DI NCAA News & Notes: Week 6

Josh Conklin

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For news and notes from week six of the NCAA wrestling season by yours truly, read on!

Marinelli Tames Lewis As Iowa Checks Upstart Rutgers

Nearly 7,000 rabid Rutgers wrestling fans packed the RAC in Piscataway, NJ, on Friday night. Unfortunately for the 12th-ranked Scarlet Knights, the No. 8 Hawkeyes came to town with no intention of submitting to one of the youngest but also most deadly teams in the Big Ten Conference. 

Rutgers raced out to a 12-0 lead, but the tide turned when Iowa's big guns came out. The Hawkeyes peeled off four wins in a row, including pivotal matches at 165 and 174. 

Watch Marinelli take out Lewis in OT:

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Alex Marinelli, Iowa vs Richie Lewis, Rutgers


Nick Gravina stopped the bleeding for the Scarlet Knights at 184, but Iowa won the final two bouts, including a pinfall from Sam Stoll, sealing the 23-15 victory for Hawkeyes. Rutgers provided Iowa with ample bulletin-board material before the dual, and the Scarlet Knights did not have everything go right that it needed to overtake one of college wrestling's blue bloods.

Watch Joey Gunther get pushed to the brink by Joe Grello:

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174 m, Joey Gunther, Iowa vs Joe Grello, Rutgers


Kocer Crushes Brucki As The Jackrabbits Rally Passed The Chippewas

In the only top 20 tilt of the evening, ninth-ranked David Kocer of South Dakota State took care of business against No. 15 Christian Brucki of Central Michigan in the 174lb match of their teams' dual in Brookings, SD, on Saturday.

Watch David Kocer vs. Christian Brucki:

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0 lbs C.J Brucki, Central Michigan vs David Kocer, South Dakota State


The 11th-ranked Jackrabbits won six bouts, including three by bonus, to secure the 23-16 victory over the No. 12 Chippewas in front of a typically electric crowd at Frost Arena.

Mountaineers Defend Their Backyard In Brawl With Panthers

West Virginia defeated its archrival Pittsburgh 24-10 on Saturday in the longest-running series in school history.

Lock Haven Stops Edinboro's Streak And Claims PSAC Crown

Edinboro had won the last six Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference titles, but it was the Lock Haven that claimed the 75th edition of the championship on Saturday. The Bald Eagles crowned five individual champs to earn their 20th team title overall, the most in PSAC history. 

Spencer Lee Made His NCAA Debut At The UNI Open

And he thrashed the 125lb bracket in convincing and unsurprising fashion on Saturday in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Lee is next scheduled to wrestle unattached at the Midlands. After that we'll likely know for sure if Hawkeyes coach Tom Brands will #FreeTheLee or if the true freshman from Franklin Regional will remain on redshirt.

Watch Spencer Lee demolish formidable Minnesota backup Skyler Petry:

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125 final Spencer Lee vs Skyler Petry


Lee's teammate and fellow true freshman, Jacob Warner, did not fare as well. Despite a win over No. 2 Willie Miklus, Warner lost to Oklahoma true frosh Jake Woodley, reversing the results from Joe Parasi Open three weeks ago.

Watch the Jacob Warner vs Jake Woodley round two:

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197 lbs, Semifinal, Jake Woodley, Oklahoma vs Jacob Warner, Iowa


Lehigh Barely Escapes Drexel With A Win

Sixth-ranked Lehigh plowed through next-door neighbor Penn 41-6 early on Sunday in Philadelphia, but the Mountain Hawks were pushed to the absolute limit later that day against Drexel. A banged-up Lehigh squad beat the Dragons 20-20, winning on criteria. 

In related news, Drexel's Austin DeSanto continues to terrorize 133-pounders from neutral, scoring 35 points in two matches this weekend. 

Hokies Grapple Tigers In The Garden

In the penultimate dual of the weekend, No. 10 Virginia Tech dispatched Princeton 26-12 at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday.

Watch Zachary Zavatsky wrestle Kendall Elfstrum:

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184 lbs Rr rnd 1 - Zack Zavatsky, Virginia Tech vs Kendall Eflstrum, Princeton University


And in the ultimate match of the weekend, Hofstra vanquished George Mason 26-9, also at the Garden.

And In Not-Quite-NCAA-DI News

Some young man lost a shoe. Perhaps you heard about it? 

Watch the infamous Shoegate match from the Ironman finals:

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132 lbs Final - Joey Silva vs Real Woods


Also don't worry, coaches Izzy and Palazzo bro-hugged it out after the match. Here at FloWrestling we celebrate drama AND the good sportsmanship with equal gusto. 

Meet The Dream Team: 2018 Men's Freestyle Credentials

Josh Conklin
Jordan Burroughs Has Earned The Right To Train And Wrestle Where He Wants

Now that Final X is over, our 2018 men's freestyle world team is set. To say expectations are high would be an understatement. 

Cox Can't Be Stopped: Full 2-Match Series

Josh Conklin
Cox Credits Working With Jackson at OTC

Earlier last week, I wrote that J’den Cox would remind us all just how incredible he is this weekend at Final X Lehigh and, man, did he deliver in a huge way to solidify another spot on the world team. 

Nahshon Garrett vs Joe Colon: 3 Match Series

Josh Conklin
Nahshon Decided to Let It Fly

Nahshon Garrett saved his best performance for last as he earned a spot on the men’s Senior freestyle world team with a lightning-quick showing in match three at Final X Lehigh on Saturday in Bethlehem, PA.

Final X - Lehigh Match Notes

Josh Conklin
Gwiazdowski And Coon Will Scrap At Final X

Ladies and gentlepersons, we have arrived at the final, Final X. Can you believe it!? 

Adam Coon Beat Robby Smith Twice Yesterday

Tony Rotundo

Adam Coon had struggled to even keep it close with USA stalwart at 130kg, Robby Smith.  Yesterday at the Greco World Team Trials, Adam Coon took out Robby Smith in two straight matches, stunning wrestling fans around the country.

Everything You Need To Know For Final X: Lehigh

Tony Rotundo
Final X - Lehigh Men's Press Conference

Today's the day!  The last stop for the Final X is Bethlehem, PA in historic Grace Hall (AKA Snakepit).

J'den Cox's Remarkable Hit List

Tony Rotundo
197lbs Finals Jden Cox (Missouri) vs. Conner Hartmann (Duke)

Three-time NCAA champion J'den Cox is a proven performer. He's made the last two world teams and earned a bronze medal in both years, first at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and last year at the Paris World Championships. 

Flo Predicts Final X - Lehigh

Tony Rotundo
Get Pumped For Final X Lehigh

On Saturday evening, the third installment of Final X takes the stage. Six world team series, as well as a handful of true third matchups, will take place at historic Grace Hall on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

Tech Notes: Haley Augello vs. Sarah Hildebrandt

Tony Rotundo
Final X Lehigh Hype

Sarah Hildebrandt will obviously make adjustments to how she wrestles Haley Augello this time around. Hildebrandt may own a victory over Augello from their 53kg finals bout at the U.S. Open back in April, but winning a match doesn’t always equate to a perfect performance. 

Tech Notes: Victoria Anthony vs. Whitney Conder

Tony Rotundo
Final X Lehigh Hype

Whitney Conder punched her ticket to Final X Lehigh by taking out Victoria Anthony in the finals of the U.S. Open, and now they will go at it once again in the best-of-three series for the 50kg spot on the world team this Saturday at Grace Hall in Bethlehem, PA.