Riordan's Roundup: Nov. 26 - Dec. 2

This, my fourth aggregation and annotation of meaningful Division I wrestling matches, features the first truly big tournament of the year, Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.


Friday, Nov. 30-Saturday, Dec. 1

Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
125: Fourth-ranked Alan Waters beats 10th-ranked Nahshon Garrett of Cornell in the finals. Nahshon is better than I thought. Cornell in general is better than I thought they would be.

Eleventh-ranked Nikko Triggas of Ohio State took fourth. He lost a close semifinals match to Waters and drops the consolation finals match to a surprising Josh Martinez of Air Force. All three service academies seem to be running very stable and respectable programs.

Michigan's 13th-ranked Sean Boyle is ousted from the tournament in the round of 12. He suffered losses to Val Rauser of Utah Valley and David Terao of American.

133: Defending national champ Logan Steiber of Ohio State may just have this wrestling thing figured out. He gleefully scampers through this bracket, registering four pins and a 12-1 major of Mizzou's eighth-ranked Nathan McCormick in the finals.

Tenth-ranked BSU wrestler Brian Owen falls in the round of twelve to UNI's Levi Wolfensberger.

UVA's 17th-ranked George DiCamillo puts on a strong showing making the semis, but falls to Wolfensberger in the consi semifinals. He takes fifth.

Twentieth-ranked Colin Johnston of WVU exits in the round of 12, falling in the wrestlebacks to CSU-Bakersfield's Ian Nickell.

141: Second-ranked super sophomore Hunter Steiber earns tOSU its second gold. He beats the burly Beaver Michael Mangrum 9-6 in the final. Mangrum is-ranked fourth in the nation.

Eighth-ranked UW Badger Tyler Graff falls to Mangrum in the semis, but proceeds to third place, defeating Cornell's ninth-ranked Michael Nevinger in the consi finals.

Twelfth-ranked Camryn Jackson of Michigan has an outing he'd like to forget. He gets teched 16-1 by CSSF's Naveed Bagheri, 16-1 in the first round; he then falls to American University's John Boyle in the second round of consis.

A worse week for 14th-ranked Mizzou Tiger Nick Hucke. He goes two and out.
Harvard's defending All American, 15th-ranked Steven Keith takes fifth, losing only to Graff and Nevinger. He beats 20th-ranked Natahn Pennesi of WVU in the fifth-place match.

149: Fourth-ranked Scott Sakaguchi suffers a sudden victory upset in the quarters to Nebraska's 17th-ranked Jake Sueflohn. Sueflohn would fall in the semifinals but would navigate his way to third place in this tough weight class.

Fifth-ranked BSU Bronco Jason Chamberlain recovers from his recent loss to Scott Sakaguchi to win the title here. He beats tenth-ranked Cole Von Ohlen of Air Force in the finals 7-3. For some reason I think that Cole Von Ohlen's nickname should be "Baron," so from now on my roundups will refer to him as "Baron" Von Ohlen.

Michigan's ninth-ranked Eric Grajales loses 13-9 to UNI's Hiatt in the second round and then medical forfeits out of the tournament.

Thirteenth-ranked Buckeye Cam Tessari falls to Chamberlain in the semis, and then Sueflohn in the consi finals.

Sixteenth-ranked Drake Houdashelt wrestles tough against Chamberlain in the second round, but drops out in the round of 12 when he loses to Northern Colorado's Justin Gonzalez.

Don't look now, but 20th-ranked USMA cadet Daniel Young is putting together an impressive season. He places eighth here.

157: Sixth-ranked Cornhusker James Green does not have his best outing. He loses 7-6 to UVa's Jedd Moore in the quarters, wins one more match, and medically forfeits to eighth place.

Fourteenth-ranked David Bonin of UNI takes fifth place.

Ohio State's 15th-ranked Josh Demas shockingly gets whipped 15-0 in the round of 12 by Navy's Bobby Barnhisel. I'm not sure what is going on there.

Seventeenth-ranked George Ivanov of BSU also falls to Barnhisel, this time in the consi quarters. Ivanov places seventh.

Finally, 18th-ranked Oregon State wrestler R.J. Pena, stands on top of this weight, beating Jedd Moore in the finals.

165: Kyle "Come on, I really ought to win the Hodge at least once" Dake hangs lopsided scores and pins on his opponents as he easily wins this tournament.

