Tony Nelson of Minnesota edged Chad Hanke of Oregon State on Saturday (Photo/Mark Beshey, The Guillotine)
Though this past week featured marquee matchups with Minnesota vs. Oregon State and Bedlam, this is the quiet before the storm that is the massive events of December.
Sunday, Dec. 9:
Binghamton 26, Boston U. 13
Franklin & Marshall 45, Sacred Heart 6
Wisconsin 19, Nebraska 17
Wisconsin gets its first win over a ranked opponent since the 2010-11 season.
Oregon State 26, North Dakota State 11
Ranked wrestlers appear in eight of ten matches, but none meet.
Maryland 23, American 21
Penn State 52, Indiana 0
Penn State's defending national champ David Taylor "only" majors 18th-ranked Ryan LeBlanc, 8-0. Don't look now, but PSU's other heavyweight Jon Gingrich beats a top eight wrestler in Adam Chalfant, 6-5. This is bad news for the rest of the nation's wrestling teams.
Oklahoma State 26, Oklahoma 9
Tons of big time matches here.
At 133, eighth-ranked Cowboy Jon Morrison (OSU) notches a nice win over a tough 10th-ranked Cody Brewer, 9-4.
141 saw Kendric Maple, the No. 1 wrestler in his weight class, pin OSU's 20th-ranked Julian Feikert.
Top-ranked 149-pounder Jordan Oliver majors Oklahoma's seventh-ranked Nick Lester, 14-5
In the 157-pound weight class, ninth-ranked Alex Dieringer of OSU bests 10th-ranked Matt Lester, 8-5.
It takes overtime for third-ranked 165-pounder of OSU, Tyler Caldwell, to beat sixth-ranked Bubby Graham.
Saturday, Dec. 8:
Boston U. 25, Franklin & Marshall 16
Brown 24, Franklin & Marshall 12
Eastern Michigan 30, Duke 9
Michigan 30, Duke 14
Michigan 32, Eastern Michigan 3
Michigan State 25, Northern Illinois 9
Navy 33, George Mason 4
Ohio 28, Appalachian State 10
South Dakota State 27, SIU-Edwardsville 16
Central Michigan 28, Buffalo 7
Second-ranked 133-pounder Scotti Sentes sticks 19th-ranked Bull Erik Galloway in the second period. Defending 165-pound MAC champ Mike Ottinger beats 12th-ranked Mark Lewandowski of Buffalo, 2-1.
Rutgers 25, Rider 5
157 saw 11th-ranked Scarlett Knight Scott Winston fall to Zac Cibula, 6-4.
Minnesota 21, Oregon State 18
Beavers vs. Gophers. The fur flies as rodents collide and only one thing is for certain: somebody is gonna get gnawed on and no shrubbery will be safe. That is actually two things.
At 141, OSU's fourth-ranked Michael Mangrum wins a thriller against 14th-ranked Nick Dardanes, 7-6. OSU's 11th-ranked 197-pounder Taylor Meeks beats 13th-ranked Scott Schiller, 8-2.
And in the match of the week (in my opinion), defending heavyweight king Tony Nelson of Minnesota beats sixth-ranked Chad Hanke in tiebreakers, by a differential of eight seconds of riding time.
Rutgers 30, Princeton 6
Princeton's Kevin Moylan upends 17th-ranked 141-pounder Trevor Melde 7-5 in sudden victory.
Nebraska 18, Arizona State 12
Ranked Cornhuskers beat ranked Sun Devils at 174 and 184. Eighth-ranked Robert Kokesh beats 14th-ranked Blake Stauffer, 8-3, and sixth-ranked Josh Ihnen defeats 20th ranked Kevin Radford, 6-2.
Oklahoma State 31, Wyoming 8
A bunch of Cowboys. It's a miracle they were able to pry them away from their smokey ol' poolrooms and clear mountain mornings long enough to have a wrestling match.
Oklahoma State's ninth-ranked 157-pound freshman Alex Dieringer is having an excellent season. Here he soundly beats 16th-ranked Andy McCulley, 14-5.
Friday, Dec. 7:
Binghamton 23, Princeton 12
Pittsburgh 23, Maryland 12
An Aper-less Maryland team falls to Pitt, but not without two big Maryland wins. First, Maryland's 14th-ranked 133-pounder, Geoff Alexander beats sixth-ranked Shelton Mack, 3-2. Jimmy Sheptock, who has looked great this season and is currently ranked 10th, beat Max Thomusseit, Pitt's 15th-ranked 184-pounder, 3-2. Finally, second-ranked 197-pound Panther Matt Wilps, whom I believe may be at least part cyborg, beat 16th-ranked Christian Boley, 7-2.
Wyoming 25, Oklahoma 13
Upsets are a family affair as both of OU's Lesters fall. At 149, seventh-ranked Nick Lester drops a match to Brandon Richardson, 4-3. And at 157, 10th-ranked Matt Lester is the victim of 16th-ranked Andy McCulley, 8-1.
Minnesota 33, Northwestern 7
David Thorn, the No. 8 125-pound wrestler, downs tough 18th ranked Northwestern frosh Dom Malone, 2-0. At 165, ninth-ranked Gopher Cody Yohn outlasts 10th-ranked Pierce Harger, 3-2.
Wisconsin 19, Michigan State 12
Tough heavyweight Badger newcomer, 14th-ranked Connor Medbery defeats 19th-ranked Spartan Mike McClure, 6-2.
Thursday, Dec. 6:
Army 22, Drexel 15
The Citadel 32, Davidson 12
Iowa 26, Lehigh 9
The nation's top 157-pounder, Iowa's Derek St. John, puts the red-hot fourth-ranked Joey Napoli on ice, 6-0. At 184, third-ranked Mountain Hawk Robert Hamlin handles seventh-ranked Ethen Lofthouse, 9-4.
Tuesday, Dec. 4:
Appalachian State 21, Gardner-Webb 19
Saturday, Dec. 8:
Cory Clark125: Iowa redshirt studs on parade. Cory Clark beats second-ranked Jesse Delgado of Illinois, 6-1. That's right, the nation's second best 125-pound wrestler might be practice partners with the No. 1, Matt McDonough.
Another Iowa redshirt, Thomas Gilman, beats Purdue's 17th-ranked Camden Eppert, 14-4. Eppert also falls to UNI redshirt Dylan Peters, 7-6.
157: Purdue's 20th-ranked Tommy Churchard suffers losses to UNI's David Bonin and Illinois' Zac Brunson.
165: In the "yes this is not a typo upset of the week," All-American and fifth-ranked Conrad Polz of Illinois drops a match to ISU's Michael Moreno, 3-1.
197: Purdue's 15th-ranked Braden Atwood wins by injury default over ISU's 17th-ranked Kyven Gadson.
165: Bloomsburg's Josh Veltre beats 16th-ranked Johnny Greisheimer of Edinboro, 6-3.
285: Another non-Division I standout heavyweight, Ziad Haddad (Kutztown), beats Edinboro's 20th-ranked Ernest James, 4-2.