The Yianni/Zain Arbitration Ruling Is In!

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Though the series took place at Final X: Rutgers on June 8th, neither Yianni Diakomihalis nor Zain Retherford knew the ultimate result of their controversial second match until today. It has now been revealed that Yianni was successful in his appeal, and a binding court of arbitration has nullified the result of match 2. 

As the above tweet from USA Wrestling makes clear, at least one more match must be wrestled before Team USA's 65kg men's freestyle world team member can be named, however, pertinent details about that competition, such as where and when it will take place, are not yet known. 

USA Wrestling provided additional details regarding the arbitrator's ruling. The decision to nullify the result of the Yianni and Zain's second match was because:

officials improperly allowed a challenge at the conclusion of the second bout

Complicating matters is a potential injury to Zain Retherford, the extent of which has also not been made public. In an extremely unfortunate coincidence, it was in a first-round match with Yianni at the Yasar Dogu tournament in Istanbul that Zain was injured. That was the very first match either wrestler participated in since Final X. 

You can watch that fateful match below.

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Like the degree of Zain's injury, it is unknown how the circumstances will affect when the additional matches will be scheduled. We will update this story as it develops. 

Bratke's 10 Favorite Matches From The Weekend

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As was the theme last weekend points and pins were the story of this weekend in D1 wrestling. Three matches on the list total at least 20 points, another two totaled at least 13, and three other matches ended with a fall. Just a reminder, this list is made up of matches that were live only on FloWrestling. 

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Week 16 Roundup: Iowa Holds Serve + A New #1

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The second-to-last week of the dual meet season had its share of excellent action, but the post-season narratives have now nearly taken shape. The Hawkeyes held on to their rankings in a number of important spots, and several title contenders made themselves known. Here are the biggest stories from week 16:

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Updated Seeding Points For The Olympics After The European Championsips

The Olympic Games will be seeded for the second time, and there are three opportunities to earn seeding points. The second of those are the continental championships, two of which were just completed.

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#2 Trey Kibe Commits To Penn State

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Trey Kibe will be staying in central Pennsylvania as he committed to Penn State today.

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Top 5 Weights To Watch At Class 2A Districts

Saturday, February 15, is the day that dreams will be realized and hearts will be broken. Thirty-two competitors remain in each weight class and this weekend the field will be narrowed down to the 16 that get to call themselves state qualifiers. Like any tournament, certain Districts have weights that are more difficult than others, so these are the five weight classes in Class 2A you need to watch this weekend.

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Match Notes: #1 Iowa Routs #7 Minnesota, Win Big Ten Title

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The expectations for the Hawkeyes this season are sky-high. Can the team title front runners stay unbeaten against a dangerous Minnesota squad in front of a rowdy crowd in Iowa City? Follow the action as we bring you live updates of this classic Big Ten brawl. 

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Match Notes: #2 Lee Beats #1 Pletcher, #2 PSU Defeats #3 tOSU

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The battles between the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions rarely disappoint, and we expect tonight's match to hold true to form. 

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Match Notes: Michigan vs Nebraska

#19 Michigan invades the Bob Devaney Sports Center looking to upset #7 Nebraska Despite the Wolverines Olympic redshirting All-Americans Stevan Micic, Logan Massa, and Myles Amine, there will still be a total of 13 ranked wrestlers stepping on to the mat.

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Conference Breakdown + NCAA Forecast

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With only two weekends before we wrap up dual meet season, the conference and NCAA tournaments will be here before we know it. Indeed the whirlwind that is the NCAA D1 wrestling season has nearly blown right by. 

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USA Wrestling Announces Roster For Pan Am Olympic Qualifier

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USA Wrestling has released the list of 14 wrestlers that will be sent to Ottawa, Canada for the Pan American Olympic Qualifier.

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