7 Number 1's Live On Flo This Week!

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Last week we kicked off the NCAA season and learned a few things about this year's landscape. This week should be even better. We'll get a glimpse of seven #1-ranked wrestlers and 12 ranked teams right here on FloWrestling.


Friday Night Duals

Not sure what do do with your Friday night? Here's an idea: Pick up pizza from your favorite gourmet pizzeria (Casey's General Store, perhaps), and fire up your split-screen for a couple of duals. Wisconsin takes on Edinboro and North Carolina heads to Michigan. Both duals start at 6 PM Central.

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Any Wisconsin event this year is also a Seth Gross Hodge watch. The 2018 NCAA champ has won his first three matches by bonus points with two major decisions and a fall. While Wisconsin will be heavily favored, Edinboro is historically a hard-nosed team that prides itself on winning despite the odds.

The North Carolina vs Michigan match should be full of toss-up matches which could make for an exciting team score. At 133, we could see the varsity debut of Michigan's freshman Joey Silva against the scrappy Jaime Hernandez. It will also be interesting to see if heavyweight Mason Parris continues the reign of terror he began this weekend at the MSU Open by racking up three bonus-point wins and a 9-2 decision over Matt Stencel (the guy who eliminated him in the round of 12 at the 2019 NCAA Championship).


Saturday: #1 Zahid Headlines Northeast Duals + Mountaineer Invitational

Saturday morning brings the promise of a bunch of good, early-season action. The Journeyman Northeast Duals will feature a number of solid teams from around the country. This will be our first chance to see NCAA champion Zahid Valencia up at 184 as he'll lead #4 Arizona State against Purdue and #21 Virginia.

Check out all of the matchups and mat assignments in this graphic from our friends at Journeymen Wrestling.


While the Northeast Duals are going on, we will also have the Mountaineer Invitational which features a whole lot more D1 action including Air Force, hosts Appalachian State, Central Michigan, Duke, Gardner-Webb, Kent State, Oregon State, and West Virginia.


6 Number 1's Live on Sunday + Journeymen Collegiate Classic + Northern Colorado Open

Wrestling on Sunday will start with the Journeymen Collegiate Classic. Frank Popolizio's tournament uses condensed pools in favor of traditional brackets, and while we don't know Sunday's matchups yet, you can be sure to see some solid action. This year's teams include #4 Arizona State, Bloomsburg, Brown, The Citadel, Davidson, George Mason, Hofstra, Indiana, #13 Lehigh, Lock Haven, Long Island, #8 Nebraska, #19 Old Dominion, #20 Oklahoma, Pitt-Johnstown,  Rutgers, and Utah Valley.

You might think all of that action would be enough for one weekend, but we still have two live duals, one for each of last year's top two teams.


#1 Penn State and #3 Ohio State Host Duals

At 1 PM Central, we'll have #1 Penn State in their dual against Navy. The #1 Nittany Lions, including NCAA champs Vincenzo Joseph, Mark Hall, and Anthony Cassar, are must-watch wrestling every time they take the mat. Nomad offers six reasons to watch this particular dual in an article this week.

In our 6 PM nightcap, Ohio State christens the Covelli Center with a dual against Stanford. The Buckeyes have two #1's in 197-pounder Kollin Moore, and 141-pounder Luke Pletcher. Pletcher is this year's newest #1 after he knocked off the previous top dog, Dom Demas, at the MSU Open last weekend.

This dual also features ranked matchups at 125, 141, 149, 165, and 197 which should make to a strong finish to a solid weekend and a great opening dual in the Covelli Center. 

Kyle Haas Commits To Oklahoma State

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Another huge recruiting domino falls as Kyle Haas commits to Oklahoma State. The junior at Maize High School in Kansas is the #6 on the Class of 2021 Big Board. 

#2 Ryan Sokol Commits To Cornell

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Another big piece of the class of 2021 recruiting puzzle just snapped into place, as #2 Ryan Sokol committed to continue his academic and athletic career at Cornell. 

Northwestern Scoops Up #5 VanderVere

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The Wildcats landed a prize recruit in Joel VanderVere, who verbally committed to continue his academic and athletic career at Northwestern. 

This Really Happened: The 8 Most Interesting Farrell Matches

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While you can check out all the Bill Farrell results and final brackets here, there are just a few matches that have me thinking either “wait this match actually happened” or “whoa, this guy won?”   

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The Bill Farrell Set The Tone For Greco's Olympic Season

By Tim Hands of Five Point Move - Was the 2019 Bill Farrell Memorial the tone-setting first tournament the US Greco-Roman program needed? 

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Immediate Bracket Reactions For The 2019 Bill Farrell

Today's the day! The Bill Farrell is about to get rolling. It will serve as the first qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Team Trials.

Zeke Jones Breaks Down Zahid Valencia's Close Match, Talks Olympic Push

After helping the Sun Devils overcome Virginia and Purdue on one night, Zahid Valencia, the country’s No. 2 pound-for-pound wrestler, came back the next day for the Journeymen Collegiate Classic and went down to the wire in the final.

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Brock Mauller & The Wrestlers Who Could Snap The MAC National Title Drought

The Mid-American Conference has been without an NCAA Champion since Missouri's J'den Cox won the last of his three titles in 2017. 

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What 2 Watch 4: Drinking From The Firehose

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We must prepare ourselves for the third weekend of NCAA wrestling, as things are about to get serious. A favorite metaphor of mine that pertains to trying to do or consume more than is reasonable in any given amount of time is to 'drink from the firehose'. It gets tossed out during things like freshman orientation or during your first week at a new job. I just like because it gives me a chance to post this sublime clip from the hilarious 1989 cult classic 'UHF'.

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Down To 133, Quinn Kinner Is Ready To 'Make It A War' For Ohio State

Luke Pletcher’s decision to move up to 141 sent ripples across Ohio State’s lineup, most notably altering the plan for redshirt freshman Quinn Kinner. 

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