ST. LOUIS – For the first time since 2002, three teams have reached the 100-point plateau.

Problem is, Penn State has 15 more points than second-place Minnesota and still has five artillery shells in tonight’s final round. A second consecutive NCAA championship was wrapped up Saturday morning as the Nittany Lions finished the early session with 128.5 points. 

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The Gophers, with a tournament-high seven All-Americans, will take 113.5 points into the final session tonight inside the Scottrade Center.

Iowa sits in third at 103.5 with six All-Americans, the same total as Penn State. Cornell, last season’s runner-up, is a distant fourth with 90.5 points, 24.5 in front of Oklahoma State.

What is it going to take to knock Penn State off the top of the collegiate wrestling pedestal?

“We have to score 180,” Iowa coach Tom Brands said. “I don’t like being where we are right now. It’s going to take a concerted effort; 40 guys in your wrestling room; to be able to go out and battle with that kind of firepower. We don’t have that kind of firepower.

“I like sewing it up on Friday night like Penn State did the last two years.”

Iowa has won 23 NCAA Championships, claiming top honors in 2010. Oklahoma State, owners of 34 national team titles, has not been at the top since 2006. Minnesota opened the century with a pair of championships and won the program’s third in 2007.

Penn State’s 2011-12 lineup features just two seniors – 149-pounder Frank Molinaro and heavyweight Cameron Wade. Andrew Alton was an NCAA qualifier as a freshman 141-pounder a year ago. He redshirted this season.

“We have to go to work over the summer,” said Minnesota sophomore Kevin Steinhaus, now a two-time All-American. “[Penn State] has a strong team and a lot of guys coming back. We have a bunch coming back, too. To score this many points and still be this far behind, it’s tough.

“I know we will work hard to get better. We have to; everybody has to.”

The Big Ten has six of the top 10 squads in the standings with Ohio State, Illinois and Northwestern joining the top three.