Cornell's Diakomihalis Wins 4th Title; Penn State Wins Again
. Trump was in attendance to watch Cornell's Yianni Diakomihalis become the fifth Division I wrestler to win four national titles and Penn State win its 10th national title in 12 years.
TULSA (Okla.) -- Yianni Diakomihalis, from Cornell, became the fifth Division I wrestler in four wins. Penn State also won its 10th National Title in 12 Years at the NCAA Division I wrestling championships. Former President Donald Trump was there for the evening session.
Trump took selfies with his fans, shook hands with them and greeted many of the national champions. When he entered the arena floor, the crowd stood before the night session with Mullin and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt.
Diakomihalis won the 149-pound final 4-2 against Sammy Sasso from Ohio State to cap the evening. He joins Pat Smith, Kyle Dake and Logan Stieber, as well as Cael Sanderson, Penn State's coach, to be the only four-time Division I champions.
Diakomihalis stated, "All those guys are great because their styles are different." "And, you'll notice, my style is unique. Although I may take bits and pieces of each man's style, the end product is its own.
23-year-old Diakomihalis won the 2018 and 2019 national titles. While trying to make Team USA in 2019, 2020-20, he took an Olympic redshirting year. He couldn't wrestle at college in 2020-21 because the Ivy League had cancelled winter sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He won in 2022 and 2023 and has bigger goals with the Olympics in 2024.
He said, "What I did this weekend was far from the best of me,". "It's far, Far, Far, Far from what I need to become an Olympic champion or world champion.
Penn State won the team title mathematically before the evening session started. The Nittany Lions won the team title with 137.5 points. Iowa came in second place with 82.5 points, while Cornell was third with 76.5.
For the third consecutive season, two Penn State wrestlers won the titles -- Carter Starocci at Penn State at 174 and Aaron Brooks @ 184.
Starocci pinched Nebraska's MikeyLabriola in the second period. Starocci had already defeated Labriola in Big Ten's final, giving him his only two losses for the season. Brooks, No. Brooks, the No. 3 seed at 184 defeated Parker Keckeisen from Northern Iowa 7-2.
Penn State didn't get everything they wanted. Third-seeded Vito Araujau from Cornell defeated Penn State's Roman Bravo Young -- a two time defending champion and an unbeaten number. 1 seed -- 10-4 to win the title at 133. Bravo-Young won 56 matches, the longest streak of consecutive victories in the country.
Sanderson stated that the team had a wonderful weekend. "A lot of great, gutsy performances. It is both an individual and team sport. As a coach, your heart and mind are always with the guys who don't reach their goals. We have a lot to be proud of and happy about.
Iowa's Spencer Lee was among the contenders for his fourth title, but lost in the semifinals against Purdue's Matt Ramos at the 125 on Friday night. Lee was medically unable to participate in Saturday's action, and he officially placed sixth.
Ramos faced Princeton's Pat Glory to complete his astonishing upset. The 2nd seed was last year's runner-up. Glory won 3-1 to win Princeton's first national title, since 1951.
Glory expected to fight Ramos.
Glory stated that not everyone knocks Spencer Lee off like that. It takes courage, and I knew that he would bring the same mentality to the match. It was going to be a dogfight. It was one chance and I had to seize it. I knew that I would be ready to take advantage of it.
At 141, Andrew Alirez of Northern Colorado defeated Iowa's Real Woods in the finals 6-4. This was a matchup between unbeatens. It took a while to figure out a number of moves in the second half, but Northern Colorado's challenge paid off. Alirez was awarded four points for the near fall, instead of two, and his lead grew to 6-2. He won his first national title as a school since 1962.
With a 6-2 victory over Penn State's true freshman Levi Haines, North Carolina's Austin O'Connor won the second national title at 157. O'Connor won the 2021 national title at 149 and is now a five-time All-American. O'Connor scored two takedowns and got on the board early in the third.
Missouri's Keegan Olekee defeated Iowa State's David Carr 8-2 at 165 O'Toole, the second-seeded O'Toole, won the third period and pulled away to avenge two losses to Carr. Carr, who was the champion at 157 in 2021, was unbeaten, and the No. This season, Carr was the No. 1 seed.
Pitt's Nino Bonaccorsi is the No. The 1 seed won a 5-3 victory over Tanner Sloan of South Dakota State to complete an unbeaten season. Sloan was the No. Sloan, the No. 7 seed, took a 2-0 advantage on a takedown during the first period. Bonaccorsi seized a 4-3 lead with a takedown in final minutes to take the lead. Oklahoma State's A.J. beat Bonaccorsi. In 2021, Ferrari will be in the final of the 197.
Kerkvliet and Parris had previously split six college matchups. In the 2021 final, Parris was defeated by Minnesota's Gable Stevenson.