D1 News And Notes: Week Two

Josh Conklin
Here at FloWrestling, we try to hit you over the head with important happenings from around the world of wrestling. Right now, it's Division I season, so you can expect to see a steady stream of our weekly features such as The Dirt, Wrestler of the Week, Upsets of the Week, and Stock Report on the site.

But sometimes, so many things happen that we can't fit them all into just a few articles. So here are a few important matches you may have missed.

141: Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) 12-7 over Nick Lee (Penn St.)

The Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open semis saw one of the most highly anticipated matchups involving two true freshmen in quite some time. The two-time world champ won the takedown battle 4-0 and earned riding time on Lee. Diakomihalis' win this weekend was juuussttt enough to get him ranked.

184: Ryan Preisch (Lehigh) 4-2SV over Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech)

One of the earliest ranking conundrums got settled the old-fashioned way. See how Preisch did it below.



285: Adam Coon (Michigan) 5-2 over Tanner Hall (Arizona St.)

While I'm sure most people expected Coon to win, there had to be some uncertainty given that he hadn't wrestled a folkstyle match since March 2016.

133: Ian Parker (Iowa St.) 7-5 over Austin DeSanto (Drexel)

This was another battle of freshmen, though Parker had the benefit of a redshirt. There was a question about whether Parker or Simmons would start for the Cyclones and also if the Dragons would roll out DeSanto right away. Expect these two to threaten to make deep runs at the national tournament in Cleveland this March.

174: Ethan Ramos (UNC) 13-8 over Jacobe Smith (OK State)

I'm not sure what to make of Ramos or Smith after this weekend, but this one was interesting to watch.



174: Taylor Lujan (UNI) 10-8SV over Lucas Lovvorn (Baker)

Woah. I had to look up both Baker and Lucas Lovvorn after this one. This certainly would have made upsets of the week had Lovvorn gotten the takedown in overtime.

174: Yoanse Mejias (Oklahoma) 7-3 over Jordan Pagano (Rutgers)

After starting the year ranked, Pagano took not one but two tough losses this weekend.

174: Will Schany (Virginia) 6-5 over Jordan Pagano (Rutgers)

This was the other loss for Pagano. Already facing an injury-riddled season for Anthony Ashnault, Rutgers coach Scott Goodale and staff might need to get the Pagano ship righted before they get too deep into the season.

197: Danny Chaid (UNC) 13-9 over Andrew Marsden (OK State)

When we did FRL, we knew this one was appointment viewing. It didn't disappoint.



125: Nicky Suriano (Rutgers) 4-2 over Christian Moody (Oklahoma)

This was a nice performance from Moody. It wasn't an upset or a win, but Moody's effort was enough to possibly take notice of last year's NCAA qualifier as a man who could be making a jump this year.

184: Nick Gravina (Rutgers) 4-2 over Matt Waddell (Oklahoma)

This result was notable because Waddell seems to be the first from Oklahoma's strong 2017 recruiting class to have his redshirt pulled.

165: Chandler Rogers (Okie St) 9-4 over Clay Lautt (UNC)

Coleman Scott and his staff have been raving about their freshmen. Even though Lautt lost, it seems to be a clear signal that the Tar Heels don't care about age -- they just want to roll out the best team.


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2018 U.S. Open: UWW Junior Freestyle Preview

Tony Rotundo

The 2018 U.S. Open will not just be a showcase for our finest senior level talent, it is also a grand stage for the best young wrestlers in the country. For UWW Juniors, those aged 17-20, it's an opportunity to get a bye to the World Team Trials finals, one step closer to wrestling for the stars and stripes in Slovakia this September.

The Senior Men's Freestyle Matches We're Hoping To See At The Open

Tony Rotundo
74 Semis - Alex Dieringer, TMWC vs Kyle Dake, TMWC

The U.S. Open is right around the corner and the meanest, baddest, and raddest dudes in America are descending on Las Vegas to battle it out in freestyle at the U.S. Open. There will be more awesome matches than is humanly possible to keep track of, so we've highlighted a few of our most highly anticipated bouts.

Biggest Moves To Watch For At The U.S. Open

Tony Rotundo
Behind The Dirt, Daton's Trap Arm

Some of the United States' biggest and baddest stars are slated to throw down at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas this week, and we are bound to see some of their signature moves in action.

Nathan Tomasello Wrestled Season With Torn ACL, Meniscus

Austin Bernard
125 lbs Semifinal - Nathan Tomasello, Ohio State vs Spencer Lee, Iowa

Four-time NCAA All-American Nathan Tomasello released a statement today explaining his injury that kept him sidelined for half the season and plagued him when he returned to the mat for Ohio State in January.

Ranking The Senior Men's Freestyle Weight Classes At The US Open

Josh Conklin
61 kg Final - Tyler Graff, TMWC vs Jon Morrison, Nyac/mwc

Registration is nearly closed, the preseeds are set, and the start of the 2018 U.S. Open senior men's freestyle tournament is mere days away. Though a few more surprises may arrive at the last minute in Las Vegas, which weight is going to be the most impressive? We dug into the latest lists and ranked the divisions by overall strength.

2018 U.S. Open Betting Guide

Tony Rotundo

Las Vegas is synonymous with throwing a little money down. But while USA Wrestling has held the U.S. Open in Sin City for decades, this is the first time in a long time (ever?) that wrestling aficionados could place wagers on their favorite sport.

92kg World Team Trials Primer: J'den Found His Weight

Tony Rotundo

One of two new weight classes in men's freestyle, 92kg is for all the tweeners too big for 86kg and too small for 97kg. Chief among them is world and Olympic bronze medalist J'den Cox, who is the top-seeded 92kg wrestler at this weekend's U.S. Open in Las Vegas.

2018 US Open Middleweight Preview: Heavy Favorites At All Four Weights

Tony Rotundo

It's finally 2018 U.S. Open week. That means the last chance to qualify for the World Team Trials challenge tournament next month in Rochester, MN, as well as the opportunity to win Final X berths at five weights.

NCAA Fan Guide To Incoming Talent

Richard Immel
Final X Is Coming

The Junior level has talent coming out of the wazoo at the moment, and pretty soon it's going to be found in Division I rooms across the country.

FRL 285 - Ben Askren On US Open And Badger RTC

Tony Rotundo
FRL 285 Ben Askren On Badger RTC And US Open

FRL 285 welcomes Ben Askren to the show to discuss his new gig as Badger RTC coach.  Askren then touches on the US Open and more.