DI NCAA News & Notes: Week 6

Josh Conklin Nick Suriano

Are you here for Nomad's Nibblers? Alas, we have no nibbles from Nomad. He is still recuperating from crushing coverage in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. For everything Ironman, click here

For a full set of Division I boxscores, click here.

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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. 

UWW Releases USA And Russia Rosters For Yarygin 2018

Tony Rotundo Kyle Snyder

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

Moisey Piccininni Tony Rotundo.jpg

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?

Austin Bernard PD3

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

Tony Rotundo Bo Nickal

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

© Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports Alex Marinelli Jonathan Schleifer

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

© Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 1.37.36 PM.png

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

Tony Rotundo Yianni

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

27396048401_a4eaf8bd78_o (1) (1).jpg

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

Tony Rotundo meredith gross.jpg

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