Kyle Dake’s historic fourth NCAA title and Penn State’s third straight team championship topped the WIN (Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine) list of top college wrestling stories for the 2012-13 season, the magazine announced at its website Friday.
Dake’s defeat of defending 165-pound champ David Taylor of Penn State in the finals of the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in March – becoming the first wrestler to win four titles at four different weight classes – coupled with winning the magazine’s Hodge Trophy as best college wrestler for 2013, put the Cornell University senior at the top of WIN’s list of ten biggest stories in college wrestling.
No. 2 on WIN’s list was the Nittany Lions winning its third NCAA team title, in a tight race that saw Oklahoma State take the top spot for a time during the 2013 NCAA finals.
Other top stories singled out by WIN include Iowa beating Penn State at a regular-season dual meet at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in January, University of Minnesota winning the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals crown, and the Grapple at the Garden event in December 2012 that brought college wrestling to New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden for the first time in the 100+ year history of that arena.
The magazine also created a separate story for the top ten moments in high school wrestling in 2012-13.
By putting out its lists at the end of wrestling season, WIN magazine breaks with tradition of a number of wrestling magazines and websites (including College Wrestling Examiner) that produce “best of” lists at the end of the calendar year.
Want to know more? Read WIN editor Mike Finn’s column explaining the magazine’s choices for the top ten moments in college wrestling for the 2012-13 season.
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