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Penn State's Bo Nickal pinned Myles Martin of Ohio State at 184 pounds to give the Nittany Lions their third straight NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship.

Iowa, Michigan and North Carolina State round out the top three with 85½, 73½ and 69½ points, respectively. But Nickal prevailed to wrap up the team championship before Ohio State stud heavyweight Kyle Snyder could take the mat in the night's final bout.

Penn State men's hockey will make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament, this time earning an at-large bid into the field of 16 when the bracket was revealed Sunday afternoon.

Penn State 149-pound senior Zain Retherford capped his third straight flawless season with a 6-2 decision over Lock Haven's Ronnie Perry. Nolf will battle NC State's Hayden Hidlay - a central Pennsylvania native - in the 157-pound finals after Hidlay edged Michigan's Alec Pantaleo 3-2.

Wearing a chunky brace on his right knee because of an injury sustained on January 28 that ended his regular season, Nolf dominated Jordan from the opening whistle.

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Kevin Harvick's streak of three straight victories ended when he hit the wall after contact with Larson on the 37th lap. Truex's effort in Sunday's race was every bit as overwhelming as his most convincing triumphs of last season .

Ohio State wrestler Kyle Snyder reacts after defeating Campbell Fighting Camels grappler Jere Heino during the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships at Quicken Loans Arena.

In a rematch of last year's title bout, Joseph bested IL star Isaiah Martinez for a second straight year, earning a 6-1 decision for Martinez's only loss of the season. He'll face Iowa freshman Spencer Lee for the 125-pound title.

Valencia broke up Penn State's run when he beat Mark Hall 8-2.

Michael Macchiavello beat Virginia Tech's Jared Haught 3-1 with a late takedown to win the 197-pound title.

Penn State had trailed for much of the three-day event before grabbing the lead after Friday night's competition was over. He'll face MI big man Adam Coon after Snyder beat Duke's Jacob Kasper 10-5 and Coon edged Oregon State's Amar Dhesi 4-2 in the semis.

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Vazquez had the ball in the net in the 22nd minute after latching on to Kroos' clever reverse pass but he was flagged offside. Bale put the contest beyond doubt in the 86th minute, slotting home off Bounou after being played through by Luka Modric .

Snyder, the 2016 Olympics champion, wrestled in the finals in each of his four seasons with the Buckeyes.

No. 1 seed Ohio State and No. 4 Princeton will also meet in Allentown. The Falcons defeated Robert Morris 5-1 for the AH title Saturday in Rochester, N.Y.

Penn State's wrestling program wasn't moribund prior to Sanderson's arrival in April 2009, but the Nittany Lions had just one team national title (1953) to their name before he was hired.

Isaiah Martinez of IL, tries to break free of Vincenzo Joseph of Penn State in their 165 pound match.

Nickal was one of five Penn State wrestlers competing for an individual national title.

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So the Boilermakers will try to prepare as best they can for the challenges brought on by an unexpected injury. But you just have to get yourself ready, have to get yourself mentally up and get the guys going".

Cornell freshman Yianni Diakomihalis used a cradle pinning combination in the last 25 seconds to overcome a 4-3 deficit and defeat Wyoming's Bryce Meredith, 7-4, for the 141-pound championship.

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