Most Anticipated Junior Freestyle Matches

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There will be some fireworks going off during the Junior Freestyle tournament at the 2017 U.S. Open. As Jordan Burroughs and Kyle Dake look to light things up at 74kg on the senior level, NCAA Champion Mark Hall will be starting the fire at the same weight on the Junior level. But he will not be alone. Each weight class has some potential match-ups that you certainly will not want to miss.

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55kg: Daton Fix vs Gavin Teasdale
These two met last year in the finals and can surely give us some repeat excitement in this year's finals as well. The future stars of the Cowboys and Nittany Lions have some incredible attacks and can score from just about anywhere. We can see Fix and his the inside trip take on Teasdale and his deadly head pinch.

Check out their bout from last year's finals.


60kg: Mitch McKee vs Micky Phillippi
As McKee was making his first appearance at the NCAA tournament this year, Phillippi was redshirting. We saw McKee take on the toughest competition throughout the season and we know that he will be bringing some high level offense. We haven't seen Phillippi much so at all, but you know that he will be bringing his stingy defense to the party. 

Check out when they met at PWC in high school.


63kg: Nick Lee vs Luke Pletcher
This might be one of the most highly anticipated match-ups. Lee got some senior level experience this year while Pletcher was thrust into the starting line-up for the Buckeyes where he made his first appearance at the NCAA tournament. This should be a pretty epic battle between two of the Big Ten's young talent. Also, Kaden Gfeller will be in the mix as well. 

66kg: Pat Lugo, Yianni Diakomihalis, Kanen Storr
There is a three pronged approached to the toughness at 66kg. Yianni D just made his return to the mat where he was barely even tested, Storr had an incredible redshirt year where he wrestled both folkstyle and freestyle and placed at just about everything he entered, and Lugo finished his season as an NCAA qualifier. As a two-time Cadet World Champ all eyes will probably be on Yianni as everyone looks to see how he does against high level competition after returning from injury.

Watch the last time Yianni D and Karen Storr met.


70kg: David Carr vs Griffin Parriott
Parriott is as tough as they come and Carr, a 2016 Cadet world medalist, is stepping up to the Junior level for the first time. The redshirt freshman is coming off a redshirt year where he got to sharpen his skills in a few open tournaments so I expect a pretty fired up Parriott. For Carr this will be a good test to see where he stacks up.


74kg: David McFadden, Mark Hall, Hayden Hidlay, Jake Allar, Trent Hidlay, Thomas Bullard, Evan Wick
All I can really say is that this is going to be fun. Naturally, Hall is the favorite here, but there are some hammers that will look to stand in his way. Each round of this bracket has a potential can't-miss match.


84kg: Zahid Valencia, Nick Reenan, Jelani Embree
Valencia is the returning world team member at this weight so he's the favorite, but having Reenan and Embree here who like to go big always makes things fun. 


96kg: Chase Singletary, Kevin Snyder, Ben Darmstadt, Sammy Colbray
The footnote here is that everyone wants to get a gauge of Chase Singletary against great competition. Singletary went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 ranked 220-pounder this year, but now he has three guys in front of him that spent the last year on the college level. Snyder will be his teammate which is a pretty interesting dynamic in itself. Darmstadt presents a different problem here. I see Darmstadt with the edge here, but like I said, this will be a good way to see where Singletary is at as he enter the college ranks.

Note:
Darmstadt and Singletary split matches in high school during Darmstadt's senior year.

Listen to Darmstadt credit the Singletary loss for his motivation after winning Fargo title.


120kg: Andrew Dunn, Gable Steveson, Jordan Wood, AJ Nevills, Gannon Gremmel
It's the No. 1 ranked heavyweight against some serious college talent. Steveson owns wins over Wood, who is returning from an injury, in both styles. Gannon Gremmel was a Fargo champ last year before redshirting at Iowa State, Aj Nevills just made the move back home to California after being at PSU and Dunn is a guy who was injured and came back to competition during the year. Overall this will be a test for the two-time Cadet World champ as he comes up to the Junior level for the first time.

All Ranked Wrestlers Coming To CKLV 2017

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NCAA DI Stock Report: PSU Shakes Up 197 Pounds

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The 197-pound weight class continues to swirl with volatility in our weekly look at the big movers in the NCAA top 20 rankings. Penn State's Anthony Cassar is the biggest gainer, going from unranked to No. 11 at 197 and taking the place of his teammate and three-time NCAA qualifier Matt McCutcheon in the top 20.

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George Bossi Lowell Holiday Wrestling Tournament Live on Flo

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7 Crucial Keystone Classic Conclusions

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News And Notes From Week 3 In D1 Wrestling

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Did They Accidentally Announce Spencer Lee's Iowa Debut?

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FRL 246 - Iowa Has A Huge Decision To Make

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FRL 246 discusses the last week in DI wrestling, what Iowa should do with its lineup, and thoughts on SDSU and Minnesota as well as the match of the year.