What 2 Watch 4: Iowa Returns To Carver-Hawkeye

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You know it's definitely wrestling season when (a) Whiteboard Wars return and (b) the Iowa Hawkeyes kick off their season with the Iowa City Duals.

But the Iowa City Duals on Friday are just the tip of the iceberg. The weekend is jam-packed with NCAA action, with over a dozen events that you can watch live right here on FloWrestling.

We're highlighting the potential nationally ranked matchups for all the season-opening dual meets as well as keeping you up to speed with all the open tournaments in our weekend rundown. 


Iowa City Duals

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

The Hawkeyes won't be sleepwalking through their traditional home opener this year. For the first time in recent memory, Tom Brands and company host two Division I opponents. After warming up with Iowa Central Community College, Iowa will take on Buffalo and North Dakota State.

Buffalo at Iowa (12:30 AM ET)

Potential ranked matchups:

133: No. 7 Bryan Lantry, Buffalo vs. No. 19 Phillip Laux, Iowa

North Dakota State at Iowa (2:30 PM ET)

Potential ranked matchups:

157: No. 13 Clay Ream, NDSU vs. No. 3 Michael Kemerer, Iowa

165: No. 18 Andrew Fogarty (NDSU) vs. No. 14 Alex Marinelli (Iowa)

Northern Iowa at Cornell (6:30 PM ET)

Potential ranked matchups:

141: No. 12 Josh Alber, UNI vs. No. 20 Yianni Diakomihalis, Cornell 

174: No. 9 Taylor Lujan, UNI vs. No. 7 Brandon Womack, Cornell   

184: No. 4 Drew Foster, UNI vs. No. 17 Max Dean, Cornell 

Penn State at Binghamton (7 PM ET)  

Potential ranked matchups:

184: No. 1 Bo Nickal, PSU vs. No. 14 Steven Schneider, Binghamton 

Michigan State at Central Michigan (7 PM ET)

Potential ranked matchups:

141: No. 10 Javier Gasca, MSU vs No. 15 Mason Smith, CMU

174: No. 12 Drew Hughes, MSU vs No. 14 Christian Brucki, CMU 

Virginia Tech at Chattanooga (7 PM ET)  

Potential ranked matchups:

184: No. 8 Zack Zavatsky, VT vs. No. 11 Bryce Carr, UTC    

197: No. 2 Jared Haught, VT vs. No. 20 Scottie Boykin, UTC 

Edinboro at Lehigh (7 PM ET)  

Potential ranked matchups:

125: No. 8 Sean Russell, Edinboro vs. No. 4 Darian Cruz, Lehigh    

285: No. 14 Billy Miller, Edinboro vs. No. 12 Jordan Wood, Lehigh     

No. 19 Wyoming at No. 15 Nebraska (7 PM ET)

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

Last we saw Nebraska's freshman phenom Chad Red, he was taking out All-American Tommy Thorn at the Daktronics Opens. Now he'll get a crack at an NCAA finalist in Wyoming's Bryce Meredith. The Huskers' Isaiah White also gets a chance to prove he deserves to be higher in the rankings when he takes on the Cowboys' Branson Ashworth, ranked No. 11.

Potential ranked matchups:

141: No. 3 Bryce Meredith, Wyoming vs. No. 6 Chad Red, Nebraska

157: No. 18 Archie Colgan, Wyoming vs. No. 5 Tyler Berger, Nebraska

165: No. 11 Branson Ashworth, Wyoming vs. No. 16 Isaiah White, Nebraska

Wisconsin, Pitt, Cal State Bakersfield Tri

The Roadrunners host the resurgent Pitt Panthers and a young but deadly Wisconsin squad in a tri-meet in California's Central Valley.

