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. 

#4 Travis Ford-Melton Commits To Purdue

113 lbs Semifinal - Travis Ford-Melton, IL vs Adam Busiello, NY

More big recruiting news today. Travis Ford-Melton released his college decision on social media, announcing he will be wrestling for the Purdue Boilermakers.

Decision Time For Cam Amine

152 lbs Round Of 128 - Cameron Amine, Michigan vs Braydon Huber, Idaho

Find a bucolic setting in Michigan and name it Amine Arbor.

Cohlton Schultz Wins Bronze, Andrew Berreyesa In World Finals

130kg, Final 3 of 3, Cohlton Schultz, NYAC vs Anthony Cassioppi, ISI

Team USA picked up two medals today in Greco-Roman at the Junior world championships. Cohlton Schultz won a bronze medal at 130kg and Andrew Berreyesa made the finals at 82kg.

Meet The Contenders: #1 Jakason Burks vs #2 Greg Diakomihalis

51 R16 - Greg Diakomihalis, FLWC vs Garett Lautzenheiser, Parkview

Jakason Burks has a big move arsenal and Greg Diakomihalis is nasty from an elbow tie. Burks is a walking warning sign when it comes to big throws while Greg D doesn’t always need to manufacture his own offense in order to score. 

FRL 317 - Penn State's Schedule, 125 and 133 Rankings Drop

FRL 317 discusses the Penn State wrestling schedule as well as the new NCAA rankings at 125 and 133 pounds.

Penn State Releases 2018-19 Schedule

174 lbs Round of 16 - Mark Hall, Penn State vs Hunter Bolen, Virginia Tech

The three-time defending national champion Penn State Nittany Lions have released their 2018-19 wrestling schedule.

Returning Division 1 All-Americans: 184lbs

184 lbs Semifinal - Taylor Venz, Nebraska vs Myles Martin, Ohio State

Now that preseason has officially started, pictures and videos are starting to filter in of teams practicing, all striving for the same goal: to win national championships and become All-Americans.

Ben Darmstadt Out, Ben Honis In For Cornell At 197

197 lbs Semifinal - Ben Darmstadt, Cornell vs Chris Weiler, Lehigh

Ben Darmstadt is likely to miss at least part of the the 2018-19 season due to injury. If possible (Ivy League has their own guidelines), Cornell may apply for a medical redshirt in the hopes of maintaining his final three years of eligibility.

#7 Theorius Robison Commits To Northern Colorado

132lbs Final: Carmen Ferrante, Bergen Catholic vs Theorius Robison, Pomona

Theorius Robison (Pomona, CO) has verbally committed to wrestle for the Northern Colorado Bears after high school.

Virginia Tech Recruiting Targets

Tony Robie is passing all the tests.

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