Top 5 Matches We Need At Escape The Rock

There is no shortage of heavy-hitting matchups that jump out while scanning through the pre-seeds for Escape The Rock in Holland, PA, this weekend. 

Over the last few years, we have seen big-time matches such as when Jake Woodley, now a true freshman at Oklahoma, took out John Borst, now a true freshman at Virginia Tech, in the 2017 finals. And this year has the potential to bring the heat as well.

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5) 120: No. 14 Jared Lane, Southern Columbia vs. Shane Hanson-Ashworth, CRS

These guys come in as the No. 1 and 3 seeds of this year’s tournament, with Lane being the top dog. 

Hanson-Ashworth poses a threat to the FloNational champ and All-American with his ability to attack from a low level. But if this match was to go in Lane’s favors, it will be because of his top game. Lane has the ability to throw legs and stretch guys out. Meanwhile, Hanson-Ashworth hasn’t always had the most success getting off bottom, so there could be an opportunity for Lane.

4) 160: Zack Hartman, Belle Vernon vs Gerrit Nijenhuis, Canon Mac

This will be a rematch of the Powerade semifinals in which Hartman was able to shut out Nijenhuis. Obviously, the sophomore out of Canon Mac will be seeking some revenge if he gets the chance to meet Hartman again — this time it would be in the finals.

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3) 113: No. 5 Anthony Clark, Delbarton vs No. 8 Lucas Byrd, Cincinnati LaSalle

This is just a really good match. That’s really the only way I can explain this one. Byrd has a go-for-it type of approach to things, and Clark is simply tough to beat.

2) 138: No. 5 Quinn Kinner, Kingsway vs No. 2 Ryan Anderson, Bethlehem Catholic

This bout will not be short on action. Anderson is like a little tank that doesn’t go in reverse. The pressure he puts on his opponents is his biggest offensive weapon. However, Kinner can match that pace with a big move. We’ve seen him hit a pretty deadly headlock in the past, so be on the lookout for this one to have a lot of back-and-forth action.

1) 126: No. 1 Pat Glory, Delbarton vs Logan Macri, Canon Mac

Don’t let the lack of a ranking next to Macri’s name fool you. He’s tough. He will be Glory’s biggest test should they meet in finals. 

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Worlds Betting Guide: Upperweights

The World Championships are almost here. We've had to wait extra long as the biggest tournament of the year comes to us in mid-October. But now it's time.

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World Championships Preview: 97 Kilograms

97kg Match Kyle Snyder (USA) vs. Javier Cortina (CUBA)

Snyder vs Sadulaev Part II. Captain America vs the Dagastani Destroyer. One, handy with the lawn mower; the other, an expert with the plow. These are humble, salt of the earth people, but also the baddest men on the planet. 

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World Championships Preview: 70 Kilograms

70 Semis - James Green, TMWC vs Jason Nolf, Nittany Lion Wrestling Club

Two 70 kg world champions are back to try claim a second yellow medal at the premier annual event in the wrestling world. American James Green has a pair of World Championship medals at 70 kg to his name. Is this the year he trades in bronze and silver for gold? 

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World Championships Preview: 92 Kilograms

86 kg J'den Cox, USA vs Meisam Mostafajoukar, Iran

92 kg is one of the two new weights added to the slate of competition. With 79 and 92 kg included in this year's freestyle tournament, the World Championships will have ten brackets for the first time since 1995.

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World Championships Preview: 86 Kilograms

86 kg Semis - David Taylor, NLWC vs Timothy Dudley, Sunkist Kids WC

Over the last two years, the Magic Man has proven himself to be world class. His hit list of wins over Olympic and World champs and other contenders is as impressive as it comes. Now, finally on his first every world team, Taylor will try and complete his quest for international glory.

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World Championships Preview: 79 Kilograms

79 kg Rr Rnd 1 - Livan Lopez Azcuy, Cuba vs Kyle Dake, USA

Like his friend and oftentimes opponent David Taylor, Kyle Dake will be participating in his first senior World Championship for Team USA. After winning four straight NCAA titles at Cornell, Dake had to deal with a series of injuries and a guy named Jordan Burroughs blocking his path. 

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World Championships Preview: 65 Kilograms

61 kg Logan Stieber, USA vs Shingo Arimoto, JPN

Budapest has been good to America's 65 kg world team member. Logan Stieber was at the 2016 World Championships, also held in the capital of Hungary, which featured only non-Olympic weights. Stieber surprised many, but perhaps less here in the States, by winning the 2016 61 kg championship.

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Adam Busiello Chasing Super 32 History

120 Finals - Travis Ford-Melton, IL vs Adam Busiello, NY

2011. That’s the last time that Adam Busiello lost a match at Super 32. 

World Championships Preview: 125 Kilograms

125 kg Rr Rnd 1 - Yudenny Alapajon Estevez, Cuba vs Nick Gwiazdowski, USA

Two men have dominated this weight class over the last several years, one from Turkey and one from Georgia. Both of them are huge. Nick Gwiazdowski's mission, which he has already chosen to accept, is to use his superior training, tactics, and skill, to take down these two behemoths and anyone one else who stands in the way between him and a senior freestyle gold medal. 

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