NCAA DI Stock Report: Pre-Reno Quietude

We had a relatively quiet week in between the Cliff Keen chaos and whatever insanity awaits the wrestling world at the Reno Tournament of Champions this weekend.

We still saw some movement in the top 20 rankings. Read on to see whose stock is up and whose is down in our Division I report for week six. 

The latest and greatest NCAA rankings with explanations can be found here.

Stock Going Up - Eli Stickley, Wisconsin, 141 Pounds

Wisconsin's sophomore 141-pounder pulled one off the biggest upset of the weekend. The then-No. 18 Stickley dominated then-No. 11 Ryan Diehl in a 14-1 major decision as the Badgers steamrolled the Terrapins 32-6 in a Thursday evening dual.

Stock Going Down - Ryan Diehl, Maryland, 141 Pounds

The Terps' 141-pound junior had a rough week six. The previously undefeated Diehl lost twice, once to the aforementioned Stickley on Thursday and then again on Sunday to Iowa's Carter Happel in a close 8-7 match. Diehl found his groove last season at the Big Ten tournament where he beat two All-Americans in Jimmy Gulibon and Tommy Thorn on his way to placing fifth in the conference, so he has plenty of time to find his groove again. 

Watch Ryan Diehl vs. Carter Happel from this weekend:

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141 m, Carter Happel, Iowa vs Ryan Diehl, Maryland


Stock Going Up - Jake Jakobsen, Lehigh, 197 Pounds

The Mountain Hawks are still finalizing their lineup, and one weight where they are spoiled for choice is 197. Either freshman Chris Weiler or sophomore Jake Jakobsen would likely be an NCAA qualifier and potential All-American candidate. Jakobsen helped his case for the starting spot when he upset the former 10th-ranked 197-pounder Frank Mattiace during Lehigh's 41-6 drubbing of UPenn on Sunday afternoon.

Stock Going Down - Frank Mattiace, Penn, 197 Pounds

Mattiace falls from No. 10 to No. 15 in a wide-open 197-pound weight class after his previously mentioned loss to Jakobsen. It's too early to count Mattiace out, however, as the Quakers senior knows how to turn things on in the postseason. Last season at the 113th EIWA Championship, Mattiace beat All-American Brett Harner and No. 1 seed Tom Sleigh on his way to winning the 197-pound title.

Watch Frank Mattiace vs. Brett Harner from the 2017 EIWAs:

197 Semi-Finals - Brett Harner, Princeton vs Frank Mattiace, Penn


Stock Going Up - Montorie Bridges, Wyoming, 133 Pounds

Wyoming beat Iowa State in a spirited 24-14 dual meet Saturday evening. One of the highlights for the Cowboys was freshman Montorie Bridges' 4-3 victory over Ian Parker. Parker has a win over Austin DeSanto and entered the dual as the No. 19 133-pounder. 

Stock Going Down - Archie Colgan, Wyoming, 157 Pounds

A not-so-highlight for Wyoming in its dual with Iowa State came at 157 pounds. Archie Colgan suffered a 4-3 upset at the hands of Chase Straw.

Buy Or Sell - YOU MAKE THE CALL - Richie Lewis, Rutgers, 165 Pounds

R.L. Savage is one of the more difficult wrestlers to figure out. At 157 he is a threat to place high on the podium. Things will be trickier at 165, however, as there is more competition and it's no sure thing that Lewis fights his way into the top eight. Lewis lost in overtime to Iowa's Alex Marinelli, which puts the Scarlet Knights senior at No. 13, six spots lower than his ranking at 157 pounds. 

Lewis is a U23 world champ, so there is no question the talent is there. If you think he can make a deep run in March, either at 157 or 165, now is the time to invest. 

Listen to Richie Lewis' post-Iowa match interview in which he hints at staying up at 165 for the season:

Richie Lewis Has A Wild Story


Buy Or Sell - YOU MAKE THE CALL - 157-Pounders

Our current rankings have the second half of 157 pounds listed as No. 10 Luke Zilverberg, No. 11 Hayden Hidlay, No. 12 Jake Short, No. 13 Clay Ream, No. 14 Cole Hammond, and No. 15 Colin Heffernan. But is that right? Are we too kind to Zilverberg and too harsh with Ream? Zilverberg has a win over Short, who has a win over Ream, who has a win over Zilverberg, who has a win over Archie Colgan, who has a win over Hammond, who has a win over Ream, et cetera, et cetera. 

While they are all very close, perhaps the exact order needs to be changed upon further review, and now would be the time to make a bet an any of them being either under- or overvalued.

#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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