KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Johnny Thompson moved one step closer to his second NCAA wrestling championship, and Oklahoma State closed in on its 31st title.
Thompson, the defending champion at 133 pounds, was one of two Oklahoma State wrestlers to reach the finals with victories in Friday night's semifinals.
The Cowboys, who have more NCAA team titles than any other school, leads two-time defending champion Minnesota by 18 1/2 points entering Saturday's championship round. Lehigh is third, 21 1/2 points behind the Gophers.
"When you get to this point, your consolation wrestlers are just as important as your semifinal wrestlers," Oklahoma State coach John Smith said. "I'm a little disappointed that we didn't go ahead and close it out tonight."
Oklahoma State sent 184-pound Jake Rosholt to the finals with a 9-2 win over Oklahoma's Josh Lambrecht.
Minnesota qualified three wrestlers, including returning 149-pound champion Jared Lawrence, for the finals. Lawrence beat Harvard's Jesse Jantzen 6-2 in the semifinals.
Of the six defending champions at this year's meet, Thompson and Lawrence were the only two to make it back to the final round.
Oklahoma State and Minnesota will meet in only one final, a rematch of last year's 133-pound title match.
Minnesota's Ryan Lewis won his semifinal handily, beating Iowa's Cliff Moore 13-3, but Thompson needed an escape with 12 seconds to go to beat unseeded Rad Martinez of Clarion 3-2.
"This is the only thing I've been thinking about since that last match last year," Lewis said.
In the two schools' only head-to-head semifinal, Minnesota's Damion Hahn executed a 2-point reversal with just 5 seconds left for a 4-3 decision over Muhammed Lawal.
In the 165-pound semifinals, Lehigh's Troy Letters defeated Oklahoma State's Troy Lewis 12-7, and Illinois' Matt Lackey beat the Gophers' Jacob Volkmann 6-3.
Illinois also sent freshman Alex Tirapelle, who upset defending champion Luke Becker of Minnesota in the 157-pound quarterfinals, to Saturday's championship round. Tirapelle won 5-1 over Northern Illinois' Scott Owen in the semifinals.
"This is definitely not expected," Tirapelle said. "I had some luck to get through this tournament."
Jon Trenge also reached the finals for Lehigh, despite a detached retina that forces him to wear a mask when he wrestles. He will meet Hahn in the 197-pound title match after a 5-3 win over Hofstra's Chris Skretkowicz.
"It was kind of a personal vendetta against my injury to wrestle my best when I got here," Trenge said.
Oklahoma also had two finalists, top-seeded freshman Teyon Ware at 141 pounds and Robbie Waller at 174. Both won tiebreakers Friday night.
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