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.

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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.

Cael Answers Lineup Question After American Dual

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Penn State's head coach Cael Sanderson answered an urgent lineup question after their regular-season dual meet finale with American University. 

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Live Updates: OK State vs Iowa

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Live updates of a dual meet between one of the biggest rivalries in college wrestling, the Oklahoma State Cowboys vs the Iowa Hawkeyes.

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What Iowa vs Oklahoma State Could Mean For The Post-Season

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Iowa and Oklahoma State have been two of the most dominant wrestling programs in the history of the sport, and their dual meet rivalry is one of the staples of the season. When they meet on Sunday night, Iowa will be favored in every single match which rarely, if ever, has happened.

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National Preps Semifinal Preview

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FRL Friday Edition #5: The Zahid Situation

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On this Friday edition of FRL, Spey and Bray break down what we know about Zahid Valencia's suspension and preview the upcoming weekend of wrestling.

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Fremont & Reeths-Puffer Finally Break Through In Their Michigan Divisions

Craig Zeerip and Matt Brink developed their passion for wrestling growing up in rural communities roughly 40 minutes apart near Muskegon. 

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Can Wisconsin Win An NCAA Team Trophy In Coach Bono's 2nd Season?

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Wisconsin finished its dual meet season last night with a 20-18 loss to #14 UNI. The Badgers are in their second year under the direction of head coach Chris Bono, and they're already in the conversation for a top-four team trophy at NCAAs.

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Arizona State Suspends Zahid Valencia Over Failed Drug Test

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Two-time NCAA champion Zahid Valencia has been suspended by the Arizona State Athletic Department for a failed drug test. According to azcentral.com, The Arizona State athletic department released the following statement: "Zahid Valencia has been suspended indefinitely from the ASU men's wrestling team." 

Purdue Is On The Rise, But Are They An NCAA Trophy Team?

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The Purdue Boilermakers wrapped up the dual meet portion of their season on Sunday with an 18-14 win over Illinois. Purdue's progression has been so impressive this season that The Wrestling Nomad named head coach Tony Ersland the mid-season Coach of the Year. Their season, impressive as it has been, will largely be judged based on their NCAA tournament performance. Are they capable of finishing in the top four at NCAA's?

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5 Reasons To Watch NDSU vs SDSU

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North Dakota State goes for their seventh straight dual win against border rival South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits will be looking to close their season with a sixth straight win and finish the season in the top 25 dual rankings. Here are the top reasons this dual is worth tuning in to.

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