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What A Week It Was!

What A Week It Was!

Let's go around the country and recap all the crazy results in DI this weekend.

Feb 25, 2019 by Willie Saylor
The last weekend of the regular season had everyone focused on Iowa visiting Oklahoma State. And while that dual did deliver, there were monumental upsets in other places, too.

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The last weekend of the regular season had everyone focused on Iowa visiting Oklahoma State. And while that dual did deliver, there were monumental upsets in other places, too.

In all, it was a wild, final weekend to season. We'll hit on OKST-Iowa at the end, but we'll start with some other big results you may not have caught.

Full Box Scores for the week can be found HERE.

Parker Kropman beats Matt Kolodzik

Parker who? That's what a lot of people might be saying. I had him ranked occasionally in high school, but hadn't heard much about him in college. He had a 20-5 record at Binghamton last year before transferring to Drexel.

He didn't wrestle at all in the first semester. His first match was a quality win over Ryan Blees.

But no one could have foreseen this. On Friday, Kropman beat current #2 and Midlands Champ Matt Kolodzik. 

Erneste Techs (Yes, Techs) Austin Gomez

Highly entertaining bout (most Gomez matches are) between two Top 10 guys. Erneste scored a 6pt. play in the first on a spladle. And Gomez got a couple scores himself. But the wheels came off when Gomez forced a turn from top and then cement job - both of which resulted in 6pters for Erneste.

Degen Scores 10 Unanswered on Mauller

Another dandy from the Mizzou-Cyclone tilt on Sunday. Mauller was coming off a strong performance over a Top 5 Kaden Gfeller and looked to be rolling early on Degen with two clean takedowns and a 4-1 lead.

But Degen got one of his own, a 2pt. turn and forced a stall call on bottom to take a 6-4 lead to the 3rd and never looked back. Degen is now 2-1 on the year and represents Mauller's only two losses.

The rankers will have fun with this mess as Max Thomsen, who Mauller beat a month ago, beat Degen on Thursday.

Yianni Over McKenna

So, not an upset, but certainly worth mentioning as it was one of, if not THE, most high profile match ups of the weekend. 

Yianni scored a quick takedown of his own offense and then countered Joey a couple times, including an insane ankle pick while McKenna had a standing single. 

On one hand, the final score (7-5) seemed a little misleading. On the other hand, Joey did in fact get in on a couple clean shots. Excellent match.

NC State, Virginia Tech Notes

There were a few interesting developments in this Friday night affair. First, the dual itself was great. Tech took the first three bouts including a win by #5-Zavatsky over #2-Reenan (6-2). NC State would win the next five however, with the Hokies getting the last two. At the end of the dual it was 16-16 and five bouts apiece. The Wolfpack won the dual on most match points, which gave them a team win a share of the ACC Dual title. 

PSU Youngins

So the Nittany Lions lose a bunch after this season. But their greyshirts (Joe Lee, Aaron Brooks, Michael Beard and Seth Nevills) have been ballin' out.

This weekend, Michael Beard beat Chris Weiler (who nearly AA'd last year), 20-8 while Seth Nevills made his fourth open tournament final at Mat Town. Joe Lee lost Kaleb Romero, 6-1 in the finals.


Finesilver-O'Connor Rubber Match

#7-Mitch Finesilver took out #4-Austin O'Connor (6-4) in the pair's third meeting of this year. Finesilver won the first one (3-1) at the Hokie Open with O'Conner taking it (3-1) at CKLV.

Sarah's Brother Can Wrestle, Too

Sarah Hildebrandt may be a World Silver medalist, but her brother Drew got some skills, too. He knocked off 7th-ranked Rayvon Foley in Central Michigan's dual vs. Michigan State.

Reed's Win Paces Columbia

Dan Reed has quietly put together a strong season. He's 24-6 and his win over #11-Zach Hartman was pivotal in Columbia's 20-16 win over Bucknell.

Oklahoma State Dominates Iowa

So that dual we were promoting all week...

It delivered right from the beginning with Spencer Lee and Nick Piccininni trading 'almost' takedowns. Picc (surprisingly?) chose bottom and eventually got out before getting in on a deep shot on the edge. With Spencer in the splits, Picc cradled him up for an unlikely start to the dual.

On one hand, there were a lot of toss-ups coming in. So the final score isn't wholly surprising. But in most big duals, Iowa usually wins one or two that you might not expect. That didn't happen on Sunday as OKST took 7 of 10 bouts. Iowa didn't record a takedown in six of the matches, including the last four.