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Chase Saldate 5 Counties

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Fourteen belts were earned Saturday evening in the Paul Berger Gymnasium at Fountain Valley High School. If you missed the action you can find full archives in FloArena. Here is your recommended viewers guide:

4) 152lb Semifinal: Sonny Santiago, St. John Bosco dec Tyler Badgett, Rancho Bernardo 6-4 SV

In a rematch of the California state final Sonny Santiago once again came out on top against Badgett. Badgett scored the go-ahead takedown with just over a minute to go. Santiago responded with an escape, and the two again went to sudden victory. Badgett seemed to have momentum headed to the overtime period, but it was Santiago using misdirection from his short offense to get to his single leg. A slick limp arm secured the takedown and victory for Santiago.

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3) 132lb Semifinal: Devin Murphy, Selma fall Wayne Joint, Lemoore 3:48

Murphy took a lead at the end of the first period and never looked back. The position at the end of the first that gave Murphy the lead wasn’t without controversy. You can decide for yourself if it was a takedown. Murphy pressed the gas in the second and secured the fall after building a 7-1 lead.

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2) 170lb Final: Cael Valencia, St. John Bosco dec Max Wilner, Fountain Valley 3-0

Valencia was up a weight from Doc B a week ago. That didn’t hinder him from picking up a second straight tournament title. A reserved match saw the two go into the second period scoreless. Valencia took control of the match putting a tough ride on Wilner. They were scoreless through two, but you could feel the momentum Valencia built with the tough ride in the second period. An escape and takedown in the third earned the belt for Valencia.

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1)152lb Final: Chase Saldate, Gilroy dec Sonny Santiago, St. John Bosco 9-1

Plenty of reason to watch the final between the top two ranked wrestlers in the state and the nation from the previous set of rankings. It would be disingenuous to tell you I didn’t feel cheated after the bout. Santiago was injured in one of the first exchanges, and required two injury times to get through the first period. After the scoreless first it was all Saldate. I feel like we leave the bout having more questions than answers. Will their paths cross again? We can only hope both are at full strength if they do.

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Little Rock Charts Strong Direction In Pac-12 Despite Conference Struggles

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Although the University of Arkansas Little Rock finished in last place at the Pac-12 tournament, the Trojans began the complicated process of starting a Division I wrestling program with high aspirations. Despite missing on certain expectations in his first year, head coach Neil Erisman felt the conference was a perfect fit for his squad.

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The Best Class Of 2020 Recruit Headed To Each School In The MAC

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Prized recruit Keegan O'Toole squashed speculation regarding his future early, announcing his commitment to Missouri the summer after capturing the second of four Wisconsin state championships.

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An Oklahoma State Lineup Preview If The Cowboys Go Redshirt-Heavy

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On FRL earlier this week, the gang talked about how Penn State is expected to redshirt anyone on their roster who has one available. With all the uncertainty in the sports world today, there’s a possibility that other programs across the country do the same. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the Oklahoma State roster if that is the route they were to take.

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FRL 532 - What We're Hearing About The NCAA Season

532. What We're Hearing About The NCAA Season

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On episode 532 of FRL, the boys talk what we're hearing about the NCAA season, pins at the NCAA Championships over the last decade, and more.

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Could A Wrestling Video Game Actually Work?

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Could a wrestling video game ever really work? 

Bader Show: Nestor Taffur And Sammy Brooks

Nestor Taffur & Sammy Brooks

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On this episode of The Bader Show, Bader and Spey catch up with Nestor Taffur and Sammy Brooks.

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Which Club Team Scored The Most Points On July 25th?

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July 25th card had 10 wrestlers that represented six different wrestling clubs. The Nittany Lion Wrestling Club had David Taylor and Roman Bravo-Young, The New York City Region Training Center was represented by both Frank Chamizo and Jack Mueller. Cornell’s New York Regional Training Center had Vito Arujau and Kyle Dake wrestling for them. The Wolfpack WC, Pitt WC, Ohio RTC, and The NJRTC all had Darrion Caldwell, Luke Pletcher, Kyle Martin, and Sammy Alvarez wrestling for them respectively. 

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FRL 531 - Two Big Recruits Off The Board, A New D1 Head Coach

531. Two Big Recruits Off The Board

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On episode 531 of FRL, the boys have a surprise for Ben, talk about two big recruits going off the board, a new D1 head coach, and Russia's success at the world championships dating back to 2008.

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Pin To Win: Breaking Down A Decade Worth Of Falls At NCAAs

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Last Thursday on FloWrestling Radio Live Ep. 529, I theorized that the heavyweight class produced the least of falls at the D1 level. Ben Askren immediately called me on it and said he thought that heavyweight would be among the weight classes with the most falls. Soon after the show ended, I was deep down the rabbit hole and looking for falls at the past 10 NCAA Championships. Spoiler alert: Ben Askren was right. 

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Bader Show: Tommy Rowlands & Mitch McKee

Tommy Rowlands and Mitch McKee

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On this episode of The Bader Show, Bader and Spey catch up with Tommy Rowlands and Mitch McKee.

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