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WIN’S “This Week in Wrestling”
Nov. 6, 2014
There are two dual meets that will feature four programs within the borders of the Keystone State. They include:
There will be two tournaments on the East Coast that could feature several match-ups of nationally-ranked wrestlers:
Nationally-ranked wrestlers could meet at the following weights:
The most notable schools and wrestlers include: American University (David Terao, #9/125); Chattanooga (Sean Boyle, #18/125; and Nick Soto (#11/133); Duke (Immanuel Kerr-Brown, #16/157); Virginia (George DiCamillo, #17/133; Joe Spisak, #13/141; Gus Sako, #12/157; Nick Sulzer, #2/165; Blaise Butler, #12/174; and Zach Nye, #16/197); and the host school, Virginia Tech (Joey Dance, #4/125; Devin Carter, #4/149; Zach Epperly, #19/174; and Ty Walz, #20/Hwt.)
The night before the Hokie Open, Virginia Tech will wrestle its first dual meet against Newberry College. The same thing is happening in Laramie, Wyom., where the University of Wyoming will first entertain No. 10 Nebraska in a dual meet on Nov. 7, then will play host to the 37th annual Cowboy Open, Nov. 8. In addition to the Cornhuskers, other schools entered in this tournament are Air Force, Boise State, Northern Colorado and Wisconsin.
The following is a list of the other schools that are ranked in WIN’s Tournament Power Index:
The college season officially opened last Saturday, Nov. 1, when the University of Pennsylvania played host to the 49th annual National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic at the Palestra, where there were six match-ups of No. 1 vs. No. 2 wrestlers.
Of those the lower-ranked wrestler earned upsets at:
197 – No. 2 Scott Schiller (Minnesota) defeated No. 1 and defending national champ J’den Cox (Missouri), 5-3 in sudden victory;
Hwt — No. 2 Mike McMullen (Northwestern) defeated No. 1 and defending national champ Nick Gwiazdowski (NC State), 8-4
In the other four matches where No. 1 defeated No. 2:
133 — A.J. Schopp (Edinboro) defeated Mason Beckman (Lehigh), 4-2
149 — Alex Tsirtis (Northwestern) defeated Josh Kindig (Oklahoma State), 4-1 (this was a rematch of last year’s NCAA final)
165 — Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State) defeated Nick Sulzer (Virginia), 4-2
184 — Gabe Dean (Cornell) defeated Jack Dechow (Old Dominion), 5-2
There was supposed to be another No. 1 vs. No. 2 meeting at 141, but Ohio State’s three-time NCAA champ Logan Stieber was unable to wrestle against No. 2 Mitchell Port of Edinboro.
The following are the championship match results of the Super 32 tournament, which was held in Greensboro, N.C., on Nov. 1-2. The rankings were from WIN’s preseason ratings.
106 — No. 1 Cade Olivas (St. John Bosco-Bellflower, Calif.) major dec. Unranked Thomas Cox (Deer Park, NY), 16-2
113 — Spencer Lee (No. 1 at 120 from Franklin Regional-Murrysville, Pa.) pinned unranked Noah Baughman (Wadsworth, Ohio), 0:26
120 — No. 14 Yianni Diakomihalis (Hilton, N.Y.) dec. No. 3 Daton Fix (Sand Springs, Okla.), 5-0
126 — No. 11 Chad Red (New Palestine, Ind.) dec. No. 14 Jose Rodriguez (Massillon Perry, Ohio), 7-0
132 — Luke Pletcher (No. 2 at 126, Greater Latrobe, Pa) dec. unranked Mike D’Angelo (Commack, N.Y.), 4-2
138 — Sam Krivus (No. 13 at 132, Hempfield Area, Pa.) dec. Davion Jeffries (No. 7 at 132, Broken Arrow, Okla.), 5-2
145 — No. 4 Michael Kemerer (Franklin Regional, Pa.) dec. No. 12 Max Thomsen (Union, Iowa), 9-4
152 — No. 12 Thomas Bullard (Archer, Ga.) dec. No. 9 Dayton Racer (Bettendorf, Iowa), 5-4, tiebreaker
160 — Fox Baldwin (No. 1 at 160, Osceola, Fla.) dec. Alex Marinelli (No. 6 at 160, St. Paris Graham, Ohio), 8-6
170 — No. 6 Taylor Lujan (Carrollton, Ga.) dec. unranked Brett Donner (Wall Township, N.J.), 11-5
182 — No. 1 Zahid Valencia (St. John Bosco, Calif.) dec. Kollin Moore (No. 14 at 170, Norwayne, Ohio), 9-4
195 — No. 4 Hunter Ritter (John Carroll, Md.) dec. unranked Kevin Mulligan (Bergen Catholic, N.J.), 8-2
220 — No. 14 Patrick Grayson (Colonial Forge, Va.) dec. unranked Yousef Hemida (Mamaroneck, N.Y.), 8-6
Hwt — Unranked Andrew Dunn (Bethlehem Catholic, Pa.) dec. unranked Ian Butterbrodt (St. John’s Prep, Mass.), 8-5