Bratke's 10 Favorite D1 Matches Live This Weekend

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With 13 D1 duals live on FloWrestling this week from Friday night to Sunday afternoon, it can be a little overwhelming trying to decide what to watch. That's where I come in. Check out the 10 D1 matches I'm most excited for this weekend on Flo. You can check out our full offering of events inside live this week

285: #1 Gable Steveson, Minnesota vs #2 Mason Parris, Michigan

Date: Jan. 17 | Time: 7 PM ET | Where: Ann Arbor, MI

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

Oh baby, how fun is this? A potential NCAA finals preview, Gable Steveson and Mason Parris are a combined 23-0 on the season and have won 70 percent of their matches by bonus points. In the class of 2018, Steveson was the #1 overall recruit and Parris was the #3 overall recruit. 

184: #2 Hunter Bolen, Virginia Tech vs #6 Lou DePrez, Binghamton

Date: Jan. 18 | Time: 10 AM ET | Where: Vestal, NY

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

Since January of 2019, these two have met three times with Bolen taking both folkstyle showdowns — the first one coming in the 2019 Southern Scuffle semifinals and the second one coming last month at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite.

The two folkstyle matches couldn't have gone more different. At the Scuffle, Deprez secured the lone takedown of the match, but two escapes and a third-period ride out gave Bolen the win. In Vegas, Bolen scored six of his eight points in the first period, but of the four remaining minutes in the match, Deprez was on top. How will the third freestyle match look?

Check out their match from CKLV:

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149: #4 Brayton Lee, Minnesota vs #12 Kanen Storr, Michigan

Date: Jan. 19 | Time: 2 PM ET | Where: Ann Arbor, MI

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

We thought we would be seeing Kanen Storr take an Olympic redshirt but his plans have changed and he's back in the Michigan starting lineup up a weight from last season when he qualified for the NCAA Championships at 141. 

Brayton Lee has lived up to the hype coming off his redshirt and has been fantastic beating Josh Maruca, Brock Zacherl, Max Thomsen, Sammy Sasso, Henry Pohlmeyer, and Cole Martin. Can Lee add another hammer to his hit list?


133: #5 Chas Tucker, Cornell vs #11 Sammy Alvarez, Rutgers

Date: Jan. 17 | Time: 7 PM ET | Where: Piscataway, NJ

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

Did you know that Chas Tucker is undefeated on the year? While the two-time NCAA qualifier is having a relatively quiet season, he has four ranked wins including two over All-American Montorie Bridges. However, he will arguably face his toughest test Friday night inside the RAC.

On November 23, Sammy Alvarez lost to the Garrett Pepple of Michigan State. Since then, he hasn't lost, has won a Southern Scuffle title, has beaten #14 Collin Gerardi, #15 Devan Turner, #12 Cam Sykora, #6 Micky Phillippi, #20 Jordan Decatur, and has avenged his loss to Pepple. Can Alvarez stay hot and hand Tucker his first loss?


133: #8 Travis Piotrowski, Illinois vs #20 Jordan Decatur, Ohio State

Date: Jan. 19 | Time: 1 PM ET | Where: Columbus, OH

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

Travis Piotrowski is another wrestler who is up a weight from where he qualified for the NCAA Championships and has performed well. The Illinois senior is 15-2 on the year and his only setbacks came to #2 Austin DeSanto, who he kept to a regular decision, and #6 Micky Phillippi. 

Decatur is a true freshman who had his redshirt pulled last week and immediately knocked off then #15 Josh Kramer. After a setback to the aforementioned Alvarez last Friday night, Decatur will be looking to bounce back and notch the biggest win of his young college career. 


149: #11 Max Thomsen, UNI vs #18 Andrew Alirez, Northern Colorado

Date: Jan. 17 | Time: 9 PM ET | Where: Greeley, CO

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

When these two meet in Greely Friday night, they will be looking to get back to their winning ways after tough weekends. All-American Max Thomsen will be looking to bounce back from weekend losses to Henry Pohlmeyer and Brock Mauller. On the other side, Alirez will be looking to get back on track after a dominant loss at the hands of Boo Lewallen. This math is very important for Big 12 and NCAA Tournament seeding.


149: #7 Jarrett Degen, Iowa State vs #10 Henry Pohlmeyer, SDSU

Date: Jan. 17 | Time: 8 PM ET | Where: Brookings, SD

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

To be honest, this is more of a fingers-crossed this goes down. Jarrett Degen hasn't wrestled since CKLV and Henry Pohlmeyer is starting to get it rolling. The two did meet twice last season with Degen winning each showdown. However, in the dual, the match was tied entering the third period before the Cyclone picked up a fall. If Degen is back in the lineup, will the third time be the charm for the Jackrabbit?

