Riordan's Roundup: Nov. 5 - Nov. 11

Welcome to my first weekly roundup of college wrestling results. My annotations of individual matches will appear based on the "dog bites man" principal, this is to say I will only comment on a match if there is something about interesting or unusual about the match. This means I comment when there is a match with national ranking implications, a notable upset, or just something that I find compelling on a personal level. If nothing worth of commenting on occurs in a match, then I will not be commenting. For instance, there is nothing particularly interesting about Jesse Thielke's romp through his bracket at the Pointer Open this weekend. One should have expected him to do so, and therefore I feel no need to remark on such a thing.

The focus of this roundup is on Division I. I have nothing but great respect for competitors at other levels of college wrestling, but seeking to include additional divisions would be too daunting a task. I will list dual meet results from all duals featuring two division one opponents, and results from tournaments where I deem there to be substantial enough Division I participation.

This roundup will not cover wrestle-offs, and at this point the InterMat ranking of a team will only be placed next to a team for teams ranked 30 or higher.


Sunday, Nov. 11

Wolfpack Open
At 125, North Carolina's Nathan Kraisser takes first and in the process earns a big win over UTC's eighth-ranked Nick Soto. Virginia Tech heavyweight Chris Penny may be one of college wrestling's greatest overachievers. Penny only loses to elite opponents, Nick Gwiazdowski and Odie Delaney last week, and Gwiazdowski again at this tournament.

Michigan State Open
There was an upset in the heavyweight finals as Michigan State's Mike McClure beats eighth-ranked Jeremy Johnson of Ohio University in overtime. Kent State's top-ranked Dustin Kilgore majors Ohio States ninth-ranked Andrew Campalottano in the 197-pound finals again.

Edinboro's 18th-ranked John Greisheimer goes down to Notre Dame's (Ohio) Joey Davis in the 165-pound finals.

The 149-pound finals saw Columbia's 15th-ranked Steve Santos beat Edinboro's 17th-ranked David Habat.

At 141, fourth-ranked Hunter Stieber of Ohio State wins over Edinboro's ninth-ranked Mitchell Port 12-7.

OSU sixth-ranked Nikko Triggas only placed fifth here at 125, meanwhile, CMU newcomer Christian Cullinan stages another impressive performance, making the finals.

Binghamton Open
At 133, Penn State's true freshman Jimmy Gulibon beat Cornell's 14th-ranked Nick Arujau 5-2 in the consolation finals. Wins like this are potential redshirt killers.

Cornell's resurgent Joe Stanzione pins Harvard's eighth-ranked Steven Keith in the 141 semis but falls to Binghamton's Joe Bonaldi in the finals 6-4.

Cornell 174-pounder Marshall Peppelman, ranked 20th, places sixth, behind five unranked wrestlers.

And at 197, the biggest upset of the day had Penn's fifth-ranked Micah Burak losing in the finals to Binghamton's 13th-ranked Nate Scheidel 5-2.

Unfortunately, there was no Jimmy Lawson sighting for Penn State at 285, though another Nittany Lion, Jon Gingrich, took the crown.

Saturday, Nov. 10

Bison Open
In a tournament showing off the impressive depth of the University of Minnesota, the most interesting result was a matchup of defending heavyweight national champions as Minnesota's Tony Nelson won a one-point match over Matt Meuleners of Northern State in the finals.

Brockport/Oklahoma Invitational
Oklahoma looked impressive, winning this tournament even without the "Wisconsooners" (Andrew Howe and Travis Rutt), who are currently on redshirt. Kendric Maple keeps on rolling at 141 for OU, and freshman 133-pounder Cody Brewer looks to be justifying the high expectations set for him. Maryland has a hell of a 1-2-3 punch with Josh Asper, Jimmy Sheptock, and Christian Boley. It is good to see Sheptock doing well so far at 184 pounds, his new weight.

Harold Nichols Cyclone Open
It looks like ISU's best shot at the podium is with talented freshmen John Meeks, who lost a close match in the 133-pound finals to UNI's fourth-ranked Joe Colon. Don't be surprised if B.J. Futrell is actually the No. 2 141-pounder in the nation. He was very impressive here.

St. Cloud state is tough by any standard. Their 184 pounder, Shamus O'Grady, had an surprising 11-6 win over Illinois' ninth-ranked Tony Dallago. Eric Thompson of Grand View was the winner here at 285 pounds. Between Tyrell Fortune, Meuleners and Thompson, the non-Division I college wrestling universe has some super tough and super entertaining heavies.

Ryan Mango cruised to a title at the Roadrunner Open on Saturday in Fresno, Calif. (Photo/John Sachs,
Roadrunner Open
The Naval Academy's Oscar Huntley has a huge obstacle in his way to becoming only the second Virginia Northwest Region wrestler to achieve All-American honors: his teammate and fellow 174-pounder Matt Miller (now ranked 17th). Miller pinned Huntley in the finals of this tournament.

