6 Men's Freestyle Matches We Need To See

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At this point, we’ve seen just about every contender in action.

But, as wrestling fans, we always want more. And there are some matches at the World Team Trials that we certainly need to see. Some of these we’ve seen before, some we’ve only seen in Folkstyle and others we haven’t seen at all. But no matter what the circumstance, we need to run it back.

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57kg: Thomas Gilman vs Jack Mueller

I know what you’re thinking. Gilman is the returning world team member and world medalist. Mueller doesn’t have any credentials that match up. I can also see it now in the comments “Mueller can’t beat Iowa guys” and something about Spencer Lee. Well, stop it. Mueller has proven to be lightning in a bottle a few times. He just put on a helluva show at Beat the Streets against Nick Piccininni. He also showed out at U23 trials last year and took 5th at the U23 World Championships. On the flip side, it’s Gilman, I’ve already given his creds and we know what he brings. The intrigue is to see how Mueller matches up against Gilman, plus it’s a clash of styles. Gilman’s Iowa style against Mueller’s free flowing high pace. It’s got my attention and I’d definitely like to see it.

65kg: JO vs Zain

Last time these guys met it was high scoring and it was JO’s return to action. Before that it was the controversial ending, and let’s be honest, it was the right call. But these two have so much history that every time they meet it must-see. 

74kg: IMar vs Nolf

Nolf made the move up to 74kg this week and now a rematch of the 2016 NCAA Championship looms. We’ve only see them meet in folkstyle and IMar leads that series 2-1 with wins coming in the Big Ten and NCAA finals. Folkstyle is a different animal, Nolf is a little bit less creative and IMar seems to let loose more than he does in folk. No matter what, this is going to be some good wrasslin’.

79kg: Mark Hall vs Zahid Valencia

The last two years have been slanted towards Valencia as he won the bigger meetings between the two. Hall took the one in his home gym, but we all know what happened later on. However, freestyle is a bit of a different ballpark. They are both way more offensive and this could be one of the most exciting bouts of the weekend.

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79kg: Mark Hall vs Alex Dieringer

Let me start by saying that this is in no way a prediction of the potential bout between Hall and Valencia, but we’ve seen Valencia take on Ringer. This is a match that we haven’t seen. Hall looked great at Last Chance Qualifier and Ringer has been on another level. I for one am very excited to have Mark Hall back on the freestyle scene.

125kg: Gable Steveson vs Tony Nelson

We saw this bout last year and Nelson came out on top. Now Gable has had a year of NCAA competition under his belt along with a sour taste in his mouth from his showing at last year’s Junior World Championships. He’s going to be coming with something a bit different this year and whatever it is will make this match a bit different this time around.

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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

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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.