Sammy Alvarez Transferring To Rutgers

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Sammy Alvarez is transferring from NC State to Rutgers. He will be eligible to compete immediately for the Scarlet Knights. 

Alvarez committed to the Wolfpack back in January of 2018. A New Jersey native, he made the state finals each of his final three seasons before finally winning a title this past March by knocking off Penn State commit Robert Howard in the finals. 

A graduate of St. Joseph Regional, Alvarez was part of NC State's #17 ranked recruiting class. Included in that class was Kai Orine of Missouri, who projects as a 125 or 133, the same weights Alvarez at which was projected. Also coming to Raleigh next year is Ryan Jack, who currently is also projected to be a lightweight.

After winning his state title this year over Howard, a teammate of his at Bitetto Trained Wrestling Club, he finished his career as the #3 ranked 126 pounder. The final 2019 Big Board had him rated as the 34th best prospect from this high school class that just graduated.

Shane Metzler was Rutgers' starter for 17 of their 18 duals as well as their representative at Big Tens, but did not qualify for the national tournament. His primary competition for the spot this year was going to be redshirt freshman Nic Aguilar, a three-time California finalist and 2018 state champ. Aguilar was 7-7 last year and 1-5 against NCAA qualifiers.

8 Big CKLV Movers Under The Radar No More

The Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational once again offered wrestling fans to see the best regular-season action of the year. The top performers in Vegas created some of the biggest stories of the week, but it also set the stage for unranked or low-ranked guys to situate themselves more prominently in the national spotlight.

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Penn State & Iowa Intrigue: Brooks In, Brands & Young Drop Bouts

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Between the preseason rankings and last week, Iowa steadily improved their point projection in our while Penn State’s projected total dipped slightly. This week, Penn State pulled Aaron Brooks' redshirt, a move that adds intrigue to the team race and could eventually put Penn State back in the lead.

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Paddy Gallagher Commits To Ohio State

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OH...IO The fifth-ranked recruit in the class of 2021, Paddy Gallagher, announced tonight on Twitter that he is staying home and committed to Ohio State. Gallagher, who wrestles for national power St. Edward's, is currently ranked second at 160. 

2019 Walsh Jesuit Ironman Pre-Seeds Released

Pre-seeds are out for this weekend's Walsh Jesuit Ironman, the nation's toughest in-season high school tournament.

Rutgers Is More In-State Focused Than Any Other DI NCAA Wrestling Program

There may not be anything as Jersey as Rutgers Wrestling. 

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Top 7 Upset Stories From Week 6!

Even in an upset-filled season, this week saw an incredibly high number of ranked wrestlers drop matches to opponents who were either ranked below them or were unranked. 

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WADA Bans Russia For Four Years

The World Anti-Doping Agency announced on Monday that Russia has been banned from international sport for four years, including the 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup.

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Eastern Oregon vs Montana State University Northern At RTOC

Reno, Nev. – The Reno Tournament of Champions is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year when wrestlers will invade Reno from Dec. 13-15. As part of its 25th celebration, there will be a collegiate dual between Eastern Oregon University and Montana State University-Northern on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. 

Week 6 Roundup: A New #1 & Big Team Moves

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Week 6 of the NCAA season was absolutely loaded with ranked matchups and major upsets. The CKLV had close to half of all the ranked wrestlers in the country, and we also had a handful of big dual meets. The CKLV brackets and this week's box scores will give you all the important results, but here are the top eight stories of the weekend:

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Match Notes: Three Upsets Headline Iowa's Win Over Princeton

Princeton closes out their brutal 42-hour, 1,300 hour weekend by hosting #1 Iowa fresh off a narrow 18-15 loss to #10 Oklahoma State inside Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater Friday night. Can't watch the Hawkeyes and Tigers battle? Well, that's what this live blog is for!

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