NCAA Week 4 Round-Up

NCAA Week 4 Round-Up

The biggest stories from the fourth week of the 2021-2022 college wrestling season.

Nov 29, 2021 by Jon Kozak
NCAA Week 4 Round-Up

Suriano's decision, big upsets, and Army stepping up on short notice highlight the fourth week of NCAA wrestling. Take a look below at the biggest stories from the past week in college wrestling.

Nick Suriano Is A Wolverine

Nick Suriano has ended the speculation - he will finish his college eligibility in Ann Arbor as a Michigan Wolverine. You can read a full breakdown of his decision here, but the addition of Suriano for the Wolverines vaults them into title contention behind Iowa and Penn State. Suriano has yet to announce what weight he will compete at but will be among the favorites to win a title at either 125 or 133. In 2019, Suriano won the 133 pound NCAA title by taking out Daton Fix in overtime. Should he choose to go 125, he’ll be on a mission to end Spencer Lee’s quest for his 4th NCAA title. Lee and Suriano last met in the 2018 NCAA finals where Spencer Lee won, 5-1. Expect more news to come out soon concerning what weight Suriano will go but we could see him in action as soon as January 3rd when Michigan travels to Austin, TX to take on Arizona State.


Trey Rogers Takes Out Braxton Amos

Braxton Amos came into his freshman year with about as much hype and expectation as one could after his Junior world title this summer. That hype-train may have slowed a bit after Amos dropped his first college match to Hofstra’s Trey Rogers, 6-4 in overtime. Rogers was a national qualifier last season but failed to earn All-American honors after he went 1-2. While the upset was unexpected, it’s only November and history has shown it takes a bit for college freshmen to acclimate to the division 1 grind. In fact, click here to see a full deep-dive into NCAA success by junior world medalists at NCAA since 2010. Junior world medalists, especially champs, almost always perform well at the NCAA tournament. The loss is a bump in the road for Amos but I expect him to be just fine come March.


Greenwood Jumping Levels

Wyoming’s Job Greenwood won the Cowboy Open over the weekend by taking out All-American Michael McGee in the finals, 8-7. This is by far the biggest win of Greenwood’s career and is a huge improvement for him since last season. Greenwood failed to qualify for NCAAs last season and even finished with a losing record (7-8). Now 8-1, the win over McGee also avenged an 8-3 loss from last season. Check out the win for Greenwood below:

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Army Steps Up To Take On Iowa

Oregon State was set to wrestle Iowa on Sunday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. However, the Beavers faced travel issues and were unable to make it to Iowa. That’s when Army stepped up to the challenge. Already in Ames for a dual against Iowa State on Saturday, Army jumped at the opportunity to take on the Hawkeyes on a day’s notice. Iowa prevailed in the dual with a 36-7 win but Coach Tom Brands spoke highly of Army’s team following the dual. Take a look below:


Gomez Continues To Roll At 149

In 2019, Austin Gomez failed to reach All-American honors when he lost in the round of 12 at 133 pounds. Then a year ago, Gomez announced his retirement from wrestling after dealing with a series of injuries. Now at Wisconsin and up at 149, Gomez seems to have found his home and is wrestling as good as ever. On Saturday in their dual against North Carolina, Gomez took on 2021 All-American #13 Zach Sherman and came out on top, 9-4. Gomez is sure to move up in the rankings and looks to be a threat this year to challenge anyone in the top 10 at 149 pounds. 


Sun Devils Ready To Pull Valencia’s Redshirt?!

Cael Valencia is currently 8-0 and just took out #10 Hayden Hastings in the finals of the Cowboy Open, 3-2. Valencia, still in redshirt, looks to be the best option for Arizona State at 174 pounds this year and could provide valuable points for the Sun Devils in March. Arizona State is currently ranked 3rd in our team tournament rankings without any points from 174. While it’s only one win, a productive Cael Valencia at 174 could solidify a trophy for Arizona State and move them closer to Iowa and Penn State at the top.

Valencia's win over Hastings:

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