Author Archives: Alex Steen

Top Five Surprises in NCAA Wrestling So Far

Colton McCrystal - Nebraska

The NCAA wrestling season is long and November, while entertaining, doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. Still, it is the first chapter in the story of the season where we begin to learn where the characters we knew will go next and get to know new characters as they emerge. These five young men have surprised us ...

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TOM’s NCAA Wrestling Dual of the Week: Nebraska Versus Princeton

Nebraska Princeton

The seventh-ranked Nebraska Cornhusker wrestling team hosts Michigan State, Drexel, and #25 Princeton on Saturday in back-to-back-to-back duals. Their final dual of the day, facing Princeton while Drexel and Michigan State square off on the other mat, is scheduled for 2:00 pm central time and is TOM’s NCAA Wrestling Dual of the Week. Please note, the duals will continue to ...

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2016 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational Preview

Cliff Keen Vegas

The 2016 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational begins at 9:00 am local time, Friday, December 2nd, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The brackets are well stocked with past national champions and All-Americans who will battle over two days at one of the premier regular season tournaments in NCAA wrestling. Before I head out to Vegas myself tomorrow, here ...

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NCAA Division I Individual College Wrestling Rankings November 29, 2016

NCAA Division I Individual College Wrestling Rankings

TheOpenMat.com has released its November 29, 2016, NCAA Division I Individual College Wrestling Rankings. Athletes who are known to be redshirting, injured for a prolonged amount of time or are known to be coming back the second semester are not ranked. During the season, wrestlers who miss two weeks of scheduled competition (excluding opens), will be removed from the rankings (with ...

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Top Six College Wrestling Performances From Week Four

Schafer, Foster, Gasca

6) Kyle Snyder gets the fall…twice Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) is the best wrestler in the world at 97 kg and the best NCAA wrestler at heavyweight, but he isn’t exactly a pinner. Despite having won 41 matches in college, only one of those victories had come by fall. Then, on Tuesday, he stuck Devin Nye (Kent State) and Mike ...

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TOM’s College Wrestler of the Week – Nov. 28th, 2016

James Benjamin - Buffalo

James Benjamin (Buffalo), TOM’s College Wrestler of the Week, is no stranger to upsetting ranked wrestlers. Last season, he pinned then 16th-ranked Shawn Scott (Northern Illinois). This season, he was hunting even bigger game. Benjamin sat and watched as teammate Nate Rose manned 197 against George Mason, winning 15-0 in 3:19, as Buffalo opened their competition at the Grapple at ...

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ICYMI: College Wrestling Highlights From 11-27-16

Oklahoma State over Minnesota

NCAA wrestling returned this weekend after the Thanksgiving break. Here are some highlights from Sunday. Oklahoma State takes nine of 10 from Minnesota: The top-ranked Oklahoma State wrestling team handled its first ranked opponent of the season in dominating fashion Sunday afternoon, dropping No. 16 Minnesota, 34-3, at the Minnesota Sports Pavilion to move to 2-0 on the dual season. Rutgers splits ...

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TOM Catches Up With DaWaylon Barnes, 157, Oklahoma

DaWaylon Barnes - Oklahoma

2016 junior college national champion DaWaylon Barnes signed with Oklahoma in the spring. He has already been through a coaching change, won the starting job at 157 pounds, and burst onto the NCAA wrestling scene by pinning B.J. Clagon (Rider) and knocking off Jordan Kutler (Lehigh), 3-2, to win the Journeymen Collegiate Classic. He is currently ranked #15 in the ...

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Stat Corner Powered by WrestleStat: It’s About to Get Tougher

NCAA logo

The first month of the NCAA wrestling season enters its final weekend after three weeks filled with open tournaments and tune-up duals with a few major clashes sprinkled in for good measure. This is bonus point season where aspiring All-Americans tend to not only win, but dominate the competition. It already takes six falls to crack the Division I top ...

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