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The Final X Series, which will feature events in three cities in June and determine the 2018 U.S. Senior World Team in men's and women's freestyle wrestling, will provide an additional major benefit to the wrestling community beyond an exciting new way to promote the top wrestling stars in the nation.
This partnership between USA Wrestling and FloWrestling will provide as much as $114,000 in additional direct prize money payments to the athletes, which will include wrestlers in all three Olympic disciplines, Greco-Roman, men's freestyle and women's freestyle.
This new prize money is in addition to previously budgeted funding to athletes including National Team stipends, competition bonuses and Living the Dream Medal Fund bonuses.
As January passes the halfway pole, some states are hitting their last weekend of the regular season, while for others the postseason is a month away. Below is the schedule of competitions for teams ranked in this week's Fab 50 national team rankings through Tuesday (1/23).
No. 1 Bergen Catholic, N.J. -- hosts DePaul Catholic (N.J.) in dual meet tonight, hosts Paramus (N.J.) in dual meet on Monday 1/22.
No. 2 Blair Academy, N.J. -- hosts No. 3 Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) in dual meet on Friday
No. 3 Wyoming Seminary, Pa. -- travels to No. 2 Blair Academy (N.J.) for dual meet on Friday, hosts No. 12 Bethlehem Catholic (Pa.) in dual meet on Saturday
No. 4 Montini Catholic, Ill. -- hosts St. Rita (Ill.) and Waukegon (Ill.) in tri-meet tonight
ERIE, Pa. -- The Penn State Behrend men's wrestling team won their second dual-meet match of the season with a 30-19 decision over Alfred State on Wednesday night in Erie Hall.
The Lions trailed early in the match but went on to win six out of the 10 bouts to defeat the Pioneers and get the second win of the season.
Jacob Fankhouser (Warren, PA/Warren) tallied the first victory by forfeit at the 133 weight class to make it 6-all in the match after a forfeit win by Alfred State at 125.
Dan Bishel (Port Allegany, PA/Port Allegany), competing at 141, won by forfeit for a 12-6 lead. The Pioneers captured the 149 class with a fall to even the score at 12-all and then took the lead with a decision at 157 for a 15-12 advantage.
The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back on Wednesday evening to pick up a 24-19 win over Adrian College at Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio.
The win was the third of the season for the Spartans, who improved to 3-2 overall for the 2017-18 campaign. Adrian fell to 2-6 with the loss.
The Spartans took the lead early in the team score, after freshman Anand Shah won by forfeit at 125 pounds. CWRU picked up two more wins as sophomore Alec Hoover earned a 14-2 major decision victory at 133 pounds, and the sophomore Andrew Hoover claimed a technical fall victory over James Renaud (17-2, 5:55), bringing the score to 15-0.
After losses in the 149-pound, 157-pound and 165-pou
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Coast Guard topped Rhode Island College 49-0 Wednesday night in the Bears lone home meet of the season.
With the win the Bears, ranked 20th by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, improve to 5-3 while the Anchormen fall to 5-7.
Freshman Parker Brunkala started out with a major decision for Coast Guard topping freshman Brandon Nunez 15-5 for an early 4-0 lead.
Sophomore Owen McClave continued to add up points for the Bears scoring a technical fall over Francisco Roman in the second round for the 10 point advantage.
Freshman Matt McGowan secured his 17th win of the season against junior Daniel Murray scoring the Bears second major decision of the night pushing the score to 13-0.
Freshman Patrick Moy
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- The Thiel College wrestling team hosted its first Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) match against Washington & Jefferson College on Wednesday night at Beeghly Gymnasium. The Tomcats prevailed victorious 34-19 over the Presidents.
The match started at 141 pounds as Michael Heinl collected a major decision over Vincent Mion (Mount Oliver, Pa./Carrick) to give the Presidents a 4-0 lead. Thiel answered at 149 pounds as Jason Miller (Clarksville, Pa./Jefferson Morgan) pinned Michael Nagy at 2:27 to give the Tomcats their first lead of the night, 6-4.
At 157 pounds, W&J's Lawrence Schrott pinned Angelo Nunnari (Lockport, N.Y./Lockport) at 2:44 to regain the lead, 10-6. The Presidents went on to extend their lead as
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Baptist men's wrestling moved to 6-3 in duals after a 34-12 victory over Central Baptist College on Wednesday night.
The Spartans fell behind early after CBC won the first two matches of the night by fall. After Bryce Bachowski won by open forfeit at 141, Steven Weathers tied things up with fall victory at 157.
Weathers' victory was the first of six straight for MBU as they cruised to a 25-point team win. Caleb Covert picked up four points via a major decision at 165. Jake Mattson (174) and Andrew Mahone (197) each won by fall while Dustin Jones (184) contributed three points by way of a 10-4 decision. Cory Flemming (285) closed it out with a tiebreak victory in the final bout of the night.
The Spartans are no
Northfield, Vt. -- The Springfield College wrestling team earned seven bonus-point victories en route to a 36-12 win over regional-rival Norwich University on Wednesday night.
