What 2 Watch 4: Finals Week

Tony Rotundo

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!

FRIDAY, DEC. 15

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


SATURDAY, DEC. 16

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


SUNDAY, DEC. 17

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

LIVE ON FLO

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)

LIVE ON FLO

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!

Meet The Dream Team: 2018 Men's Freestyle Credentials

Josh Conklin
Jordan Burroughs Has Earned The Right To Train And Wrestle Where He Wants

Now that Final X is over, our 2018 men's freestyle world team is set. To say expectations are high would be an understatement. 

Cox Can't Be Stopped: Full 2-Match Series

Josh Conklin
Cox Credits Working With Jackson at OTC

Earlier last week, I wrote that J’den Cox would remind us all just how incredible he is this weekend at Final X Lehigh and, man, did he deliver in a huge way to solidify another spot on the world team. 

Nahshon Garrett vs Joe Colon: 3 Match Series

Josh Conklin
Nahshon Decided to Let It Fly

Nahshon Garrett saved his best performance for last as he earned a spot on the men’s Senior freestyle world team with a lightning-quick showing in match three at Final X Lehigh on Saturday in Bethlehem, PA.

Final X - Lehigh Match Notes

Josh Conklin
Gwiazdowski And Coon Will Scrap At Final X

Ladies and gentlepersons, we have arrived at the final, Final X. Can you believe it!? 

Adam Coon Beat Robby Smith Twice Yesterday

Tony Rotundo

Adam Coon had struggled to even keep it close with USA stalwart at 130kg, Robby Smith.  Yesterday at the Greco World Team Trials, Adam Coon took out Robby Smith in two straight matches, stunning wrestling fans around the country.

Everything You Need To Know For Final X: Lehigh

Tony Rotundo
Final X - Lehigh Men's Press Conference

Today's the day!  The last stop for the Final X is Bethlehem, PA in historic Grace Hall (AKA Snakepit).

J'den Cox's Remarkable Hit List

Tony Rotundo
197lbs Finals Jden Cox (Missouri) vs. Conner Hartmann (Duke)

Three-time NCAA champion J'den Cox is a proven performer. He's made the last two world teams and earned a bronze medal in both years, first at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and last year at the Paris World Championships. 

Flo Predicts Final X - Lehigh

Tony Rotundo
Get Pumped For Final X Lehigh

On Saturday evening, the third installment of Final X takes the stage. Six world team series, as well as a handful of true third matchups, will take place at historic Grace Hall on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

Tech Notes: Haley Augello vs. Sarah Hildebrandt

Tony Rotundo
Final X Lehigh Hype

Sarah Hildebrandt will obviously make adjustments to how she wrestles Haley Augello this time around. Hildebrandt may own a victory over Augello from their 53kg finals bout at the U.S. Open back in April, but winning a match doesn’t always equate to a perfect performance. 

Tech Notes: Victoria Anthony vs. Whitney Conder

Tony Rotundo
Final X Lehigh Hype

Whitney Conder punched her ticket to Final X Lehigh by taking out Victoria Anthony in the finals of the U.S. Open, and now they will go at it once again in the best-of-three series for the 50kg spot on the world team this Saturday at Grace Hall in Bethlehem, PA.