Like many other wrestling coaches, Welch has wrestling in his blood. He grew up in a wrestling family where his father was a 20 year National Wrestling Hall of Fame coach and his older brother was a two-time NJ state champion and ACC champion for UNC as well. Welch’s father coached both of his... More
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- No. 16 Iowa State (6-1, 3-0 Big 12) was not troubled by West Virginia (2-11, 2-4 Big 12) on Sunday afternoon as the Cyclones blew past the Mountaineers, 36-3. ISU won nine out of the 10 bouts with two victories by fall, one by technical fall and one by major decision.
The dual began at 197-pounds and No. 6 Willi Miklus. After giving up the first takedown of the match, Miklus corrected course against Noah Adams. He began the second period with an escape and a takedown, and took Adams to his back for the fall in 4:37.
At heavyweight and 125 pounds, Gannon Gremmel and Alex Mackall both followed with victories by decision. Gremmel defeated Brandon Ngati 2-0 behind an escape and a point for riding time. Mackall won hi
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Golden Gophers wrestling team took down Big Ten foe Northwestern 29-12 with two pins and seven overall bout victories for their second victory of the weekend.
After forfeiting the first bout due to injury the Gophers started hot with two consecutive first period pins from 133-pound Ethan Lizak and 141-pound Mitch McKee.
With his 22nd straight victory Steveson has passed head coach Brandon Eggum and volunteer assistant coach Zach Sanders who both had 21 straight victories in their career. Steveson is now tied with Jared Lawrence and Brock Lesnar at 23rd on the all-time list.
Steveson defeated No.19 Conan Jennings by decision 9-4 with 4:28 in riding time.
After defeating No.17 Illinois on Friday night the Gop
FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Following an early back-and-forth battle, Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team rallied late with wins in the final two bouts but fell short in heartbreaking fashion with a tough 19-18 loss against Sacred Heart on Sunday in EIWA competition.
The road defeat wrapped up a three-match weekend for the Diplomats, who fell to 2-4, 0-3 EIWA on the dual meet season.
Jose Diaz got the Diplomats off on the right foot with a commanding 11-6 decision before the Pioneers responded with a 15-8 decision at 133 pounds to knot the team score at 3-3.
Wil Gil continued his torrid stretch, capping off a perfect 3-0 weekend with an impressive 11-3 major decision at 141 pounds to put F&M ahead by four. A Sacred Heart major at 149 po
WASHINGTON -- The Lehigh wrestling team rode a fast start to pick up its fourth straight dual meet win as the Mountain Hawks won the first six bouts and seven overall in a 25-12 triumph at American Saturday at Bender Arena. The Mountain Hawks won the first three key swing bouts by decision and senior Gordon Wolf added a win by technical fall, while junior Jordan Kutler and sophomore Jordan Wood posted major decision wins as Lehigh improves to 4-7 on the dual season.
The dual started at 141 where junior Ryan Pomrinca met Jack Mutchnik. Pomrinca struck for the first takedown in the first period but when Mutchnik answered with a third period takedown on a headlock, the match went to overtime tied 4-4. After a scoreless sudden victory perio
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Northern Illinois University wrestling team picked up a pair of dominating victories at The Citadel Duals at McAlister Field House Saturday afternoon.
"We went in pursuit of points today," said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. "It was a good day for the team. The guys competed for each other and fed off the energy."
The Huskies (5-6, 1-2) posted a 33-7 victory over Hofstra and scored a 42-3 win over the host Bulldogs.
Eight NIU grapplers went undefeated on the day. Both duals started at 165 and both started with wins by Kenny Moore (San Diego, Calif./Hoover), Brit Wilson (Mexico, Mo./Mexico) and Will Feldkamp (Dexter, Mich./Dexter). Wilson and Feldkamp each recorded pin fall victories in their respective matches.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The No. 8 NC State Wrestling team used four bonus point wins to secure a 25-16 win over visiting Drexel in the final non-conference dual of the year Saturday night in Reynolds Coliseum.
The dual started at 125 pounds, and the two teams split a pair of decisions to open the dual. R-Fr. Zurich Storm secured the ride time point and came away with a 4-3 win for the Pack at 125 pounds.
R-Sr. Jamel Morris scored the Pack's first bonus point win of the day, 11-0 at 141 pounds. After an early takedown, Morris had a two-point, then a four-point near fall to take a commanding 8-0 lead after the first period.
No. 7 Justin Oliver used a pair of third period takedowns and scored an 11-5 win at 149 pounds.
No. 4 Hayden Hi
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Bucknell wrestling team cruised to a 35-3 victory over Harvard on Saturday afternoon at the Malkin Athletic Center.
The Bison (3-5, 1-2 EIWA) won nine of 10 bouts, scoring bonus points in three of them, to spoil the Crimson's (0-3, 0-1 EIWA) home and EIWA opener. For Bucknell, Zach Hartman, who was ranked as high as eighth nationally at 157 pounds, pinned his second-straight opponent while Brandon Stokes put an exclamation mark on a commanding team effort with a pin in the heavyweight finale.