Pittsburgh vs. CSU Bakersfield (7 PM ET)

Wisconsin vs. Pittsburgh (8:30 PM ET)

Wisconsin vs. CSU Bakersfield (10 PM ET)

Potential ranked matchups:

141: No. 20 Eli Stickley, Wisconsin vs. No. 19 Russell Rohlfing, CSUB

165: No. 15 Evan Wick, Wisconsin vs. No. 17 Lorenzo De La Riva, CSUB

197: No. 17 Hunter Ritter, Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Matt Williams, CSUB

No. 10 Minnesota at No. 13 South Dakota State (8 PM)

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

It's a testament to the coaches, administrators, and student-athletes in Brookings, SD, that South Dakota State can now credibly call this a rivalry, as the Jackrabbits look to surpass last year's results when they came up one match short of a program-defining upset.

Potential ranked matchups:

133: No. 6 Mitch McKee, Minnesota vs. No. 1 Seth Gross, SDSU

157: No. 9 Jake Short, Minnesota vs. No. 15 Luke Zilverberg, SDSU

No. 16 Illinois at Fresno State (10 PM ET)

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

What better way to wrap up your Friday evening than to watch the Fresno State wrestling program return to action for the first time since 2006. The visiting Illinois team is headlined by Isaiah Martinez, who grew up less than 40 miles from campus.


Lindenwood Open 10 AM ET

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

Saturday is is lighter on duals than Friday, so you'll want to tune in to the Lindenwood Open as No. 6 Missouri leads a field that includes Oklahoma, West Virginia, Northern Illinois, a strong contingent of Iowa redshirts, and more.

Navy Classic 10 AM ET

Seventeen DI schools will be participating in one of the biggest tourneys of the weekend. You can follow along with live updating brackets and results on FloArena.

Utah Valley at North Carolina State (5:30 PM ET)

Potential ranked matchups:

125: No. 15 Taylor LaMont, UVU vs. No. 10 Sean Fausz, NCSt 

Maryland at Stanford (6 PM ET)  

Potential ranked matchups:

285: No. 16 Youssif Hemida, UMD vs No. 15 Nathan Butler, Stanford 


Keystone Classic (10 AM ET)

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

Penn State is sending its full squad to test its might against the likes of Penn, Northwestern, Drexel, Duke, and more. The 197 weight class will be a particularly intriguing bracket, as PSU is sending three talented wrestlers who are all vying for the starting spot in Matt McCutcheon, Anthony Cassar, and Shakur Rasheed. It's also another opportunity to see how Pennsylvanian hero-frosh Austin DeDanto in action.

Wolfpack Open (10 AM ET)

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

No. 11 NC State headlines a solid field consisting of Clarion, Davidson, Gardner-Webb, North Carolina State, Utah Valley, and more.

Roadrunner Open (1 PM ET)

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

No. 15 Illinois faces off against a tough field of Cal Poly, CSU Bakersfield, Fresno State, Maryland, Stanford, and Wisconsin.

Michigan at Lehigh, (1 PM ET)

Potential ranked matchups:

133: No. 2 Stevan Micic, UM vs. No. 3 Scotty Parker, LU

157: No. 9 Alec Pantaleo, UM vs. No. 19 Ian Brown, LU

165: No. 3 Logan Massa, UM vs. No. 17 Cole Walter, LU 

174: No. 4 Myles Amine, UM vs. No. 6 Jordan Kutler, LU  

184: No. 5 Domenic Abounader, UM vs. No. 7 Ryan Preisch, LU   

197: No. 6 Kevin Beazley, UM vs. No. 19 Chris Weiler, LU   

285: No. 2 Adam Coon, UM vs. No. 12 Jordan Wood, LU 

Pittsburgh at Arizona State (2 PM ET)  

Potential ranked matchups:

157: No. 17 Taleb Rahmani, Pitt vs. No. 5 Joshua Shields, ASU 

285: No. 9 Ryan Solomon, Pitt vs. No. 4 Tanner Hall, ASU  

North Dakota State at No. 12 Northern Iowa (3 PM ET)

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

The Bison thunder into West Gym to take on the the the Panthers in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Half a dozen ranked wrestlers are looking to avoid being upset in a battle of future Big 12 rivals.