After winning by forfeit at 125 to take a 6-0 lead over the Cadets, sophomore Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) delivered a first-period pin at 133, providing Springfield College with a 12-0 cushion after two bouts. Patrick Ferzoco (Stoughton, Mass.) pushed the Pride's lead to 16 following an 11-2 major decision at 141, before Michael Vietri (Dumont, N.J.) won a 13-5 major decision at 149 to make it 20-0 in Springfield's favor.
The Pride conceded 157 to give the Cadets six points, while at 165, Nicholas Almonte (Cranston, R.I.) produced a 7-1 win to make it 23-6 Sprin
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- The No. 11 ranked College at Brockport wrestling team moved to 4-0 on the season Wednesday evening, defeating Oswego State by a final score of 27-17. The Golden Eagles won six of ten possible bouts in the dual.
No. 1 ranked Jonathan Haas started things out with a 14-4 major decision win at 125, earning four points right off the bat. Dillon Stowell followed him up in a big way at 133, using just 0:50 seconds to pin Oswego's Anthony Ianno to put the Golden Eagles up 10-0.
After Zack Barker lost a tough 6-3 decision at the 141-lb weight class, Sean Peacock got Brockport back on track with a dominant 20-3 technical fall victory. The 157-lb weight class bout was the tightest of the day, but Corey Farrell came up with an i
St. Louis -- Fueled by two falls and two forfeits, the No. 19 Maryville wrestling team rolled to a 38-9 victory over Central Missouri Wednesday night in Moloney Arena. The Saints won the first five matches before the Mules got on the board and also notched two major decisions on the night.
The Saints took a 12-0 lead before the first match was contested as UCM had two open weight classes. At 141, Kade Smith pinned his foe at the 3:54 mark to hand Maryville an 18-0 lead. James Krischke kept the line moving as he recorded a fall in just 70 seconds to take his match at 149. Matt Pratt used an early takedown and picked up two more points to grind out a 4-2 decision at 157.
The Mules finally picked up their first points with a decision a
PUEBLO, Colo. -- The No. 7 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team totaled three pin falls in a 22-21 dual victory against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe Adams State University Wednesday at Massari Arena.
The ThunderWolves (4-5, 1-0 RMAC) recorded three pins and a major decision to gather 22 points, which was good enough to defeat the Grizzlies (0-7, 0-1 RMAC).
Trailing 6-0, senior Clay Archer (Broken Arrow, Okla.) posted an early third period pin at 5:33 to knot the dual at 6-6. He was leading 15-3 before closing out the bout with his opponent on his back.
Next was senior Jared Mestas (Pueblo, Colo.) at 149, as he scored a pin at 6:03. A takedown as time expired in the second period knotted the contest at 4-4 and
INDIANAPOLIS -- The No. 9 UIndy wrestling team took a decisive 30-11 win over visiting No. 16 Findlay Wednesday night in the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center.
The Greyhounds (4-6) earned points at seven of the 10 weight classes in the dual. Redshirt junior D.J. Smith (12-11) opened the match with a 6-2 win over Zach Collins at 125, and after a Roughneck win at 133 No. 2 Nick Crume (12-1) took a major decision 14-0 over Ryan Skonieczny.
After Findlay took an overtime win at 149, No. 7 Heath Lange (9-5) pinned No. 11 James Wimer in 1:32 to push the Greyhounds ahead 13-7. The Roughnecks forfeited to J.D. Waters (9-13) at 165, and then Luke Kriech (11-9) punctuated the UIndy win with a tech fall, 19-3 in 4:41 over No. 10 Nate Vandermeer.
No. 3-ranked Ashland University wrestling traveled to Sylvania, Ohio, on Wednesday (Jan. 17) night and earned a 35-15 victory over Lourdes, a competitor in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
The Eagles are now 4-4 in duals this season, two wins shy of the total they amassed in 10 duals in 2016-17. Ashland beat the Gray Wolves, 53-0, last season.
On Wednesday, sophomore Jerry Fenner III (11-8) picked up AU's first win of the night at 133 pounds by way of an 8-3 decision, tying the match at 3.
Ashland's 141-pound senior Bob Mason (9-3), ranked No. 9, pinned his opponent in 4:09, giving the Eagles a 9-3 lead that they'd never relinquish.
J.J. Diven (12-5), an Eagles junior at 149 pounds, won his match 16-
EDMOND -- The University of Central Oklahoma wrestling team dominated conference foe Newman 33-6 Wednesday night at Hamilton Field House in a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association dual. The Bronchos improved to 11-2 on the season with the win and a perfect 3-0 in league matches.
"That was a good win for us," UCO head coach Todd Steidley said. "I don't know if we wrestled our best, but we dug in and got some wins and I think that will help us moving forward. Newman was tough, we had some really good matches tonightand I'm happy with the way it turned out."
Central improved to 13-0 all-time against Newman with the win and extended its home-dual winning streak to 13 dating back to the 2015-16 season.
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