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:

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. 

When Can Roman Bravo-Young Get Ranked?

133lbs Dual: Roman Bravo-Young, Penn State vs Tim Rooney, Kent State

Every fall, the leaves change color, the temperature drops, and wrestling fans forget how rankings work. This year's brain buster: Roman Bravo-Young.

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Tournament Recap: Unpacking Ironman

Blair Is A Fine Oiled Machine At Ironman

Like any tournament there’s always a lot to unpack. With Ironman there’s a ton.

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Kyle Conel Out For The Season

97 kg s, John Borst, SERTC-VT vs Kyle Conel, Golden Pride WC

Kyle Conel’s season, and possibly his career, has come to an end.

FRL 338: Bedlam, We Need Guys To Stop Sitting Out & Recapping Ironman

FRL 338: Bedlam, We Need Guys To Stop Sitting Out & Recapping Ironman

20 Big Risers From Ironman

285lbs Final: Cohlton Schultz, Ponderosa vs Jonathan Birchmeier, Broad Run

The Ironman is great every year, but this, the 25th edition of the premier event, felt like a particularly deep year even by event standards.

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Which College "Won" Ironman?

132lbs Third place: Jordan Decatur, CVCA vs Dylan D'Emilio, Genoa

One of my favorite things to do after big tournaments like the Walsh Ironman is to look at results through the lens of college recruiting. While a number of Ironman placers have yet to make their college decision, many have committed already and a good deal have signed their National Letters of Intent.

Watch The Alans International Tournament In Russia

Check out a team of American stars take on some of the best Russians at the Alans tournament. This is a qualifier for the Ivan Yarygin in January.

Nathan Tomasello Makes His Return To The Mat At Midlands

Our friends at the Ohio RTC shared some excellent news today: Nathan Tomasello is back! He'll be competing at the end of this month at Midlands.

Lehigh At Iowa Confidence Picks

125, Quarterfinal, Spencer Lee (Iowa - UNAT) vs Sean Russell (Edinboro)

Two storied programs meet for a December dual in Iowa City. The Mountain Hawks of Lehigh head west to take on the Hawkeyes of Iowa. It's Hawk on Hawk violence in the premier dual meet of the weekend.

Most Interesting Potential Matchups Of The 2018 UNI Open

165 lbs Nelson Brands vs Dan Braunagel

While open tournaments can happen all season long, the majority of them occur in the early weeks of November. However, there is one in December that almost always brings some of the best talent from nearby colleges: the UNI Open.