5. #20 Northwestern over #14 Minnesota 20-18
This is a great win for Matt Storniolo’s young Wildcat squad. Minnesota was missing nearly half their lineup with 4 starters out, but you can only wrestle whoever is in front of you. Ryan Deakin iced the dual for Northwestern when pinned Ben Brancale in the last match of the night.
4. #10 Virginia Tech over #9 Lehigh 20-17
Despite forfeiting 125 to returning National Champion, Darian Cruz, Virginia Tech was able to gut out a three point victory over the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh was still without All-American, Scott Parker, at 133 and #4, Ryan Preisch, at 184. Virginia Tech is also missing a key cog in their lineup, two-time All American, Solomon Chishko, at 149. Hopefully by March both of these teams are back to full strength.
3. #19 Rider over #23 Lock Haven 22-12
Despite their closeness in the rankings, Rider dominated this dual from start to finish. The score would have been even more lopsided if 174 lber, Wayne Stinson, hadn’t been disqualified for flagrant misconduct with 1 second left in a match he was winning. Lockhaven did come away with a win in the marque match of the dual where #10 Chance Marsteller took out #4 Chad Walsh, 8-4.
2. #7 Michigan over #4 Iowa 19-17
Michigan came out on top in this battle of Big 10 behemoths. Iowa was missing their #2 157 lber, Michael Kemerer, who would have faced #7 Alec Pantaleo. Michigan’s returning All-American #17 Kevin Beazley pulled off a huge win over #5 Cash Wilcke (who he actually beat in the round of 12 to earn All-American honors last season), 6-5. Then, #2 Adam Coon finished off the dual and secured a Michigan victory with a 3-2 decision over #3 Sam Stoll.
1. #3 Missouri over #5 Oklahoma State
Missouri came out guns a blazing to take out Oklahoma State at a sold out Gallagher-Iba Arena. Despite their 125 lber, Barlow McGhee, injury defaulting out of the opening match, and putting them down 0-6, the Tigers clawed their way back into the match on the strength of several big upsets. The most shocking being #5 Jaydin Eierman pinning two-time NCAA Champion, #4 Dean Heil. The other being #9 Willie Miklus taking out then undefeated #3 Preston Weigel. With this win, Missouri pushes their record to 16-0 and cements themselves as the clear #3 behind Ohio State and Penn State.
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