Riordan's Roundup: Nov. 12 - Nov. 18

Michigan 141-pounder Camryn Jackson shined this weekend (Photo/John Sachs,

This is my second roundup of notable results from the past week's NCAA Division I wrestling competition, complete with annotations. Your emails and comments are welcomed and encouraged.


Sunday, Nov. 18

Keystone Classic
The 125-pound weight class final saw Northwestern's Dom Malone beat Penn's 13th-ranked Mark Rappo in sudden victory.

There was another upset in the 133 finals as Northwestern's tenth-ranked Levi Mele lost to Cal Poly's Devon Lotito 4-2.

Penn's Charles Cobb wins the 141-pound weight class, and in the process upends Harvard's 13th-ranked Steven Keith in the semi-finals.

In the tournament's feature match, Northwestern's third-ranked 157-pounder Jason Welch beat Bloomsburg's seventh-ranked Frank Hickman 5-2.

Indiana's heavyweight Adam Chalfant, ranked 12th, who has shown flashes of greatness in the past, is starting to grow into his potential. He beat fifth-ranked Mike McMullan of Northwestern in the finals 5-3.

Saturday, Nov. 17

Joe Parisi Lindenwood Open
Let's start with the most interesting results first, Oklahoma State's Jordan Oliver debut at 149. Oliver crushed his competition, notching four pins and majoring one time Iowa starter Mike Kelly before drubbing Mizzou's 15th-ranked Drake Houdashelt 12-4 in the finals. It is worth mentioning that Houdashelt was coming off a quality win against another Cowboy, eventual third-place finisher Josh Kindig, 4-1 in the semis. Oliver appears, thus far, to have suffered no negative effects in performance from his big bump up in weight.

Nathan McCormick of Missouri, like his kin who wrestled for Mizzou before him, is cobbling together a nice collegiate career as quietly as possible. In the 133 finals, the ninth ranked Nathan defeated Oklahoma State's 11th-ranked Jon Morrison, 4-3.

At 141, Mizzou's 15th-ranked Nick Hucke loses in the third round to OSU's Julian Feikert, and the final eventually pits two more Mizzou Tigers against one another, with Trevor Jauch edging teammate Eric Wilson.

Freshman Alex Dierenger of OSU justified his No. 9 ranking by beating Missouri's 18th-ranked Kyle Bradley by 12-3 major decision in the 157 finals.

Missouri, who apparently has a top 20 wrestler in seemingly every weight class, sent 13th-ranked Zach Toal to the 165 finals. There he met the No. 3-ranked wrestler in the nation, Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma State, and was defeated 7-0.

Oklahoma State's top-ranked Chris Perry pins 19th-ranked Missouri wrestler Todd Porter, only 78 seconds into the 174-pound final.

In what was possibly the upset of the week, Oklahoma State's sixth-ranked Blake Rosholt fell to McKendree State's Kyle Reid 10-4 in the 197 semifinals. In other news, Mizzou's fifth-ranked Brent Haynes, the eventual champion, only beat Iowa freshman and maybe/maybe not redshirt Nate Burak, 1-0. Burak placed third.

Navy Classic
In the 165 semifinals, Bucknell's 16th-ranked Corey Lear falls to Jacob Schalles of Navy by pin.

The match of the night was in the heavyweight finals, 14th-ranked Odie Delaney of The Citadel scored the biggest win of his career, beating reigning All-American and 10th-ranked Jeremy Johnson of Ohio by a score of 7-6. This is a rematch of their NCAA round of twelve meeting last year where Johnson won by pin. In a near total non-sequitor, Levi Cooper who defeated Odie last weekend, was pinned this week by Grand Canyon's Tyrell Fortune. Cooper has beaten Fortune in the past.

New York State Intercollegiates
Cornell's Nashon Garrett knocks off Hofstra's seventh-ranked Steve Bonnano in the 125 finals 13-9.

