DI NCAA News And Notes: Week 5

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Good evening, wrestling fans! Again no Nomad to nourish you with Division I news, notes, nuggets, nibblers, and general wrestling tidings. 

But I will faithfully fulfill his duties as the one they call Nomad is flying over our nation’s heartland on his way to Northeast Ohio to cover the 2017 Walsh Jesuit Ironman. Also, sorry to be tardy to the party but CKLV chaos (more on that in a bit) and the annual Flo Holiday Get-Together unavoidably delayed the completion of this report. 

So let’s cut the chitchat and get to it!

The Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Was Bonkers

Creating a Lovecraftian nightmare for humble rankers across the nation, 101 top 20 wrestlers entered the brackets in Vegas and 29 were upset in the championship bracket on the first day alone

The insanity continued on day two. By the end of the carnival of carnage, five top five wrestlers had taken an "L," two of them at the hands of unranked opponents. Nomad has already done the heavy lifting in researching the top 16 upsets of the weekend, all but one of which occurred at the CKLV. 

As an example of the ridiculous depth of this year’s edition of the Cliff Keen Invitational, at least three All-Americans didn’t make the podium: Ryan Millhof, Kevin Beazley, and Brandon Womack. Logan Massa and Ethan Ramos also failed to place, but those two medically forfeited their consolation bouts after falling in the championship round.

From the smoking bracket wreckage emerged 10 champions, who survived what was essentially a half-strength NCAA tournament and deserve a special mention. 

125: Taylor LaMont, Utah Valley

One of the biggest surprises of the tournament, the redshirt freshman from Utah fights his way into All-American contention.


133: Luke Pletcher, Ohio State

The first of three Buckeyes champs, Pletcher wins a weight class harder to figure out then an AP calculus exam.


141: Yianni Diakomihalis, Cornell

Cornell’s cadet freestyle world champ showed why he was such a coveted recruit when he beat Bryce Meredith in the finals.


149: Justin Oliver, Central Michigan

The Chippewas get fired up by Oliver, who swallowed the competition whole with his praying mantis-like body.


157: Alec Pantaleo, Michigan

Pantaleo returns to form, running through a loaded bracket after losing his last six folkstyle matches.


165: David McFadden, Virginia Tech

If you are not pumped about this weight class, you are not paying attention. McFadden fends off upstart Evan Wick to capture a title.


174: Zahid Valencia, Arizona State

Beat BoJo for the second time this season, though it was a closer match this time around.


184: Myles Martin, Ohio State

The 2016 174-pound NCAA champ looked as good as ever at 184 pounds. The weight class has been put on notice.


197: Kollin Moore, Ohio State

The Mountain Man shook off some early round rust and pinned Jared Haught in the finals in a recreation of their third-place match at last season’s NCAAs. 


285: Adam Coon, Michigan

The future astrophysicist of astronomical proportions survived an OT scare in the finals from Tanner Hall to remain undefeated on the year. 


And finally, here's me at the CKLV, directing Te'Shan Campbell and Isaiah White to the official scorekeeper after they tried to check in with me, merely the humble announcer.

Yeah, There Were Also Some Duals This Weekend

Iowa 18, Illinois 17

The Hawkeyes needed a pin from Sam Stoll in the final match secure a victory at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Luckily, Stoll did his job, sending Terry Brands into the stands for a Hawkeye Hop. You know, like the Lambeau Leap? No? OK, forget Hawkeye Hop then, but anyway, Brands freaked out and it was cool. 

Lock Haven 22, Rutgers 16

Scarlet Knight head coach Scott Goodale lost to his alma mater as the Bald Eagles pulled off a big upset in front of 2,357 fans in a sold-out Thomas Fieldhouse in Lock Haven, PA.

Rider 19, Penn 15

Lehigh 25, Princeton 13

Pennsylvania and New Jersey split matches in the battle for East Coast private school supremacy. 

Penn State 23, Lehigh 19

Lehigh continues to impress as the defending champs needed a victory in the final bout of the evening to escape a sold-out PPL Center with a win. The crowd of 9,896 was a record for a Lehigh “home” dual; however, the match was hosted about 6 miles to the west of campus in neighboring Allentown, PA.

And In Not-Quite-NCAA-DI News

The UWW Womens World Cup went down in Cheboksary, Russia, located on the Volga River in the Chuvash Republic. And what is the Chuvash Republic? Chebok-sorry I asked. 

The Americans took fourth, beating the hometown Russian squad in pool play but falling to eventual champs Japan in the semifinals and to Mongolia in the third-place match.

Many of the athletes from the recently completed World Cup stuck around Cheboksary to participate in Russia Cup on Monday and Tuesday. Victoria Anthony and Mallory Velte led the way in the traditional individual tournament with two gold medals to go with five other American placers.

Thanks to the lateness of these week's roundup, we're only a day away from a whole new weekend of wrestling goodness.  Stay tuned for the soon-to-be-published What 2 Watch 4 coming your way shortly. 

Kanen Storr Transferring To Michigan

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Kanen Storr announced today where he will be transferring to:

These NCAA Champs Were Once PWC Competitors

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Let’s face it, there are guys who have made being in the main event a habit. 

2018 NHSCA Nationals: By The Numbers

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It's one of the biggest folkstyle tournaments of the year. The 2018 NHSCA High School Nationals has drawn top talent from across the country for this weekend's tournament in Virginia Beach, VA, with separate divisions for high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. 

T-Row & Funky Episode 102: NCAA Recap Pt. 1

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The NCAA Wrestling Championships have wrapped and Ben & Tommy break down the lighter weights in Part 1 of a multipart series recapping this years NCAA's!

Biggest NCAA Surprise Performances

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There's never a shortage of surprises at the NCAA Championships each year, and last week's tournament in Cleveland was no exception.

Who's Going To Make Some Money At NHSCA Juniors?

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We have entered the short but very crucial part of the high school postseason when guys from all over the country can make their mark on college coaches. In particular, junior year heading into senior year is where a lot of scholarship money can be made.

The Top 10 Teams With The Most Points Returning For 2019

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In most sports, it is typical that the teams with the most returning starters start off the next season as favorites. In wrestling, the equivalent is returning points from the NCAA tournament. 

All-Time Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic Results

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The rose bowl of wrestling, The Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic. National Champions, Olympians, and endless All-Americans have wrestled in the event. Check out complete results from 2017 all the way back to the beginning of the Classic in 1975 and don't miss this years edition of the classic Sunday evening.

Aaron Brooks & Joey Silva Eyeing NHSCA History

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Win a Cadet world title: check. Verbally commit to Penn State: check. Capture a fourth Maryland state title: check. 

FRL 276: 2019 Team Race, Lineup Changes, + Wisconsin Update

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FRL 276 discusses next year's team race, the Wisconsin coaching job, and potential lineup changes.