College Wrestling News

What You May Have Missed Over The Weekend – Oct. 24th, 2016

Alex Lloyd

InterMat JJ Classic 204 wrestlers took the mat Saturday in Rochester, MN, for the InterMat JJ Classic. One of the notable results was seventh-ranked 138 Jaden Van Maanen getting DQ’d in his match against John Dierkes. Dierkes was unable to continue in the tournament due to injury, while Van Maanen stormed back to place third. Nate Larson from Apple Valley, ...

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Sunday Numbers – October 23rd, 2016

Oregon/Oregon State

With the NCAA wrestling season just over a week away, I wanted to take a step back and acknowledge some of the programs that won’t be competing this year. Today’s Sunday Numbers focuses on dropped programs as a reminder that no one is safe and we must stay vigilant. While we enjoy a new season, we must also work to ...

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Top Five Career Pinners Returning to NCAA D1 Wrestling

Ross Larson - Oklahoma

The ultimate goal of wrestling is to pin your opponent. At the Division I college level, getting the fall consistently requires a level of dominance that is difficult to achieve. Yet, some wrestlers have a knack for turning their opponents over and scoring the most valuable win possible for their team. Below is the list of the top five career ...

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Pitt Looks to Rebound With Returning Qualifiers, Talented Recruits


Pittsburgh Head Wrestling Coach Jason Peters has to be feeling the pressure. In his first two years after taking over for the winningest wrestling coach in Pitt history, Rande Stottlemyer, Peters was able to keep the program chugging along. Stottlemyer’s last three teams had won EWL titles, but Pitt moved into the more competitive ACC and Peters guided the Panthers ...

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What to Watch This Weekend

Jacob Warner

InterMat JJ Classic Saturday in Rochester, Minnesota, the InterMat JJ Classic, created in honor of Justin “JJ” Kukowski who passed away from brain cancer in 2007, will feature some of the toughest wrestlers from Minnesota and the surrounding area. Nationally ranked contenders including seventh-ranked Jaden Van Maanen (La Crosse Central, WI) at 138, 10th-ranked Alex Lloyd (Shakopee, MN) at 145, ...

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Pinfall Enthusiasts – Episode 3


In this episode of Pinfall Enthusiasts, Bryce, Eric, and Alex discuss Virginia Tech’s chances to break into the top four this year and their future as a national contender.  They then move on to talk wrestler of the year picks and finish up with a discussion about the near constant problem with wrestlers having their stuff stolen at tournaments.

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Bonus Points: Which Top Teams Get Them and Which Ones Do Not?

Penn State

Every wrestling fan knows that two things are important in every competition, whether it be a dual or tournament format, winning matches and scoring bonus points. Winning matches is the most important, of course. If your team shows up and wins every match or even the vast majority of their matches, they will win. Bonus points only come into play if ...

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Michigan State Looks to the Future with Young Talent

Javier Gasca - Michigan State

Few people realize that in the years before Dan Gable and the Iowa Hawkeyes took over college wrestling, Michigan State put together a run of Big 10 dominance and were a force on the national wrestling scene. From 1966 through 1972, the Spartans won seven straight conference titles, finished in the top six at NCAAs every year, and brought home ...

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Hey Ref: Why Do You Officiate?

Hey Ref!

Before the thought of becoming a wrestling official popped in my head I knew a guy who pitched for the Baltimore Orioles. Not long but long enough, maybe four or five years before his elbow gave out on him. He was over one day and as we were shootin’ the breeze he told me the first hit he ever gave ...

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