavallee for a 14-6 win and the 157-lb. national title.

"I was really excited scoring a lot of points out there. I still think I could've scored more, but that'll just keep me ready for next year," Nolf told reporters.

As a leading member of Pin State, Nolf said he's constantly seeking out the pin and it upsets him when he doesn't.

"I wanted to get the pin there in the finals," Nolf said, noting he was still really happy with the overall outcome.

Vincenzo Joseph Shocks Isaiah Martinez

In a stunning upset, Penn State's new 165-lb. national champion took out Martinez, a two-time winner for Illinois. Not only did Joseph win, he took it via pinfall.

"I was confident going in," Joseph told reporters afterward, before detailing how the coaching staff prepped him. "They tell me, 'You're the man, you're gonna win this match.' You have to believe that and I did believe that."

Joseph's stunner drew a wild reaction from the Penn State sideline, too.

Mark Hall Dumps Bo Jordan

Hall, a freshman who lost his redshirt late in the season and made it to the 174-lb. finals, scored a late takedown of Ohio State's Jordan to comfortably secure the national title.

"Just have fun was the most important thing," Hall said post-match. "One day, I want to be an Olympic champion."

Bo Nickal Defeats Gabe Dean

A national champion at 184 pounds, Nickal secured the title by fending off Cornell's Gabe Dean. It was a nail-biting finish, one that had his Penn State teammates and coaches antsy as they looked on, but Nickal pulled it out to give the Nittany Lions five national champs.

"Excellence breeds excellence," Nickal told reporters afterward. "And that's what we're doing at Penn State."

 

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