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. 

UWW Releases USA And Russia Rosters For Yarygin 2018

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United World Wrestling has released some preliminary rosters for one of the world's most prestigious tournaments.

Throw Rankings Out The Window When Piccininni And Moisey Wrestle

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West Virginia is putting its two-meet winning streak in Big 12 duals to the test against #6 Oklahoma State in Stillwater, OK, this Friday evening. The contest could feature two top 20 matchups, with the most explosive match potentially coming from the lightest weight class. 

Is Iowa Now Fielding A Lineup With Seven All-Americans?

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Perhaps no team has shifted the outside world’s opinion this year as much as the Iowa Hawkeyes. If nothing else, they have made us realize just how high their ceiling is in 2018.

T-Row & Funky Episode 94: Attacking Is Good


Tommy & Ben discuss the advantages of being aggressive along with recapping some recent NCAA action!

Penn State's Six Most Important Matches Of The Weekend

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Another weekend of excellent Big Ten duals are on deck for this weekend, and we'll see #2 Penn State in action twice. Both the Nittany Lions' Friday match against Purdue and Sunday match at Maryland are streaming live on Flo.

DI Stock Report: Bonanza For The Bull

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We've transitioned from the topsy-turvy holiday tournaments to the heart of the NCAA dual meet season. The top 20 wasn't as volatile as a week before, but there was still a decent amount of movement this week. Read on to see who raised or lowered their status in our DI Stock Report.

Josh Hokit Lights Up The Field & The Mat For Fresno State

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As a dual sport star at Fresno State, Josh Hokit recently had the opportunity to lead the Bulldogs' football and wrestling teams to a pair of historic wins just days apart.

Projecting The 141lb Seeds For The 2018 NCAA Tournament

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Seeding for any tournament is a never-ending debate within the wrestling community, and that is only amplified when March rolls around and the NCAA seeds are released.

2018 Flo Tulsa Nationals Live This Weekend

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It's the oldest and most prestigious event in youth wrestling, a true youth "national championship" if you will. Now in its 63rd year, the Flo Tulsa Nationals wrestling tournament stands as the crown jewel of youth wrestling.

#1 Seth Gross vs. #1 Bryce Meredith Possible At Wyoming/SDSU Dual

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Right now it's all talk on social media, but could we see #1 Seth Gross take on #1 Bryce Meredith this week?