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The 5 Most Impressive Dual Performances Last Week January 4th-7th

01/09/2018, 12:15pm EST
By Michael Willis

5. Fresno State over Cal Poly 29-13

Fresno State defeated Cal Poly in their first home win since being reinstated. In front of a crowd of over 4000 fans the Bulldogs took care of business against the Mustangs. Fresno’s 197 pounder, Josh Hokit returned to the mat less than two weeks removed from the football season where he helped Fresno win the Hawaii Bowl over Houston with 64 rushing yards. If Hokit was rusty he did a good job of hiding it, as he pinned his opponent, Ryan Anderson, in 4:14. Fresno will look to keep this momentum rolling as they improve their record to 2-5.

4. Wyoming over #19 North Carolina 21-17

North Carolina has been slowly creeping up the rankings until they hit a couple speedbumps this weekend. Wyoming being one of them. Wyoming is a tough under the radar team that matches up well with UNC and won the matches they were supposed to as well as a couple swing matches. UNC is really missing senior All-American, Ethan Ramos at 174 where they lost by major decision. Hopefully Ramos is healed up and ready to go for the NCAA tournament.

3. Pittsburgh over #18 Oklahoma 19-18

Coach Keith Gavin inherited a mess when he took the helm at Pittsburgh, and it will take some time to right the ship. After winning their opening match against Cal Bakersfield, the Panthers had dropped six straight. However last Sunday’s win over #18 Oklahoma might be a sign that things are starting to move in the right direction. Despite forfeiting the opening match at 125, the Panthers hung tough with the Sooner squad. Needing a pin to win the dual, RS senior big man, Ryan Solomon delivered to give Pitt the 19-18 victory.

2. American over #19 North Carolina 18-13

American had a couple wrestlers step up big last week to knock off the Tar Heels. Specifically true freshman Eric Hong taking out #16 Kennedy Monday at 157, and at the time #19 Michael Sprague upsetting then #4 Troy Heilmann. Credit American for wrestling hard to win dual that on paper looked like a sure thing for UNC.

1. West Virginia over #18 Oklahoma 24-12  and #25 North Dakota State 19-12 Unranked West Virginia had themselves quite the week knocking off two ranked opponents in decisive fashion. On Thursday night they handled #18 Oklahoma to the tune of 24-12 winning 7 out of 10 matches. They followed it up on Sunday taking 6 out of 10 matches from a salty NDSU team who was coming off a recent victory over #13 Cornell. Sammy Henson’s squad made a big statement to rebound after coming off an ugly 30-10 loss to #10 Virginia Tech.



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