2020 Southern Scuffle

7 Upset Stories From Week 10 & All The Upsets

7 Upset Stories From Week 10 & All The Upsets

Week 10 of NCAA wrestling had its fair share of upsets, including seven upset stories that are changing the way we think about this season.

Jan 6, 2020 by David Bray
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Week 10 of NCAA Wrestling provided several dozen more upsets. Read about the top upset stories and then check out the comprehensive list of all the upsets we could find. If you spot an upset that we missed, please let us know by emailing david.bray@flosports.tv. Now, here are the biggest upset stories from week 10.

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Week 10 of NCAA Wrestling provided several dozen more upsets. Read about the top upset stories and then check out the comprehensive list of all the upsets we could find. If you spot an upset that we missed, please let us know by emailing david.bray@flosports.tv. Now, here are the biggest upset stories from week 10.

Sammy Alvarez Picks Up Pair of Top-8 Wins

Rutgers true freshman Sammy Alvarez might have had the best performance of the entire Southern Scuffle field. He entered the 133-pound bracket as the fifth seed with a 10-4 record and advanced to the semifinals against the top seed, #5 Micky Phillippi of Pitt. 

Phillippi is the highest-ranked opponent Alvarez has faced in his young career, but that didn't stop him from taking a second-period lead on Phillippi or icing the match with a late-match takedown.

In the finals, Alvarez continued his impressive run with a 5-4 decision over #8 Cam Sykora of North Dakota state. Sykora led that match 3-1 half-way through the second period, but a takedown and rideout in the second and another takedown in the third gave Alvarez the edge and the Southern Scuffle crown. Alvarez's performance is a good sign for an incredibly young Rutgers squad.

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Lou DePrez Rebounds, Evens Series with Hidlay

Binghamton's Lou DePrez has been ranked as high as second this year, but a handful of losses dropped him to sixth before the 2020 Southern Scuffle. His first loss on the year came at the hands of NC State freshman Trent Hidlay.

DePrez had the chance to avenge his loss to Hidlay in the Southern Scuffle finals. While this upset was not huge numerically, as the #6 beat the #2, it was important for establishing 184 as not only one of the best weight classes this year but also as one with top-level parity.

While Zahid Valencia appears to be the hands-down favorite at 184 this year, Lou DePrez reminded everyone that he's one of the very best at this weight.

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Wittlake Creeps Into Top 10 With Wins Over #10 Bullard and #9 Wentzel

Oklahoma State's Travis Wittlake entered the Southern Scuffle undefeated but having faced only one ranked opponent in Drexel's Ebed Jarrell. He was clearly good, but this tournament would be a litmus test of approximately how good.

Wittlake took out #9 Jake Wentzel of Pitt in the quarterfinals before falling to #7 Shane Griffith of Stanford in the semis. He rolled on the back side even earning a 9-3 decision over #10 Thomas Bullard for third.

While not an upset, Wittlake also beat Penn State true freshman Joe Lee in the consolation semis and proved that he's a real factor at 165 this year.

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Two Upsets for Noah Adams En Route To Scuffle Title

Noah Adams, West Virginia's lone Southern Scuffle champ, had an impressive showing in Chattanooga. The 21st-ranked 197-pounder took out #16 Ethan Laird of Rider in the semis and #6 Nathan Traxler of Stanford in the finals.

Adams' win over Traxler was particularly impressive as he put Traxler on his back twice before ultimately pinning him in the first period.

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Dalton Robertson Downs #21 Metz, #10 Thomas

Dalton Robertson's two upsets were good enough to earn the UNC Bear second place at heavyweight in the 2020 Southern Scuffle.

Robertson used his prolific top game to turn #21 Brandon Metz three times, enough for a 14-3 major decision in the semifinals. Trailing in the third period to #10 Demetrius Thomas, Robertson again used his top work to rack up four near-fall points and ice the match. Robertson was injured in his finals match against Iowa State's Gannon Gremmel, but hopefully he'll recover quickly and be back to action.

