Nasty Head Pinch Puts Rau To World Team Trials

Over the last few years Joe Rau has proved himself to be one of the top greco guys in the country. In 2014 he made the greco World Team at 80kg and last year he won the Olympic Trials at 98kg.

He came up just short at the greco trials this year, falling 2-0 to two-time Olympian Ben Provisor in the finals.

Well, if he can't make the team in greco, might as well try his hand as freestyle, right?

Last weekend he competed in freestyle wrestling for the first since 2012 when he wrestled in the Canada Cup. Last time he grabbed a leg was at Midlands in 2014.

It was not his leg grabbing that was impressive, rather it was his nasty head pinch!

Joe Rau cruised through the field in freestyle at the Last Chance Qualifier at 86kg, going 4-0 on the day, picking up two pins and two tech falls.

In his semis against Quinton Godley and in the finals against Vic Avery, Rau locked up tight head pinches where he was able to control the entire body of his opponents and rag doll them around the mat like rubber chickens.

He now gets his opportunity to enter the Freestyle World Team Trials on June 10, in Lincoln, NE for a chance to make the World Team. This will be a big test for the greco veteran as David Taylor will enter as the favorite to win the mini tournament to earn the right to wrestle J'den Cox in a best-of-three series to make the World Team.

While Rau is a long shot to win the mini tournament, much less beat Cox, it will be a lot of fun to see him test himself in freestyle. I, for one, am curious to see if he will be able to get his arms around someone else's head and pinch them all over the mat like he was able to do last weekend.

U23 World Championships Update

97 kg Rr Rnd 1 - Kollin Moore, Ohio State vs Kyle Conel, Golden Pride WC

We're already most of the way through the U23 World Championships in Bucharest, Romania. Our Greco-Roman and women's freestyle teams have wrapped up their tournaments. Additionally, half the men's freestyle team had their preliminary matches today. Tomorrow will see the medal matches for those guys and prelims for the final five Americans, followed by medal matches for those last five weights on the ultimate day of the event. 

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NCAA Week 3 Live On Flo

FloWrestling is streaming a plethora of wrestling events this weekend. Do you know what a plethora is? Well no worries, this link will make the definition crystal clear. 

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Why You Have To Watch Lindenwood Open

125 lbs Malik Heinselman vs Brakan Mead

You should definitely check out the entries for this year’s Lindenwood Open, taking a look at that will make you immediately set your alarm to make sure you don’t miss a second of the action starting Saturday morning.

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165 lbs Consi of 4 - Evan Wick, Wisconsin vs Isaiah White, Nebraska

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BRACKASTROLOGY I: The First Brackastrology

125 lbs Final - Sean Fausz, NC State vs Daton Fix, UN-Oklahoma State

What is Brackastrology? It is an appeal to the stars for their celestial wisdom. It is an attempt by mere mortals to divine the future. It is two ding dongs, specifically Spey and Nomad, giving their best effort at projecting what the NCAA Tournament brackets will look like. 

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Full Lindenwood Open Entries

141 lbs Q - Jaydin Eierman, Missouri vs Matt Findlay, UN-Utah Valley

There will be a ton of the countries best wrestlers in the mix this weekend at the Lindenwood Open. 

Why Minnesota Should Pull Gable Steveson's Redshirt

285lbs Quarterfinal: Gable Steveson, Minnesota vs Austin Emerson, Nebraska

It's funny how we find out about whether kids are wrestling or not in today's digital age. For Gable Steveson, he shared that the current plan for him is to redshirt this season via an instagram story.

2018 Signing Day Hub

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Stay tuned for updates all signing day long as the Class of 2019 signs their national letters of intent to wrestle Division 1 at the next level.

Live This Week: November 16-18, 2018

Oh. My. Goodness. What a weekend of wrestling! Iowa's season opener, Daton Fix's collegiate dual debut against #1 Seth Gross and #6 Ethan Lizak, #11 Lehigh vs. #5 Michigan, and so much more!