The 2014 NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Finals took place earlier tonight at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The night saw an exciting set of matches for the packed crowd in attendance and for those watching on ESPN.
The team race was decided in the final three matches of the night as Penn State captured its fourth straight team title before “The Magic Man” David Taylor picked up his second national title to cap his storied career.
2014 NCAA Wrestling Finals Results:
- 174: #1 Chris Perry (OK State) def. #2 Andrew Howe (OU) via decision (4-0)
- 184: #2 Ed Ruth (PSU) def. #1 Jimmy Sheptock (Maryland) via decision (7-2)
- 197: #2 J’den Cox (MIZZOU) def. #1 Nick Heflin (OSU) via decision (2-1)
- HWT: #2 Nick Gwiazdowski (NC State) def. #1 Tony Nelson (MINN) via decision (4-2)
- 125: #1 Jesse Delgado (Illinois) def. #2 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) via decision (3-1)
- 133: #3 Tony Ramos (Iowa) def. #5 Tyler Graff (Wisconsin) via decision (3-1)
- 141: #2 Logan Stieber (OSU) def. #4 Devin Carter (VT) via major decision (10-1)
- 149: #5 Jason Tsirtsis (NW) def. #11 Josh Kindig (OK State) via decision (3-1)
- 157: #3 Alex Dieringer (OK State) def. #9 Dylan Ness (MINN) via major decision (13-4)
- 165: #1 David Taylor (PSU) def. #2 Tyler Caldwell (OK State) via decision (6-0)
Perry Tops Howe in Bedlam Match-Up
The night kicked off with a taste of Bedlam as top ranked Chris Perry of Oklahoma State took on Oklahoma’s second ranked Andrew Howe. Perry shocked the Wisconsin transfer by securing a huge takedown that allowed him to use his considerable top control advantage to gain a riding time point. The win kept Oklahoma State’s distant title hopes alive a little longer.
Ruth Notches Third Title Win
Ed Ruth became the first Penn State wrestler to become a three time national champion with a dominant performance over Maryland’s top-ranked Jimmy Sheptock. While Ruth was unable to get bonus points, the strong performance was a hugely important win for the Nittany Lions and put a cap on Ruth’s 2013-14 campaign of redemption.
MIZZOU’s Cox Makes History as Freshman
Missouri’s J’den Cox made school history tonight by winning a national title over Ohio State’s top-ranked Nick Heflin. Cox won the match off an escape and multiple stall calls against Heflin. The MIZZOU freshman narrowly avoided losing late as Heflin landed a desperate throw as time expired but was unable to cover the hips or establish a nearfall position to get the takedown.
Wolfpack’s Gwiazdowski Upsets Nelson
NC State’s Nick Gwiazdowski picked up a massive win for not only himself but the team race with two huge takedowns in the third period. The NC State heavy benefited from a late injury timeout taken by two-time national champ Tony Nelson that gave Gwiazdowski an all-important choice with the match technically tied at 2-2 (due to riding time). Gwiazdowski hit a huge single leg to a double and finished with only a toe inside the circle to get the deciding “two” call.
Delgado Tops Garrett in Thriller
Jesse Delgado’s excellent scrambling ability allowed him to pick up a national title in a great match with Nahshon Garrett. Delgado was able to avoid two dangerous takedowns by Garrett early on in a match that saw three challenges in the first round. Delgado managed to get an escape and a late takedown to win one of the more entertaining bouts of the night.
Ramos Captures Elusive Title in Final Match
It took five years of blood, sweat, and tears but Iowa’s Tony Ramos finally nabbed an elusive national title over Wisconsin’s Tyler Graff. Ramos secured his first title with an unconventional hold for nearfall in the final OT period. The victory for the Hawkeye sees him capture his first title after a third and second place the two years prior to tonight.
Stieber Dominates Carter for Third Title
Ohio State’s Logan Stieber won his third straight national title by defeating one of the better stories of the tournament in Virgina Tech’s Devin Carter. Carter, who suffered a major hamstring tear in December, was simply unable to get anything going against the Buckeye wrestler. The win is Stiebler’s third national title and is the first to end without some controversy.
Tsirtsis Eliminates OK State with OT Win
Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis put an end to Oklahoma State’s team title bid by defeating Josh Kindig in overtime. The two wrestlers battled back-and-forth over three periods with neither man gaining the advantage. In overtime, the redshirt freshman managed to score a takedown with a relentless effort that ended with him controlling Kindig for the victory.
Dieringer Dominates Ness
While Oklahoma State was eliminated in the team race, the Cowboy’s 157-pound wrestler Alex Dieringer did not let it bother him as he controlled the exciting Dylan Ness of Minnesota. Dieringer handled Ness’s unorthodox style well by being aggressive without being overaggressive in scramble positions. Dieringer is expected to fill Tyler Caldwell’s 165-pound spot for Oklahoma State next year.
The win sealed the team race for Penn State as Minnesota needed a Ness victory after heavy favorite Tony Nelson was upset earlier in the evening.
Taylor Picks Up Second National Title
Penn State’s David Taylor capped his storied career with a 6-0 victory over Oklahoma State’s Tyler Caldwell in the night’s final match. Taylor secured a gorgeous takedown early on to seize control and he never looked back over the final two frames. The four-time NCAA finalist put the cherry on top of a great night for the Nittany Lions as they picked up their fourth-straight national title.