Author Archives: Alex Steen

TOM’s NCAA Division I Wrestling Team Rankings – Jan. 12th, 2017

NCAA logo

Before we get to this week’s team rankings, I wanted to touch a little bit more on our methodology.  First, this is purely a ranking of how a team is likely to do at the NCAA tournament in March.  To project that performance, we crunch the numbers to take into account every match wrestled by those likely to qualify.  We ...

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TOM’s NCAA Wrestling Dual of the Week: #2 Oklahoma State vs. #3 Iowa

Oklahoma State - Iowa

The two most storied programs in the history of college wrestling collide for the 51st time on Sunday as the second-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys host the third-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes at 2 pm central time inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. Both teams come into the dual undefeated on the season. Iowa has won the last three meetings in this series, but still trails ...

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Virginia Tech is the Favorite at the 37th Annual Virginia Duals

Virginia Duals

The 37th annual Virginia Duals wrestling tournament will be held Friday and Saturday, January 13th and 14th, 2017, at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. Eight years before the National Duals came into existence, John Graham started the Virginia Duals with just 12 teams across both the high school and college divisions. Graham would go on to start the National ...

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D1 Undefeateds: Who is Left and When Might They Lose?

Undefeateds January 2017

Four wrestlers won national titles without a single loss during the 2015-16 campaign. Nahshon Garrett (Cornell), Zain Retherford (Penn State), Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State) and Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) accomplished the feat with Dieringer doing so for the second consecutive season. This season, there are 27 wrestlers in Division I, not including redshirts, that remain undefeated while having wrestled eight ...

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Top Five Matches to Watch This Week – Jan. 10th, 2017

Zane Richards - Nathan Tomasello

This week brings us a veritable buffet of college wrestling action including the Iowa/Oklahoma State dual and the Virginia Duals.  Those two events will receive the full preview treatment later this week so I decided to omit them from this week’s matches to watch.  As you can see below, even without them, there is a lot going on around the ...

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NJCAA Wrestling National Team and Individual Rankings – Jan. 10th, 2017

NJCAA Wrestling Rankings

The NJCAA has released their latest set of team and individual rankings for wrestling. NJCAA National Team Rankings 1/09/2017 Rank Team 125 133 141 149 157 165 174 184 197 285 Total Points 1 Northeastern Oklahoma 9 12 10 10 6 7 16   7 7 84 2 Clackamas 12   16 16 9 9 12 6     80 ...

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Top Seven College Wrestling Performances of the Week – Jan. 9th, 2017

Clark, Jiminez, Ward, Studebaker

In college wrestling, athletes cycle in and out of lineups for any number of reasons.  Sometimes, when they return after a prolonged absence, they struggle to knock the rust off and return to form.  That was not the case for several of this week’s outstanding performers.  Whether they returned from injury, came out of redshirt, or thought they were done ...

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TOM’s College Wrestler of the Week – Jan. 9th, 2017

Nick Suriano - Penn State

With an 8-0 record in his true freshman campaign, Nick Suriano (Penn State) was off to an excellent start. Considering two of those wins, over Connor Schram (Stanford) and Darian Cruz (Lehigh), came at the expense of former All-Americans, his ranking of third in the nation seemed well earned. Still, a Big 10 road-trip to take on a red-hot Ethan ...

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Looking Back at how Mid-Season Rankings Predict Seeds and Finishes at NCAAs

NCAA Wrestling

The Midlands and Southern Scuffle are a point of demarcation in the NCAA Division I wrestling season. After two months of individual tournaments being prevalent, the Midlands and the Scuffle are the last individual tournaments for the top programs before the post-season begins a couple of months from now. With these two tournaments combined attracting the majority of D1 teams, ...

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2017 Escape the Rock Pre-Seeds


The pre-seeds for the 2017 Escape the Rock high school wrestling tournament have been released.  The tournament takes place Saturday, January 14th and Sunday, January 15th, 2017, at Council Rock South High School in Holland, PA, and includes another fantastic field.  Check back this week for a full event preview.

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