Penn State Favored To Win NCAA Wrestling
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Penn State is favored to win its fourth consecutive NCAA wrestling title this weekend.
Traditional powers Iowa, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Minnesota are expected to challenge the Nittany Lions. The finals will be Saturday in Oklahoma City.
A pair of seniors — two-time national champion Ed Ruth and three-time national finalist David Taylor — lead Penn State.
Ruth (29-1), who has lost once in the past three years, is the No. 2 seed at 184 pounds. Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock (28-0) is the No. 1 seed. Cornell freshman Gabriel Dean (35-2) defeated Ruth this season, and a rematch is possible in the semifinals.
Taylor, who won the 165-pound title in 2012 and finished second last year, is 29-0.
CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer