Northwestern's Sebastian Rivera Prepares For Big Tests This Weekend

Sebastian Rivera

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You know that feeling when you have back-to-back final exams in your two toughest classes? 

That’s basically what Northwestern redshirt freshman Sebastian Rivera is facing this weekend when the #11th-ranked 125-pounder takes on #1 Nick Suriano of Rutgers in a rematch of their Midlands semifinal on Friday and then follows with a match against #3 Spencer Lee of Iowa two days later at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. 

WATCH LIVE: Northwestern at Rutgers (Feb. 2) | Northwestern at Iowa (Feb. 4)

In Rivera’s first meeting with Suriano, it was a tight battle decided by Suriano’s 1:21 of riding time. Certainly they are both very different wrestlers this time around, but don’t forget, Rivera was able to score a very rare takedown on Suriano.

Rivera and Suriano battle until the very end in the Midlands semis:

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After a tough battle with New Jersey’s favorite son, Rivera will head to Iowa City, Iowa, where a red-hot Lee awaits his arrival. Lee has been flawless since taking his only loss of the season to Ronnie Bresser during the same round Rivera lost to Suriano. 

This will be the first time the two meet. The closest they came was in 2014 when they were both in the same bracket at Super 32. Lee was the champion, while Rivera placed sixth at 113.

You can catch Rivera’s huge weekend against Suriano and Lee live on FloWrestling.

NLWC Event Match Notes And Takeaways

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A wonderful Saturday night of wrestling in the books. The Nittany Lion Wrestling Club hosted an event taking on a variety of competitors, most from the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. All-in-all it was 13 fun matches involving high level competitors.

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#1 220, Nick Feldman's, School List

91. D1 Dual Rankings + Feldman School List

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The current #1 wrestler in the country at 220 lbs, #11 on the Class of 2022 Big Board — although I expect that to improve when David Bray updates the ranking — and the #14 P4P high schooler, Nick Feldman, is a National Prep champion out of powerhouse PA high school Malvern Prep. The Friars finished in third at both Ironman and National Preps behind historic programs in Blair and Wyoming Seminary. Feldman will put his #1 ranking on the line against Oklahoma State commit Kyle Haas October 3rd in Austin, TX, at Who’s #1.

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The Biggest Loss For Each MAC School & How They'll Fill The Void, Part I

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The Mid-American Conference will be teeming with returning talent next season as it welcomes back seven of its champions and 28 NCAA qualifiers. 

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#2 Heavyweight In The Country, Chase Horne, Commits To NC State

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The #2 heavyweight in the country, Chase Horne, has made his college decision. 

FRL 551 - Recapping The Beat The Streets Card

551. Beat The Streets Recap

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On episode 551 of FRL, the boys discuss all of the action from an awesome Beat The Streets card.

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Beat The Streets Match Notes

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Beat the Streets is here! The virtual benefit is finished up and now it's time to watch some wrestling, or if you're only able to or so inclined, read about wrestling while I live blog all six matches from my home in Austin, Texas. Wrestling begins at 7:30 PM ET. Be sure to refresh frequently for second by second match updates. The blog in its entirety will be uploaded post-event as "match notes" if you would like a recap or see what you missed.

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Cyclones, Hawkeyes & More With Iowa State Assistant Derek St. John

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A four-time All-American and one of the most decorated wrestlers in Iowa history, Derek St. John has found a home coaching within the Iowa State wrestling program, but his journey isn’t as clear-cut as just traveling west on Interstate 80. 

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FRL 550 - 8-Man Bracket Announcement, Beat The Streets Predictions

550. 8 Man Bracket Announcement

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On episode 550 of FRL, the boys talk about the 8 man bracket announcement, make their Beat The Streets predictions, and talk about the recruiting dead period being extended until January 1, 2021.

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$20k On The Line For FloWrestling's 195-Pound Tournament

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On October 31, FloWrestling will be hosting an eight-man 195-pound tournament with over $41,000 in payouts. The champion will earn $20k, the runner-up will be awarded $10k, third-place will get $5k, fourth-place $4k, and fifth-eighth will all be awarded $1k. 

Super 32 Moving To Myrtle Beach

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Super 32 2020 is headed to the beach. Due to concerns regarding COVID-19 regulations, the tournament announced its decision to move to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in South Carolina via Twitter Wednesday evening.