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The 1953 NCAA Wrestling Championships were the 23rd NCAA Wrestling Championships to be held. Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania hosted the tournament at Rec Hall.

1953 NCAA Wrestling Championships
Tournament information
SportCollege wrestling
LocationState College, Pennsylvania
DatesMarch 28, 1953–March 29, 1953
Host(s)Penn State University
Venue(s)Rec Hall
Final positions
ChampionsPenn State (1st title)
1st runners-upOklahoma
2nd runners-upCornell College
MVPFrank Bettucci (Cornell College)
← 1952
1954 →

Penn State took home the team championship with 21 points and having one individual champion.[1]

Frank Bettucci of Cornell College was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler.[2]

Team resultsEdit

Rank School Points
1 Penn State 21
2 Oklahoma 15
3 Cornell College 13
T-4 Oklahoma A&M 11
T-4 Iowa State Teachers College 11
6 Pittsburgh 9
7 Michigan 8
T-8 Minnesota 7
T-8 Michigan State 7
T-10 Lock Haven 6
T-10 Illinois 6
T-10 Colorado State 6
T-10 Auburn 6

Individual finalsEdit

Weight class Championship match (champion in boldface)
115 lbs Hugh Peery, Pittsburgh DEC Bob Christensen, Northwestern, 5–1
123 lbs Dick Mueller, Minnesota WBF Donald Reece, Oklahoma, 4:45
130 lbs Norvard Nalan, Michigan DEC Dick Lemyre, Penn State, 7–5
137 lbs Len DeAugustino, Lock Haven DEC Norton Compton, Illinois, 3–1
147 lbs Frank Bettucci, Cornell College DEC Bob Hoke, Michigan State, 6–3
157 lbs Jim Harmon, Iowa State Teachers College DEC Dan Sniff, Colorado State, 6–4
167 lbs Don Dickason, Cornell College RD Frank Marks, Oklahoma, 1–1
177 lbs Ned Blass, Oklahoma A&M DEC Al Paulekas, Army, 8–4
191 lbs Hud Samson, Penn State WBF Charles Weber, West Chester, 4:15
UNL Dan McNair, Auburn RD Gene Nicks, Oklahoma A&M, 0–0


  1. ^ "Wrestling" (PDF). NCAA.ord. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "23rd NCAA Wrestling Tournament" (PDF). 6 December 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2018.