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.

On FRL, we discussed the likelihood of Oklahoma State winning any matches, but it's interesting to consider the impact that any single Oklahoma State win could have on the post-season.

Lewallen vs Lugo Could Shape the #1 Seed at 149

Pat Lugo and Boo Lewallen is the hardest match to predict in this dual. These two All-Americans have never wrestled, and they're both serious NCAA title contenders in a weight class with incredible top-level parity.

Lugo and Lewallen were both ranked #1 this year before taking their lone losses of the season. If #6 Lewallen can upset #2 Lugo, the ranking and seeding picture will become murky. It is even possible that Lewallen could earn the top seed at NCAA's with a win over Lugo and a conference title. Of course conference weekend will also have a lot to do with who ends up at #1, but the result of this match will be huge.

A Repeat Upset by Piccininni Would Drop Lee to #4

Last year, Nick Piccininni pinned Spencer Lee in one of the most surprising moments of the season. Lee went on to beat Piccininni at nationals where he won his second NCAA title. He has looked dominant this year, but the possibility of another upset remains.

The current top 4 at 125 each come from a different conference, and it is likely that #2 Jack Mueller and #3 Pat Glory will remain undefeated through conference weekend.

As the rankings currently stand, Piccininni and Lee are on a collision course for the NCAA semifinals. An upset here would drop move Picininni to #3, drop Lee to #4, and keep them on opposite sides of the bracket in March.

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#15 Montalvo Can Further Jumble the Field at 184

Like 149, the parity at 184 has made it nearly impossible to predict what the top 8 will look like at NCAA's, especially since the announcement of #1 Zahid Valencia's indefinite suspension.

Oklahoma State freshman Anthony Montalvo is ranked lower in this matchup, but he's on a six-match winning streak including 4 wins over opponents who are either NCAA qualifiers or nationally ranked.

Assad, on the other hand, has had a solid true freshman campaign but is on a two match losing streak. If Assad gets the win, it will be back to business as usual for the Hawkeye. If Montalvo wins, he'll establish himself as an All-American contender this year.

Dakota Geer Can Get Back in the All-American Conversation

Both Dakota Geer and Jacob Warner finished 7th at last year's NCAA Championships, Geer at 184 and Warner at 197. Since that time, Warner has put together a season that has him ranked #4 while Geer has slid to #16 after being upset in his last two matches.

Despite recent struggles from Geer, a win over Warner would put him back in the picture at 197 as an All-American contender.

Any Oklahoma State Upset Drops Iowa's Projected Team Total

To be sure, Oklahoma State is under pressure to avoid giving up the first shutout in program history, but for Iowa, being ranked higher at every weight means that even one upset in this dual will lower their projected point total for NCAA's.

As the nation's #1 team, Iowa's season frequently led to discussion about their likelihood of winning their first NCAA title since 2010. This dual will be no different, and in a contest featuring 9 ranked matches including 4 between All-Americans, Iowa will need to be perfect to maintain the size of their current 66.5 projected team point lead over #2 Penn State.

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By The Numbers: Old Dominion In The Steve Martin Era

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Wrestling had been a varsity sport at Old Dominion since 1957. Sadly, after 63 years on campus, the administration at ODU recently announced that they were terminating the program citing financial concerns and Covid-19. 

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Tate Orndorff To Ohio State

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With two years of eligibility remaining, two-time NCAA qualifier Tate Orndorff will transfer from Utah Valley to Ohio State. The 285-pounder made his announcement today on social media.

Bader Show: Mark Ironside, Emma Randall, Chris Pendleton, and Randy Lewis

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On this episode of the Bader Show, Bader and Bray talk with Mark Ironside about Unite Wresting, Emma Randall about her work with Beat the Streats, Chris Pendleton about his new role at Oregon State, and Randy Lewis about some of the most legendary wrestling matches of all time.

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Way Too Early Lineup Look: 2020-21 Missouri Tigers

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With only three seniors, Missouri's starting lineup may have been one of the nation's youngest this season, but it was also one of the deepest.

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BREAKING: Old Dominion Cuts Wrestling Program

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Old Dominion, a public university in Norfolk, Virginia, announced in a statement that it would be cutting its wrestling program effective immediately.

Bader Show: Mark Perry, Mike Macchiavello, and Tim Foley

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On this episode of the Bader Show, Mark Perry, Mike Macchiavello, and Tim Foley call in

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FRL 478 - The Great Zain vs Metcalf Debate & Cael Sanderson Tweets

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On episode 478 of FRL, the boys debate Zain Retherford vs Brent Metcalf, Cael Sanderson tweets, and questions from friends.

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JD's Five Favorite Frank Molinaro Matches

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Yesterday on FRL, the Gorilla Hulk announced that he is officially hanging up the shoes and stepping away from the sport of wrestling as an athlete.

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Bader Show: Zach Sanders, Kyle Dake, Thomas Gilman, and Canaan Bower

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On this star-studded episode of The Bader Show, Bader and Bray are joined by Zach Sanders, Kyle Dake, Thomas Gilman, and High School Hero Canaan Bower

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7 'Whoa' Moments From The MOCCO FloFilm

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Before the debut of his FloFilm, we all knew about Steve Mocco's illustrious career on the mat, but we didn't know a lot about him personally, his upbringing, and other ins and outs of his life like we do many other wrestlers today. He was mysterious, intimidating, but fascinating. That all changed when we dropped MOCCO dropped in the fall of 2016.

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