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7:20 pm, March 18, 2021

Nick Lee tops Eierman at 141

It's Penn State in overtime again as Nick Lee finishes to win his first national title! Two-for-two for the Nittany Lions.

THIRD PERIOD: Tied 2-2
Nick Lee picks up the early two points in the third for a momentum shifter, but Eierman escapes so we're all tied up again. Lee has 30 seconds of riding time. Less than a minute in the match. Eierman warned for stalling. A shot from Eierman, but grabs the leg. Not enough time. We're going to overtime. Again. 

SECOND PERIOD: Eierman leads 1-0
Eierman starts bottom to begin the second, and he's out for one escape point. That's all we have for scoring in the second, and we'll head to the third 1-0 Eierman

FIRST PERIOD: Scoreless 0-0
Lots of action early, but we're scoreless after the first minute. And scoreless after the second, but that's not for a lack of action or effort. Eierman and Lee are both wrestling smart, attacking cautiously but holding tough defensively to force restarts. 

7:20 pm, March 18, 2021

No. 2 Roman Bravo-Young wins 133 pounds

TAKEDOWN ROMAN-BRAVO YOUNG! He needs overtime, but the Nittany Lion is a national champ! 


Third period: 
Bravo-Young starts down and escapes. He leads 1-0 with 1:50 to go, and that's a shot for the Penn State wrestler. No points, but here's the scramble. No points, but Bravo-Young is dinged for stalling. We're tied 1-1, and Bravo-Young is then hit again. Fix leads 2-1, but Bravo-Young has the riding time. We're heading to overtime. 

Second period: Scoreless 0-0
The Nittany Lion racks up serious riding time as he holds Fix down for the entire two minutes. A stall warning on Roman Bravo-Young serves as the only hint of points in the second period, but we're scoreless again heading into the third.

First period: Scoreless 0-0
After a brief basketball delay, we are back to wrestling and off and running. Fix and Bravo-Young are scoreless after one period, and Fix chose down to start the second period.

MATCH PREVIEW

Daton Fix returns to the national finals tournament after finishing second in 2019, and he'll meet Big Ten champion Roman Bravo-Young for his toughest test yet. Fix is one of of seven No. 1 seeds still alive, and he earned his spot under the bright lights after a major, two falls and a decision earlier in this tournament. You can rewatch his 2019 tournament run here and follow along as we track this top seed in the first finals match of the evening. 

 

7:20 pm, March 18, 2021

Jesse Dellavecchia upsets Ryan Deakin at 157

Northwestern's Ryan Deakin put up three solid wins so far this tournament, and he had done what he needed to do to put himself in position for a finals run. But Jesse Dellavecchia brought a new challenge. The first-time Rider All-American held Deakin scoreless through the first period, but in the second, riding the Wildcat, Dellavecchia went to work. Before fans could even blink, Dellavecchia had Deakin on his back for back points, back points, back points, and then BOOM. Dellavecchia had pinned the top seed, and he was moving on the finals.

The two-time Big Ten champion, Ryan Deakin, will drop down to the consolation finals and look to wrestle for third, but it's Dellavecchia, the MAC champion, who will have his shot at the finals. Dellavecchia will come into Saturday night's final with a 10-0 record and 50% bonus. Here's the moment he's been dreaming about his whole life: Saturday night wrestling under the bright lights. 

"I know I can turn anyone...it just worked out, "Dellavecchia said. "It's a weird journey, but I've been loving it and happy to have found Rider." 

11:11 pm, March 20, 2021

NIU's Mason Kauffman wins Elite 90 Award

 Congratulations to Mason Kauffman of NIU for being awarded the Elite 90 Award. The honor is presented annually to the student-athlete at the NCAA Tournament in each sport with the highest GPA. You can read about all of the 2021 Elite 90 Award here.

11:24 pm, March 10, 2021

2021 NCAA wrestling championship brackets & schedule

See the updated brackets here. 

See the updated team scores here.  

See the final coaches rankings of 2021 here

Complete Championship Schedule

DATE TIME SESSION NETWORK
Thursday, March 18 11 a.m. First Round ESPNU
  2 p.m. First Round ESPNU
  6 p.m. Second Round ESPN2
  9 p.m. Second Round ESPN2
Friday, March 19 11 a.m. Quarterfinals ESPNU
  3 p.m. Semifinals ESPNU
  8 p.m. Semifinals ESPN
Saturday, March 20 11 a.m. Medal Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Championship ESPN
4:42 pm, March 20, 2021

Meet the 2021 NCAA wrestling All-Americans

In 2019, 80 men stood on the podium and celebrated that they were among the most elite of the elite in college athletics. They were All-Americans. Now, after a year of adversity and the challenge of competing in a national pandemic, champion wrestling is back. The top-eight men in each of the ten weight classes this year have earned a special honor, and they will march out together as a group tonight during the parade of All-Americans savoring and remembering the moments that made up this wild, unprecedented year.

Here's what you need to know about the individuals that will take home All-American trophies