Penn State is number 1 and Campbell is featured in the latest college wrestling rankings for the first time
The Penn State # 1 Nittany Lions opened their season in style on Sunday, knocking out the Navy 45-0 and taking on four pins. The win keeps Penn State at the top of the NWCA polls again, but the program will contest its first Top 25 battle of the year against Arizona State in Tempe this weekend.
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Iowa, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and Nebraska rounded out the top 5 for the second straight week, and most of the top 25 held their positions despite disruptions in individual weight classes. Here’s what you need to know about the latest NWCA survey and what to expect from these top teams.
Two of the top 5 teams will make their season debuts this weekend
The No. 2 Hawkeyes will begin their season on November 17th against UT-Chattanooga. Coach Tom Brands announced on media day that the dual will include the debut of Gavin Teasdale, a highly-recruited Pennsylvania wrestler who started his career at Penn State but moved to Iowa City without ever stepping on the mat for the Nittany Lions . Teasdale is expected to compete at 133 or 141, joining a stacked Hawkeye lineup that includes seven returning All-Americans and a two-time national champion.
@ Hawks_Wrestling head coach Tom Brands had only positive things to say about the recent transfer, Gavin Teasdale 🔊:
“He’s on the right track … looking forward to seeing him on the mat on November 17th, I mean why not?” 🗣️ @FloWrestling pic.twitter.com/Oo1wqzOFU7
– Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) October 31, 2019
No. 4 Oklahoma State will make its season debut on November 15, before Lehigh takes on Lehigh in Bethlehem, Penn. On the next day.
Penn State, Ohio State and Nebraska fill the top 5 again in places 1, 3 and 5. The Nittany Lions dominated the midshipmen behind the pins of Anthony Cassar, Luke Gardner, Mark Hall and Nick Lee. Vincenzo Joseph also added a technical fall while Roman Bravo-Young took a skill lesson against Casey Cobb en route to an important decision. Bo Pipher, Kyle Conel, Creighton Edsell and Brody Teske also added wins. Penn State will next wrestle at the Black Knight Invite before the showdown against Arizona State on the 22nd.
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The Buckeyes hold their number 3 after beating Stanford over the weekend. Both of Ohio’s number one singles wrestlers also maintain their top spot, with one winning his dual place more smoothly than the other. At 141 pounds, Ohio state # 1 Luke Pletcher had a bout last weekend against Stanford’s # 14 Real Woods who battled for a win after a ferocious bout in overtime. No. 1 Kollin Moore, however, had no problem defeating No. 9 Nathan Traxler in the main decision style 19-8. The only win for the cardinal came at 165 pounds when Shane Griffith No. 8 pinned Ohio State No. 14 Ethan Smith to put six points on the board. Stanford still remains just outside the top 25 but will battle for a place in the rankings as the season progresses.
Ohio State’s Luke Pletcher holds onto his # 1 at £ 141 after beating Stanford’s Real Woods 3-1 in a sudden win 😤 # GoBuckspic.twitter.com / hkUXTAOZvC
– NCAA Wrestling (@ncaawrestling) November 11, 2019
The No. 5 Cornhuskers had two dominant performances, defeating Chadron State 37-3 and Nebraska-Kearney 47-0 in the Nebraska Duals. Alex Thomsen took a pin against Tate Stoddard and Mikey Labriola in the first half and added his own pin against Gavin Eason in just 13 seconds in the first dual. Labriola and Taylor Venz both recorded pins in their second match against the Lopers.
Badger and Gophers swap places
No. 6 Wisconsin took a 34-3 win over Buffalo with the only Badger loss being £ 197 and Taylor Watkins losing to Buffalo’s Sam Schuyler. Derek Spann also held Seth Gross to a decision, which is a remarkable result at this point in the year. Coach Chris Bono’s squad then scored a 28:15 win over Edinboro in a double with a gross pin and a pin from 141 pounder Tristan Moran and All-American Evan Wick. Watkins did not fight Edinboro and gave up six points by loss. These two team wins help put Wisconsin one place above the Gophers who won five titles at the Bison Open. Minnesota will battle Rider for the second dual of the year this coming weekend, while Wisconsin will have the weekend off before taking on Utah Valley.