UVa's seventh-ranked Nick Sulzer loses a 1-0 nail-biter to NDSU's Steven Monk in the semifinals, he goes on to place third. Monk falls 6-0 to Dake in the finals.

Tenth-ranked Taylor Massa, Michigan's premium deluxe blue-chip true frosh, wrestles a solid tournament and take fifth place His losses are to Sulzer and Mizzou's 15th-ranked Zach Toal. Toal places fourth.

174: Eighth-ranked Robert Kokesh of Nebraska has gone from a highly ballyhooed redshirt freshman to a quietly stellar sophomore. He wins the title at this weight and does so in fairly dominant fashion.

Ninth-ranked Wahoo Jon Fausey ultimately fails to place. He falls in the round of 12 to Mizzou's 18th-ranked Todd Porter. Porter finishes eighth.

Michigan's 13th-ranked Dan Yates runs all the way to the finals, where he medically forfeits to Kokesh.

Navy's 15th-ranked Matt Miller loses to Kokesh in the semifinals and finishes in 4th after defaulting in the consi finals.

Twentieth-ranked UNI Panther Cody Caldwell places 7th.

Unranked Blake Stauffer of Arizona State has a great tournament, finishing third.

184: With sixth-ranked Josh Ihnen's title here, Nebraska earns its second gold medal. Mizzou's ninth-ranked Mike Larson edges UNI's seventh-ranked Ryan Loder in the semifinals to take the runner-up position. Loder finishes third, narrowly beating BSU's 15th-ranked Jake Swartz in the consi finals.

Kent's 15th-ranked Casey Newberg earns a very respectable fith place, while ASU's 20th-ranked Kevin Radford places seventh.

Oregon State's 18th-ranked Ty Vinson falls in the round of 12, failing to place.

197: Kent's Dustin Kilgore storms to first place, but wrestles some tight matches along the way. First to tOSU's Andrew Campolattano, apparently Kilgore's weekly foil, 6-3, and then in the finals to Wyoming's fourth-ranked Alfonso Hernandez, 5-4.

The aforementioned Campolattano wrestled attached, ending any redshirt speculation. He takes fifth place.

Mizzou's fifth-ranked Brent Haynes falls to OSU's Taylor Meeks in the consi semis, and then gets pasted 13-1 by Campolattano in the fifth place match. Meeks take fourth to ASU's 17th-ranked Jake Meredith makes a surprising run to a bronze medal, punctuated by some lopsided scores on the backend.

Michigan's 19th-ranked Max Huntley places eighth.

285: Mizzou's second-ranked Dom Bradley edges OSU's sixth-ranked Chad Hanke in the finals 3-2.

Tenth-ranked Ben Apland of Michigan fails to place. He has a loss to Cornell's Stryker Lane, who is much improved, and Merrill of California Baptist.

Eleventh-ranked Levi Cooper of Arizona State also fails to place. He loses in the round of 12 to fellow Pac 12 heavy J.T. Felix of BSU.

Felix, often hampered by his relatively small stature, impressively places third at this weight.

15th-ranked Connor Medberry, one of Wisconsin's few bright spots, places fifth, beating Lane in the fifth-place match.

Finally, another smallish heavyweight, tOSU's 18th-ranked Pete Capone places fourth.

Sunday, Dec. 2

Nittany Lion Open
Tons of great redshirt talent on display at the NLO, but we need to stick with the results that are relevant for this year's championship.

125: Thirteenth-ranked Nathan Kraisser of UNC falls to second-ranked Nico Megaludis of Penn State in the semis. Interestingly, Nico falls 3-2 to Pitt redshirt Anthony Zanetta.

133: Jimmy Gulibon is the highest placing PSU 133-pounder. He places second here. Will this change his redshirt situation?

141: Sixth-ranked Ugi Undrakhbayar of The Citadel falls in the semis to UNC's 17th-ranked Evan Henderson, 4-3. Ugi would place third.

149: Andrew Alton, ranked sixth, puts on an impressive display, pinning five of six opponents.

157: In the marquee match of the tournament, Clarion's third-ranked James Flemming beats PSU's fifth-ranked Dylan Alton 9-4. Ninth-ranked Scott Winston places fifth.

165: Second-ranked David Taylor techs and pins his way through this bracket, pinning Buffalo's 13th-ranked Mark Lewandowski in the finals.

174: To take the gold, third-ranked Matt Brown of PSU beats 11th-ranked Greg Zanetti of Rutgers in the finals, 7-3.

