Lions send seven wrestlers into NCAA quarterfinals

Penn State News – Athletics ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, winner of five of the last six NCAA championships, will be atop the team standings after day one at the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis. The Nittany Lions, under the guidance of head coach Cael Sanderson, capped off a stellar first day by sending seven of eight competitors into Friday morning’s national quarterfinals.The Nittany Lions end day one with 30.5 points and will lead the team race heading into tomorrow morning’s session. At press time, with some consolation matches still ongoing, Ohio State was in second with 26.0 and Oklahoma State third with 24.0. None of the top five teams will be able to catch the Nittany Lions as the first day ends. Sanderson’s squad went 7-1 in session two and continued to roll up bonus points. All rankings listed are official tournament seeds.
Senior Jimmy Gulibon, unseeded at 141, started the evening session looking to knock off a second seeded wrestler. Gulibon took on No. 4 Matt Kolodzik of Princeton. Kolodzik scored quickly, taking Gulibon down off the whistle for an early 2-0 lead. The Tiger countered a solid Gulibon shot for a second takedown and led 4-1 after the opening period. Kolodzik took down to start the second period and Gulibon maintained control for the entire period and trailed 4-1 after two periods. Gulibon chose down to start the third period and quickly escaped to a 4-2 deficit. The Lion worked for a tying takedown but Kolodzik connected late to ice the bout and take a hard-fought 6-3 decision. The loss moves Gulibon into tomorrow morning’s consolation bracket where he will meet Northern Colorado’s Timmy Box. Gulibon is still alive for third place after a 1-1 day including a first round tech fall win over the No. 13 seed in session one.
Junior Zain Retherford, the No. 1 …


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