Hofstra's 14th-ranked 133-pounder, Jamie Franco, falls to Binghampton's Dan Riggi in the semifinals. Riggi would get second to teammate Derek Steeley.

Cornell's 12th-ranked Joe Stanzione was the top seed at 141, but he falls in the second round to Army's Connor Hanafee, and then in the consolation finals to Hofstra's seventh-ranked Luke Vaith, 12-4. En route to a first place finish at this weight, Cornell's Mike Nevinger beats Vaith 1-0 in the semifinals.

At 174, top seed and 11th-ranked John Martin Cannon of Buffalo goes down to Hofstra's unranked Jermaine John in the first round. Cornell's Marshall Peppelman still seems to not have hit his stride, he places sixth here.

Dual Meets

Sunday, Nov. 18

Clarion 21, Eastern Michigan 10

Nebraska 25, North Carolina 12
At 184, Nebraska's sixth-ranked John Ihnen beat 19th-ranked Alex Utley, 10-4.

Nebraska 32, South Dakota State 7
An upset occurred here as the 13th-ranked Cornhusker, Jake Sueflohn falls to Dustin Walraven.

North Carolina 36, South Dakota State 6

Minnesota 30, Boise State 6
Minnesota, ranked third by InterMat, keeps steam rolling its opposition. Fourth-ranked 184-pounder Kevin Steinhaus beat BSU's 12th-ranked Jake Swartz 7-3; sixth-ranked Gopher Chris Dardanes beat 12th-ranked 133-pounder Brian Owen.

Ohio State 26, Pittsburgh 13
Logan Stieber is scary good. The reigning 133-pound champ pins Pitt's Shelton Mack, the seventh-ranked wrestler at his weight. It appears as if Andrew Campolattano may redshirt, in his stead the OSU has tapped C.J. Mangrum as the starting 197-pounder. Here Mangrum losses to the Pitt's second-ranked Matt Wilps, 13-3. No. 8-ranked heavyweight, Zac Thomusseit of Pitt, beat Ohio State's 19th-ranked Pete Capone, 5-1.

Penn State 44, West Virginia 3
As if PSU wasn't tough enough already, they have an overachieving 141-pounder who seems keen on clawing his way into the top 20. This dual saw PSU's Bryan Pearsall beat 19th-ranked Nathan Pennesi of WVU, 2-0.

Virginia Tech 32, Wisconsin 6
Tech's 10th-ranked 141-pound wrestler, Zach Neibert, notches the biggest win of his career to date, knocking off third-ranked Badger Tyler Graff, 4-3.

A few years ago in St. Louis, David Marone, was a couple converted shots away from being an All American. He is a ways away from that form at present. Marone, currently the 15th-ranked heavyweight in the nation, lost to Wisconsin's 16th-ranked Connor Medberry, 3-2.

Wisconsin 35, Campbell 7

Michigan 26, Stanford 6

Saturday, Nov. 17

Arizona State 29, CSU Bakersfield 10

Lehigh 18, Bloomsburg 12
What a difference a redshirt can make. Lehigh's 157-pounder Joey Napoli is on fire. Here he beats seventh-ranked Frank Hickman of Bloomsburg, 6-0.

Purdue 37, Northern Illinois 0

Friday, Nov. 16

Cornell 30, Binghamton 7

Iowa 26, Virginia 12
Iowa, ranked second by InterMat, is really good. As good as they are, I can't help but detecting a sense of angst from Hawkeye fans regarding the prospects for this year's team. Whatever the reason for this, Iowa's lineup is loaded with talent; UVA and its coaching staff deserve great credit in fielding a team that is capable of testing them just a bit. Top-ranked Matt McDonough won 9- 4 against UVA's fifth-ranked, and always nightmarish to score upon Matt Snyder. At 165, fourth-ranked Mike Evans defeated eighth-ranked Nick Sulzer, 7-4. In a matchup of former 184-pounders in the 174-pound match, UVA's ninth-ranked John Fausey pinned eighth-ranked Grant Gambrell during overtime ride outs.

