See the article below for the current team standings and team competition breakdown for the 2023 NCAA Wrestling Championships.
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2023 NCAA Championship Bell Party
Top 10 after session 3
Penn State placed 7 in the semifinals!
Penn State played a historic quarterfinal Friday morning, advancing all 7 of its quarterfinalists to the semifinals. Roman Bravo-Young, Beau Bartlett, Shayne Van-Ness, Levi Haines, Carter Starocci, Aaron Brooks and Greg Kerkvliet were the 7 Nittany Lion wrestlers who made it to the semifinals. A semifinal berth guarantees them a top-six finish, but each semifinalist also earned Penn State 7 team points. In addition to the semifinalists, Max Dean is still alive for All-America honors and will wrestle Jaxon Smith in the round of 12 on Friday night.
The battle for the Team Trophy is tight!
Iowa may be in second place, but there are still 7-8 other teams that have a realistic chance to finish in the top four and bring home the team trophy. Significant points are available in the next round, with 7 points on the winning line in the quarter-finals and 3.5 points for a win in round 12. With so many teams still in the hunt for the trophy, Friday’s night round will be crucial for every team in the top ten.
Check out the chart below for a breakdown of each team’s scoring potential on Friday night:
* We will update this article at the end of each session, so check back Friday night for the latest update.
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Top 10 after session 2
Penn State With 7 in Quarters – Iowa Trails With 5
Penn State placed 7 of its 9 wrestlers in the quarterfinals and has a 4.5 point lead over Iowa, which only has 4 wrestlers in the quarterfinals. Even though Alex Facundo went 0-2 and Max Dean lost to Silas Allred, the Nittany Lions extended their lead with 11 bonus points from the winning wrestlers. Those bonus points alone would be enough to match the entire current 15th place team.
Of the top-10 teams behind Penn State, Missouri has the most quarterfinalists with six wrestlers competing Friday morning for a spot in the semifinals. After that, the Tigers have 3 more wrestlers alive in the consolation bracket. Next, both Nebraska and Virginia have 5 wrestlers in the quarters. Nebraska only has 2 alive in the consolation bracket, while Virginia Tech has 3 wrestlers fighting from the back still alive for All-America honors.
Iowa head coach Tom Brands describes the Hawkeyes’ first day:
Top 10 after session 1
Bonus points for Penn State’s split in session 1
Penn State won 8 of its 9 wrestlers in the first round on Thursday. NC State, Iowa and Missouri also won 8 wrestlers each, but Penn State took the lead by securing bonus points from five wrestlers by pinning three weights. Each win in the championship rounds is worth one point, and a major decision earns an extra point, a technical fall earns 1.5 and a pin 2. If the teams behind the Nittany Lions hope to keep pace, they will need to step up their production of bonus points.