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Wyatt Sheets Establishes Himself in Rankings With Two Upsets

Oklahoma State has been developing Wyatt Sheets as its 157-pounder for the last two seasons. He had a solid showing at last week's Southern Scuffle with wins over #20 Taleb Rahmani of Pitt and #18 Matt Zovistoski of App State.

The Cowboys have been looking for more productivity out of 157, and while Sheets has yet to put himself in the conversation to score significant points at this year's NCAA Championships, his Scuffle performance was a step in the right direction.

Milner Two Upsets for 4th-Place Finish at Scuffle

Sophomore Jonathan Milner of Appalachian State has steadily improved throughout his career. He was 11-8 as a true freshman, 21-9 last year, and currently sits at 19-4 and is looking like an NCAA qualifier for the Mountaineers.

He had a pair of ranked wins this weekend over Southern Conference rival #22 Tanner Smith of Chattanooga and #19 Requir Van der Merwe of Stanford and earned fourth place at the Southern Scuffle.

Milner was one of six placers for App State, and his performance helped lead his team to a ninth place finish overall.


Week 10 Upsets List

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125: Sean Carter, Appalachian State D;3-2 #8 Nic Aguilar, Rutgers

125: Logan Treaster, Navy D;4-1 #8 Nic Aguilar, Rutgers

125: Michael McGee, Old Dominion D;5-4 #8 Nic Aguilar, Rutgers

125: Colton Camacho, Pittsburgh D;5-3 #19 Sidney Flores, Air Force

125: Zurich Storm, Campbell D;8-7 #19 Sidney Flores, Air Force

125: Trey Chalifoux, Army West Point D;5-2 #23 Gage Curry, American

125: Jakob Camacho, North Carolina State D;3-2 #24 Fabian Gutierrez, Chattanooga

125: Michael McGee, Old Dominion D;8-7 #24 Fabian Gutierrez, Chattanooga

133

133: #13 Sammy Alvarez, Rutgers D;6-3 #5 Mickey Phillipi, Pittsburgh

133: #13 Sammy Alvarez, Rutgers D;5-4 #8 Cameron Sykora, North Dakota State

133: Cole Manley, Lock Haven M;14-2 #14 Mosha Schwartz, Northern Colorado

133: #23 Devan Turner, Oregon State D;4-3 #14 Mosha Schwartz, Northern Colorado

133: Colton Landers, Chattanooga D;7-5 #18 Chance Rich, CSU Bakersfield

133: Kai Orine, North Carolina State F;3:57 #18 Chance Rich, CSU Bakersfield

133: Cole Manley, Lock Haven D;7-4 #23 Devan Turner, Oregon State

133: Kai Orine, North Carolina State F;4:32 #23 Devan Turner, Oregon State

141

141: Angelo Martinoni, CSU Bakersfield D;13-11 #11 Tariq Wilson, North Carolina State

141: Dusty Hone, Oklahoma State D;6-4 #11 Tariq Wilson, North Carolina State

141: Fabian Santillan, Stanford D;3-1 #15 Cole Matthews, Pittsburgh

141: Grant Willits, Oregon State D;6-5 #16 Cole Mattin, Michigan

141: Anthony Gibson, Northern Illinois D;9-3 #18 Dresden Simon, Central Michigan

141: Dusty Hone, Oklahoma State D;3-1 #20 Kyle Shoop, Lock Haven

141: Kaden Gfeller, Oklahoma State F;3:57 #20 Kyle Shoop, Lock Haven

141: Alex Madrigal, George Mason D;6-2 #23 Evan Cheek, Cleveland State

149

149: Jonathan Millner, Appalachian State D;4-3 #19 Requir van der Merwe, Stanford

