I've alluded to this before: college wrestlers are a special breed. Few have the talent and athleticism to do what a college wrestler does on a mat. Even fewer, however, have the patience and love for the sport required to dedicate themselves on the collegiate level. The time commitment required to be a Division I wrestler is immense, and now is the point in the season where the depths of the athletes' dedication is truly measured. There are roughly two months left in the college wrestling season. Now is when things start to get really hard.
Sunday, Jan. 20:
Penn State 35, Purdue 3
Second-ranked PSU 125-pounder Nico Megaludis downs 17th-ranked Camden Eppert, 5-1.
At 197 pounds, third-ranked 197-pounder Quentin Wright beats Purdue's 17th-ranked Braden Atwood, 7-1.
Ohio State 29, Wisconsin 10
Cole Schmitt earns the upset over Ohio State's 14th-ranked 149-pounder Cam Tessari, 8-7.
Andrew Campolattano, ranked ninth for the Buckeyes at 197 pounds, wins a close 3-2 match over the Badgers' 20th-ranked Jackson Hein.
At 285 pounds, 11th-ranked Badger Connor Medbery beats 12th-ranked Pete Capone, 5-2.
Iowa 27, Michigan State 12
There were a couple of disappointing upsets for the Hawkeyes in this dual.
First, at 149, 17th-ranked Hawkeye Mike Kelly falls to Dan Osterman, 10-4.
After that, Iowa's 11th-ranked Ethen Lofthouse drops his match against MSU's 184-pounder John Rizqallah, 6-3.
Central Michigan 17, Missouri 16
Ah yes, classic conference rivals Central Michigan and Missouri. I'll have to admit, it surprises me significantly that CMU was able to win this.
At 133, Mizzou's eighth-ranked Nate McCormick laid a convincing victory on CMU's seventh-ranked Scotti Sentes, 7-1.
Mizzou's 20th-ranked 157-pounder Kyle Bradley fell to Luke Smith, 6-5.
CMU's 165-pounder Mike Ottinger seems to constantly surprise me. Here he beats 10th-ranked Zach Toal, 6-4.
Mizzou earns a mild upset at 174 as Todd Porter tops 20th-ranked Craig Kelliher, 2-0.
CMU's second-ranked 184-pounder Ben Bennett shuts out ninth-ranked Mike Larson, 8-0.
Finally, top-ranked heavyweight Dom Bradley earns revenge for an Olympic Trials loss to sixth-ranked Jarrod Trice, 3-1, in tiebreakers.
Air Force 39, Cal Poly 3
Air Force, competing without fourth-ranked Cole VonOhlen, dominates Cal Poly.
Twentieth-ranked Cal Poly 133-pounder Devon Lotito falls to Air Force's Dylan Hyder, 4-3.
Bloomsburg 24, Ohio 9
Bloomsburg rolls to a victory over the tough Bobcats.
In the process, Bloomsburg's 18th-ranked heavyweight Justin Grant falls to Ohio's 15th-ranked Jeremy Johnson, 7-2.
Rutgers 26, Harvard 9
Walter Peppelman earns win No. 100 as the eighth-ranked 157-pounder beats Rutgers' 17th-ranked Scott Winston, 4-2.
At 141, Rutgers' Trevor Melde pins Harvard's 10th-ranked All-American Steven Keith.
Oklahoma 25, West Virginia 14
In predictable fashion, OU's top-ranked 141-pounder Kendric Maple majors 14th-ranked Nathan Pennesi, 10-2.
Northern Iowa 21, Northwestern 13
UNI's 125-pounder Ryan Jauch notches the upset over Northwestern's 16th-ranked Dom Malone, 2-0.
Oklahoma State 26, Pitt 14
OSU's third-ranked 165-pounder Tyler Caldwell surges past 15th-ranked Matt Wilps, 7-2.
At 184, OSU's 10th-ranked Chris Chionuma takes his match over 14th-ranked Max Thomusseit 7-2.
Pitt's beast of a 197-pounder, second-ranked Matt Wilps gets an impressive pin over fifth-ranked Blake Rosholt.
Finally, OSU's third-ranked heavyweight Alan Gelogaev earns a convincing win over Pitt's eighth-ranked Zac Thomusseit, 8-3.
Boise State 33, Arizona State 7
At 184, BSU's 12th-ranked Jake Swartz tops 20th-ranked Kevin Radford, 11-2.
ASU's seventh-ranked Jake Meredith surrenders a medical default at 197 pounds. I hope he is all right.
ASU heavyweight, 17th-ranked Levi Cooper earns a nice win over 10th-ranked J.T. Felix, 6-0.
Cleveland State 21, Chattanooga 17
UTC's 15th-ranked Nick Soto suffers a surprising stumble against Cleveland State's Ben Willeford, 5-4.
