Confirmed! Seth Gross Gets A 6th Year!

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As if 133 wasn't already deep enough, 2018's national champion announced today on social media that his sixth year of eligibility was officially approved by the NCAA. Seth Gross will wrestle this fall for the Wisconsin Badgers. 

Gross was one of the most dominant wrestlers in his weight class before going down with a back injury at the start of the 2018-19 season. Gross wrestled in just one match for the Jackrabbits before the injury forced him to call an end to what could have been his final NCAA season. 

Having already graduated from South Dakota State, Gross transferred to Wisconsin over the summer. With the extra year of eligibility, the Minnesota native will be able to once again wrestle for Chris Bono, the man who cornered him in both of his NCAA finals appearances.

It should be noted that Gross is more than just an accomplished folkstyler, as evidenced by the tremendous freestyle season he had in the summer of 2018. Gross made the semifinals of both the 2018 U.S. Open and the 2018 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament, falling to eventual Final X winner Nahshon Garrett in both tourneys. 

Watch Gross wrestle Garrett in a 31-point thriller at the 2018 Open:

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Gross gives second-year Badger head coach Chris Bono a very formidable and balanced lineup, with Gross anchoring the lower weights, two-time All-Americans Evan Wick at 165, and last year's eighth-place finisher Trent Hillger at heavyweight. 

Like the rest of the Big Ten schools, Wisconsin has yet to release their upcoming schedule, but if it includes the same conference opponents as last season, Gross could face off against the likes of Rutgers' Nick Suriano, Penn State's Roman Bravo-Young, Iowa's Austin DeSanto, and Ohio State's Luke Pletcher. There's a possibility that Michigan's Stevan Micic could be in the mix as well. And, of course, they will all theoretically be in the same bracket at the 2020 Big Ten Championships.

Additionally, Utah Valley released their 2019-20 schedule, and it includes Wisconsin, so we could potentially get a match between Gross and NCAA bloodrounder Taylor LaMont. 

Safe to say there is a lot to look forward to this season, for Badgers fans and all fans of NCAA wrestling. 

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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