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Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's Ed Ruth is declared a national champion for the third time after he defeated Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock 7-3 during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's Ed Ruth is declared a national champion for the third time after he defeated Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock 7-3 during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's Ed Ruth battles controls Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Ruth won his third national championship with a 7-2 decision over Sheptock.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's Ed Ruth battles controls Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Ruth won his third national championship with a 7-2 decision over Sheptock.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State' s Matt Brown battles Minnesota's Logan Storley during their 174-pound consolation semifinal bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Brown lost by a 9-3 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State' s Matt Brown battles Minnesota's Logan Storley during their 174-pound consolation semifinal bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Brown lost by a 9-3 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State coach Cael Sanderson congratulates Morgan McIntosh following his 3-1 decision over Iowa's Nathan Burak during their 197-pound seventh place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State coach Cael Sanderson congratulates Morgan McIntosh following his 3-1 decision over Iowa's Nathan Burak during their 197-pound seventh place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Edinboro's Mitchell Port takes down Penn State' s Zain Retherford during their 141-pound consolation semifinal bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Port won by a 3-1 second tiebreaker.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Edinboro's Mitchell Port takes down Penn State' s Zain Retherford during their 141-pound consolation semifinal bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Port won by a 3-1 second tiebreaker.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Edinboro's David Habat battles Michigan's Eric Grajales during their 149-pound third-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Habat lost by a 4-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Edinboro's David Habat battles Michigan's Eric Grajales during their 149-pound third-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Habat lost by a 4-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Edinboro's Mitchell Port battles North Carolina's Evan Henderson during their 141-pound third-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Port defeated Henderson by a 9-1 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Edinboro's Mitchell Port battles North Carolina's Evan Henderson during their 141-pound third-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Port defeated Henderson by a 9-1 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn's Lorenzo Thomas fights off a pin attempt by Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus during their 184-pound fifth-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Thomas lost by an 18-2 technical fall.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn's Lorenzo Thomas fights off a pin attempt by Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus during their 184-pound fifth-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Thomas lost by an 18-2 technical fall.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Edinboro's Mitchell Port celebrates his 9-1 major decision over North Carolina's Evan Henderson during their 141-pound third-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Edinboro's Mitchell Port celebrates his 9-1 major decision over North Carolina's Evan Henderson during their 141-pound third-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Pitt's Tyler Wilps is declared the winner over Bakersfield's Bryce Hammond during their 174-pound seventh-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships atat Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Wilps won by a 4-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt's Tyler Wilps is declared the winner over Bakersfield's Bryce Hammond during their 174-pound seventh-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships atat Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Wilps won by a 4-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Pitt coach Jason Peters watches Tyler Wilps battle Bakersfield's Bryce Hammond during their 174-pound seventh-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Wilps won by a 4-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt coach Jason Peters watches Tyler Wilps battle Bakersfield's Bryce Hammond during their 174-pound seventh-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Wilps won by a 4-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Pitt's Tyler Wilps works for a takedown against Bakersfield's Bryce Hammond during their 174-pound seventh-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Wilps won by a 4-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt's Tyler Wilps works for a takedown against Bakersfield's Bryce Hammond during their 174-pound seventh-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Wilps won by a 4-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Pitt's Tyler Wilps battles Bakersfield's Bryce Hammond during their 174-pound seventh-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Wilps won by a 4-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt's Tyler Wilps battles Bakersfield's Bryce Hammond during their 174-pound seventh-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Wilps won by a 4-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State coach Cael Sanderson celebrates with James English following English's 2-1 first tiebreaker victory over Oklahoma's Kendric Maple during their 149-pound seventh-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State coach Cael Sanderson celebrates with James English following English's 2-1 first tiebreaker victory over Oklahoma's Kendric Maple during their 149-pound seventh-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Pitt's Tyler Wilps is congratulated by his coach, Jason Peters, after his 4-2 decision over Bakersfield's Bryce Hammond during their 174-pound seventh-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt's Tyler Wilps is congratulated by his coach, Jason Peters, after his 4-2 decision over Bakersfield's Bryce Hammond during their 174-pound seventh-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's Nico Megaludis battles Virginia Tech's Joey Dance during their 125-pound third-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Megaludis won by a 6-1 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's Nico Megaludis battles Virginia Tech's Joey Dance during their 125-pound third-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Megaludis won by a 6-1 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State coach Cael Sanderson celebrates with James English following his 2-1 first tiebreaker victory over Oklahoma's Kendric Maple during their 149-pound seventh-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State coach Cael Sanderson celebrates with James English following his 2-1 first tiebreaker victory over Oklahoma's Kendric Maple during their 149-pound seventh-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's Nico Megaludis battles Virginia Tech's Joey Dance during their 125-pound third-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Megaludis won by a 6-1 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's Nico Megaludis battles Virginia Tech's Joey Dance during their 125-pound third-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Megaludis won by a 6-1 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's James English battles Oklahoma's Kendric Maple during their 149-pound seventh-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. English won by a 2-1 first tiebreaker victory.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's James English battles Oklahoma's Kendric Maple during their 149-pound seventh-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. English won by a 2-1 first tiebreaker victory.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's James English celebrates his 2-1 first tiebreaker victory over Oklahoma's Kendric Maple during their 149-pound seventh-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's James English celebrates his 2-1 first tiebreaker victory over Oklahoma's Kendric Maple during their 149-pound seventh-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's Nico Megaludis battles Iowa's Corey Clark during their 125-pound consolation semifinal bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Megaludis won by a 5-2 decision to get a berth in the third-place match.