Stanford two-time All-American Ryan Mango, who is redshriting, cruised to the title at 133 pounds. He went 5-0 with all five victories coming with bonus points. He won by technical fall (18-3) in the finals over Ian Nickell.

Dual Meets

Sunday, Nov. 11

Arizona State 42, The Citadel 6
In a matchup of marquee heavyweights, Levi Cooper bests The Citadel's Odie Delaney 6-2. The only Citadel points come via an Ugi pin at 141.

Rutgers 26, No. 29 Clarion 6
Rutgers posts a solid win over a scrappy Clarion squad. In one of the premier matches of the week, fourth-ranked 157-pounder James Fleming of Clarion beat Rutgers' ninth-ranked Scott Winston 7-5.

Appalachian State 23, George Mason 22
Appalachian won on criteria.

No. 25 Wisconsin 18, No. 16 Hofstra 13
The most interesting matchup here pitted Hofstra's 13th-ranked Luke Vaith against third-ranked 141-pounder Tyler Graff. Vaith is tough, only losing 5-3.

No. 13 Nebraska 22, No. 26 Wyoming 16

No. 18 Michigan 16, No. 13 Pittsburgh 15
Michigan pulls out a nail-biter against the Pitt Panthers. Pitt's Wilps brothers both won sudden victory over their opponents, 165-pound Tyler against Michigan's seventh-ranked super freshman Taylor Massa, and 197-pound Matt against 19th-ranked Max Huntley.

Saturday, Nov. 10

Arizona State 43, Campbell 0
I would love to see a strong Campbell Camel wrestling program in Buies Creek, North Carolina; it is going to take time and herculean effort.

Bloomsburg 18, Arizona State 16
Bloomsburg has quietly built itself into a very strong wrestling program.

Bloomsburg 29, Campbell 9

Bloomsburg 25, Utah Valley 10
A minor upset at 149 as 18th-ranked Josh Wilson of UVU losses to Bloomsburg's Josh Roosa in overtime.

Gardner-Webb 25, George Mason 12
Joe Russell will turn Mason around, but this is a long-term project.

No. 13 Nebraska 28, Northern Colorado 9
Blue chip heavyweight Donnie Longdendyke seems to be stumbling out of the gate this season. Here he loses to Henry Chirino.

Northern Illinois 19, Indiana 13
It looks like Indiana may be in for a long season.

Northern Illinois 26, South Dakota State 12
Kudos to NIU, going undefeated in their tri against IU and SDSU.

No. 7 Missouri 35, Old Dominion -1
I hate to see scores like this. I hope that Steve Martin and company can put this behind them and continue building ODU into a nationally relevant program. Missouri has a very strong dual meet team.

This dual saw No. 17 141-pounder Nick Hucke of Missouri avenge a loss at last year's NCAAs in beating No. 14 Justin LaValle of Old Dominion.

At 157 there was also a moderate upset as Missouri's Kyle Bradley, ranked 20th, defeated 17th-ranked John Nicholson of Old Dominion.

No. 7 Missouri 23, Purdue 9
In a clash of ranked opponents, Brent Haynes, ranked sixth at 197 for Missouri, beat 17th-ranked Braden Atwood of Purdue 8-2.

Also, No. 5 Alan Waters of Missouri beat No. 17 Camden Eppert of Purdue 10-2.

South Dakota State 19, Indiana 18

No. 28 Virginia 37, Gardner-Webb 3
Virginia has a tough lineup which will be even tougher when Matt Nelson returns from injury.

No. 28 Virginia 41, George Mason 3

Friday, Nov. 9

No. 3 Minnesota 32, No. 16 Hofstra 6
The scary part is that Minnesota only sat two starters. A surprise at 141 as Minnesota's seventh-ranked Dardanes goes down to Hofstra's 13th-ranked Luke Vaith.

At 133, Minnesota's fifth-ranked Chris Dardanes bested 18th-ranked Jamie Franco 9-5.

And in the most compelling math up of the dual, 11th-ranked David Thorn pinned returning All American, Hofstra's No. 4-ranked Steve Bonanno. If Thorn can hold weight and make a run at the NCAA podium, he could tip the balance in this year's national title race.

No. 12 Northwestern 32, Stanford 6

Drexel 28, Cal Poly 11
At heavyweight, Drexel's Jamie Callender, a 189-pound high schooler a couple years ago, beats Cal Poly's very good big man Atticus Disney.

No. 22 Lehigh 23, No. 25 Binghamton 16
The word I have made up to describe Lehigh's team this year is "redshirty." A virtual cornucopia of talent is sitting this year for the Mountain Hawks. Still they are able to earn more team points than their opponent, the Binghamton Bearcats.

Tuesday, Nov. 6

No. 9 Central Michigan 21, No. 18 Michigan 16
Sean Boyle of Michigan, ranked 14th, gets pinned by unranked Christian Cullinan of CMU at 125 pounds.

Seventh-ranked ultra blue chip 165-pound wrestler Taylor Massa of Michigan gets a solid 8-3 win over CMU's Mike Ottinger, ranked 16th and a defending MAC champ.


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