Nittany Lions dominate NCAA wrestling championships

Penn State won all five of its individual championship bouts Saturday en route to a sixth team title in the last seven years. (Photo courtesy: Penn State Athletics).

ST. LOUIS -- Once again the Penn State Nittany Lions roared on wrestling's biggest stage, winning their sixth NCAA national championship in the last seven years.

Penn State secured the team title earlier Saturday, then dominated the individual national championship bouts Saturday night at the Scottrade Center.

The Nittany Lions won all five championship matches, putting an exclamation point on another remarkable season under head coach Cael Sanderson.

Zain Retherford (149 pounds), Jason Nolf (157 pounds), Vinceno Joseph (165 pounds), Mark Hall (174 pounds) and Bo Nickal (184 pounds) were all victorious.

Joseph stunned previous national champion Isaiah Martinez of Illinois with a pin in the 165-pound bout.

Hall - a freshman who was previously redshirted - didn't disappoint in his first attempt at a national championship.

Penn State's five individual champions tied an NCAA tournament record.

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