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's Nico Megaludis battles Iowa's Corey Clark during their 125-pound consolation semifinal bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Megaludis won by a 5-2 decision to get a berth in the third-place match.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's Nico Megaludis is declared the winner following his 6-1 decision over Virginia Tech's Joey Dance during their 125-pound third-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's Nico Megaludis is declared the winner following his 6-1 decision over Virginia Tech's Joey Dance during their 125-pound third-place bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Edinboro's Mitchell Port celebrates his 3-1 second tiebreaker victory over Penn State' s Zain Retherford during their 141-pound consolation semifinal bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Edinboro's Mitchell Port celebrates his 3-1 second tiebreaker victory over Penn State' s Zain Retherford during their 141-pound consolation semifinal bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's Ed Ruth is congratulated by coach Cael Sanderson after he claimed a national champion for the third time by beating Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock, 7-3, during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Oklahoma City.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's Ed Ruth is congratulated by coach Cael Sanderson after he claimed a national champion for the third time by beating Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock, 7-3, during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Oklahoma City.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's Ed Ruth shoots on Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Oklahoma City. Ruth won his third national championship with a 7-2 decision over Sheptock.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's Ed Ruth shoots on Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Oklahoma City. Ruth won his third national championship with a 7-2 decision over Sheptock.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's Ed Ruth is congratulated by assistant coach Casey Cunningham after he claimed his third national championship by beating Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock, 7-3, during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's Ed Ruth is congratulated by assistant coach Casey Cunningham after he claimed his third national championship by beating Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock, 7-3, during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's Ed Ruth controls Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Ruth won his third national championship with a 7-2 decision over Sheptock.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's Ed Ruth controls Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Ruth won his third national championship with a 7-2 decision over Sheptock.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's Ed Ruth paces before his match against Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Ruth won his third national championship with a 7-2 decision over Sheptock.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's Ed Ruth paces before his match against Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Ruth won his third national championship with a 7-2 decision over Sheptock.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's Ed Ruth prepares to face Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Ruth won his third national championship with a 7-2 decision over Sheptock.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's Ed Ruth prepares to face Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Ruth won his third national championship with a 7-2 decision over Sheptock.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's Ed Ruth stands atop the medal stand for the third time after he defeated Jimmy Sheptock, 7-2, during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's Ed Ruth stands atop the medal stand for the third time after he defeated Jimmy Sheptock, 7-2, during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's Ed Ruth prepares to face Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Ruth won his third national championship with a 7-2 decision over Sheptock.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's Ed Ruth prepares to face Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock during their 184-pound championship bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Ruth won his third national championship with a 7-2 decision over Sheptock.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's David Taylor hoots the team championship trophy at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's David Taylor hoots the team championship trophy at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State wrestlers celebrate with the team championship trophy at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State wrestlers celebrate with the team championship trophy at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's Ed Ruth and David Taylor celebrate with the team championship trophy at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's Ed Ruth and David Taylor celebrate with the team championship trophy at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State head coach Cael Sanderson and his wrestlers celebrate with the team championship trophy at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State head coach Cael Sanderson and his wrestlers celebrate with the team championship trophy at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State head coach Cael Sanderson and David Taylor celebrate after he beat Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell 6-0 at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State head coach Cael Sanderson and David Taylor celebrate after he beat Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell  6-0 at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's David Taylor celebrates after he beat Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell by a 6-0 decision in their 165-pound bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's David Taylor celebrates after he beat Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell by a 6-0 decision in their 165-pound bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's David Taylor shoots on Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell in their 165-pound bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. David Taylor collected his second national championship by defeating Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell by a 6-0 decision. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's David Taylor shoots on Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell in their 165-pound bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. David Taylor collected his second national championship by defeating Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell by a 6-0 decision. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's David Taylor celebrates after he beat Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell by a 6-0 decision in their 165-pound bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's David Taylor celebrates after he beat Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell by a 6-0 decision in their 165-pound bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's David Taylor points to his coach Cael Sanderson after he beat Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell by a 6-0 decision in their 165-pound bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's David Taylor points to his coach Cael Sanderson after he beat Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell by a 6-0 decision in their 165-pound bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn State's David Taylor celebrates his second NCAA championship after he beat Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell by a 6-0 decision in their 165-pound bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn State's David Taylor celebrates his second NCAA championship after he beat Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell by a 6-0 decision in their 165-pound bout at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Penn State won their fourth consecutive national championship.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Coach Cael can cut the cake. It's time for Penn State to celebrate once again.

