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

Add Back & Grip Strength To Help Pull In That Single

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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