Welcome to my first “week in college wrestling”, where I look back at interesting developments in the past week of NCAA Division I wrestling and give a look forward to the events in the coming week.
I’ll go right ahead and say that these posts will not be exhaustive treatments of everything significant that occurs within the landscape of college wrestling; I will miss some worthwhile stuff, and invite readers to mention these in the comments.
Watching college wrestling
College wrestling is more available for live viewing than ever before in its history, but you will have to pay for much of it. If you get Big Ten Network through your cable provider, then you will get a smattering of important matches on your TV and Bigtenonthego.com. For 14 bucks a month, you can also get access to Big Ten Plus, which streams just about every other Big Ten wrestling event in high quality.
In addition to Big Ten Network and its offshoots, a Flo Pro account at Flowrestling.org gets you video access to a large number of matches. If you can deal with the 20 dollars a month, the sophomoric commentary, and what I have found to be somewhat unreliable broadcasts, a Flo Pro account provides a massive amount of wonderful content.
The week in review
First off, this entry comes a week late. The most significant results missed in the first week of the season occurred at the Michigan State Open where Ohio State’s trio of super freshmen, Nathan Tomasello, Bo Jordan and Kyle Snyder all looked incredibly impressive.
That was two weeks ago, the following notable results come from the past week or so.
Pitt upsets Edinboro in a dual meet: Edinboro was without All-American David Habat, and it’s only a dual, but I’m really impressed with how tough Pitt is top to bottom.
Per reports, Nebraska will be without star 149 pounder Jake Sueflohn for the rest of the season due to a knee injury: this is a big blow to Nebraska who might have a tough time cracking the top ten without Sueflohn.
Chance Marsteller loses twice in Oklahoma State wrestle offs at 157 pounds: weird things happen at wrestle offs, but this doesn’t bode well for Marsteller’s national aspirations this year at 157.
Missouri dominates at the Harold Nichols Open: again, this is just an early season result, so take it for what it’s worth, but damn, Missouri looks good top to bottom.
George Mason beats Maryland in a dual 17-16: Mason’s wrestling program a couple years ago was barely a rumor, it’s amazing that coach Joe Russell has done so much with this team in such a short period of time. Beating a reputable program like Maryland is nothing to sneeze at, however, this shows that Maryland’s room is suffering from a lower level of talent than it enjoyed in the past.
Penn State beats Lehigh 24-10: Neither of these teams are as good as they could be. Penn State is redshirting Nico Megaludis and Zain Retherford, and the Altons are MIA. Meanwhile, Lehigh is the most unlucky team in the nation from an injury standpoint. This was still a good dual, and it featured the biggest win yet in the career of PSU’s 133 pounder Jimmy Gulibon as he decisively beat #2 ranked Mason Beckman.
I’ll add that Penn State head coach Cael Sanderson does a hell of a job, and his wrestlers do great things on the mat, but no team on Earth gives a more boring, milquetoast press conference than Penn State’s wrestling team.
Upset of the week
In the finals of the Hokie Open, returning national finalist Devin Carter lost to his Virginia Tech teammate Sal Mastriani
Coming up this week
This isn’t every college wrestling event in the coming week, rather, a listing of some of the competitions which will feature some top competition
Thursday, November 13:
Kent State at Ohio State, 7:00 PM
Friday, November 14:
Iowa State vs. Utah Valley at Boise State, 5:00 PM
Appalachian State vs. CSU Bakersfield at Gilroy, CA, 5:00 PM
Utah Valley at Boise State, 6:30 PM
Appalachian State vs. Illinois at Gilroy, CA, 7:00 PM
Iowa State at Boise State, 8:00 PM
CSU Bakersfield vs. Illinois at Gilroy, CA, 9:00 PM
Maryland at Wisconsin, 9:00 PM
Saturday, November 15:
Central Michigan, Edinboro, Kent State,Michigan State, Lock Haven, Ohio,Chattanooga, Michigan, Clarion
Minnesota at Air Force, 12:00 PM
North Dakota State at Virginia, 12:00 PM
Arizona State vs. Ohio State at Clifton Park, NY, 3:45 PM
North Carolina at Stanford, 5:00 PM
Lehigh at Pittsburgh, 7:00 PM
Minnesota at Wyoming, 7:30 PM
Iowa at Luther Open, Decorah, IA
Sunday, November 16:
Maryland at Nebraska, 2:00 PM (1:00 PM)
Hofstra at Rutgers, 6:00 PM
North Dakota State at Virginia Tech, 6:00 PM
Oklahoma State vs. South Dakota State at Miami, OK, 7:00 PM (6:00 PM)
East Stroudsburg Open, East Stroudsburg, PA featuring Brown, Navy, Penn, Princeton, and Sacred Heart
Roadrunner Open, Fresno, CA featuring Appalachian State, Cal Poly, CSU Bakersfield, Grand Canyon, Illinois, North Carolina, Oregon State, Purdue, and Stanford
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