Central Michigan at Virginia Tech (3 PM ET)

Potential ranked matchups:

149: No. 5 Justin Oliver, CMU vs. No. 6 Solomon Chishko, VT

184: No. 9 Jordan Ellingwood, CMU vs. No. 8 Zack Zavatsky, VT  

No. 10 Minnesota at No. 4 Oklahoma State (6 PM ET)

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

We broke out the whiteboard for this one so you know it's a big deal. Dare I say the biggest dual of the weekend? Why yes, I dare. Five weights feature matches between two top 10 wrestlers. We will have the stream live inside historic Gallagher-Iba Arena. Set your reminders — it is not to be missed!

Potential ranked matchups:

125: No. 5 Ethan Lizak, Minnesota vs. No. 3 Nick Piccininni, OSU

133: No. 6 Mitch McKee, Minnesota vs. No. 4 Kaid Brock, OSU

141: No. 7 Tommy Thorn, Minnesota vs. No. 1 Dean Heil, OSU

149: No. 8 Steve Bleise, Minnesota vs. No. 12 Geo Martinez, OSU

165: No. 8 Nick Wanzek, Minnesota vs. No. 5 Chandler Rogers, OSU

That's way more wrestling than anyone can watch in one weekend, but it's still fun to try. Enjoy the competitions, my friends!

Where Are PWC Participants Going To College?


Year after year, the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic showcases the next wave of college wrestling superstars. In fact, six of this year's ten NCAA champions were Classic alumni. Below we break down which colleges the 2018 Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic participants will be attending in the fall.

Robert Kanniard Commits To Rutgers

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Rutgers will be adding a Fargo champ to their roster in the next couple years. Robert Kanniard has verbally committed to wrestle for the Scarlet Knights in college.

Tech Notes: Gavin Teasdale vs Pat Glory

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I know we all still have an NCAA hangover, but don’t take your straps down just yet, the Pittsburg Wrestling Classic is this Sunday. Some of the matches lined up for this year’s PWC promise to be electric. One that I've had circled on the bout card since it came out is Pat Glory (USA) vs Gavin Teasdale (PA). Something tells me that this Who’s Number One rematch might look a little bit different than it did in the Snake Pit. 

FRL 275: NCAA Madness, Team Point Problems, And Looking Forward

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FRL 275 discusses the 2018 NCAA wrestling tournament, Penn State's title, and more.

Garbage Decision: EMU Dropping Wrestling


Eastern Michigan University press release

YPSILANTI, MI — Eastern Michigan University announced today that it will reduce its intercollegiate athletic program by four sports, effective at the end of the 2018 spring season. The action is being taken as part of the university's overall budget restructuring efforts. Affected by the decision are the sports of softball, men's swimming and diving, women's tennis, and wrestling. With the change, EMU, which previously led the MAC with 21 sports, will now have 17 sports (seven men's sports and 10 women's sports). This action in no way impacts Eastern's affiliation with the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

Hodge Trophy: Gross, Nickal, Retherford, & Valencia Announced As Finalists

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The four finalists have been named for the 2018 Hodge Trophy: Zain Retherford of Penn State, Zahid Valencia of Arizona State, Bo Nickal of Penn State, and Seth Gross of South Dakota State.

Ranking, Seed, & Finish: How Season Ended For NCAA All-Americans

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Another heart-pumping NCAA tournament is in the books after a long season of incredible moments. 

Who's In Line For Wisconsin Job?

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The retirement of Barry Davis as head coach at Wisconsin opens up one of the most coveted positions in NCAA wrestling, and UW has left no stone unturned in its pursuit of filling the vacancy.

Four Events Live On FloWrestling This Weekend

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How do you follow up the NCAA Championships? With the NHSCA High School Nationals and Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic, of course.

Bloodround Heartache

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Losses are always tough to take. The most gut-wrenching losses come Friday night at the NCAA tournament. Years of hard work have allowed wrestlers to make the final twelve at the NCAA tournament. In each weight class four guys have to swallow the pill of being one match away from earning All American honors. It's a loss that sticks with guys, and a lot of them use the loss to fuel future success.