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    Weekend Dual Primer (1/6/2023)

    Sam Latona (left) and Vito Arujau at the 2022 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

    Even though there are a few open tournaments on the schedule this weekend and in the coming weeks, we're smack dab in the middle of dual season. This weekend marks the first set of Big Ten conference matches. Both Friday and Sunday feature B1G doubleheaders on the Big Ten Network. Don't be fooled though, the action isn't limited to the Big Ten, there are some incredible duals on tap for this weekend outside of the conference.

    With so much going on, there might be some storylines that go unnoticed. At InterMat, we're trying to prevent any such occurrences. In our weekend primer, we'll outline a couple major things to watch in this weekend's duals.


    Ohio State at Indiana

    As we were preparing for the Collegiate Duals, I checked to see the status of Ohio State's lineup. They ended up without their starters at 133/157/165 for the Duals and suffered a loss to Northern Iowa. At the time, I was told to expect the Buckeyes injured wrestlers in January. We're in January now. Let's see what the Buckeyes look like in their conference opener. Truthfully, they don't necessarily "need" those three back to get the win against the Hoosiers, so maybe Coach Ryan holds out the trio for Rutgers next week.

    Watch: Big Ten Network (TV)

    Binghamton at NC State

    Unfortunately, I'd imagine we don't see the marquee matchup of this edition of the "Pat Popolizio Bowl," as #9 Louie DePrez was injured early in his Southern Scuffle final at 197 lbs. Last year, at the Collegiate Duals, DePrez majored #7 Isaac Trumble. Without that match, the heavyweight clash is the most enticing of the dual. Scuffle runner-up Cory Day has been a breakout star for the Bearcats and should face #12 Owen Trephan.

    Watch: ACC Network Extra

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