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!

When Can Roman Bravo-Young Get Ranked?

133lbs Dual: Roman Bravo-Young, Penn State vs Tim Rooney, Kent State

Every fall, the leaves change color, the temperature drops, and wrestling fans forget how rankings work. This year's brain buster: Roman Bravo-Young.

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Tournament Recap: Unpacking Ironman

Blair Is A Fine Oiled Machine At Ironman

Like any tournament there’s always a lot to unpack. With Ironman there’s a ton.

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Kyle Conel Out For The Season

97 kg s, John Borst, SERTC-VT vs Kyle Conel, Golden Pride WC

Kyle Conel’s season, and possibly his career, has come to an end.

FRL 338: Bedlam, We Need Guys To Stop Sitting Out & Recapping Ironman

FRL 338: Bedlam, We Need Guys To Stop Sitting Out & Recapping Ironman

20 Big Risers From Ironman

285lbs Final: Cohlton Schultz, Ponderosa vs Jonathan Birchmeier, Broad Run

The Ironman is great every year, but this, the 25th edition of the premier event, felt like a particularly deep year even by event standards.

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Which College "Won" Ironman?

132lbs Third place: Jordan Decatur, CVCA vs Dylan D'Emilio, Genoa

One of my favorite things to do after big tournaments like the Walsh Ironman is to look at results through the lens of college recruiting. While a number of Ironman placers have yet to make their college decision, many have committed already and a good deal have signed their National Letters of Intent.

Watch The Alans International Tournament In Russia

Check out a team of American stars take on some of the best Russians at the Alans tournament. This is a qualifier for the Ivan Yarygin in January.

Nathan Tomasello Makes His Return To The Mat At Midlands

Our friends at the Ohio RTC shared some excellent news today: Nathan Tomasello is back! He'll be competing at the end of this month at Midlands.

Lehigh At Iowa Confidence Picks

125, Quarterfinal, Spencer Lee (Iowa - UNAT) vs Sean Russell (Edinboro)

Two storied programs meet for a December dual in Iowa City. The Mountain Hawks of Lehigh head west to take on the Hawkeyes of Iowa. It's Hawk on Hawk violence in the premier dual meet of the weekend.

Most Interesting Potential Matchups Of The 2018 UNI Open

165 lbs Nelson Brands vs Dan Braunagel

While open tournaments can happen all season long, the majority of them occur in the early weeks of November. However, there is one in December that almost always brings some of the best talent from nearby colleges: the UNI Open.