In addition, Drew Phipps (197) scored an impressive 16-1 technical fall over Cole Bateman. In the final frame, Phipps registered eight points on a takedown and six back points; he racked up a staggering 5:13 of riding time
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The Oklahoma State wrestling team defeated Pittsburgh in Fitzgerald Field House on Saturday to maintain its unblemished dual record. Four Cowboys recorded bonus-point wins, and Wyatt Sheets notched a decision win over 10th-ranked Taleb Rahmani, in the 33-9 victory.
Redshirt sophomore Sheets took over at 157 pounds for the Cowboys this weekend in place of Andrew Shomers, who bumped up a weight to fill in for Chandler Rogers. Sheets rode out the second period after giving up one takedown in the first. In the final period, the Cowboy picked up a takedown and nearfall to secure the 9-3 decision.
"That was a big match for Wyatt," said coach John Smith. "That guy is ranked anywhere from eight to 12. It got kind of tig
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Fifth-ranked Mizzou Wrestling earned its eighth consecutive conference championship and second consecutive MAC regular season title after defeating Central Michigan, 32-15, Saturday (Jan. 19) at Mizzou Arena. With the win, Mizzou is now a perfect 13-0 on the season and has now won four of the last five MAC regular season championships while extending its current win streak to 33 consecutive duals. Dating back to 2014, Mizzou has won 70 of its last 71 duals. Mizzou is 6-0 in MAC duals this season.
With the regular season title, Mizzou has won either a conference tournament or regular season title in eight consecutive years dating back to its final season in the Big 12. Mizzou won seven of 10 bouts Saturday.
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Despite missing nearly half its lineup, No. 10 Cornell was able to keep its Ivy win streak intact with a 30-10 victory over Columbia on Saturday afternoon at Blue Gym at the Dodge Fitness Center. The Big Red won its final three matches, two with bonus points attached, to extend its conference streak to 84 matches and improve to 6-2 (1-0 Ivy) on the year. The Lions fell to 4-2 (0-1 Ivy).
Cornell picked up bonus points with a dominant major decision by Vitali Arujau at 125, then earned a forfeit at 133 and never looked back. Jonathan Furns (149) and Adam Santoro (157) held down the middle weights with wins, and after the Lions picked up consecutive decisions at 165 and 174 to get back within 16-10, the Big Red dropped the
Senior Jon Viruet posted a pin at 165 pounds, and senior CJ LaFragola tallied a technical fall at 184 pounds to propel Brown past Franklin & Marshall, 21-18, in an EIWA dual meet on Saturday morning.
The Bears won the dual's first three bouts to take a 10-0 lead and registered bonus-point wins from Viruet (Springfield, Mass.) and LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) in the second half of the meet to secure the win over the Diplomats.
Viruet recorded his third fall and 19th win of the year while LaFragola notched his first technical fall and 14th win of the season. At 133 pounds, freshman Reese Fry (Manchester, Mich.) charted his third major decision of the year. Junior Trey Keeley (Washington, Ill.) and freshman Colin Realbuto (Somer
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- The eighth-ranked Wyoming wrestling team earned its seventh consecutive win on Friday night, defeating Big 12 foe Air Force, 33-3, in the UniWyo Sports Complex.
"I saw a lot of those matchups that could be tight," head coach Mark Branch said. "Consistently, they came out and wrestled well. I think it's gratifying to see those things you focused on during the week come into play. We saw some stuff on top we've been doing. We've really focused on quicker finishes…Those are habits that you want to see kick in.
The teams got off to a late start, with weather delaying Air Force's arrival and pushing the dual back over an hour beyond the originally scheduled start time; however, the Cowboys showed toughness in jump
SAN LUIS OBISOP, Calif. -- Friday night started with a bang for Northern Colorado wrestling, as they defeated Cal Poly, 28-13. Robert Winters Jr. and No. 17 Rico Montoya opened the dual with back-to-back falls and the team won six bouts to claim the victory.
"I thought today was the best this team has wrestled all year," head coach Troy Nickerson said. "They listened to the game plans, competed hard and dominated. We're very proud of Jordan Robison for gritting out a tough match and Del Winters for his tenacity on top. We hope to keep the momentum flowing into Sunday."
The dual began in the 285 lb weight class with Winters Jr. facing Sam Aguilar. Winters Jr. gave the Bears the quick lead after getting the fall over Aguilar at the 3:42
OREM, Utah -- Winning seven matches, including four by bonus points, the Fresno State Wrestling team knocked off No. 23 Utah Valley, 26-10 on Friday evening at Lockhart Arena.
With the win, Fresno State improves to 5-6 overall and 2-3 in Big 12 duals this season while knocking off its first nationally-ranked opponent in its two seasons since returning to the mat as a program.
"It was a good team win," said head coach Troy Steiner of the 'Dogs performance. "There were some battles in there in a lot of weights and we won some and we lost some, but I really like our intensity and came out firing and on the attack and that is what it is going to take to beat teams," added Steiner.
