Penn State Wrestling’s Nick Lee wins his second consecutive NCAA Title by beating North Carolina’s Kizhan Clarke in the 141 finals
Penn State Wrestling’s Nick Lee proved he was the best wrestler in the nation last year at 141 by defeating Iowa’s Jaydin Eierman in the NCAA Finals.
Lee then went undefeated this season which includes his first-ever Big Ten title and he became Penn State’s first-ever five-time All-American.
Well, now he’s become a two-time NCAA Champion by defeating UNC’s Kizhan Clarke in the finals for his second consecutive title!
Here’s a recap of Penn State Wrestling’s Nick Lee’s incredible match!
Clarke came out hard in this match and immediately took Lee to the mat for a takedown but Nick quickly escaped and he was down 2-1.
Lee was then able to settle down and get to his offense by landing a takedown of his own and he took the lead 3-2. Nick was looking to grind out Clarke for the remainder of the period to build up his riding time.
Which is exactly what Nick Lee did in building up his riding time to over a minute and 30 seconds.
Lee started the second period in the bottom position and he quickly pulled away from Clarke’s grasp to extend his lead to 4-2. Then with both grapplers on their feet, Nick went to work in snagging another single leg and taking Clarke down to the mat for the second time.
Lee put a really tough ride on Kizhan and Clarke couldn’t do anything about it. The referee slapped him with his second stall warning and the score was 7-2 going into the third period.
The third started with both wrestlers squared up and on their feet. With both grapplers sprawled out at the center of the mat, Lee pulled off a perfect spin-around move to earn another takedown and push the score to 9-2 with almost four minutes of riding time secured.
The clock hit 0:00 and Nick Lee is once again a champion at 141 for Penn State!
It’s a storybook ending for Nick Lee as this is his last year wrestling for Penn State and Cael Sanderson. And in a program rich with all-times greats, Lee will go down as one of the best to have ever donned the blue and white singlet for the Nittany Lions.