5 Crucial Keystone Contests

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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Fargoes Nuts! Upsets From The Junior Men's Tournament!

113 Quarter-Finals - Dalton Rohrbaugh, Nauman vs Corey Gamet, Parma Western

The junior men's freestylers provided plenty of surprises in the Fargodome this year. Huge names went down and dark horses made waves. Check out some of the most eye-popping upsets from the junior men at the 2018 USAW National Championships.

Fargo JR Finals: How They Got There

The second day of Junior Men's Freestyle in Fargo is annually one of the best days of the year in high school wrestling.

Day 2 Fargo FS News & Notes

We'll keep a running log of news, updates, upsets, and various nuggets of info for the Men's FS here.

Best Morning Matches In Juniors

Day 1 of Fargo is in the books with Cadet Men and Women Freestyle. While many fans will want to tune in to catch the Cadet Men quarters, there are some tasty early matchups on the Junior side you'll want to peek in on.

Top Upsets From Day 1 of Cadets

Ryan Crookham and Isaac Salas both Super 32 Champs, won early round nailbiters. Other contenders like Yusief Lillie, Casey Swiderski, and Gary Steen also won close ones. 

Best Day 1 Matchups in Fargo

Brackets have been released and the action gets underway bright and early at 9AM.

Fargo Results Of Men's Senior Greco World Team

We’ve already taken a look at this year’s Senior Men’s Freestyle team did when they were battling in Fargo, now we’ve got to check out the results of the guys that loving going feet to back for a living.

Best Available Recruits At Fargo

74 kg Quarters - Dustin Plott, Unattached vs Kaleb Romero, OSC-Unattached

Few high school tournaments command the attention of as many college coaches as Junior Nationals. A veritable smorgasbord of talent brings NCAA recruiters from far and wide to the Fargodome. Which registered wrestlers will have the most eyes on them this week? We take a look at the best uncommitted junior freestylers registered for Fargo. 

Who's Looking To Repeat At Fargo 2018?

Everyone wants to knock off the champ. When you win a title, coming back the next year, you've got a target on your back. The entirety of your bracket is trying to take the crown off your head.

Analyzing The Junior Men's Freestyle Team Race At Fargo

120 lbs Jordan Decatur, OH vs Bryce Nickel, AZ

For various reasons, in the leadup to Fargo this year it seems there has been more talk than usual about the team race in Junior men's freestyle. Illinois is the defending champ; it ran away with it last year, scoring 82 points to outscore second-place Ohio (37 pts.) and third-place Iowa (36 pts.) combined.

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