Austin Gomez (right) and Yianni Diakomihalis in Saturday's dual (photos courtesy of Darl Zehr/Cornell athletics)
Each college season has that one week where everything goes off the rails. Once that week takes place, it establishes the new year as its own and not the previous campaign. Needless to say, the third week of the 2022-23 was such a week. Just over a couple days' span, we saw one of the most shocking upsets of the last decade, a team get their first ranked win in almost a decade, two top-five teams clash, and countless individual upsets in tournament action.
Without any further ado, here are seven big stories from the weekend in college wrestling.
Gomez Pulls the Stunner of the Year as Badgers Bounce Back
Unless you're living under a rock, you probably have heard about the biggest upset in college wrestling over the last decade or so. That happened on Saturday afternoon as #3 Austin Gomez (Wisconsin) took down top-ranked Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell). On paper, a three beating a one isn't that surprising; however, if you look at Diakomihalis' entire career it's a shocker.
Gomez's win halted a 75-match winning streak for Diakomihalis, one that dated back to his freshmen year (December of 2017). For perspective, Gomez's head coach Chris Bono was still at South Dakota State and assistant coach Seth Gross was in the midst of winning a national title wrestling for Bono. One of Gomez's teammates in the Badger lineup Saturday, 174 lber James Rowley, was an eighth-grader at the time of Yianni's last loss. Gomez himself was a true freshman at Iowa State which was in the midst of its first year under Kevin Dresser.
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