Saturday, Jan. 19:
Army 28, Bucknell 9
Binghamton 29, Drexel 14
Binghamton 29, George Mason 13
Boston U. 22, George Mason 11
Cornell 35, Brown 6
Cornell 24, Harvard 15
Duke 22, VMI 15
Edinboro 35, Lock Haven 6
Hofstra 20, Boston U. 19
Hofstra 32, George Mason 9
Old Dominion 23, Boston U. 6
Old Dominion 27, Drexel 9
Rider 19, Binghamton 15
Rider 29, George Mason 8
Old Dominion 19, Hofstra 12
At 141 pounds, ODU's 17th-ranked Chris Mecate upends the always tough Luke Vaith, 8-2.
Virginia Tech 32, North Carolina 9
I had Jarrod Garnett pegged as a national finalist for Virginia Tech, so it came as a big surprise that the fourth-ranked Hokie was beaten by UNC's 13th-ranked Nathan Kraisser, 9-2.
At 133, Erik Spjut of VT upsets UNC's 18th-ranked Joey Ward.
Navy 22, Maryland 18
Fifth-ranked Terp 174-pounder Josh Asper notches a close 3-1 victory over Navy's 13th-ranked Matt Miller.
Missouri 37, North Dakota State 7
NDSU's Steven Monk continues to impress. Here Monk, ranked sixth at 165 pounds, blanks 10th-ranked Zach Toal of Mizzou, 3-0.
Friday, Jan. 18:
Air Force 24, Stanford 12
American 24, N.C. State 16
Bucknell 24, Columbia 14
Buffalo 19, Eastern Michigan 14
Kent State 26, Ohio 11
Lock Haven 19, Cleveland State 17
Oklahoma State 36, West Virginia 3
The Citadel 25, Appalachian State 13
Ohio State 36, Indiana 3
Peter Capone was a 152-pounder in high school, so his success at heavyweight amazes me. Here Ohio State's 12th-ranked Capone beats 13th-ranked Adam Chalfant, 2-1.
Iowa 33, Michigan 10
Here at 125, top-ranked Matt McDonough wins 8-2 over Michigan's 19th-ranked Sean Boyle.
At 174, Iowa's sixth-ranked Mike Evans majors 11th-ranked Dan Yates, 9-1.
Iowa's freshman 197-pounder Nathan Burak strengthens his case for a ranking with a 5-2 over 19th-ranked Max Huntley.
Virginia 24, North Carolina 9
UNC's 13th-ranked Nathan Kraisser registers a big win over UVa's seventh-ranked 125-pounder Matt Snyder, 8-5.
Ranked 13th for UVa at 133, George DiCamillo tops UNC's 18th-ranked Joey Ward, 9-3.
Lastly, in a surprising upset, UNC's 174-pounder Tanner Eitel beats 14th-ranked Jon Fausey, 9-3.
Penn State 36, Wisconsin 6
Wisconsin's freshman heavyweight Connor Medbery looks increasingly like a future national champ. Here he beats a hot Jon Gingrich, 6-3.
In one of the biggest upsets of the week, Jordan Conaway rallies to upend the third-ranked 133-pounder in the nation, UW's Tyler Graff, 10-8.
Quentin Wright, the third-ranked 197-pounder in the country, earns a pin for PSU over Wisconsin's 20th-ranked Jackson Hein.
Rutgers 17, Lehigh 16
This isn't the best Lehigh team, but Rutgers should proudly celebrate a win over the Mountain Hawks. This marks a significant milestone for the Rutgers program.
At 157, fourth-ranked Joey Napoli takes out 17th-ranked Scott Winston by major decision, 9-1.
Rutgers 174-pounder Greg Zannetti, ranked 16th, earns a huge upset over 10th-ranked Nate Brown, 5-3.
Third-ranked 184-pound wrestler Robert Hamlin bests 13th-ranked Dan Rinaldi, 4-2.
Nebraska 18, Illinois 15
Nebraska's fourth-ranked 174-pound Robert Kokesh is having an incredible season. Here he gets the better of eighth-ranked Jordan Blanton, 8-3.
At 184, eighth-ranked Cornhusker Josh Ihnen edges 18th-ranked Tony Dallago, 5-4.
Northern Iowa 18, Oklahoma 15
I'll admit, I was not expecting UNI to take this dual.
OU's dynamite 10th-ranked 133-pound freshman Cody Brewer beats 12th-ranked Levi Wolfensperger, 13-9.
141 top dog Kendric Maple tops UNI's 15th-ranked Joey Lazor, 6-3.
It takes a couple of overtimes for UNI's David Bonin at 157 to upset OU's 14th-ranked Matt Lester, 5-3.
Tuesday, Jan. 15:
Appalachian State 16, Campbell 15
Sunday, Jan. 20:
"Shorty" Hitchcock Memorial Tournament
Special mention of the "Shorty" Hitchcock tournament where Cornell Ivy shirt Mark Grey beat future teammate Nick Arujau twice: 7-3 and 8-0.