What 2 Watch 4: Finals Week

Winter semester finals are monopolizing many of our favorite student-athletes this week, but we still have a full plate of ranked potential matches and quality wrestling action to keep you occupied as we roll through the holiday season. 

Here's what to watch for during week seven!


North Dakota St. at Utah Valley (2 PM ET)

Potential ranked matchups

165: No. 19 Andrew Fogarty, NDSU vs. No. 16 Demetrius Romero, UVU

No. 8 NC State at No. 13 Nebraska (8 PM ET)

Nebraska will unveil its new banners honoring Jordan Burroughs' and James Green's international accomplishments in the Devaney Center on Friday night.

Potential ranked matchups

141: No. 2 Kevin Jack, NC State vs. No. 8 Chad Red, Nebraska

149: No. 16 Beau Donahue, NC State vs. No. 10 Colton McCrystal, Nebraska

157: No. 11 Hayden Hidlay, NC State vs. No. 7 Tyler Berger, Nebraska

184: No. 3 Peter Renda, NC State vs. No. 6 Taylor Venz, Nebraska

No. 1 Ohio St. vs. Princeton at Newark, DE (8 PM ET)

By the way, Ohio State has all 10 starters ranked in the top 10 at the moment, in case you needed another reason to pay attention to the Buckeyes this year. 

Potential ranked matchups

149: No. 5 Ke-Shawn Hayes, OSU vs. No. 7 Matt Kolodzik, Princeton


Clarion at Pittsburgh, 3 PM ET

This Saturday's dual only has one potential ranked matchup. However, some brave Pitt wrestlers were thoughtful enough to provide some extra free entertainment with a stirring karaoke rendition of "Let It Snow" for your viewing pleasure. It's a great little video, even if I still have no idea how they were able to make it snow inside the gymnasium. 

Potential ranked matchups:

141: No. 13 Brock Zacherl, Clarion vs. No. 11 Nick Zanetta, Pitt


Reno Tournament of Champions, Reno, NV, Noon ET PT (9 AM ET)


This weekend's main event is going down in the Biggest Little City in the World. Dozens of schools will be sending squads, including the following Division I programs:

Cal Poly, Campbell, CSU Bakersfield, Fresno State, No. 5 Missouri, No. 8 North Carolina State, North Dakota State, Oklahoma State (redshirts), Oregon State, Stanford, The Citadel, Utah Valley, No. 20 Wyoming 

Based on those entries, we could see the following ranked wrestlers in the Reno brackets:

125: No. 8 Sean Fausz, NC State
125: No. 17 Connor Schram, Stanford
133: No. 11 John Erneste, Missouri
133: No. 20 Montorie Bridges, Wyoming
141: No. 5 Jaydin Eierman, Missouri
141: No. 2 Kevin Jack, NC State
141: No. 4 Bryce Meredith, Wyoming
149: No. 12 Grant Leeth, Missouri
149: No. 16 Beau Donahue, NC State
157: No. 2 Joey Lavallee, Missouri
157: No. 11 Hayden Hidlay, NC State
157: No. 15 Clay Ream, ND State
157: No. 16 Paul Fox, Stanford
157: No. 17 Archie Colgan, Wyoming
165: No. 18 Andrew Fogarty, ND State
165: No. 15 Branson Ashworth, Wyoming
174: No. 6 Daniel Lewis, Missouri
174: No. 13 Keaton Subjeck, Stanford
184: No. 3 Pete Renda, NC State
197: No. 2 Willie Miklus, Missouri
197: No. 7 Michael Macchiavello, NC State
197: No. 14 Corey Griego, Oregon State
197: No. 16 Nathan Traxler, Stanford
285: No. 13 Nathan Butler, Stanford

Chattanooga vs. No. 1 Ohio St. at Alpharetta, GA (2 PM ET)

Did we mention Ohio State has 10 top 10 wrestlers on its roster? Because it's pretty dang impressive.

Potential ranked matchups:

184: No. 12 Bryce Carr, Chattanooga vs. No. 2 Myles Martin, tOSU

197: No. 14 Scottie Boykin, Chattanooga vs. No. 1 Kollin Moore, tOSU

Pittsburgh at Bucknell (2 PM ET)

Potential ranked matchups:

141: No. 11 Nick Zanetta vs. No. 16 Tyler Smith, Bucknell

No. 19 North Carolina at No. 13 Nebraska (3 PM ET)


Our second dual meet of the weekend to feature two top 20 teams, only this time it's the Tar Heels visiting the Huskers rather than the Wolfpack.

141: No. 20 AC Headlee, UNC vs. No. 8 Chad Red, Nebraska

149: No. 4 Troy Heilmann, UNC vs. No. 10 Colton McCrystal, Nebraska

184: No. 16 Chip Ness, UNC vs. No. 6 Taylor Venz, Nebraska

Enjoy the competition, wrestling fans!

#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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