What Could Seabass' Return Mean For Big Ten Seeds?

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Sebastian Rivera has been one of the most fascinating 133-pounders of the season. The pre-season debates about which weight he would wrestle, his Puerto Rican trials story, his controversial match with Seth Gross, and his post-Midlands recovery from injury have all been important topics of conversation.

Wrestling fans could see him compete twice this weekend in matches that seem to have major seeding implications for the Big Ten Championships.

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On Friday night, Northwestern travels to Rivera's home state of New Jersey for a dual with Rutgers. At 133, Rutgers has true freshman Sammy Alvarez who burst onto the scene this year winning a tough Southern Scuffle bracket.

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If Rivera beats Alvarez, Nomad projects that he will receive the #6 seed at the Big Ten Championships. While that seed might appear low given Rivera's #3 national ranking, the seed could be beholden to the Piotrowski injury default win over Rivera at Midlands and Rivera's inactivity since that time. This would set up a potential Big Ten quarterfinal between Rivera and Austin DeSanto.

If Rivera competes in Sunday's dual with Maryland, he'll see King Sandoval.

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According to the same Nomad seeding projections article cited above, a win over Sandoval would likely put Rivera in the 11 spot at Big Tens, but if he doesn't compete at all, he could slide all the way to the 14 seed, setting up a round 1 match with DeSanto.

Seeds this low for a two-time All-American might seem preposterous, but Rivera's season has been anomalous in that he only has two matches against Big Ten opponents. The first was his wild Midlands semifinal with Seth Gross, and the second was a consolation match with Travis Piotrowski that Rivera was winning but ultimately lost by injury default.

Midlands Semi: Seth Gross vs Sebastian Rivera

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Rivera took NCAA Champion Seth Gross down three times in his wild match with Seth Gross demonstrating that he's more than equipped to handle the move up from 125 this season. If he's healthy, he will be a title contender. Hopefully we'll get to see a healthy Rivera in action this weekend.

NLWC Event Match Notes And Takeaways

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A wonderful Saturday night of wrestling in the books. The Nittany Lion Wrestling Club hosted an event taking on a variety of competitors, most from the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. All-in-all it was 13 fun matches involving high level competitors.

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#1 220, Nick Feldman's, School List

91. D1 Dual Rankings + Feldman 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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The Biggest Loss For Each MAC School & How They'll Fill The Void, Part I

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The Mid-American Conference will be teeming with returning talent next season as it welcomes back seven of its champions and 28 NCAA qualifiers. 

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#2 Heavyweight In The Country, Chase Horne, Commits To NC State

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The #2 heavyweight in the country, Chase Horne, has made his college decision. 

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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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.