Penn State takes early lead at NCAA wrestling meet

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Penn State wrestling team believes strength in numbers could lead to another title. The defending national champions qualified nine wrestlers for the NCAA Tournament, including three No. 1 seeds.

That depth helped the Nittany Lions take an early lead Thursday in the opening session of the NCAA Tournament in St. Louis. Penn State tops the field after the initial rounds with 25.5 points.

Minnesota is second with 25 points followed by Oklahoma State (17.5) Cornell (17) and Iowa (17).

Penn State senior Frank Molinaro improved to 29-0 with a 9-0 major decision over Christopher Villalonga of Cornell. Molinaro, a 149-pounder, finished second in the nation last season.

Penn State sophomore David Taylor improved to 28-0 with a pin of Corey Lear of Bucknell.