Ironman, Powerade Champ Gary Steen Commits To Pitt

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Gary Steen has been on a roll lately, winning two of the premier high school tournaments of the season, Ironman and Powerade. He'll take those championship talents to Pittsburgh, as the Reynolds High School junior committed via social media to join head coach Keith Gavin's Panther program. 

Steen is ranked #4 in the nation at 113 pounds and projects as a 125/133 pounder in college. Steen placed third last year at the Pennsylvania AA Championships.

Watch Steen beat Joey Fischer to take third at the 2019 PIAAs:

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Steen managed a seventh-place finish at Fargo in the 113 pounds Greco-Roman Junior division and was a double 2019 FloNationals All-American in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. Steen kicked it into high gear for folkstyle season, winning the prestigious Ironman over #10 Brett Unger of Notre Dame and then defeating #5 Carter Dibert of Franklin Regional over the holidays at the always stacked Powerade Tournament. 

Watch Steen's triumph over Dibert in the Powerade finals:

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Pittsburgh has two more years of Mickey Phillippi at 133, which would allow Steen to redshirt his true freshman season before taking over the spot. If Steen stays at 125, he'll face competition from Branden Fenton and Colton Camacho for the starting job (assuming they too stay at 125). 

The Panthers have two Reynolds Raiders on the team right now, Cole Matthews and Cole Rickert. Matthews was teammates with Steen in high school and is also his cousin.

FRL 551 - Recapping The Beat The Streets Card

551. Beat The Streets Recap

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On episode 551 of FRL, the boys discuss all of the action from an awesome Beat The Streets card.

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#1 220, Nick Feldman's, School List

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The current #1 wrestler in the country at 220 lbs, #11 on the Class of 2022 Big Board — although I expect that to improve when David Bray updates the ranking — and the #14 P4P high schooler, Nick Feldman, is a National Prep champion out of powerhouse PA high school Malvern Prep. The Friars finished in third at both Ironman and National Preps behind historic programs in Blair and Wyoming Seminary. Feldman will put his #1 ranking on the line against Oklahoma State commit Kyle Haas October 3rd in Austin, TX, at Who’s #1.

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Beat The Streets Match Notes

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Beat the Streets is here! The virtual benefit is finished up and now it's time to watch some wrestling, or if you're only able to or so inclined, read about wrestling while I live blog all six matches from my home in Austin, Texas. Wrestling begins at 7:30 PM ET. Be sure to refresh frequently for second by second match updates. The blog in its entirety will be uploaded post event as "match notes" if you would like a recap or see what you missed.

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Cyclones, Hawkeyes & More With Iowa State Assistant Derek St. John

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A four-time All-American and one of the most decorated wrestlers in Iowa history, Derek St. John has found a home coaching within the Iowa State wrestling program, but his journey isn’t as clear-cut as just traveling west on Interstate 80. 

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FRL 550 - 8-Man Bracket Announcement, Beat The Streets Predictions

550. 8 Man Bracket Announcement

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On episode 550 of FRL, the boys talk about the 8 man bracket announcement, make their Beat The Streets predictions, and talk about the recruiting dead period being extended until January 1, 2021.

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$20k On The Line For FloWrestling's 195-Pound Tournament

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On October 31, FloWrestling will be hosting an eight-man 195-pound tournament with over $41,000 in payouts. The champion will earn $20k, the runner-up will be awarded $10k, third-place will get $5k, fourth-place $4k, and fifth-eighth will all be awarded $1k. 

Super 32 Moving To Myrtle Beach

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Super 32 2020 is headed to the beach. Due to concerns regarding COVID-19 regulations, the tournament announced its decision to move to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in South Carolina via Twitter Wednesday evening.

Charlotte Fowler Steps Up vs Emily Shilson At Beat The Streets

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Just one day before the annual Beat the Streets matches, Felicity Taylor found out she would not be able to compete. On short notice, Charlotte Fowler, a 2018 U23 World Team member, stepped up to compete against Cadet World champion Emily Shilson.

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Ryan Morningstar Feeling Better After Suffering Stroke

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The Iowa Hawkeye wrestling program announced this morning that assistant coach Ryan Morningstar suffered a medical stroke in August. However, he is already feeling good and back in the wrestling room.

FRL 549 - Could NCAA Eligibility Impact Events In October?

549. Eligibility Impacting October Events

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On episode 549 of FRL, the boys talk about an NCAA eligibility issue that could impact October events, how some organizations in power hold wrestling back, Big Ten football coming back, and questions from friends.

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