By Eric John
Week one of the 2013-14 NCAA wrestling season is in the books. There was a lot of good action and a few surprises. “In Case You Missed it Mondays” will be a new weekly feature to provide you with some quick notes and facts that you may or may not have missed over the weekend. Also as part of this feature, we will engage you the fan. Each Monday morning we will pick one question to answer. Please submit your question by 7:00 a.m. CST every Monday for consideration. These can be submitted via Twitter (@theopenmat), Facebook (Amateur Wrestling News Page) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Hey now, you’re an All-Star”
The All-Star results are in and two wrestlers moved up a weight to earn impressive wins. In the main event, top-ranked 141-pounder Logan Stieber (Ohio State) moved up and defeated top-ranked 149-pounder Kendric Maple (Oklahoma) TB-1 6-4. Iowa’s top-ranked Tony Ramos (133) moved up to 141 pounds to face No. 3 Devin Carter (Virginia Tech). In another very close match, Ramos came out on top with a SV-1 5-3 victory. One of the more surprising wins can at 133 pounds when Lehigh’s No. 10 Mason Beckman earned a decisive 5-1 decision over No. 3 A.J. Schoop of Edinboro. Beckman is coming of a redshirt year and showed that he will be right in the mix this spring.
125 – Nahshon Garrett (All Star Red) over Jarrod Patterson (All Star Green) SV-1 6-1
133 – Mason Beckman (All Star Green) over A.J. Schopp (All Star Red) Dec 5-1
141 – Tony Ramos (All Star Red) over Devin Carter (All Star Green) SV-1 5-3
149 – Logan Stieber (All Star Red) over Kendric Maple (All Star Green) TB-1 6-4
157 – Joey Napoli (All Star Red) over Nestor Taffur (All Star Green) Dec 2-1
165 – David Taylor (All Star Red) over Mike Moreno (All Star Green) Maj 13-2
174 – Andrew Howe (All Star Green) over Matt Brown (All Star Red) Dec 4-3
184 – Jimmy Sheptock (All Star Green) over Jacob Swartz (All Star Red) SV-1 3-1
197 – Taylor Meeks (All Star Green) over Scott Schiller (All Star Red) SV-1 6-4
285 – Tony Nelson (All Star Red) over Mike McMullan (All Star Green) TB-1 2-1
No redshirt for you
It came as a bit of a surprise to some that Missouri decided to pull the redshirt on two of their incoming freshman J’Den Cox (197) and Barlow McGhee (125). Cox was one of the top recruits last year and many thought he would redshirt this season. That ended when he took the mat in the team’s first dual of the year against North Dakota State. Cox was impressive in his debut posting a 14-4 major decision over Colt Castlebury. He compiled over five minutes of riding time during the bout. Cox then carried that over into the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open. There he posted a perfect record on his way to the title at 197 pounds. In six matches over the weekend Cox went 6-0 with five of those matches resulting in bonus points and outscored his opponents 75-18. Not bad at all for a debut. Teammate Barlow McGhee also had a strong weekend going 7-1 on the weekend and finishing third at the Daktronics Open. It is early but the decision to pull both out of redshirt appears to be a good one thus far.
Bo Jordan showed why he was one of the top prospects this weekend by dominating the 165 pound weight class at the Clarion Open. Jordan, who is redshirting this year for the Buckeyes, steamed through the completion on his way to the title. Jordan wrestled five matches and had one major decision, two technical falls and two pins. Many of us were looking forward to the match up with fellow blue chip recruit Cody Wiercioch, who could be redshirting for the University of Pittsburgh this season. They met in finals and Jordan dominated the match earning a 20-4 technical fall. Jordan is poised to have what could be a magical career.
Wyoming coach Mark Branch has to be pleased with his teams’ performance at the Cowboy Open. The Cowboy’s had six champions at the tournament. As a team Wyoming won 60 of 80 matches which is impressive. They may not be top 25 right now, but do not be surprised to see this team climb the rankings as the season progresses.
All in all it was a good start to what should be a great season.