Michigan 21, Oregon State 18
An upset at 141 pounds as Oregon State's second-ranked Mike Mangrum falls to Camryn Jackson 10-8. Fifth-ranked Beaver 149-pounder, Scott Sakaguchi seems to be building off his All-American finish last March, here he bests Michigan's 11th-ranked Eric Grajales, 9-6. At 197, Oregon State's 13th-ranked Taylor Meeks beat 20th-ranked Max Huntley, 5-3.

Michigan State 25, Eastern Michigan 11

Iowa 37, Chattanooga 6
Top-ranked 125-pound wrestler, Matt McDonough, pinned UTC's ninth-ranked Soto in the first period.

Minnesota 27, Nebraska 7
In a battle of tough sophomores, UM's Logan Storley beats Nebraska's Robert Kokesh in sudden victory, 3-1. Fourth-ranked Gopher 184-pounder Kevin Steinhaus continues to be the model of consistency as he beats sixth-ranked Husker Josh Inhen, also 3-1.

Ohio State 23, Virginia Tech 10
Jesse Dong wasn't in the lineup for Va Tech, but it wouldn't have mattered. At 125, Tenth-ranked Jarrod Garnett got revenge for an NCAA round of twelve loss to the OSU's eighth-ranked Nikko Triggas, 10-2. Fourth-ranked Buckeye 141-pounder Hunter Stieber beat tenth-ranked Zach Neibert, 8-5. Nick Brascetta won't be ranked 19th for much longer, the Tech 149-pound sophomore beats seventh-ranked Cam Tessari, 5-3. Ohio State heavyweight Pete Capone, ranked 19th, was a 152-pounder in high school, now he is beating ranked heavyweights on the division one level. Here, his latest victim is 15th-ranked Hokie Dave Marone.

North Dakota State 24, Boise State 15
NDSU is another program that is quietly very good, here, their 157-pounder, Hayden Zillmer upsets BSU's 20th-ranked George Ivanov in overtime. At 184, 12th-ranked Bronco Jake Swartz majors a very tough 17th-ranked Mac Stoll, 13-5.

Old Dominion 19, Wisconsin 12
ODU a rebounds from last week's lopsided dual meet losses to Mizzou and Purdue, and notches a win against a big ten opponent. Tyler Graff, ranked third for the Badgers at 141 pounds, registered a win over ODU's 16th-ranked Justin LaValle, 8-4.

Penn State 29, Lehigh 6
Penn State flirts with a shut out of the Mountain Hawks. At 149, PSU calls forth one of its stellar backups, James English, who beats Lehigh's 18th-ranked Shane Welsh, 5-2. Thirteenth-ranked 157-pound Mountain Hawk Joey Napoli stormed to a 5-2 upset of PSU's second-ranked Dylan Alton. 174 saw PSU's Matt Brown, currently No. 4 in the nation, dominate 18th-ranked Nate Brown (no known relation), 12-1. Finally in the marquee match of the weekend: No. 1-ranked Ed Ruth of Penn State, 11, and third-ranked Robert Hamlin of Lehigh, 9. I am careful to not describe this match as having a real loser. Also, anyone who was able to see this match won big.

Thursday, Nov. 15

Ohio State 40, Davidson 3
It was really cool of Tom Ryan to visit Davidson. Perhaps he wanted to show his wrestlers beautiful Lake Norman, N.C., shooting site of some scenes in standout television show, Homeland.

Last week's missed super upset: Illinois' Jordan Blanton, ranked fifth at 174 pounds, fell to Nebraska's Micah Barnes at the Cyclone Open.


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Merris (1) about 5 and a half years ago
Virginia Tech really looked good this weekend. Even with the loss to Ohio State, every match was very physically contested and the Hokies just simply dominated Wisconsin.