Trophy Hunters Edition #1: Wisconsin Goes 3-0 On Opening Day

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If you watched our countdown on FRL of the top 20 teams in our preseason ranking, you'd know that the race for third and fourth place at NCAAs this year, the last two spots that earn a team trophy, is wide open.

With the teams currently ranked third through 13th separated by a total of 13 points, there's a lot of storylines to follow. So to do as best we can with that, we devised running a series of articles called "trophy hunters" based on this 2016 piece from our own Christian Pyles.

The first edition of Trophy Hunters will feature the #5 Wisconsin Badgers, who went 3-0 on opening day out in San Diego, beating Fresno State, Army, and Navy.

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Wisconsin 31, Fresno State 8

125: Michael Cullen (UW) 14-2 over Robert Garcia (FS)
133: Seth Gross (UW) FALL 4:09 over Gary Joint (FS)
141: Tristan Moran (UW) 5-3 over Durbin Lloren (FS)
149: Cole Martin (UW) 6-4 (TB2) over Greg Gaxiola (FS)
157: Jacob Wright (FS) 9-6 over Garrett Model (UW)
165: Evan Wick (UW) 16-0 over Adam Kemp (FS)
174: Jackson Hemauer (FS) 6-5 over Jared Krattiger (UW)
184: Johnny Sebastian (UW) 13-5 over Hunter Cruz (FS)
197: Ryan Reyes (FS) 6-3 over Taylor Watkins (UW)
285: Trent Hillger (UW) FALL 4:44 over Randy Gonzalez (FS)

Wisconsin 16, Army 15

125: Michael Cullen (UW) 3-1 over Trey Chalifoux (Army)
133: Seth Gross (UW) 12-0 over Lane Peters (Army)
141: Tristan Moran (UW) 7-1 over Corey Shie (Army)
149: PJ Ogunsanya (Army) 6-3 over Cole Martin (UW)
157: Luke Weiland (Army) 5-2 over Garrett Model (UW)
165: Evan Wick (UW) 9-2 over Cael McCormick (Army)
174: Ben Harvey (Army) 4-2 over Tyler Dow (UW)
184: Noah Stewart (Army) 3-1 over Johnny Sebastian (UW)
197: J.T. Brown (Army) 8-2 over Taylor Watkins (UW)
285: Trent Hillger (UW) 7-0 over Ben Sullivan (Army)

Wisconsin 24, Navy 12

125: Logan Treaster (Navy) 1-0 over Michael Cullen (UW)
133: Seth Gross (UW) 11-2 over Casey Cobb (Navy)
141: Tristan Moran (UW) 5-3 over Cody Trybus (Navy)
149: Cole Martin (UW) 14-3 over Morgan Feunffinger (Navy)
157: Garret Model (UW) 10-7 over Scott Skidgel (Navy)
165: Evan Wick (UW) 10-2 over Tanner Skidgel (Navy)
174: Spencer Carey (Navy) FALL over Anders Lantz (UW)
184: Tyler Dow (UW) 3-1 (SV-1) over Andrew Buckley (Navy)
197: Jacob Koser (Navy) 4-1 over Taylor Watkins (UW)
285: Trent Hillger (UW) 1-0 over John Birchmeier (Navy)


A few notes from the team's first three duals:

  • Top-ranked 133 pounder Seth Gross began his Hodge campaign with a second-period pin and two major decisions.
  • At 165, #3 Evan Wick kicked the season off with a tech, a seven-point decision over #12 McCormick, and a major over #15 Skidgel.
  • Heavyweight Trent Hillger looked liked a returning All-American, picking up a pin and not giving up a point in his other two matches.

In his Monday press conference with the local media, head coach Chris Bono said:

"Our season’s gonna go by how we do at 125, 157, 174, and 197. How those guys do, that’s the guys that we need to really make sure that are ready to go and surprise some people."

On Friday, those weights went a combined 3-9. Michael Cullen, who started at 125, picked up two wins, including one over NCAA qualifier Trey Chalifoux. Jared Krattiger, Tyler Dow, and Anders Lantz all started matches at 174.

True freshmen Pete Christensen (197) and Eric Barnett (125), who were #23 and #36 respectively on the 2019 Big Board, both made the trip but did not wrestle. Barnett is a Wisconsin native who was #2 in the final high school rankings at 126, and Christensen is from Illinois and also finished #2 at 195 in the last hs ranking.

As a senior coming in ranked #11, expectations were high for Cole Martin. But the 149 pounder had to win his first match in tiebreakers over an unranked foe, fell to an unranked opponent in overtime of his second match, and then got a major to close out the day. The loss to Ogunsanya should negatively impact his ranking, and consequently Wisconsin's projected team points will take a slight hit.

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NLWC Event Match Notes And Takeaways

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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

91. D1 Dual Rankings + Feldman 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.