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.

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.