Week 5 Roundup: Austin DeSanto #1 At 133!

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In a week that was light on wrestling results, we gained a bit more insight about this year's team race and had one of the most compelling individual match results of the season. Here are the top stories of the week:


Austin DeSanto, #1 at 133

Seth Gross has long been considered the heavy favorite to with the NCAA title at 133 and a serious contender for this year's Hodge Trophy, but on Sunday night in front of a packed Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Austin DeSanto controlled the Badger senior for a 6-2 win.

Before the Iowa vs Wisconsin dual, DeSanto was considered to be a huge underdog against Gross, who has looked dominant for most of this NCAA season and has already qualified for the Olympic Trials at 57kg. This will likely end Gross' bid for this season's Hodge Trophy, but it certainly ups the anticipation for future matches between Gross and DeSanto.

DeSanto has a history of coming out on top in underdog situations like this. In high school, DeSanto took out now-teammate Spencer Lee, one of the most decorated high school wrestlers in recent memory. He also had unexpected wins over Michigan's Stevan MIcic as a true freshman and Rutgers' NCAA champion Nick Suriano last season.

This will move DeSanto to #1 in the 133-pound rankings and create a lot of buzz for the next meeting between these two. Check out highlights posted by the Iowa on BTN Twitter account:


Iowa Looks Like #1 After Wisconsin Win

Last week, for the first time this season, Iowa passed Penn State in the NCAA team rankings, but there was some question as to whether Iowa was really the top team in the country. The Hawkeyes looked the part on Sunday taking 9/10 matches against Wisconsin in a dual that shed some light on the title chase. The DeSanto over Gross result was the biggest upset win for the Hawks, but a few other matches give Iowa fans reason to be excited about this team's bid for a title.

At heavyweight, Tony Cassioppi took out #3 Trent Hillger. Cassioppi has been an exciting prospect for the Hawkeyes, but he's currently ranked #12, a projection that would mean he would not score meaningful team points in March. He looked better than that in his win over Hillger. If he's able to consistently knock off highly ranked guys like Hillger, that would go a long way for Iowa's chances at the No. 1 spot.

At 165, #2 Alex Marinelli notched another win over #3 Evan Wick. This matchup became a rivalry after Wick majored Marinelli at the 2018 NCAA tournament. Since then, it has been all Marinelli as he's won the last four contests against Wick including Sunday's 4-2 decision.

Wisconsin's lone win in this dual came at 184 where Johnny Sebastian beat Cash Wilcke. While Badger fans can talk about how solid their senior 184-pounder looked, Iowa fans have a lot to talk about after this result as well. This was Wilcke's first dual meet start of the season. In the first two duals of the year, the Hawks rolled out freshman Nelson Brands in what appeared to be a backup capacity. Brands, however, seized his opportunities, beating ranked opponents Matt Waddell of Chattanooga and Sammy Colbray of Iowa State. Those Brands wins and this Wilcke loss offer plenty of fodder for the conversation about Iowa's starting spot at 184.

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Ohio State Holds Serve Against Cornell

The #5 Buckeyes hosted #16 Cornell in a Covelli Center dual on Sunday. Both teams entered the contest on the heels of losses, Ohio State's to Virginia Tech and Cornell's to NC State. This was a compelling dual because of the number of tossup matches. Ultimately, it was Ohio State taking 7/10 bouts in a 23-9 win over Cornell.

Cornell's three wins came from #6 Chas Tucker at 133, Colton Yapoujian at 157, and #4 Ben Darmstadt at 184. The Buckeyes took the remaining bouts including a tight contest at heavyweight between tOSU's Gary Traub and Cornell's Brendan Furman.

Ohio State's biggest win of the dual came at 174 where #13 Kaleb Romero notched a slight upset over #11 Brandon Womack. Romero, who had an up-and-down freshman season a year ago, remains undefeated this season and just notched his biggest win of the year. While he hasn't faced any of the top contenders at 174, he has taken care of all of the opponents in his path.

