Jesse Mendez Will Defend #1 vs. Dom Serrano At Who's #1

Fargo freestyle has just ended but we're already cracking the Who's #1 puzzle.

In the case of 132, it's pretty straightforward.

Jesse Mendez will ascend to #1 by virtue of winning the Cadet World Team Trials in Akron in June and with the confirmation of current #1 Beau Bartlett moving to 138.

Mendez won a FloNationals bracket in April with six of the Top 20 wrestlers at the weight. Akron presented even more of a challenge as sixteen wrestlers that are now ranked were in the field, including then #2-Shayne Van Ness.

Mendez beat four former Akron or Fargo finalists en route to his Trials title including Caleb Rathjen who had beat Van Ness in Round 1. 

Also in the field was Dom Serrano, who at the time was #3 at 138. Serrano had already made two Fargo finals and won FloNationals. He awaited Mendez in the semi's after beating 2x Fargo finalist Ryan Franco in the quarters.

What they gave us was a 7-7 thriller won by Mendez on his highlight reel 5-pointer. 

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Serrano reached his third straight Fargo final on Monday and on Tuesday he secured back-to-back crowns. As he went unscathed, he remained the top contender to Mendez for the #1 moniker.

And though it's early (we haven't yet announced a date or location) we made it official last night as a no-brainer.

Two other athletes received Golden Tickets based on their Fargo titles: Paddy Gallagher (160/OH) and Patrick Kennedy (170/MN)

Stay tuned for more Who's #1 match-ups as well as releases on date, location, venue, and tickets.

We're considering several locations including Iowa's Carver-Hawkeye Arena, with the expected date September 28th.


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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. 

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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

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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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