5. #12 South Dakota State over #12 Northern Iowa 22-16
Before this match, South Dakota was ranked 15th and UNI, 11th. After the match and the recent Coaches’ Rankings’, the two teams find themselves tied in the 12th spot despite SDSU’s head to head win. The premier match of this dual was at 141 where SDSU’s #1 ranked 133 pounder, Seth Gross, bumped up to take on #1 at 141, Bryce Meredith. Meredith came away with a 4-2 victory, but the fans were the real winners. Kudos to both programs for making this match happen, and in particular, Seth Gross, who had the guts to put his undefeated record on the line a weight class up.
4. #7 Michigan over #14 Minnesota 30-7
Michigan came into a hostile environment and sucked the air out of the gym as they put a beat down on the Gophers in front of their hometown fans. The shocker of the night took place at 125 where true freshman, Drew Mattin took out returning National Finalist, Ethan Lizak, in overtime. The one bright spot for the Gophers was at 165, where Nick Wanzek earned a come from behind victory over Logan Massa.
3. #3 Missouri over #17 Central Michigan 29-6
Missouri clinched the MAC regular season title with a lopsided win over a very tough Central Michigan squad. The Chippewas won the bookend matches, at 125 and heavyweight, with Missouri taking every match in between. Notably, at 141 #5 Jaydin Eierman defeated #6 Mason Smith, 6-0, and at 149, then #4 Grant Leeth handed #3 Justin Oliver a 3-1 loss resulting in their rankings switching in Flo’s most recent update.
2. #2 Ohio State over #4 Iowa 22-12
Despite a game effort from Iowa, tOSU won the last 4 matches of the dual to earn a decisive victory over a top 5 team. The dual led off with one of the biggest matches of the season, Hawkeye true freshman Spencer Lee, taking on three-time All American and National Champion, RS senior, Nathan Tomasello. On the strength of a second period ride out, Lee topped Tomasello 3-2. Also of note, Tom Brands held out starting heavyweight, #3 Sam Stoll, against Olympic and World Champion, #1 Kyle Snyder. Stoll has torn his ACL twice in the past two seasons, and against a prolific shooter like Snyder, there’s no doubt that impacted Iowa’s decision.
1. #11 Cornell over #9 Lehigh 23-14
Before this dual, Cornell was ranked #12 and Leigh was #7. Lehigh has a tough team that has an outside chance at placing top 4 at Nationals and earning a trophy. This is supposed to be a down year for Cornell, but the Big Red are scrappy and can never be counted out. These two teams have ruled the top of the EIWA for nearly 2 decades, but Cornell has owned the top spot for the past 11 years. Lehigh will be in much better position to knock them off at the conference tournament once returning All-American #9 at 133, Scott Parker, and #4 at 184, Ryan Preisch return to the lineup. Both were missing for the Cornell dual.