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Fresno Fans Endure 2-Hour Delay Then Witness Win Over Northern Colorado

Saturday night's matchup between Northern Colorado and Fresno State was delayed roughly two hours when the scheduled official failed to attend the dual. Despite the long delay, Fresno State fans stayed in their seats and provided loud support for their Bulldogs.

Even though Northern Colorado was missing starters #18 Jace Koelzer at 125 and Andrew Alirez at 149, the dual was an exciting back-and-forth affair with Fresno State coming out on top 25-15. Fresno State picked up an upset at 165 when Ricky Padilla earned a major decision over #10 Austin Matthews.

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While week 5 of the NCAA season had the fewest matches of any week so far, it gives us a chance to catch our breath before one of the biggest weeks of the year. It's time to start gearing up for this year's Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational!

FRL 501 - Can Anyone Challenge Iowa Next Season, Previewing 125 For 2020-21

FRL 501 - Can Anyone Challenge Iowa?

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On episode 501 of FRL, the boys take an early look at 2020-21 NCAA team race, preview 125, and talk a good amount about Sebastian Rivera's weight.

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How Iowa's Alex Marinelli Works Toward His Goals Despite COVID Restrictions

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Normally, Alex Marinelli would be in Carver-Hawkeye Arena wrestling right now. 

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#34 Braxton Brown Releases School List

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Being the second-largest high school in the state of Texas with around 5,000 students, Allen High School is no stranger to putting out star athletes — whether it's Heisman Trophy winner and #1 NFL draft pick Kyler Murray, Olympic gold medalist gymnast Carly Patterson, or the other double-digit draft picks in the big four professional sports. The Eagles are also known for their wrestling having won the last 10 Texas 6A state championships. On the mat, they've produced the likes of Oliver Pierce, Bo Nickal, Braeden Redlin, and most recently AJ Ferrari. 

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FRL 500 - The Great Talent Debate: Does It Exist? Ben Askren Says No

FRL 500 - The Great Talent Debate

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On episode 500 of FRL, Ben and CP debate if talent exists or not, Sadulaev has COVID-19, and we provide an update on the return of NCAA sports. 

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Coach Myers Wrestling S&C: Neck Exercises For Home Training

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Neck training is an area that many wrestlers do not prioritize in their strength training. Not that I agree with that strategy (or lack thereof), but when a wrestler is on the mats and hand fighting daily their neck and upper trap muscles are getting plenty of work. 

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Creating The Best South Dakota D1 Lineup Of All Time

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A few weeks ago I asked my Twitter followers how they would put together an all-time great college dual team with the current weights using athletes from their home states. The responses were great and really got me curious. So, I did the research and have now putting together the best possible team for some of the top states, including some formidable back-up teams.

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Breaking Down The Freshman Big Board

Freshmen can find the transition to high school to be drastically different depending on size and maturity. The obvious assumption is that the volume of freshmen in the 106lb weight class is going to make it the dominant weight class on the Freshman Big Board. You also would be correct to assume that the composition of the weight also leads to the weight being home to the most freshmen cracking the top 20 in the weight class rankings. 

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Bader Show: Tervel Dlagnev, Raymond Bunker, and Victoria Anthony

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On this episode of The Bader Show, Bader and Nomad catch up with Tervel Dlagnev, Raymond Bunker, and Victoria Anthony

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USA Wrestling Provides Free Bonus Digital Edition Of USA Wrestler Magazine

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FROM USA WRESTLING - USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States, has created a free Bonus Digital Edition of its membership magazine USA Wrestler, as gift to the wrestling community during the challenging times of the coronavirus pandemic.

#68 Vinny Zerban Releases School List

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Vinny Zerban is not a stranger to appearing on FloWrestling Big Boards. The Illinois native has been a staple on the Big Board since he was in junior high including being as high as #10 during his freshman year. Zerban is a Missouri state champion, NHSCA Sophomore Nationals champion, and was third at last year's UWW Cadet World Team Trials picking up wins over Teague Travis, Luke Geog, Joey Zargo, Dean Hamiti Jr, and he currently sits at #68 on the Junior Big Board. 

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