149: Colston DiBlasi, George Mason F;5:33 #20 Russell Rohlfing, CSU Bakersfield

149: #22 Tanner Smith, Chattanooga D;7-6 #20 Russell Rohlfing, CSU Bakersfield

149: Joshua Cortez, Cal Poly D;4-0 #21 Greg Gaxiola, Fresno State

149: AJ Leitten, North Carolina State D;4-2 #22 Tanner Smith, Chattanooga

149: Jonathan Millner, Appalachian State D;6-2 #22 Tanner Smith, Chattanooga

149: Jacob Butler, Oklahoma D;8-4 #23 Alec Hagan, Ohio

149: Gino Fluri, Rider D;3-1 #25 Gerard Angelo, Rutgers

149: Jason Kraisser, Campbell D;4-2 #25 Gerard Angelo, Rutgers

157

157: #16 BC LaPrade, Virginia Tech D;3-2 #11 Logan Parks, Central Michigan

157: Wyatt Sheets, Oklahoma State D;3-1 #18 Matt Zovistoski, Appalachian State

157: Luke Weber, North Dakota State D;5-4 #18 Matt Zovistoski, Appalachian State

157: Hunter Willits, Oregon State D;11-4 #20 Taleb Rahmani, Pittsburgh

157: Wyatt Sheets, Oklahoma State D;6-2 #20 Taleb Rahmani, Pittsburgh

157: Dewey Krueger, Wyoming D;5-0 #25 Ethan Karsten, American

157: Markus Hartman, Army West Point F;2:59 #25 Ethan Karsten, American

165

165: Joe Lee, Penn State D;10-3 #9 Jake Wentzel, Pittsburgh

165: #13 Travis Wittlake, Oklahoma State D;7-3 #9 Jake Wentzel, Pittsburgh

165: #10 Thomas Bullard, North Carolina State D;4-1 #9 Jake Wentzel, Pittsburgh

165: #13 Travis Wittlake, Oklahoma State D;9-3 #10 Thomas Bullard, North Carolina State

165: Joe Lee, Penn State F;2:17 #23 Connor Flynn, Missouri

165: William Formato, Appalachian State D;2-1 #25 Nick Kiussis, West Virginia

165: Jacob Thalin, CSU Bakersfield D;4-2 #25 Nick Kiussis, West Virginia

174

174: Jake Logan, Lehigh D;3-2 #10 Joe Grello, Rutgers

174: Neal Richards, VMI D;7-6 #18 Dean Sherry, Rider

174: Gregg Harvey, Pittsburgh D;9-3 #18 Dean Sherry, Rider

174: Clay Lautt, North Carolina D;3-1 #21 Ben Harvey, Army West Point

174: Carter Starocci, Penn State M;13-5 #25 Spencer Carey, Navy

184

184: #6 Lou Deprez, Binghamton D;3-2 #2 Trent Hidlay, North Carolina State

184: Joseph Mazzarra, North Carolina D;5-2 #9 Tanner Harvey, American

184: #13 Noah Stewart, Army West Point D;9-6 #9 Tanner Harvey, American

184: Julien Broderson, Iowa State D;7-1 #16 Corey Hazel, Lock Haven

184: Noah Cressel, North Dakota State F;1:29 #16 Corey Hazel, Lock Haven

184: Chris Kober, Campbell D;4-3 #24 George Walton, Rider

184: Alan Clothier, Northern Colorado D;6-1 #24 George Walton, Rider

197

197: #21 Noah Adams, West Virginia F;2:22 #6 Nathan Traxler, Stanford

197: Michael Beard, Penn State D;10-5 #7 Dakota Geer, Oklahoma State

197: #16 Ethan Laird, Rider D;3-2 #7 Dakota Geer, Oklahoma State

197: Michael Beard, Penn State D;1-0 #13 Nick Reenan, North Carolina State

197: #21 Noah Adams, West Virginia D;3-0 #16 Ethan Laird, Rider

197: Michael Beard, Penn State M;9-0 #17 Jordan Pagano, Rutgers

285

285: #22 Dalton Robertson, Northern Colorado D;5-4 #10 Demetrius Thomas, Pittsburgh

285: Ben Sullivan, Army West Point D;5-0 #19 Brian Andrews, Wyoming

285: #22 Dalton Robertson, Northern Colorado M;14-3 #21 Brandon Metz, North Dakota State

285: Deonte Wilson, North Carolina State D;2-0 #23 Chris Beck, VMI

285: Collin Kelly, Cleveland State D;4-1 #23 Chris Beck, VMI

285: Deonte Wilson, North Carolina State D;4-3 #25 Brandon Ngati, West Virginia