Riordan's Roundup: Nov. 19 - Nov. 25

This week, the third week of my aggregated and annotated college wrestling results, the plot begins to thicken. Certain wrestlers are starting to grab the spotlight and announce themselves as true national title contenders. Some freshman are taking the bull by the horns, and are showing that success does not have to wait, while others are faltering in the face of their lofty high school credentials. This week even saw a weight switch which may end up altering the landscape of the national title race.

As always all questions and comments are welcome.

Dual Meets

Sunday, Nov. 25

Oklahoma State 35, Penn 10
No Jordan Oliver here, which saddens me, I never get enough Oliver. OSU looks tough.

Old Dominion 22, Iowa State 13
Not that long ago, had you told me that ODU beat mighty Iowa State in wrestling twice in three years, it would have induced an instant spit take; I would have dropped the newspaper I was reading and sprayed my mouthful of coffee all over you. But here we are, in a weird universe where Old Dominion regularly beats Big Ten and Big 12 teams. My mother, an alumna of ODU and Great Bridge High School, would be incredibly proud of Coach Martin, if she cared about wrestling in the slightest.

At 174, a nice upset 7-3 win for ODU's Billy Curling over 17th-ranked Mikey England. Struggles continued for ranked Cylcone wrestlers as 15th-ranked Ryak Finch went down to 18th-ranked Jerome Robinson of ODU, 5-4. The 141-pound weight class saw ODU's 16th-ranked Justin LaValle defeat 18th-ranked Luke Goettl in sudden victory, 5-3.

Virginia Tech 25, Virginia 6
Tech surprisingly breezes by the Wahoos in a matchup two of the commonwealth's toughest teams. VT's eighth-ranked 125 pounder Jarrod Garnett overwhelmed fifth-ranked Matt Snyder, 11-2. 12th-ranked Nick Brascetta notched another win over an All American, this time beating UVA's ninth-ranked Derek Valenti, 3-2. At 165, Tech's fifth-ranked Pete Yates beat 8th-ranked Nick Sulzer, 7-2.


Saturday, Nov. 24

Jimmy Lawson (Photo/Bill Ennis)
Mat Town Open
At 285, Penn State's Jimmy Lawson takes the title. Lawson will develop into a national level wrestler. The only question is will it be in time to earn points for the Nittany Lions at NCAAs? If he can grab a couple wins at the big show in March, that could be all PSU needs for the three-peat.

Dual Meets

Saturday, Nov. 24

Note: I haven't subdivided the duals from Saturday's Northeast Duals. They have simply been listed as dual meets.

Army 16, Binghamton 15
With all the attention paid to the Dan Gable coaching tree, not enough is said about the Bobby Douglas coaching tree, which is really starting to assert itself. Coach Joe Heskett has those Army Black Knights coached up and they earn a nice win over in-state rival Binghamton.

Here, fourth-ranked Donnie Vinson ekes out a win over Army's 20th-ranked Daniel Young, 1-0, at 149 pounds.

Bloomsburg 33, Drexel 6
Bloomsburg's 17th-ranked Richard Perry wins 4-2 over Drexel's 19th-ranked Brandon Palik at 197 pounds.

Bloomsburg 24, Hofstra 10
A small upset occurred here as Bloomsburg's unranked 133-pounder Nick Wilcox beat Hofstra's 17th-ranked Jamie Franco, 8-2.

Bloomsburg 31, Princeton 10
Bloomsburg just keeps on cranking out dual meet wins. I am going to be proud to say that I knew Bloomsburg was a great wrestling team before they were cool.

Central Michigan 24, Hofstra 9
Hoftra's 125-pound All American Steve Bonanno seems to be losing quite a bit already this year. This time he falls to Central Michigan's Christian Cullinan, 5-1. Meanwhile, second-ranked Chippewa Scotti Sentes wins 8-2 over Hofstra's 17th-ranked Jamie Franco at 133 pounds.

Columbia 29, Drexel 9

Cornell 17, Central Michigan 15
Cornell's top-ranked 165-pound wrestler Kyle Dake earns a comfortable 12-point win over 18th-ranked Mike Ottinger.

At 125, there was a showdown of two soon to be highly ranked youngsters as Cornell's Nahshon Garrett beats Chritian Cullinan.

Cornell 40, Drexel 0
We don't know how far new Cornell 197-pound starter Jace Bennett will go, but he looks good so far. This dual sees him defeat 19th-ranked Brandon Palik as Cornell blanks the Dragons.

Cornell 25, Oklahoma 13
This match, the marquee showdown of the Northeast Duals, was a bit more lopsided than expected due to a surprising result at 133. Technically Cornell's 12th-ranked Nick Arujau defeating OU's 13th-ranked Cody Brewer is not an upset, but Brewer has looked awesome so far, and I definitely did not expect him to get pinned by Arujau in 34 seconds.

At 141, Kendric Maple, ranked No. 1, continues his reign of terror at this weight as he dismantles reigning All American Mike Nevinger of Cornell, 13-1. Cornell superstar Kyle Dake puts on a vintage performance as he shuts down Oklahoma's seventh-ranked 165-pounder Buddy Graham, 5-0.

