Here are the winners and runner-ups of the 2014 NCAA National Wrestling tournament. Penn State captured their 4th straight team national title with Ed Ruth and David Taylor capturing titles for the Nittany Lions.
Logan Steiber and Ed Ruth captured their third NCAA titles. Ohio State's Steiber has one more year left of eligibility to make a run at his fourth straight title. David Taylor of Penn State capped off an undefeated season at 34-0 and captured his second NCAA title.
Many of these elite athletes will try to continue a path of amateur wrestling, but some will come to mixed martial arts. Strength, conditioning, mental toughness, the ability to cut weight and quickness are all traits of most high level wrestlers.
The biggest skill that transfers to MMA is the ability to take someone down and defend the take down. However, the mental aspect cannot be overlooked as most of these guys take part in over 100 combat matches over a college career.
125- Jesse Delgado (ILL) def Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) via dec 3-2
133- Tony Ramos (Iowa) def Tyler Graff (Wisc) via tie break
141- Logan Steiber (OSU) def Devin Carter (VA Tech) via dec 10-1
149- Jason Tsirtsis (NW) def Joshua Kindig (Ok St) via SV
157- Alex Dieringer (Ok St) def Dylan Ness (MN) via dec 13-4
165- David Taylor (PSU) def Tyler Caldwell (Ok St) via dec 6-0
174- Chris Perry (Ok St) def Andrew Howe (Ok) via dec 4-0
184- Edward Ruth (PSU) def Jimmy Sheptock (Mary) via dec 7-2
197- J`Den Cox (Mizzo) def Nick Heflin (OSU) via dec 2-1
285- Nick Gwiazdowski (NC St) def Anthony Nelson (MN) via dec 4-2
1. Penn State - 109.5
2. Minnesota - 104
3. Oklahoma State - 96.5
4. Iowa - 78.5
5. Edinboro - 62