How It Happened
Starting the dual at 125 pounds, redsh
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The 18th-ranked Purdue wrestling team made it nine straight over Indiana, beating the Hoosiers 18-11 at Mackey Arena on Friday to open #BeatIU weekend. The Boilermakers won three weights early in the dual and closed with three wins in the upper weights to lift their record to 5-4, 2-1 Big Ten. IU dropped to 4-8, 1-4 Big Ten.
Purdue extended its longest winning streak in the series to nine, picking up its sixth win on its home mat during the streak. The nine straight wins in the series is the longest streak for either team since the Hoosiers won 10 straight, spanning from Jan. 11, 1976, to Feb. 8, 1983.
It was the third consecutive season the Boilermakers have wrestled a dual at Mackey, with IU going down in two
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The fourth-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team won eight-of-10 matches to defeat No. 20 Rutgers, 30-6, on Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa scored bonus points in three wins, including a pair of first-period falls by Spencer Lee and Alex Marinelli, but it was a decision at 133 pounds that stole the show.
Eighth-ranked Austin DeSanto scored a takedown with 1.5 seconds left in the third period to rally past No. 3 Nick Suriano, 6-4, at 133 pounds.
DeSanto trailed 3-0 in the second before chipping away with consecutive escapes and two stalling points to grab a 4-3 lead. With Suriano owning over one minute of riding time, the match looked destined for sudden victory, but DeSanto continued to apply pre
LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Virginia wrestling team (10-6) hit the 40-point mark in a dual for the third time this season on Friday night, taking a 40-5 victory over VMI (2-9) at Cormack Hall. It closed a stretch of nine consecutive duals on the road for the Cavaliers.
Virginia will return to action on Sunday (Jan. 20), hosting Ohio in a 1 p.m. dual at Memorial Gym. Admission to all Virginia home duals is free to the public.
"The guys looked sharp tonight," said Virginia head coach Steve Garland. "We executed our game plan and we are looking to carry this momentum into the Ohio dual on Sunday."
The Cavaliers won 9-of-10 weight classes, including seven bonus-point victories. Among those wins, Virginia got two pins as junior Jack Mueller (
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- Oklahoma State furthered its undefeated dual streak Friday night when it took nine of 10 bouts against West Virginia at the WVU Coliseum. The Cowboys notched two falls and two technical falls to defeat the Big 12 opponent, 40-3.
Derek White notched his sixth career fall over Brandon Ngati in 2:23 after a first period takedown and turn. Also with a pin for the Cowboys was Kaid Brock. Brock collected fall No. 1 this season over Caleb Rea after three quick takedowns in the first.
Nick Piccininni won his 10th technical fall of the season, 21-5, over WVU's Joey Thomas to get things started for the Cowboys. He racked up seven takedowns and a nearfall in the bout, moving his team-leading nearfall total to 10 as well
MADISON, Wisc. -- Northwestern pulled off an impressive upset of No. 11 Wisconsin Friday night, taking down the Badgers, 25-18, on their home mat.
NU was victorious in six of the ten bouts, winning each of the first two as well as the last two to seal the result. The win was the second of the season over a top-15 squad for the 'Cats after defeating No. 10 Virginia Tech in November.
The Wildcats took a quick 6-0 lead after No. 1 Sebastian Rivera won by forfeit at 125, with the redshirt sophomore improving to a perfect 16-0 on the campaign. Colin Valdiviez followed it up with a dominant performance against Jens Lantz, winning by major decision to put Northwestern up 10-0 after two matches.
After a pair of wins for the hosts, No. 3
ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio wrestling team (3-3, 1-1 MAC) earned its first Mid-American Conference victory of the 2018-19 season as it toppled Kent State (6-11, 1-3 MAC), 24-12, in the annual grudge match between the two rivals this evening at the Convocation Center.
"It's bragging rights for the year," said 22nd year head coach Joel Greenlee of Ohio's win over Kent State. "It's no secret that they don't like us and we don't like them. Bottom line is for the next year, they have to hear it."
The matchup began at 197 pounds, and sophomore Aaron Naples (Brunswick, Ohio) tallied a takedown in the first period en route to a 3-0 win by decision over junior Shane Mast. The Golden Flashes grabbed a 6-3 lead, though, when redshirt freshman Spenc
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team claimed eight matches, earning bonus points in four to roll to a dominant 30-10 over in-state rival Michigan State on Friday night (Jan. 18) at Jenison Field House. The Wolverines improved to 7-0 with the win.
Senior/junior Stevan Micic, who moved to No. 1 at 133 pounds in the national rankings this week, kicked off a stretch of six straight match wins with a quick first-period fall over Anthony Tutolo. Micic was in deep on a single leg early when Tutolo attempted to dive underneath and Micic locked up a cradle for the pin at the 41-second mark. It was his second fall of the season, improving to 7-0.
Junior/sophomore Kanen Storr, ranked fifth place 141 pound