Rutgers, Cornell Bring National Implications To Grapple At The Garden

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The most famous arena in the world, Madison Square Garden, will play host to college wrestling once again when the fifth annual Grapple At The Garden goes off at 10:30 AM on Sunday live on FloWrestling. One of the matchups that has everyone talking is No. 7 Cornell against No. 17 Rutgers, and there are a couple of interesting head-to-head bouts that could decide the dual.

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#1 Gabe Dean, Cornell vs #14 Nick Gravina

Nick Gravina is poised to crack the top 10 in what is, by far, the toughest weight class in the NCAA this year. Looking around the country at 184 pounds, it's a murderers' row of national champions, finalists, and All-Americans. He's got impressive bonus-point wins over ranked opponents this year.

Gabe Dean has proven himself as the class of the weight despite the addition of two national finalists coming up from 174. It will be interesting to see how the weight shakes out over the course of the 2016-17 season, but Dean has his first real hurdle of the year in Rutgers' Gravina.

Gravina obviously has his hands full, but if he has any aspirations of making national waves this is a match that he really needs to perform well in. If I were Dean I wouldn't look past Gravina, and I'd do just about anything to not let him get on top. Gravina is as mean as they come on top, and if he gets a leg in it could prove to be a very long rest of the period for the two-time champion.


#17 Mark Grey, Cornell vs #14 Tyson Dippery, Rutgers

This one may not have the national implications of the 184lb matchup, but the dual could definitely hinge on this bout. Both of these wrestlers are coming down to the 133lb weight class -- Grey down from 141 last year and Dippery is down two weight classes from 149 a year ago. Both athletes are national qualifiers and have been plagued with injuries that kept them off the podium in March.

No matter the outcome of the event on Sunday, the Garden will be electric. Make sure to check out all the action live on Flo starting at 10:30 AM EST.

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