Top 12 Upsets From Week 3

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Take a look at the 12 best upsets from week three of the Division I college wrestling season.

12) No. 16 Isaiah White, Nebraska over No. 11 Branson Ashworth, Wyoming — 165lb

Young Walter White continues to slowly work his way up the rankings.

11) Gage Hutchison, EMU over No. 10 Conan Jennings, Northwestern — 285lb

Conan the Barbarian was brought down to earth at the Keystone Classic.

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285lb (3rd place): Conan Jennings, Northwestern vs Gage Hutchison, EMU

10) Alex Madrigal, Cole Weaver over No. 9 Tyler Smith, Bucknell — 141lb

Remember when we said 141 was going to be a meatgrinder?

9) BC Laprade, Virginia Tech over No. 12 Colin Heffernan, Central Michigan — 157lb

The redshirt freshman knocks off one of CMU's senior leaders.

8) Cornell over No. 12 UNI

Given the youth of Cornell's roster, the Big Red have a ton of room to grow this season. That doesn't mean we expected them to beat the Panthers 30-10. Included in that were wins by No. 20 Yianni Diakomihalis over No. 12 Josh Alber at 141 and No. 17 Max Dean over No. 4 Drew Foster at 184. I should also mention No. 9 Taylor Lujan of UNI upset Cornell All-American Brandon Womack at 174.

7) No. 17 Michael Longo, Kaden Gfeller over No. 13 Kanen Storr — 141lb

Remember when we said 141 was going to be a meat-grinder this season, continued?

6) No. 7 Lehigh beats No. 3 Michigan 28-7

Lehigh's win itself wasn't mind-boggling — it was the totality of the victory. Sure, Michigan didn't have Stevan Micic, but the Mountain Hawks still got upsets at 157 (No. 19 Ian Brown over No. 9 Alec Pantaleo), 174 (No. 6 Jordan Kutler over No. 4 Myles Amine), and 184 (No. 7 Ryan Preisch over No. 5 Dom Abounader). Is Michigan worse than we thought? Is Lehigh even better or was it just a November dual that means nothing?

5) Anthony Cassar over No. 4 Matt McCutcheon, No. 12 Frank Mattiace — 197lb

I think it's safe to say Cassar has taken control of the 197-pound spot at Penn State.

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197lb Semifinal: Matt McCutcheon, Penn St. vs Anthony Cassar, Penn St.

4) Eric Clarke, Iowa Central over No. 7 Bryan Lantry, Buffalo — 141lb

Up a weight, a guy ranked to be an All-American still lost to a junior college wrestler.

3) Christian Moody, Oklahoma over No. 12 Zeke Moisey, West Virginia — 125lb

The long, strange fall for the former NCAA finalist continues.

2) Brandon Cray, Maryland over No. 9 Connor Schram, Stanford — 125lb

The crayfish gets his first victim of the year, former All-American Connor Schram.

1) Jacob Warner, Iowa over No. 3 Willie Miklus, Missouri — 197lb

This was a no-brainer for the top upset and led to Warner being our wrestler of the week. Iowa has good problems on its hands about some freshmen who might want their redshirts pulled.

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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.