Taylor - Dake: Match of the Century
Willie Saylor, Editor
The much anticipated clash of titans is on. Penn State’s two-time NCAA Finalist, David Taylor, and Cornell’s three-time NCAA Champion, Kyle Dake will meet at the All-Star Classic on November 3rd in a match-up with more hype and fanfare than any single bout college wrestling history. And that’s not hyperbole.
An offensive juggernaut, Taylor has a bonus point ratio up there with the All Time Greats. On the flip side, Kyle Dake is on pace to make NCAA history by becoming the first wrestler to win four NCAA Championships in four different weight classes.
American University’s Bender Arena is already sold out; it’s the first sell out of the All Star Classic since 2001. For those not in attendance, the event will be webcast on Flowrestling via Technique Wave.
That they’re wrestling in the first event of the season, and that they have multiple potential meetings slated this year, Dake-Taylor could be a series of epic proportions. It prompts us to recall some of the greatest rivalries and marquee events history.
NCAA’s Greatest Wrestling Rivalries:
Teyon Ware vs. Nate Gallick
Alan Fried vs. Tom Brands
Chris Pendleton vs. Ben Askren
Mark Ironside vs. Cary Kolat
Could we even think of bigger match-ups? How about Joe Williams against Jordan Burroughs? What if Greg Jones could have met Ed Ruth? Would you have picked Darryl Burley or Kellen Russell? Yojiro Uetake or Jordan Oliver?
Other Sports Greatest Rivalries:
Larry Bird’s Celtics vs. Magic Johnson’s Lakers
Steelers vs. Cowboys in the 1970’s
Yankees vs Red Sox
Duke vs. North Carolina
USC vs. Notre Dame in College Football
Muhammed Ali vs. Joe Frazier
Ohio State vs. Michigan
Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan
Rocky vs. Apollo Creed
Louden Swain vs. Brian Schute
Tom vs. Jerry
Jerry Seinfeld vs. Newman
The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones
Hatfields vs. McCoys
Jacob vs. Edward (Twilight)
Pepsi vs. Coke
Apple vs. Microsoft
McDonald’s vs. Burger King
World and Politics:
USA vs. Russia in the ‘Space Race’
North Korea vs. South Korea
Israel vs. Palestine
Get ready for Dake-Taylor and cite your ‘classic rivalries’ below.