Most Memorable Moments Of Ironman

Every tournament has its unforgettable moments, but this year's Ironman had a little something extra. 

Among the upsets and dominant performances in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, last weekend were some of the craziest moments in tournament history.

Out-Of-Bounds Rules

It's easy to forget how much we hate high school out-of-bounds rules until we see a moment in a match when they come into play and we nearly jump out of seats in a mix of confusion and a little anger. One of the instances that had us completely baffled was how no takedown was given in the Rocky Jordan vs. Carson Kharchlava match. [See example below]

That takedown ended up being a huge deciding factor in the match as Jordan went on to win 1-0 and eventually become the 170lb champion.

But as you watched the two wrestlers go to farther from the center circle, you never knew how things were going to be called since the rules don’t allow for much action to take place on the edge.

Fargo Champ Escalera DQ’d

After losing to returning 120lb champ Julian Tagg, Wyoming Seminary’s Zeke Escalera was fighting his way back in the consolation round when things took a weird turn. He put his opponent, Hunter Ryan, in a banana split. The referee counted back points but stopped the action when Ryan showed to be injured and deemed the move illegal.

However, he gave Escalera two back points despite calling the move illegal and one point to Ryan. Ryan wasn’t able to continue and Escalera was disqualified from the tournament. The twist here is that according to the NFHS rules, this move is not illegal. [Click here to view the rule book under "Illegal Holds"]

Watch the match between Zeke Escalera and Hunter Ryan [4:10 mark]:

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120 lbs Z Escalera vs H Ryan


Nevills Not Allowed To Compete

Before the brackets were even completed, the tempers were flaring when Clovis (CA) coach Adam Tirappelle and his coaching staff found out that their heavyweight, Seth Nevills, who is ranked third in the country, would not be allowed to wrestle. 

Nevills did not pass the skin check despite having the proper paperwork stating that his skin rash had been treated for longer than the required time and that he was cleared by the team's dermatologist. Tirappelle pleaded with the tournament directors, called the treating dermatologist, and did everything he could to get Nevills into the tournament, but he was denied.

#Shoegate

As if the anger in the building wasn’t on a high enough level already, it went up another notch just two matches into the finals when Joey Silva and Real Woods met for the title at 132. Willie and Zeb didn't know what to think of the entire situation.

Watch the fallout in the finals here:

Shoegate, Izzy And Palazzo Go Nose To Nose, And Silva Wins Ironman

#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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