News And Notes From Week 3 In D1 Wrestling


A smattering of interesting tidbits and match results from the world that is Division 1 college wrestling, in particular things that may not have made it into our articles on top upsets or the stock report.

Oklahoma State Puts It On Minnesota

I'm not sure how many Cowboys knew they were wrestling for John Smith's 400th career victory, but they sure made a statement in their 30-3 shellacking of the Gophers. Save for an Ethan Lizak riding time point, Okie State won all the close battles and reminded everyone that they are pretty firmly in the trophy hunt once again.

Austin DeSanto Is In Better Shape Than You

How do you follow up eight takedowns in the first period? With five takedowns in the second period.

Drew Mattin's Redshirt Gets Pulled

This would seem to confirm that Austin Assad is done for the year. While there is still one more high profile 125 redshirt that could still yet be pulled, Mattin could figure into Michigan's shot at a team trophy. Though he lost to Darian Cruz, the defending NCAA champ currently ranked fifth, Mattin already has a win over All American Sean Russell.

Penn State's 197 Is Decided (Probably)

With Anthony Cassar finally looking healthy, and knocking off not only Matt McCutcheon but also Frank Mattiace, it appears the Nittany Lions have their situation at light heavyweight figured out.

Brady Ayers Stages Epic Comeback

By "epic comeback," I mean that Ayers scored two takedowns and forced a stall call in the final 45 seconds of the match.

New And Improved Iowa City Duals

In years past, Iowa used this weekend like a Top-25 football team uses their early schedule: to beat up on teams from a lower division. Though the scoreboard still showed big victories for the Hawkeyes, here's hoping they stick with D1 competition moving forward, particularly as their young guns filter into the lineup.

Boo Lewallen Keeps Winning Tournaments

Lewallen's latest victims were Grant Leeth and Jarrett Degen to take home the Lindenwood Open title. This Oklahoma State situation at 149 isn't going to be easy to decide once the second semester starts.

Barlow McGhee Might Be Back

While his Lindenwood opponents weren't world beating all stars, the Mizzou senior beat four solid opponents in what might have been his most consistent performance since his first or second year on campus.

8 Reasons Why You Can't Miss Reno

Tony Rotundo Jack Meredith

Over the years we've seen a lot of great matches go down at the Reno Tournament of Champions.

Daton Fix To Make His NCAA Debut In Reno

Tony Rotundo Daton Fix

College wrestling fans will catch their first glimpse of junior world champion Daton Fix against NCAA competition this Sunday at the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, NV. Fix will wrestle unattached with an Oklahoma State squad consisting of mostly redshirts and backups.

The Second Wave Of College Wrestlers Who Will Crash The Rankings

Josh Conklin Chance Marsteller

There are tiers to every weight in any given college season, and the beautiful thing about rankings is how often they change as guys emerge as stars, falter, change weight, or graduate.

What 2 Watch 4: Finals Week

Tony Rotundo Tyler Berger

Winter semester finals are monopolizing many of our favorite student-athletes this week, but we still have a full plate of ranked potential matches and quality wrestling action to keep you occupied as we roll through the holiday season. 

Preliminary 2018 Southern Scuffle Entry List

Austin Bernard Mark Hall

Once again, "The Rose Bowl of Wrestling" kicks off the year LIVE on Flo. The 2018 Southern Scuffle is the 16th annual edition of the tournament and takes place on January 1-2 at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, TN. 

Chris Bono Mic'd Up For SDSU's Dual


The South Dakota State wrestling team just released the sights and sounds of head coach Chris Bono mic'd up during the Jackrabbits' win over Central Michigan last week.

FRL 252 - The Absurdity Of Ohio State vs Penn State


FRL is back discussing Ohio State vs. Penn State, the tougher rebuild between Iowa State and Oklahoma, and the biggest takeaways of the first two months of the NCAA wrestling season.

141 At The Reno Tournament Of Champions Will Be Tremendous

Tony Rotundo Bryce Meredith

Just how tremendous might the 141-pound college bracket at the 2017 Reno Tournament of Champions be? Well, how does three of the top five ranked wrestlers plus Kaden Gfeller sound? Indeed, the 141 title race is shaping up to be quite tremendous in Reno, NV, on Saturday.

Top 7 Rankings Movers Of Ironman

Rob Preston Rocky Jordan

As usual there were a number of guys who showed up in a big way at Ironman this weekend, while others took some losses and saw their stock go down a bit. 

Most Memorable Moments Of Ironman

Rob Preston Izzy Palazzo

Every tournament has its unforgettable moments, but this year's Ironman had a little something extra.