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NCAA Week 9 Roundup: It’s Tourney Time


The holiday tournament season is here! Delayed the wrap-up by a day to accommodate the finals of the Southern Scuffles on Monday Hey Rose If you can postpone his bowl for a day wrestling grandpa on his blog why not ?

Summary of last week

This week midlands, soldier salute and the Southern Scuffle.

The Dual of the Century, of the Week

There is no dual for the century of the week, as there was no dual for the previous week. How about a second helping of that Pepsi??

And Now: Tournament Turbo Time

Wildcats go wild as hosts of 58th Annual Midlands

Wildcats of Northwestern not only did their hosting duties well, they won it all. If you can believe it, this was the Wildcats’ first team victory in the history of the show.

Senior All-American Yahya Thomas defeated Princeton’s Marshall Keller, Bloomsburg’s Cade Ballestrini, Pittsburgh’s Tyler Budgett, Penn’s Doug Zap and Arizona State’s Kyle Palco in order to win the 149-pound division. , was named Outstanding Wrestler. Split.

Northwestern University also won the championship with Trevor Chambly and Lucas Davison at 157th and 285th.

You can find all the upsets from the Midlands Here.

Hawkeyes dominate the inaugural soldier salute

The first-ever Soldier Salute was held at the proverbial Extreme Arena in Coralville, Iowa, just a stone’s throw from the University of Iowa campus. this is, 2022 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament and the 2022 UWW Men’s & Women’s Freestyle World Cupamong others.

The Hawks dominated with 8 champions and 10 placers. It’s hard to do much better than that!

You can find more Iowa results and more Here.

Spencer Lee notably won his first collegiate tournament championship title since the NCAA in 2021. Lee buzzsawed his way to the £125 title, winning two pinfalls, a tech and a major.

Hear from Lee himself after his triumphant return to the mat.

Wyoming’s Jacob Wright and Army West Point’s Ben Purshut were the only people other than Hawkeye to win the title at Coralville.

We brawled into the New Year with ‘Noog’

On paper, Missouri and Oklahoma were expected to dogfight over the team title. And they were. But then came Sundering Hurd of North Dakota, determined to have a say in how it all played out.

The Bison came to Chattanooga to shake things up, notably in the 197-pound Swirling Cauldron of Chaos, where Owen Pentz contributed to a ranking cacophony with a pinfall to rider #2 Ethan Laird.

The Tigers were also hampered by injuries, with three of the tournament’s first presses off the mat. You can hear more on this topic from Tiger Head Coach Brian Smith:


In the end, Oklahoma State brought too much firepower to Mackenzie Arena and just missed out on the team title. The Cowboys won his three champions in Dutton Fix, Dustin Plott and Travis Whitlake at 133rd, 174th and 184th.

North Dakota State University won three championships and finished in a respectable second place. Kellin March and Jared Franek both won against higher-ranked opponents, and in the £197 final Owen Pentz took a big win over Laird followed by an injury default win over Binghamton’s Lou Deprez. I was.

Additionally, Purdue’s Matt Ramos won with 125 and Northern Colorado’s Andrew Arriles won with 141 (And it was OW again), Stanford’s Shane Griffiths won 165 and Missouri’s Zach Elam also won the title.

All the upsets in Southern Scuffle, found here.

Finally, Scuffronian guru John F. Lennon’s harmonica solo does not complete the scuffle.

around the horn

The roundup suggested that we should cover more conferences each week than before. I am only responding to your request. Also, thank you for your continued support. please let me know If there is anything I can do to improve your reading experience.

big ten

We’ve covered most of the conference, headlined by the titles of the Iowa and Northwestern tournament teams respectively. Also winning the title in the Midlands were Wisconsin’s Eric Burnett 125th, Illinois’ Edmond his Ruth and Zach Braunagel his 174th and his 197th.

However, if you want to learn more about Michigan wolverines, we recommend our latest article wolverine insiderOr are you a cornhusker fan?good news we have you cover there too!

big 12

Some of the Big 12’s best action took place in Eastern Tennessee at the Southern Scuffle. The top three are all Big 12 teams, with Oklahoma leading, followed by North Dakota and Missouri.