184: In the finals, top-ranked Ed Ruth defeats Maryland's 10th-ranked Jimmy Sheptock, 11-4.

197: Fourteenth-ranked Chrstian Boley of Maryland places third. He only loses to PSU redshirt Morgan McIntosh in the semis. Third-ranked Quentin Wright, also of PSU, beats McIntosh in the finals, 5-2.

285: Jimmy Lawson places second here, defeating a previous NCAA round of twelve wrestler in The Citadel's Odie Delaney, in sudden victory. Delaney also falls to PSU's Jon Gingrich by major in the consi finals. PSU may not have lost as much as expected at heavyweight with the graduation of Cameron Wade.

Dual Meets

Friday, Nov. 30

Eastern Michigan 21, Cleveland State 15

Edinboro 22, Michigan State 12
At heavyweight, 14th-ranked Spartan Mike McClure defeats 20th-ranked Fighting Scott Ernest James, 2-0.

Franklin & Marshall 20, VMI 16

Pittsburgh 18, Virginia Tech 16
VaTech's fourth-ranked 165-pounder Pete Yates beats 14th-ranked Tyler Wilps, 4-2.

Down by four team points going into heavyweight, Pitt's No. 7 Max Thomusseit all but needed a pin over Tech's 19th-ranked Dave Marone, and he got one, from bottom, in tiebreaker.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Bucknell 27, Gardner-Webb 15

Bucknell 25, SIU-Edwardsville 15

Central Michigan 23, Ohio 12
CMU's fourth-ranked heavyweight Jarod Trice notches a quality win over 14th-ranked Jeremy Johnson, 3-1.

Davidson 42, Sacred Heart 9

Drexel 24, VMI 14

Indiana 18, Bucknell 15

Indiana 29, Gardner-Webb 7

Indiana 33, SIU-Edwardsville 11

Iowa 32, Iowa State 3
Uh oh. Cyclone Nation is bound to be a bit salty after this blowout.

At 125,Iowa's top-ranked Matt McDonough majors 19th-ranked Ryak Finch, 13-2.

Iowa's 13th-ranked Mark Ballweg beats 18th-ranked Luke Goettl at 141, 4-1.

Hawkeye 184-pounder Ethen Lofthouse, ranked eighth, tops 16th-ranked Boaz Beard, 10-3.

And at heavyweight, fifth-ranked Bobby Telford edges 16th-ranked Matthew Gibson, 3-2.

Northwestern 33, Duke 12

Penn 24, Lehigh 12

Rider 32, Princeton 11

SIU-Edwardsville 24, Gardner-Webb 21

Sunday, Dec. 2

Drexel 22, Hofstra 16

Ohio 17, Eastern Michigan 16

Oklahoma 31, Binghamton 9
Binghamton's third-ranked 149-pounder Donnie Vinson defeats eighth-ranked Nick Lester, 9-2.

Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell proved to be too much for Minnesota's Cody Yohn (Photo/Mark Beshey, The Guillotine)
Oklahoma State 22, Minnesota 15
David Thorn, Dylan Ness, Logan Storley, and Blake Rosholt all didn't wrestle.

At 133, Minnesota's sixth-ranked Chris Dardanes holds off OSU's ninth-ranked Jon Morrison 3-1.

141 pounds saw Gophers' 11th-ranked Nick Dardanes get upended by Julian Feikert.

OSU's third-ranked 165 pound wrestler Tyler Caldwell, defeated ninth-ranked Cody Yohn, 8-1.

Top-ranked heavyweight Tony Nelson was a bright spot for Minnesota as he downs OSU's third-ranked Alan Gelogaev, 2-0.

Penn 21, Hofstra 12
At 125, Penn's 20th-ranked Mark Rappo downs Hofstra's 17th-ranked Steve Bonanno, 9-7.

Virginia Tech 21, Edinboro 16
141 pounds saw fifth-ranked Mitchell Port of Edinboro defeat seventh-ranked Zach Neibert of VaTech, 7-5.

Eleventh-ranked Nick Brascetta of VaTech continues his stellar run at 149 pounds as he beats 18th-ranked David Habat, 4-3.

Pete Yates is nothing if not consistent, the fourth-ranked VT 165-pounder beats 16th-ranked Johnny Greisheimer, 8-1.

Tech's David Marone continues a rough week as he falls in a tie breaker to 20th-ranked Ernest James, 3-2.


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ckwrestler (1) about 5 and a half years ago
Of course Jason Ness didn't wrestle....