Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Penn State hockey returning to NCAA tournament, learns 1st round opponent

Penn State hockey returning to NCAA tournament, learns 1st round opponent

He leapt from the mat, spiked his headgear, raised his arms and roared toward the sizable Penn State section inside Quicken Loans Arena and jumped into head coach Cael Sanderson's arms.

Coach Cael Sanderson's dynasty continued to rack up banners in 2018, this time winning the title in Cleveland, almost the Buckeyes' backyard. "Still everything I said is true: You go to Penn State to win titles as an individual and as a team". 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. He became the program's second three-time national champ, joining Ed Ruth. Loring held on for another point in singles, going (7-6 (4), 6-2). He grimaced a bit leaving the game with 1:46 left in the third quarter and spent most of the closing minutes on the bench with ice wrapped around his left foot before the senior returned with 35.2 seconds remaining for an ovation from the crowd.

Nolf had battled a knee injury that kept him out of action for much of the season's stretch run, including the end of the Big Ten championships.

Karen Chang: The junior engineering major from Hong Kong, China, is qualifying in the NCAA championship for the third time, with her previous finishes in second and 12th place. 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. The Pioneers took down the Nittany Lions 6-3, advancing to the Frozen Four and ending the most magical season of Penn State hockey's short history. Mark Hall was the only one of the five to finish as a runner-up when he lost to Arizona State's Zahid Valencia in the 174-pound final. Penn State's haul of eight total All-Americans (tying a school record for All-Americans in a year) moves the school's all-time All-American total to 214, 51 in Sanderson's eight years.

Here are updates from the final round at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night.

It only took Nickal a matter of seconds to turn a 2-0 deficit into a fall at the 2:29 mark.


Ohio State senior Kyle Snyder won his third national heavyweight championship with a 3-2 victory over Michigan's Adam Coon.

Penn State went 4-1 in the finals, grabbing two final bonus points off Nickal's clinching pin. Retherford chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 5-1 lead.

It looked good for awhile, but the Ohio State wrestling team took a major hit last night in the semifinals. Following her two highly productive seasons in her freshman and sophomore years, she finished this season with a 46-17 record and claimed fifth place at regionals. He'll face Iowa freshman Spencer Lee for the 125-pound title.

The Big Ten was denied another title at 133, however, as Michigan's Stevan Micic fell 13-8 to Seth Gross, who became the first NCAA champion in South Dakota State history. Ohio State was second with 133.5.

North Carolina State's Michael Macchiavello won a 3-1 decision over Virginia Tech's Jared Haught for the 197-pound championship. Three other Big Ten schools also finished among the top 10 - Iowa in third place (97 points), MI tied for fourth (80.0), and Nebraska in ninth (47.0).

Ohio State sits atop the team leaderboard after three sessions of the NCAA Wrestling Championships.

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