Wrestling: Vincenzo Joseph Defeats Martinez Again, Wins Second Straight NCAA Title at 165 Lbs.

By RLR Staff on March 17, 2018 at 10:00 pm
2018 NCAA Champion Vincenzo Joseph
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This time, it wasn't an upset.

No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph beat No. 3 Isaiah Martinez for a second consecutive year to win back-to-back NCAA national wrestling titles.

Facing Martinez, a 4-time Big Ten champion from Illinois, Joseph took an early lead in Saturday night's first period and never let it go in the 165-lbs. final.

Joseph shocked the wrestling community last year, knocking off the heavily favored Martinez to win his first national title as a Nittany Lion.

Joseph joins teammates Zain Retherford and Jason Nolf as 2018 national champs.

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