Of the 20 finalists, 14 are Big 12 wrestlers, NDSU has 5 finalists, and Missouri and Oklahoma have 4 finalists each. Northern Colorado boasts the highest-ranked wrestlers in the tournament, with No. 1 Andrew Arriles at his No. 141 maintaining that ranking thanks to winning a bracket against his No. 9 Alan Hart in Missouri. To do.

Iowa State rested several starters after giving their all in last week’s College Eight Duals. To learn more about cyclone conditions, visit Click here for Insider Column.


Pitt had a great run in the Midlands Tournament, with All-American Cole Matthews and Hofstra’s Reese Heller winning the title with 141s and 184s. Pitt had a breakout performance at his estate in Hoffman, Illinois like Heller at heavyweight Dayton. He amassed his seven finishers within the top eight, including Pitzer’s runner-up .

Will head coach Keith Gavin pull out the young Pitzer’s red shirt and put him in the lineup?

There is also an insider article Hawkeyes and the pack of wolves For the enjoyment of VT and NCSU fans.


SIU-Edwardsville were the highest scoring MAC team in the Midlands. Within the top eight he has five finishers, with Caleb Tyus in fourth with 149 and veterans Saul Ervin and Colton McKiernan in fifth with 141 and 285 respectively.

The riders also put in a great performance in the scuffle with three placers including Mackenzie Bell who finished 4th on 141.


Arizona State finished sixth in the highly competitive Midlands. The individual titles missed the Sun Devils, but there were runner-up performances from Brandon Courtney, who returned to action with 125, and Kyle Parco, with 149. Coulton Schultz finished third in the heavyweight division, losing to the aforementioned Pitzer in one of the bigger shockers. of that week.

Stanford finished fourth in the Southern Scuffles, ahead of eight others, including one champion in Shane Griffiths and Jayden Abbas, who fought back to finish third after losing in the first round to Virginia’s Michael Joffre. Got 8 finishers.

Little Rock also managed to finish 10th as a team with three placers, including 174-pound Triston Wills, who finished third.

English and Japanese

Army team captain Ben Pasiuk earned the aptly named Soldier Salute. Pasiuk suffered a medical confiscation from his EIWA rival Lennox Wolak of Colombia in the final.

Speaking of the Army, check out a behind-the-scenes tour of the Army’s historic West Point Campus. Pay particular attention to the stunning camerawork in that professional video!


i also found Campus tour this time From 2011. It’s hard to believe it’s already 12 years ago, but I guess that’s how the passage of time works!

Other EIWA men who had meaningful breaks included Penn’s Michael Coraiocco and Princeton’s Quincy Monday, who won the Midlands title with 133 and 165 respectively. , dropped to 157 and now appears to be back to 165. See if the new, new weight class sticks.

Koraiocco defeated Blair Academy alum Chris Cannon (now of Northwestern University) in the 133-pound Midlands final. Koraiocco has been a Quaker heavyweight since his 2020, but covid has stripped him of his two NCAA Tournament appearances. Last season, he earned the No. 9 seed in his NCAA, went 1-2 in the tournament, and struggled to drop his final two games of the season.

Penn finished tied for second with Pittsburgh, just as Keystone State East and West showed in Chicago.

And in the brawl, Binghamton had two finalists, Lou Deprez ranked 197th and Corey Day ranked 7th at heavyweight.


UT-Chattanooga expertly hosted the Scuffle, as they have for many years. The Mocs had a finalist named Brayden Palmer, who is 133 years old, and along the way he defeated Aaron Nagao and Ramazan Attasauov. Chattanooga as a team put him in 16th place, a few spots behind SoCon rivals App State, and three individual placers saw him finish 13th.

Finally, there were many surprises about the composition of the holiday tournaments this season. for example:

Add to this that while the moral universe arc may bend towards justice, the wrestling community arc bends towards discontent. This is not to say that people who are unhappy with sports are wrong or shouldn’t have their say! Such is the hostile nature of sports! we are hard workers. Complacency is the enemy of progress, and if you’re not making progress, you’ll naturally spend a lot of time doing things you’re not happy with.

But if you don’t mind, at least for the first few days of the new year, I’d like to take a little optimistic view of where things are now and reflect on how much better we are now than just ten years ago. Previous. If you didn’t follow wrestling closely 10 years ago, it’s even better. The pie is growing!

So lift up your favorite drink and toast to the new year and the incredible possibilities that await us all. Believe please.

See you next week with your wrestling friends!

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