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Team of the Week: North Carolina
Lautt’s pin and Monday’s win on his return to the mat for the tar heels give No. 17 UNC a 19-17 win over No. 19 Michigan! #TogetherWeWin pic.twitter.com/pqh2T3JFWG
– UNC Wrestling (@UNCWrestling) November 9, 2019
Last weekend there were a ton of highly anticipated wrestling duals from across the country, and any number of teams could have earned the team of the week honor this week after some stellar performances and individual rankings. However, the Tar Heels stood out from the crowd as one of just a handful of teams to beat a top 25 opponent and then defeated No. 19 Michigan 19-17 at Ann Arbor. Clay Lautt led Carolina with a pin against Michigan’s Reece Hughes for six key team points. Teammate Jaime Hernandez also added bonus points with his 20-7 decision over Austin Assad, while Zach Sherman, AC Headlee and Kennedy Monday added their own wins. The Heels take on Stanford on Saturday in California and aim to stay undefeated when they take on a cardinal squad looking to push their way into the top 25.
Arizona State and Virginia Tech add ranking wins
Coach Zeke Jones’ team defeated Virginia No. 23 27:12 and Big Ten opponent Purdue 22:19 to keep them unbeaten and in the top 10 for another week. Key to much of the Sun Devils’ success, especially in the close fight against Purdue, was Zahid Valencia, the two-time NCAA champion, who started his season with two consecutive pins and wrestled less than three combined periods between his 4:01 pin against Max Lyon and his 1:01 pin against Tyler Love of Virginia. Valencia are hungry for a Hodge Trophy and their performance over the weekend showed they have the dominance to fight for the highest honor. Teammate Josh Shields also picked up a fall in the Virginia Dual, putting Sam Martino on his back at 6:23.
The only other team to beat a senior opponent last weekend was the Virginia Tech Hokies, a squad that continues to impress, adding another W with a 21:18 win over Northwestern on the Mat on the Mound. Hokie Mitch Moore added a fall against Jack Tolin in the first period to give the team six crucial team points and keep them undefeated for the year.
Other notable results
The Utah Valley Wolverines took a 1-1 lead that weekend, claiming a win over Sacred Heart before heading to Purdue. The most impressive action, however, took place the following day at the Journeymen Classic. Heavyweight Tate Orndorff increased his two pins starting Saturday, beating Oklahoma’s Connor Webb, Lehigh’s Jordan Wood and Arizona’s Tanner Hall on Sunday. Orndorff is now number 4 in the heavyweight division behind 2019 NCAA Champion Anthony Cassar, 2019 Junior World Champion Mason Paris, and 2019 All-American Trent Hillger. Not a bad spot for year two.
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# 15 Pittsburgh held Campbell back to maintain his spot in the top 15, but the Camels added some notable performances. Most impressively, Campbell scored a huge win at £ 184 when Andrew Morgan defeated the then No. 1. 6 Nino Bonaccorsi 11-8 but the win wasn’t enough to lift the team past the Panthers and Campbell fell 28-6. However, the Camels followed their loss to the Panthers with a 24:16 win over Ohio to sneak their way into the top 25 at number 25 for the first time in program history.
Today Andrew Morgan proved that he is in his prime. The Campbell wrestler picked up one of the best in the nation in Pitts Nino Bonaccorsi (No. 6) with an 11-8 win. pic.twitter.com/zNLXdBfurQ
– Campbell Wrestling (@GoCamelsWrestle) November 10, 2019
The Boilermakers moved up the rankings and are linked to Campbell at number 25 after beating Buffalo 32-8 behind a pin from Max Lyon and beating Utah Valley 30-12. Purdue breakout star Kendall Coleman continued his unbeaten season with a 157 loss to Arizona and a win against Jed Loveless of the Utah Valley.
Army West Point also moved up to # 24 in the rankings, proving this is a team to watch that could surprise some top programs in the coming weeks. Coach Kevin Ward’s roster defeated Illinois 19-15 to claim a win over a Big Ten opponent and added an 18-12 win over UT-Chattanooga on the same day.
|1||Penn State (13)||1-0||349||1|
|24||Army West Point||3-1||22nd||NO|
Others get votes: Old Dominion 14, Wyoming 13, Rutgers 11, Stanford 2, Utah Valley 1.
Dropped out: (24) Wyoming, (25) Old Dominion.