Author Archives: Alex Steen

Live Updates – 2017 Big 12 Tournament

Big 12

The Big 12 tournament gets underway at 11 am central time Saturday morning with the finals set for 1 pm Sunday afternoon. TOM will be live from the tournament all weekend long providing live updates here and on twitter @theopenmat. Feel free to tweet us questions and we’ll do our best to find the answers. Our Big 12 preview can ...

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How Conference Tournaments Keep Underdogs Close in the Team Race

Conference Tournament

Photo by: Joseph Maiorana, USA Today Conference tournament season is well underway and this weekend every Division I conference outside of the Pac-12, who wrestled last weekend, will compete. These smaller tournaments are important for NCAA qualifying and seeding purposes, but also because schools want to win their conference crown. It is winning the team title that can get weird ...

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Eight Wrestlers Who Placed Higher at NCAAs Than Conference in 2016

Seth Gross - SDSU

The post season is where champions are made. This weekend the vast majority of the Division I conferences will get together to settle their differences and set themselves up for the NCAA tournament in a couple of weeks. Two weeks seems like a short amount of time, but every year it must feel like an eternity to certain wrestlers. Last ...

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OPINION: Give Randall (TX) the State Title They Earned

Randall, TX

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing”. Unfortunately for the wrestling team from Randall High School in Texas, the UIL, Texas’ state governing body, chose to do the worst thing this ...

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2017 Big 12 Wrestling Championship Preview

Big 12

The last couple of years have been full of firsts for Big 12 wrestling. Last season, the addition of the former Western Wrestling Conference schools expanded the league to 10 squads after having four or five teams since Colorado dropped their program back in the days of the Big 8. Last year also marked the first time the tournament had ...

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2017 MAC Wrestling Championship Preview


Missouri has dominated the MAC since they joined before the 2012-13 season. The Tigers have won all four of conference tournaments since, doing so by wide margins all but once. Before they came along, Central Michigan was the bully on the block, having won 11 consecutive MAC championships from 2002-2012. This year looks to be more of the same with ...

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113th EIWA Championships Preview

2017 EIWAs

Before there was an NCAA wrestling championship, the EIWA was already holding a post-season tournament, crowning their first champions in 1905. The oldest wrestling conference in America still includes three of the four founding members (Columbia, Penn, Princeton) with Yale being the notable exception. Having now evolved into a 16-team behemoth, the EIWA will host its 113th championship tournament, known ...

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Top 10 NCAA D1 Wrestling Matches to Watch This Week – Feb. 28th, 2017

Matches of the Week

Conference tournament season is upon us with every team in Division I, aside from the Pac-12, wrestling this weekend. With so much action on the schedule, this week could see an incredible array of match-ups between national title contenders. Get ready! Regular Season Record: 61-16 Post-Season Record: 2-2 10) #5 George DiCamillo (Virginia) vs. #6 Joey Ward (North Carolina) – ...

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Top Seven College Wrestling Performances of the Week – Feb. 27th, 2017

Performances of the Week

With the Division I postseason getting underway, the National Collegiate Open serving as a final competition for many, and the NJCAA national tournament ending in the most dramatic fashion possible, this week was full of amazing performances. 7) Stewart puts himself on the radar at 174 True freshman Noah Stewart (Army) put an exclamation point on his season by knocking ...

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TOM’s College Wrestler of the Week – Feb. 27th, 2017

Zahid Valencia - Arizona State

We knew Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) would be really good. He came out of high school as one of the best recruits in the class of 2015, made a Junior world team after his redshirt season and generally had the college wrestling world buzzing entering 2016-17. However, I’m not sure very many people had him going undefeated and that continues ...

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