Tom Brands defended his title and Mark Reiland scored a pin Saturday as top-ranked Iowa won its 12th NCAA wrestling championship and tenth under Coach Dan Gable.
Iowa sent six wrestlers into the championships but sustained losses at 118, 126, 142 and 158 pounds. Still, the Hawkeyes accumulated 157 points to outdistance two-time defending champion and No. 2 Oklahoma State, which finished with 108.75 points.The Hawkeyes had a chance to equal the 158 points they scored in 1986, when they crowned five of six finalists while winning their ninth consecutive and last national title.
But Iowa was penalized one point for unsportsmanlike conduct because Terry Brands pushed Nebraska's Jason Kelber's hand away after Kelber upset the defending champion 10-5 at 126.
Iowa also had nine All-Americans, the fourth time that's happened under Gable. His teams accomplished the feat in 1981, 1983 and 1985.
Finishing third was Penn State with 67.50 points, followed by Ohio State at 56.75, Iowa State at 51.75, West Virginia at 48.75, Purdue at 39.75, Minnesota at 39, Cal State-Bakersfield at 38.50 and Nebraska at 38.