The Nittany Lions captured a fourth consecutive team title at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Saturday night, getting finals wins from Ed Ruth and David Taylor.

Penn State slipped past Minnesota, and only after Golden Gophers heavyweight Tony Nelson's upset loss in the fourth match of the night did the Nittany Lions pull ahead for good.

Not that anyone associated with Penn State doubted it would happen.

Nittany Lions coach Cael Sanderson has his wrestlers eat cake to celebrate accomplishments before they happen, a way to visualize their success.

Doubtful whether anyone saw this coming. Penn State's pursuit took many twists and turns, though it still got to the same place. The Nittany Lions finished with 109.5 points before 16,217 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Minnesota had 104 and Oklahoma State 96.5.

“I've been planning on winning this thing since last year,” Sanderson said. “There are obviously times where you think that's not going to happen, but you have to do what you tell the guys to do and stay positive.”

Ruth opened the night with a 7-2 win over Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock, who was undefeated and seeded No. 1 overall, in the second of 10 finals matches.

He scored a few early takedowns, then a reversal in the third period, piling up more than three minutes of riding time in the process.

The outcome was hardly in doubt for the freewheeling Ruth, who approaches wrestling almost like improvisation.

“I never really have a game plan,” Ruth said. “The first thing I'm thinking about is taking 10 or 20 shots until I get to his legs. In my head, I like to believe that people can't fend me off.

Ruth (34-1) finishes his career 136-3, with an 84-match win streak and four Big Ten titles, among other accolades.

Taylor has a different style but has been equally as dominant, especially the past three days.

He finishes his career with 53 pins, tied with Josh Moore for the all-time mark at Penn State. Three of those came in the first three rounds of this tournament.

His other outcomes were a major decision in the semifinals and a 6-0 win over Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell in the 165-pound final, the last match Saturday.

Taylor's career record will go down as 133-3, with a 34-0 mark this season, and two national titles.

“I've always dreamed of being part of the NCAA championship and having the championship on the line,” Taylor said. “That kind of sums it up tonight.”

The fretting over this one started with a second-round loss by third-seeded Morgan McIntosh at 197 pounds. Then Derry's Jimmy Gulibon went out at 133. Matt Brown wasn't able to wrestle back at 174.

Still, the Nittany Lions had seven All-Americans — the most during Sanderson's tenure — and benefited from a third-place effort from Franklin Regional graduate Nico Megaludis at 125 pounds.

Elsewhere, Oklahoma State's Chris Perry won a second consecutive title at 174 pounds. Freshman J'Den Cox got his first at 197, and Nick Gwiazdowski of N.C. State upset Nelson, a two-time defending champion, at heavyweight.

Illinois' Jesse Delgado defended his title at 125. Iowa's Tony Ramos got his first at 133, running into the stands to celebrate afterward, and Ohio State's Logan Stieber won his third at 141.

Northwestern's Jason Tsirtsis scored a takedown in overtime to win his first national title at 149. Oklahoma State's Alex Dieringer clinched the title with his 13-4 major decision over Minnesota's Dylan Ness at 157 pounds.

Jason Mackey is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at jmackey@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Mackey_Trib.

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