Author Archives: Clay Sauertieg

Q & A: Potential for Pitt Wrestling Limitless as Gavin Takes the Reins

Keith Gavin, Pitt

After a lengthy and fairly public process in search of its new head coach, Pitt Wrestling has its man in former national champion Keith Gavin. Since winning a national championship for the Panthers in 2008, the Factoryville, Pa. native has gone on to have an impressive international career and has made stops at some of the nation’s top programs in ...

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FloNationals Sees Biggest Stars Shine Bright

Jelani Embree

Hundreds of wrestlers flocked to the Kovalchick Center on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania this weekend to compete in the eighth annual FloNationals tournament. Among the field were some of the nation’s elite. You had names like Sammy Sasso and Julian Chlebove from Pennsylvania. You had Jacori Teemer from New York, Jelani Embree from Michigan, and Seth Nevills all ...

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Five Things to Watch at FloNationals

Mason Parris

Many of the best high school wrestlers in the country will return to the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania this weekend to compete at FloNationals.  Last year’s event featured breakout performances from University of Virginia commit Brian Courtney and Oklahoma commit Anthony Mantanona, who both took home victories and knocked off top-10 ranked wrestlers in the finals to do ...

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Fan Zone: Relax, Penn State fans, your team is fine.

Penn State

While we work hard at TOM to be objective and as unbiased as possible, we all were fans before we started writing about wrestling professionally.  With that, we have our favorite teams that we pull for and, especially this time of year, want to see do well.  In that spirit, we thought it would be fun to let our hair ...

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Top Five Conference Tournament Story Lines to Watch

Conference Story Lines

5) Will Missouri continue its MAC tournament dominance? Since joining the Mid-American Conference for the 2012-13 season, the Missouri Tigers have dominated the conference tournament. Under the direction of head coach Brian Smith, the Tigers have won four consecutive tournament team titles and 16 individual titles. The closest any team has come to knocking Mizzou from its throne atop the ...

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#4 Ohio State Battles EIWA/Ivy Champions #10 Cornell on Sunday

Ohio State vs. Cornell

Perhaps the most anticipated matchup of the NWCA National Duals Championship Series, after Penn State-Oklahoma State, is set to take place Sunday afternoon in Ithaca, NY. as Ohio State puts its number four ranking on the line against 10th-ranked Cornell. This is the second year of the current dual championship format and teams from the ACC, Big 12, EIWA, EWL, ...

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Ohio State Travels to Nebraska and Minnesota for Next Challenge

Ohio State

It’s been a busy season for the fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. The wrestling Bucks are fresh off a loss to number one Penn State on Friday and a tough win over 20th-ranked Rutgers on Monday. Now Tom Ryan’s crew, with a dual record of 9-2, sets its sights on the next challenge. Ohio State starts off the weekend on Friday ...

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#11 Michigan Seeks In-State Supremacy Against Central Michigan and Michigan State

Michigan vs. Central Michigan and Michigan State

That’s what they’re singing in Ann Arbor and throughout Cliff Keen Arena as Joe McFarland’s team has won three consecutive duals, including two against ranked opponents, capped by an upset of sixth-ranked Lehigh on Sunday afternoon. The victories have moved Michigan all the way up to number 11 in the latest team rankings and the Wolverines seem to be hitting ...

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#5 Virginia Tech Travels to the Snake Pit to Face #7 Lehigh on Friday

Virginia Tech vs. Lehigh

It’s not often that we get to see killer non-conference duals this late in the season. Such will be the case Friday as fifth-ranked Virginia Tech heads into the “Snake Pit” and puts its ranking on the line against EIWA powerhouse and seventh-ranked Lehigh at 7 pm eastern in famed Grace Hall. Both squads are coming off of duals against ...

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#7 Cornhuskers Head to Minneapolis to Take on the #11 Golden Gophers

Nebraska vs. Minnesota

Conference tournament seeding will be a major storyline this Friday as Mark Manning leads his seventh-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers into the Sports Pavillion in Minneapolis to take on No. 11 Minnesota. The dual features five matchups of ranked wrestlers and two very evenly matched squads looking to keep their momentum rolling in the heat of the Big Ten Conference season. Both ...

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