5 Crucial Keystone Contests

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Hundreds of NCAA wrestlers, including 17 ranked in the top 20, are headed to the historic Palestra on UPenn's campus in Philadelphia for the 2017 Keystone Classic on Sunday.

Here are the five potential matches we're looking forward to most.

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5) Ryan Deakin, Northwestern vs. Hunter Ladnier, Harvard - 149 Pounds

Deakin has been on the radar since his third-place finish at the 2016 Midlands while redshirting. Deakin beat Hunter Ladnier by major decision at the tournament, but Ladnier really turned things on late last season, making the finals of the EIWA Championship and the NCAA Tournament.

4) Vincenzo Joseph, PSU vs. Chad Walsh, Rider - 165 Pounds

Cenzo beat Walsh by regular decision at last year's Keystone Classic. Since then, Cenzo won a national title and Walsh placed in the top eight for the second straight time. Should Joseph and Walsh meet again on Sunday, it'll be as the No. 1- and No. 6-ranked wrestlers, respectively.

3) Nick Nevills, PSU vs. Jacob Kasper, Duke - 285 Pounds

These two premier heavies met twice at the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Kasper won in the quarterfinals, but Nevills got revenge in the fifth-place match. They both enter the Keystone Classic for the rubber match as top 10-ranked 285-pounders.

Jacob Kasper and Nick Nevills' quarterfinals bout in St. Louis:

2) Austin DeSanto, Drexel vs. Corey Keener, PSU - 133 Pounds

If not even earlier, fans have been pumped to watch the NCAA career of DeSanchise ever since he knocked off Spencer Lee at the Pennsylvania State High School Championships and then four-time California state champ Justin Mejia at the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic. No. 20 Corey Keener is a three-time NCAA qualifier and will be a great litmus test for the true frosh, should they meet in Philadelphia.

1) Anthony Cassar, PSU vs. Matt McCutcheon, PSU - 197 Pounds

Matt McCutcheon is a three-time NCAA qualifier and two-time bloodround finisher who earned the fifth seed at the 2017 NCAA Tournament. He's currently ranked fourth nationally and was the assumed Penn State starter entering the season. But Anthony Cassar also had designs on the spot in the starting lineup, and the freestyle junior national champ from New Jersey started the last two duals for the Nittany Lions. Both Cassar and McCutcheon are registered for the 197-pound bracket, providing us with a potential de facto wrestle-off to enjoy.

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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.