Eastern Michigan 18, North Dakota State 17

Illinois 39, Binghamton 10
Nate Schiedel and Mario Gonzales did not wrestle at 197. Darn it, I was looking forward to that one.

Illinois 32, Maryland 6
At 174, sixth-ranked Illini wrestler Jordan Blanton exacts revenge on third-ranked Terp Josh Asper. This match went the other way at the NWCA All-Star Classic a few weeks ago.

Jimmy Sheptock of Maryland, now ranked tenth, has been doing well at 184. Here he downs 11th-ranked Illini Tony Dallago, 9-2.

Illinois 46, Princeton 0

Iowa 49, SIU-Edwardsville 0
Wow! It appears that Mike Evans may be moving up to 174 for good, leaving Grant Gambrall as the odd man out. This is a risky move for the Brands brothers, but maybe a necessary one, as Evans was quite lean at 165, and may look more like the Blair Academy Mike Evans, at 174.

Maryland 27, Columbia 10
Third-ranked Maryland 174-pounder Josh Asper beats the Lions' 18th-ranked Stephen West, 9-3.

Maryland 20, Purdue 19
Maryland relies on timely upsets from its lower weights to propel them to a narrow victory over a Big Ten foe. Terp 125-pounder Shane Gentry beats 18th-ranked Camden Eppert, 5-4, and 15th-ranked 133 pounder Geoff Alexander downs Purdue's eighth-ranked Cashe Quiroga, 9-3.

In a surprising development, Maryland's tenth-ranked 197 pound wrestler, Christian Boley, who barely lost last year en route to a third seed at the NCAA tournament, loses here to Purdue's 18th-ranked Braden Atwood, 11-5.

Minnesota 36, Eastern Michigan 4

Minnesota 22, North Dakota State 12
This dual saw two important upset wins for NDSU. At 125, 13th-ranked NDSU wrestler Trent Sprenkle upended the Golden Gophers' sixth-ranked David Thorn. This match may cast some doubt on Thorn's ability to stand on the podium at the end of the year, but don't forget that Sprenkle is very good and twice has been one match away from placing at NCAAs.

In a low-scoring affair at 165 pounds, 11th-ranked Steven Monk edges 9th-ranked Gopher, Cody Yohn, 1-0.

Missouri 36, South Dakota State 3
One moderate upset here as SDSU's unranked Joe Brewster tops 13th-ranked Zach Toal, 6-3, at 165 pounds.

Missouri 31, Stanford 3
Another ranked Mizzou wrestler falls to an unranked opponent, this time at 157. The Cardinal's Kyle Meyer beats 18th-ranked Kyle Bradley, 3-2.

Oklahoma 24, Central Michigan 14
At 133, Scotti Sentes sits for this dual. His absence is keenly felt as CMU falls to OU. The 165-pound weight class saw OU's seventh-ranked Buddy Graham beat 18th-ranked Mike Ottinger, 4-1.

Oklahoma 36, Hofstra 6
Excellence has been the norm so far for OU's Cody Brewer. Here he majors Hofstra's 17th-ranked Jamie Franco, 14-6. Current king of the 141 pound mountain, Kendric Maple, blanks 10th-ranked Luke Vaith of Hofstra, 4-0.

Oregon State 21, Boise State 16
The sparks fly in an early season Pac-12 showdown. At 184, 12th-ranked Bronco Jake Swartz earns bonus points against 18th-ranked Beaver Ty Vinson, 19-6.

In what was probably college wrestling's match of the week, 5th-ranked Scott Sakaguchi stakes his claim as a serious national title threat as he downs BSU's second-ranked Jason Chamberlain, 3-2.

BSU's 157 pounder George Ivanov helps make this match interesting as he beats OSU's 11th-ranked R.J. Pena, 10-5.

Purdue 23, Army 12
This match featured an interesting contest at 149 as Purdue's 14th-ranked Ivan Lopouchanski beat Army's Daniel Young, 3-0.

Purdue 32, Hofstra 8
19th-ranked 125-pound Boilermaker Camden Eppert registers a win over 10th-ranked Pride wrestler Steve Bonanno, 5-2. Also, eighth-ranked Cashe Quiroga topped 17th-ranked Jamie Franco, 8-4

Purdue 37, Princeton 6

Rutgers 26, Army 15

Rutgers 30, Binghamton 6
I was looking forward to writing about Mario Mason's match against Donnie Vinson and then I realized that due to Mason's recent rash of defeats, he is neither ranked nor in the national discussion. Here is to hoping that Mason can return to form. He is fun to watch when he is on.

Rutgers 30, Columbia 6
I truly believe that Coach Goodale's Scarlet Knights' best shot at the NCAA podium this year is with Greg Zanetti. He has performed at a consistently high level and against Columbia this weekend he beat the Lions' 18th-ranked 174-pound wrestler Stephen West, 1-0.

Stanford 22, South Dakota State 11
Wrestling brings together some random schools, I wonder if this is the first time these two schools have competed against each other in anything ... ever?

Wisconsin 24, Northern Iowa 13


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