5 Can't Miss Eastern States Semifinal Matchups

These are going to be fire. Check out the five best semifinals going down at Eastern States at Noon CT. 


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99 lbs. Marc-Anthony McGowan, Citrus Park Christian, FL. Vs. Jared Weinhaus, Sahem East, NY.

Marc-Anthony McGowan, an eighth grader who won just about everything you can win at the youth level, is taking the high school wrestling world by storm. McGowan, at one of his first major high school tournaments has a tech and two pins on his way to the Semi-Finals, and in that tech he hit the Imanari Roll that has been setting instagram on fire. Watch him go up against tough scrapper out of Sachem East High School, Jared Weinhaus, who also already has two pins in the tournament.


113 lbs. Greg Diakomihalis, Hilton, NY. Vs. Luke Smith, Hauppauge, NY.

One obvious reason to watch this match is the sweet wrestling stylings of Greg Diakomihalis. Greg D, who has been hitting his beautiful signature elbow control duck to leg attack all tournament, is back down at 113 lbs and is looking as good as ever. Smith is an all-state wrestler out of Hauppauge High School, who is coming off a big win over 2018 New York State Champ, Terry Adams. Smith is going to look to ride the wave he’s on and take out on of the best wrestlers in the country, Greg Diakomihalis.


120 lbs. Sam Latona, Thompson, AL. Vs. Matthew Garland, South Jefferson-Sandy Creek, NY.

Now usually if you have a former state, and national champion who just took second at Super 32, would be a shoe-in for an Eastern States Classic Final, but the way Sam Latona’s Quarter-Final match went, I wouldn't be so sure. Latona, who won Fargo in 2017, had an overtime thriller in the Quarters against Monsignor Farrell’s James Ryan, where he was in danger of losing several time in the match. Can Matthew Garland, two-time all-state wrestler in NY, pull off the upset that James Ryan was so close to?


126 lbs. Zeke Escalera, Wyoming Seminary, PA. Vs. Zach Redding, Eastport-South Manor, NY.

Wyoming Seminary only sent their B team to The Eastern States Classic, but lucky for us, Wyoming Seminary has a wealth of talent in their room and a Fargo and Prep National Champion is on their B team. Zeke Escalera won Fargo in 2017 and Preps last year, and is looking to add an ESC title to his resume. Escalera won’t have it easy in the Semis, he’s got New York State Champion Zach Redding, who is no stranger to the national rankings. The winner will most likely get #3 ranked Ryan Jack, to make for a fire final here at 126 lbs.


138 lbs. Adam Bussiello, Eastport-South Manor, NY. Vs. Mahari Miller, Springfield Central, MA.

Adam Bussiello has been a staple here at the Eastern States Classic, that we’re going to miss at this tournament for years to come. Good thing for us Bussiello is continuing his wrestling career at A that Bussiello is continuing his wrestling at Arizona State University. For a long time Bussiello was commited to do his wrestling for Coach Cael Sanderson at Penn State, but just this year, in his final year of high school, Bussiello changed his commitment to Arizona State. So in this match, Penn State fans can watch what they’re missing out on, and Sun Devil fans can watch what they’re getting.


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FRL 387: The 125lb Landscape Next Season

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FRL 387: The 125lb Landscape Next Season

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A lot of heavy hitting 149-pounders used up their final year of NCAA eligibility last season, including the champ Anthony Ashnault, three-time All-American Micah Jordan, and 2018's fourth-place finisher Mitch Finesilver. A solid crop of contenders return, however, to a weight class that is very much up for grabs. 

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2020 Title Contenders: 141 Pounds

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Ohio State's Three-time All-American Joey McKenna has exhausted his NCAA eligibility, but just about every other 141-pounder from last season has time left to earn an NCAA title. Four-time national qualifier Josh Alber of UNI is another noteworthy departure from the division. 

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#4 Gaige Garcia Commits To Michigan

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Gaige Garcia is pulling double duty in college. The Pennsylvania state champ has committed to wrestle and play football for Michigan.

2020 Title Contenders: 133 Pounds

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For as gnarly as the hunt for the 125-pound NCAA title looks to be, 133 is going to be an absolute bloodbath. Although the weight class loses two All-Americans to graduation in John Erneste and Ethan Lizak, and it looks like 2018 third-placer Tariq Wilson will be bumping up to 141 for the 2020 season, the weight class does expect to see the return of Seth Gross, the 2019 133-pound champ. 

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Six Questions For Ohio State's Lineup In 2020

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For three straight years now Ohio State has finished as the second best team in the country. Their lineups have totaled 341 points at NCAAs in that time, an average of nearly 114 per tournament.

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Rutgers Depth Charts & Targets

Rutgers wrestling has made steady improvements over the last decade. Now, after bringing home two of the nation's ten NCAA titles, the next step is upon them. 

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2020 Title Contenders: 125 Pounds

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A good amount of talent returns to the lightest NCAA weight class next season, as only a couple of All-Americans in Ronnie Bresser and Sean Russell have used up their eligibility. 

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Bo Nickal Receives Special Wrestle-Off For U23 World Team

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