Check out their scrap from last year's Big 12 Championships. 

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133: #12 Cam Sykora, NDSU vs #17 Todd Small, Iowa State

Date: Jan. 19 | Time: 3 PM ET | Where: Ames, IA

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

Since Austin Gomez has been out of the lineup for the Cyclones, Todd Small has proven to be a more than capable replacement. The two-time NJCCA national champion has top-25 wins over Louie Hayes, Joshua Kramer, Taylor LaMont, and Tim Rooney. This weekend he'll get the chance to pick up the biggest win of his Cyclone career.

Cam Sykora is one of the elite top wrestlers in the country and over 70 percent of his wins this season have been by bonus points. Will Sykora's lethal top game be the difference?


141: #12 Dylan Duncan, Illinois vs #1 Luke Pletcher, Ohio State

Date: Jan. 19 | Time: 1 PM ET | Where: Columbus, OH

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

Luke Pletcher has been out of this world so far this season and may have the most ranked wins of anyone in the country. The top-ranked Buckeye has already beaten #5 Mitch McKee, #6 Dom Demas, #8 Chad Red, #10 Real Woods, #12 Dylan Duncan, #13 Dresden Simon, #17 Doug Zapf, and #20 Cole Matthews. How's that for a resume? 

Pletcher has been electric this season and it was all him the first time these two met at the Michigan State Open, but it will be interesting to see if Duncan can provide Pletcher some issues the second time around. 

285: Luke Luffman, Illinois vs Gary Traub, Ohio State

Date: Jan. 19 | Time: 1 PM ET | Where: Columbus, OH

Broadcast Info: WATCH LIVE HERE

Are you really going to let yourself miss a Gas Tank Gary match from the Covelli Center? Miss this and you may never forgive yourself. 

Relive Traub blowing the roof off the Covelli Center last Friday night. 

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Kyle Dake's Ever-Growing Hit List

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Since Nomad last compiled Kyle Dake's resume a year ago, Dake has remained undefeated and has added to his legacy with another world title and another handful of impressive wins.

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Bader Show: Sammy Alvarez & Luke Pletcher

Sammy Alvarez and Luke Pletcher

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On this episode of The Bader Show, Bader and Bray talk with Sammy Alvarez and Luke Pletcher before their upcoming matches on July 25.

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Inside Anthony Echemendia's Recruitment & Decision To Become A Buckeye

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Cuban defector Anthony Echemendia ran, swam, and flew across four borders before landing at Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Arizona. While there, his noteworthy performance at Fargo earned him two championships, which jump-started his recruiting process.

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Top High Schoolers Returning To The Mat August 2 & 3 Live On Flo

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The best high school kids in the country will be back on the mats August 2nd and 3rd in Jenks, Oklahoma, for the World of Wrestling Summer Showcase. A developmental camp, world class technicians will show technique while wrestlers get the opportunity to train and compete with each other.

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FRL 521 - Who Will Replace Pat Downey, Greg Warren, Real Woods On The Move

521. Who Will Replace Downey & Greg Warren

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The FRL crew talks about the updates to the July 25 card, who should replace Pat Downey, are joined by Greg Warren, and talk Real Woods transferring.

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Coach Myers Wrestling S&C: The 'Tire Fight' With Kollin Moore

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Want the conditioning benefits of stance motion and hand fighting with the power-building benefits of strongman training? Throw in the added bonus of “socially distanced scrapping” and you have this tough drill: the "Tire Fight."

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Jenna Burkert Joins SERTC

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The summer of Senior level Regional Training Center free agency continues, and once again it's the Southeast RTC making moves. Monday afternoon during an interview with Mason Beckman of Home Mat Advantage, Jenna Burkert announced that she will be joining the Southeast RTC in Blacksburg. You can watch the full interview below. 

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State Wars: Who Has The Most NCAA Finalists?

The state debate will rage on forever. Pick the metric that is most beneficial for your favorite state and run with it. At the high school level, there isn’t a great objective measurement. You either have to use a tournament that has varying levels of participation by state, or rankings that are subjective. Fortunately at the highest level of folkstyle wrestling has the NCAA Division I Championships that gives us an objective way to measure.

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Bader Show: Noah Adams & Darrion Caldwell

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On this episode of The Bader Show, Bader and Bray catch up with breakout star Noah Adams and Darrion Caldwell, who wrestles Luke Pletcher on July 25.

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Dake vs Chamizo Is The Biggest Match Of The Year

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Wrestling matches have been few and far between since sports came to a screeching halt in mid-March. We didn't have the NCAA Championships, the Olympic Trials, or Fargo, just to name a few. Wrestling competitions have started to come back in recent weeks, and on July 25, we will have the match of the year between Kyle Dake and Frank Chamizo.

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