However, his semifinal match against No. 4 seed Ian Miller may have been his most impressive win. The two were tied most of the match when Miller got an escape midway through the final period to take a 4-3 lead. All he needed to do was hold Ness off for one minute and he would move on.
Ness took Miller down with 30 seconds left and rode out the clock to win the match.
“I feel like I just could be unpredictable,” Ness said. “You never know what I’m going to do out there. I don’t even know what I’m going to do out there.”
The past two seasons, Ness has taken fourth and second in the tournament. He will get a chance to claim his first championship when he faces Oklahoma State’s Alex Dieringer in the title bout.
“I think I’m just going to have the same approach,” Ness said. “I’m just going to celebrate today. Not even going to think about it, worry about it until tomorrow when I gotta get ready to go.”
Team race: Penn State heads into the final day of competition with a slight lead over fellow Big 10 rival Minnesota. The Nittnay Lions have scored 91 points, while the Gophers are right behind with 90.5.
Oklahoma State is in third place with 87.5 points, but they are still in contention, with four wrestlers in today’s championship round.
Iowa (67), Ohio State (52), Edinboro (48.5), Cornell (46.5), Virginia Tech 45.5), Oklahoma (45.0) and Illinois (37.0) round out the top 10.
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