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2012-13 NCAA PREVIEW


Dake, Taylor poised to make more history


Penn State seeks third straight team championship


By Craig Sesker Can the Penn State Nittany Lions win their third straight NCAA wrestling title? Will Iowa, Oklahoma State or Minnesota return to the top? Can Cornell’s Kyle Dake become just the third wrestler in NCAA history to win four national titles?


Can the Magic Man – Penn State’s


David Taylor – repeat the incredible sea- son he had in 2011-12? Will Dake and Taylor battle each other for the NCAA title at 165 pounds? These are among the many compelling storylines that fans will be following when the 2012-13 college wrestling season kicks off in early November. The final answers will come at the


NCAA Championships in late March in Des Moines, Iowa. Penn State starts the season as the consensus No. 1 pick in college wrestling with Iowa, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Ohio State and Cornell also expected to contend.


It promises to be another exciting sea- son.


Here is a weight-by-weight breakdown for the 2012-13 season: 125 pounds


Iowa senior Matt McDonough is the consensus favorite to win this division. He is a three-time NCAA finalist who cap- tured national titles in 2010 and 2012. McDonough won a close finals match over Penn State freshman Nico Megaludis last year in St. Louis. Illinois sophomore Jesse Delgado, who beat McDonough in a dual last year, is another wrestler who could battle for a championship in this class. All-American Steve Bonano of Hofstra


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Cornell’s Kyle Dake topped Iowa’s Derek St. John to win his third NCAA title. Dake is looking to become the third four-time champion. Tony Rotundo photo.


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