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- The first Division I dual meet of the year came and went in sunny San Diego, which is Spanish for something involving a whale. The sixth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers opened up year two of the Chris Bono era with a 31-8 win over Fresno State at the “AFC Duals,” which is not a West Coast version of KFC. You know how Carl's Jr. is the Western version of Hardees, well, sorry to disappoint. Seth Gross returned to action with a fall at 133 pounds over NCAA qualifier Gary Joint in probably the dual's most notable match. Wisconsin's ranking as a dual meet squad might be a little lofty. Unranked Army West Point pushed the Badgers to the limit as the Badgers escaped 16-15 as Trent Hillger closed things out again for UW. Navy also beat Fresno State 25-9 before the night concluded with Army West Point beating Fresno State 26-10 on the Battle on the Midway. It was on a BOAT! This episode was actually held up so we could get the final score of that dual and not just fake it.
- No. 7 Minnesota opened up its season with a 28-9 win over CSU Bakersfield at Maturi Pavilion. The dual saw Manny Rivera return to his old stomping grounds. Top match there was freshman Brayton Lee holding on to beat Russell Rohlfing at 149 pounds. Elsewhere in Division I, Chattanooga topped SIUE 29-14 and Cleveland State beat a pair of Division III teams, John Carroll 27-14 and Case Western Reserve 51-(-1).
- In Division II, Davis & Elkins won the school's inaugural dual meet against Alderson Broaddus 36-12. Falls were registered by 125-pounder Shawn Moore and 157-pounder John Finnerty. The Senators jumped out to a 36-0 lead in an impressive debut. Hat tip to head coach Jerry Boland, know that guy from years coaching at Camden Catholic down at the Virginia Duals. No. 1 Pitt-Johnstown opened up its season beating East Stroudsburg 38-8.
- Also in Division III, Brockport blanked Penn State Behrend 50-0, UW-Platteville edged Cornell College 18-16. Isaac Wiegel's fall at 125 proved to be the key bonus points for Mike DeRoehn's Pioneers. My apologies to Jim Heath. Don't worry, it's an inside joke.
- In the NAIA, Jamestown (N.D.) beat York (Neb.) 42-7 and Midland 48-3.
- Overseas, no Americans will be wrestling for medals as the first day of Greco-Roman completed at the U23 World Championships in Budapest. On the women's side, Kayla Miracle, a four-time WCWA champion during her time at Campbellsville University, finished with a silver medal in women's freestyle at 62kg.
What's on the docket:
- On Saturday, November 2, we have action at a number of opens, including Michigan State, Jamestown, Rochester – neither of those last two are in New York – as well as finishing off action at the Ithaca Invitational in Division III. There's duals across the country with the big one coming in Blacksburg as No. 9 Missouri faces No. 16 Virginia Tech at noon. LIU makes its return to Division I wrestling as the Sharks are in a quad at Rutgers with Centenary (N.J.) and the aforementioned Mountain Cats of Pitt-Johnstown.
Placing Top Six (From The Newsletter):
- Willie Saylor of Flowrestling probably had the biggest nugget of news on the day, tweeting that Ohio State true freshman Greg Kerkvliet, a Minnesota native fresh off getting hosed at the U23 World Championships, has hit the NCAA transfer portal. Coupled with the recent news that Kyle Snyder left Columbus to train at the senior level in State College, Buckeye fans heads have officially exploded. Thoughts and Prayers to Dan Ransick. While Willie's tweet was deleted 15 minutes later, Flo did re-post the news shortly thereafter.
- Andy Hamilton of Trackwrestling’s Writing Time feature discusses how injuries and the relaxed hardship rules from the NCAA have changed how wrestlers look at their seasons. Among those featured are Northern Iowa’s Jacob Holschalg and Iowa’s Michael Kemmerer, both All-Americans.
- Ed Gallo of Bloody Elbow features the college career of Edinboro four-time All-American Gregor Gillespie and why his credentials should also be treated highly in the UFC. Ed’s also written a book, released this past summer on Notre Dame College undefeated four-time Division II champion Joey Davis. Ed’s got some chops, give his stuff a look.
- HawkeyeSports.com's Chris Brewer pens a solid feature on Iowa's redshirt freshman heavyweight, Tony Cassioppi. In a day where most of the content created by media relations offices centers around quick videos and easily sharable content, Iowa still does the well-written feature. This is no exception. By the way, do yourself a favor and go to HawkeyeSports.com, click on the roster and look for a wild swath of hair in the back row. Then scroll and look for Jeremiah Moody. He has now supplanted Lincoln McIlravy as my favorite all-time Hawk.
- In other news, the NAIA released its rankings prior to Thursday's competition and Grand View is ranked #1 in the nation. In other news, water, is wet.
- Speaking of Iowa, Iowa City's West High School announced it was launching a girls wrestling team. This isn't in the newsletter, but I thought it was relevant enough to mention here.
- Finally, closing the news with more Iowa stuff, The Predicament continues its Inside the Rivalry series with a look at Jesse Sundell.
On The Network:
- The second part of my series focusing on the drop of St. Olaf wrestling in Minnesota is in the feed and featured on The Guillotine.com. What happens when you throw out crap excuses for cutting a sport, and you refuse to talk about it to the media? My wrath.
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