Top 7 Rankings Movers Of Ironman

As usual there were a number of guys who showed up in a big way at Ironman this weekend, while others took some losses and saw their stock go down a bit. 

With a fresh set of ranking now out, let’s take a look at the guys who made the biggest jumps this week.

106: Logan Agin, Lancaster (Ohio) 

Agin took a loss in the round of 16 and won six straight matches on the backside to place third. His trek back powers him from unranked to No. 11. 

Note: Jacob Moon moved from unranked to No. 12.

113: Trevor Mastrogiovanni, Blair (NJ)

Look no further than the champion and FloWrestler of the Week, Trevor Mastrogiovanni. Since filling in for teammate Michael Colaicco, who took home the title at 120 to make a jump of his own, Mastrogiovanni has been utterly impressive. 

He picked up right where he left off last season after claiming the National Prep title and goes from being unranked to No. 2.

138: JD Stickley, SPG (Ohio)

A workmanlike performance on day two is what shot Stickley up the charts. It was all about the bonus points to start his run, and then the quarterfinals, semifinals, and especially title bout showed that he’s a force as he took out Jaden Abas, who was ranked fourth at the time. 

Before the tournament Stickley was just barely ranked, as he occupied the 19th spot. Now he sits at No. 4 just ahead of Abas, who’s now fifth. 

Watch JD Stickley defeat Jaden Abas in the finals:

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138 lbs Final - JD Stickley vs Jaden Abas


138: E’lan Heard, La Salle (Ohio)

His lone loss was to eventual champion Stickley in the semis. After the loss, Heard came out on top of close battles with Colton Yapoujian and Luke Baughman, a pair of big movers at this weight as well. Like Heard, the current No. 9, Baughman and Yapoujian go from being unranked to 10th and 12th, respectively. 

145: Kendall Coleman, Mount Carmel (IL)

Coleman may not have won the title, but he made significant strides at Ironman with his runner-up finish. His big comeback win over Quincy Monday in the quarters and a tough battle with Kai Bele, who was coming off a fall over Mitch Moore, to make the finals push Coleman from 18 to six.

170: Rocky Jordan, SPG (Ohio)

What can you say other than Jordan was clutch. He trailed very late in the finals and transitioned his attempt at picking up a takedown into a non-controlled fall with just four seconds left on the clock. 

He also defeated Carson Kharchilava and DJ Shannon in the quarters and semis, respectively, along with pinning Emil Soehnlen in the finals. Jordan moves from No. 12 to fourth in the rankings.

Watch Rocky Jordan's clutch fall to win the title:

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170 lbs Final - Rocky Jordan vs Emil Soehnlen


182: Leo Tarantino, Blair (Ohio)

As the runner-up to AJ Ferrari, Tarantino made a jump to No. 6 after being unranked. He took Ryan Karoly, who was previously ranked third, to overtime and got the winning takedown in the semis to make the finals. 

Note: Victor Marcelli, Jackson (Ohio) - HM to No. 7; Darrien Roberts, Wyoming Seminary (PA) - HM to No. 10

Other Notable Rankings Jumps

106: Ryan Miller, Blair (NJ) - No. 6 to 2

113: Cevion Severado, CBC (MO) - HM to No. 9

120: Michael Colaiocco, Blair (NJ) - No. 10 to 2

126: Jordan Crace, SPG (Ohio) - No. 12 to 8

152: Josh Humphreys, Parkersburg South (WV) - No. 17 to 12

170: Jaryn Curry, Choctaw (OK) - HM to No. 16; Braedin Redlin, Allen (Texas) - HM to No. 17

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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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