Seven Top 5's Go Down! Week 12 Upsets

Seven Top 5's Go Down! Week 12 Upsets

Check out a full list of upsets and a breakdown of the biggest ones over the past week in college wrestling.

Jan 24, 2022 by Jon Kozak
Seven Top 5's Go Down! Week 12 Upsets

The past week of college wrestling saw over 30 upsets with 7 top-five wrestlers go down. Take a look below at a breakdown of some of the most notable upsets and a full list of upsets from the past week.

Cam Caffey Caught FIRE This Weekend

#18 Cam Caffey had two major challenges in front of him entering last weekend - #12 Greg Bulsak and #2 Max Dean. On Friday, Caffey was down 3-1 to Bulsak entering the third period before he secured an escape and takedown to go up 4-3 with just under a minute remaining in the match. Then, Caffey quickly racked up two, separate turns on top for 8 back points in 30 seconds. Caffey went from being down by 1 to finishing off Bulsak with a major decision, 12-4. Caffey’s win helped lead Michigan State to an upset victory over Rutgers - 20-17.

Then, on Sunday, Cam Caffey used incredible defense in the first period and a takedown in the second to build a 2-1 lead over Max Dean. Ultimately, the difference in the match for Caffey was his ability to escape with only 34 seconds left in the match. Caffey will assuredly climb in the rankings this week and will have an opportunity to continue to climb with a potential match with #8 Patrick Brucki on February 13th. 

Cam Caffey's late surge against Greg Bulsak:

Carson Kharchla = Title Contender

Carson Kharchla secured the biggest win of his college career Friday night over Alex Marinelli. With just under 30 seconds left in the match, Kharchla was caught in a front headlock but used a slick sucker-drag for the match-winning takedown. With the win over Marinelli, Kharchla is now 17-1 on the season - his only loss coming to defending national champion, Shane Griffith at the CKLV. Kharchla is a heavy favorite in his final four matches of the year and will likely be the #1 seed at the Big Ten Tournament in March. 

Kharchla's winning takedown over Marinelli:

Kerkvliet And Berge - Stock Up

In just his second match of the season, #17 Brady Berge defeated returning All-American #10 Cam Amine in Penn State’s dual win over Michigan. Berge used a takedown in the first period to take the early lead. Amine was unable to get any offense going the rest of the match leaving Berge with the 3-1 victory. Berge will continue to be tested in his remaining four matches of the season with potential matches against #4 Alex Marinelli (Jan. 28) and #5 Carson Kharchla (Feb. 4).

Then at heavyweight, Greg Kerkvliet got revenge over #2  Mason Parris with a controlling, 8-5. Last season, Parris defeated Kerkvliet by major decision (11-3) at the Big 10 tournament. Their match on Friday night was a completely different story with Kerkvliet securing 3 takedowns, an escape, and riding time. Kerkvliet is now 11-0 on the season and will look to avenge another loss from last year when he takes on #5 Anthony Cassioppi this Friday night. 

Trio Of Upsets Propel SDSU Over #8 Missouri

South Dakota State won 21-12 over #8 Missouri on Saturday with three major upsets to end the dual. Cade King got the ball rolling for the Jackrabbits with a 6-4 come-from-behind victory over #17 Jeremiah Kent. At 197, Tanner Sloan avenged a 10-4 loss from earlier this season by taking out #4 Rocky Elam (5-2). Then, to close out the dual, #23 AJ Nevills eeked out a 1-0 victory over #16 Zach Elam. Though SDSU lost to Central Michigan on Sunday, they’ve built up a 9-2 record on the year and will likely move into the top 25 in our D1 Dual Rankings.

Highlights of Tanner Sloan's victory over Rocky Elam:

All Upsets


#15 Malik Heinselman, Ohio State D;7-5 #8 Drake Ayala, Iowa

HM Ryan Miller, Penn D;4-2 #18 Joe Manchio, Columbia


Dominick Serrano, Nebraska D;10-8 #23 Kyle Burwick, Wisconsin

#18 Brock Hudkins, Indiana D;5-3 #11 RayVon Foley, Michigan State

HM Matt Ramos, Purdue D;4-2 #23 Kyle Burwick, Wisconsin


#24 Carter Young, Oklahoma State D;5-4 #15 Connor McGonagle, Lehigh

#8 Dresden Simon, Central Michigan D;11-5 #5 Clay Carlson, South Dakota State

#7 Allan Hart, Missouri D;4-2 #5 Clay Carlson, South Dakota State


Willie McDougald, Oklahoma D;4-4 #20 Josh Edmond, Missouri

#8 Austin Gomez, Wisconsin D;4-2 #4 Ridge Lovett, Nebraska


#19 Hunter Willits, Oregon State D;4-3 #13 Jacob Wright, Wyoming

#15 Josh Humphreys, Lehigh D;7-3 #12 Wyatt Sheets, Oklahoma State

#18 Justin Thomas, Oklahoma D;2-1 #17 Jarrett Jacques, Missouri


#17 Brady Berge, Penn State D;3-1 #10 Cameron Amine, Michigan

#20 Austin Yant, Northern Iowa D;8-6 #16 Luke Weber, North Dakota State

#5 Carson Kharchla, Ohio State D;3-2 #4 Alex Marinelli, Iowa


Bret Fedewa, Central Michigan D;3-1 #11 Cade DeVos, South Dakota State

#17 Clay Lautt, North Carolina D;8-5 #14 Matt Finesilver, Duke


Cade King, South Dakota State D;6-4 #17 Jeremiah Kent, Missouri

#21 Layne Malczewski, Michigan State F;2:21 #5 John Poznanski, Rutgers

Christopher Weiler, Wisconsin M;11-3 #22 Max Lyon, Purdue

#23 Donnell Washington, Indiana D;8-5 #21 Layne Malczewski, Michigan State


HM Tanner Sloan, South Dakota State D;5-2 #4 Rocky Elam, Missouri

#18 Cameron Caffey, Michigan State D;3-2 #2 Max Dean, Penn State

#18 Cameron Caffey, Michigan State M;12-4 #12 Greg Bulsak, Rutgers


#23 AJ Nevills, South Dakota State D;1-0 #16 Zach Elam, Missouri

HM Sam Schuyler, Iowa State D;5-2 #19 Brandon Metz, North Dakota State

#11 Christian Lance, Nebraska D;5-3 #7 Trent Hillger, Wisconsin

#4 Greg Kerkvliet, Penn State D;8-5 #2 Mason Parris, Michigan

#12 Lucas Davison, Northwestern D;8-3 #11 Christian Lance, Nebraska

HM Taye Ghadiali, Campbell D;6-1 #24 Michael McAleavey, The Citadel

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