Biggest Upsets From 2017 Walsh Ironman

Upsets are a huge part of our sport, and the biggest tournaments are recognized as such because huge stars go down. The 2017 Walsh Jesuit Ironman was a great example of that, and here are the dozen that stood out to us this past weekend in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

12) 182: Darrien Roberts 3-1 over #3 Ryan Karoly

Karoly's frustrations started on the front side as you'll see below, and the backside loss in the consi semis really hurts his seeding for National Preps. WATCH MATCH HERE

11) 145: Jake Stiles 4-2SV over #3 Mitch Moore

We'll get to the "big" Moore upset later, but we also had to include this one. Stiles nearly beat Moore the first time around in the round of 16 and then got him in the seventh-place match. Going from Who's #1 to eighth at Ironman has been a very strange two months for Moore.

10) 138: Luke Baughman 3-1 over #10 Jack Davis

A couple members of the local Ohio media on-site said this was the single most shocking result to them. Davis is a stud and will do good things at Pitt, but this may have opened the eyes of the country to Baughman as a legit Division I prospect like his siblings.

9) 106: Jacob Moon 13-1 over #10 at 113 Isaac Salas

Most upsets have a flukey nature to them. They're in the consolation bracket, or the wrestler is injured, or there's a controversial big move, or even they're "caught" in a pin. But this was a good old-fashioned beatdown in the quarterfinals. The Ohio junior high state champ was 0-2 up at 113 at Super 32 but looked great en route to the semis. It must also be mentioned that Salas came back and pinned Moon in the fifth-place match.

8) 138: #19 JD Stickley 5-2 over #5 Malcolm Robinson

The Stickley matches had to be back to back, and both are exemplary of why he should have been the OW. This semis win avenged not one but two losses by Stickley last year at Ironman. WATCH MATCH HERE

7) 138: #19 JD Stickley 11-7 over #4 Jaden Abas

Abas was on a reign of terror coming off his Super 32 finals appearance, with two pins, a major, and a seven-point win. Until he ran into the Graham senior, Abas was on fire.

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138 lbs Final - JD Stickley vs Jaden Abas


6) 138: E'lan Heard 7-3 over #6 Marshall Keller

Talk about a kid who looked phenomenal this weekend. Cincinnati La Salle assistant Jeff Byrd said Heard is finally at the right weight and 100 percent healthy, and the results showed, kicked off by this round of 16 win over Keller.

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138 lbs E Heard vs M Keller


5) 106: Logan Agin 7-3 TB-1 over #3 Richard Figueroa

This one had all the makings of an upset: Agin was coming down in weight, Figueroa gave up two points for full Nelsons, and the match featured no takedowns until time expired. WATCH MATCH HERE

4) 182: Leo Tarantino 3-1SV over #3 Ryan Karoly

Karoly has shown he can have difficulty scoring when he gets into the late rounds of these tournaments, and the Blair senior Tarantino took advantage of that to wait until the moment was right in sudden victory to finish it off. WATCH MATCH HERE

3) 145: Kai Bele F5:58 over #3 Mitch Moore

This match was scoreless when the non-controlled fall was called. The main takeaway from this match was Bele finally showing the potential many knew he always had.

145 lbs Kai Bele vs Mitch Moore


2) 145: JT Stinson 6-4 over Cole Matthews

This one was a head-scratcher, even given the fact that Matthews should probably be at 138. Matthews, a returning finalist, ultimately did not place. WATCH MATCH HERE

1) #12 (at 132) Jordan Crace 2-1TB-1 over #2 Jordan Decatur

The single biggest upset of the tournament. Yes, nothing happened, and there is certainly an argument to be made that the refs could have done more in overtime when Crace went to the side headlock. But he didn't give up a takedown against Decatur and rode him out to win.

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126lbs Semis: Jordan Crace, St. Paris Graham vs Jordan Decatur, CVCA


Other Notables

113: Giano Petrucelli F5:59 over Matt Ramos

113: Trevor Mastrogiovanni 8-0 over #16 Dylan Ragusin

120: Molton 10-1 over #15 Brendon Fenton

126: Logan Brown 4-3 over #14 Ryan Franco

126: Logan Brown 5-4 over #13 at 120 Nate Keaton

120: Lackman 2-0 over #16 Christian Nunez

132: Matt Kazimir 10-2 over #16 Gabriel Tagg

170: Jacob Lagoa 9-2 over #11 Nate Jimenez

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Extra Circuit Work For Bo Jordan

When you’ve got a guy by the ankle and he’s trying to kick out you’ll never been so thankful for having a strong back to pull him back in and the grip strength to hold on. 

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Frank Molinaro Moving On From Virginia Tech

70kg Semifinal: Frank Molinaro, Titan Mercury vs Alec Pantaleo, MichiganRTC

Frank Molinaro is leaving his position as assistant coach of Virginia Tech. He will be focusing the next few months on his freestyle training as he tries to make a run at the 2019 world team.

Pre-Match Breakdown: NC State vs Nebraska

174 lbs Mikey Labriola, Nebraska vs Hayden Hastings, Wyoming

#7 Nebraska Cornhuskers travel to Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, North Carolina to take on the #5 Wolfpack of NC State this Sunday.  

NCAA Wrestling Will Grow To 80 Division 1 Programs By 2022

184lbs 5th Place: Colton Wolfe (Nebraska) vs Lukas Poloncic (Augustana)

Augustana University is slated to become the next program to join the ranks of Division I, as part of, "its strategic vision for the future of the institution."

What 2 Watch 4: Yule Love These Matches

149 lbs Quarters - Anthony Ashnault, Rutgers vs Alec Opsal, Air Force

It's a relatively light schedule for this mid-December weekend. But there are still a good number of worthy dual meets taking place that yule be sure to enjoy. I simply cannot wait to describe them to you! All times Eastern and a tip of the hat to SHP for the schedules. 

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Mason Smith Transferring To Campbell

141 lbs Consi of 8 #1 - Mason Smith, CMU vs Nikko Villarreal, ASU

Former Midlands champ Mason Smith is transferring to Campbell to finish out this season.

The Race For Second Place At NCAAs

141 lbs Rd Of 32 - Joseph McKenna, Ohio State vs Garrett Lambert, Hofstra

During NBA All-Star weekend in 1988, Larry Bird came into the locker room before the 3-point contest and said out loud, “So who’s finishing second?”

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Yianni D's Return & Why You Must Watch UNI vs Cornell

184 lbs - Max Dean, Cornell vs Drew Foster, UNI

Raise your hand if you miss seeing Yianni Diakomihalis on the mat. Yes, us too. Thankfully we won’t have to wait very much longer.

Live This Week: December 14-16, 2018

Finals week has arrived for many D1 schools which makes for a light slate of action across the country. 

#1 Zahid Valencia vs #2 Mark Hall Is Going Down In Rec Hall

174lbs Dual: Mark Hall, Penn State vs Dylan Barreiro, Kent State

The best current rivalry in college wrestling gets renewed on Friday night in Happy Valley as Arizona State has made their way East to to face #1 Penn State.

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