DI NCAA News & Notes: Week 6

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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. 

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.