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Thursday Morning Results

 

Championship Pigtail

(33) Josh Loomer (CSUB) 10-14 vs (32) Antonio Agee (ODU) 24-14
Winner: Antonio Agee over Josh Loomer 7 - 5
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/51232/loomer-josh/44635/agee-antonio

 

Championship Round 1

(1) Taylor Lujan (UNI) 28-2 vs (32) Antonio Agee (ODU) 24-14
Winner: Taylor Lujan over Antonio Agee 13 - 5 MD
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/39506/lujan-taylor/44635/agee-antonio

(17) Noah Stewart (ARMY) 18-6 vs (16) Tanner Harvey (AMER) 24-8
Winner: Tanner Harvey over Noah Stewart 6 - 5
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/44599/stewart-noah/48451/harvey-tanner

(9) Anthony Montalvo (OKST) 25-6 vs (24) Johnny Sebastian (WISC) 12-8
Winner: Anthony Montalvo over Johnny Sebastian 7 - 5
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/51619/montalvo-anthony/20224/sebastian-johnny

(25) Trevor Allard (BLOO) 24-4 vs (8) Andrew Morgan (CAMP) 29-6
Winner: Andrew Morgan over Trevor Allard 7 - 6
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/40040/allard-trevor/40250/morgan-andrew

(5) Trent Hidlay (NCST) 23-4 vs (28) Jonathan Loew (COR) 26-13
Winner: Trent Hidlay over Jonathan Loew 10 - 3
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/51224/hidlay-trent/51080/loew-jonathan

(21) Billy Janzer (RUT) 21-10 vs (12) Zach Carlson (SDSU) 26-6
Winner: Zach Carlson over Billy Janzer 6 - 5
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/49473/janzer-billy/40280/carlson-zach

(13) Chris Weiler (LEH) 17-7 vs (20) Matthew Waddell (CHAT) 22-9
Winner: Chris Weiler over Matthew Waddell 8 - 6
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/45108/weiler-chris/49259/waddell-matthew

(29) Travis Stefanik (PRIN) 17-7 vs (4) Lou Deprez (BING) 26-5
Winner: Louie DePrez over Travis Stefanik 8 - 2
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/49301/stefanik-travis/49046/deprez-louie

(3) Aaron Brooks (PSU) 15-1 vs (30) Max Lyon (PUR) 19-15
Winner: Aaron Brooks over Max Lyon 14 - 3 MD
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/54280/brooks-aaron/49303/lyon-max

(19) Brit Wilson (NIU) 21-3 vs (14) Rocky Jordan (OHST) 29-9
Winner: Rocky Jordan over Brit Wilson 7 - 6
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/49235/wilson-brit/50928/jordan-rocky

(11) Abe Assad (IOWA) 22-7 vs (22) Dylan Wisman (MIZZ) 19-8
Winner: Abe Assad over Dylan Wisman 10 - 4
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/56936/assad-abe/39507/wisman-dylan

(27) Alan Clothier (UNCO) 26-8 vs (6) Cameron Caffey (MSU) 27-7
Winner: Cameron Caffey over Alan Clothier 9 - 5
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/45412/clothier-alan/50273/caffey-cameron

(7) Taylor Venz (NEB) 20-8 vs (26) Jelani Embree (MICH) 16-11
Winner: Taylor Venz over Jelani Embree 12 - 4 MD
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/44854/venz-taylor/49179/embree-jelani

(23) Marcus Coleman (ISU) 17-11 vs (10) Nino Bonaccorsi (PITT) 23-5
Winner: Nino Bonaccorsi over Marcus Coleman 11 - 4
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/49154/coleman-marcus/49285/bonaccorsi-nino

(15) Zach Braunagel (ILL) 21-10 vs (18) Owen Webster (MINN) 22-12
Winner: Zach Braunagel over Owen Webster 6 - 5
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/50925/braunagel-zach/48190/webster-owen

(31) Tate Samuelson (WYO) 19-14 vs (2) Hunter Bolen (VT) 24-2
Winner: Hunter Bolen over Tate Samuelson 8 - 4
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/57066/samuelson-tate/49335/bolen-hunter

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Thursday Evening Results

Wrestleback Pigtail

(33) Josh Loomer (CSUB) 10-14 vs (30) Max Lyon (PUR) 19-15
Winner: Max Lyon over Josh Loomer 10 - 4
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/51232/loomer-josh/49303/lyon-max

 

Wrestleback Round 1

(32) Antonio Agee (ODU) 24-14 vs (17) Noah Stewart (ARMY) 18-6
Winner: Noah Stewart over Antonio Agee 7 - 4
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/44635/agee-antonio/44599/stewart-noah

(24) Johnny Sebastian (WISC) 12-8 vs (25) Trevor Allard (BLOO) 24-4
Winner: Johnny Sebastian over Trevor Allard 7 - 6
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/20224/sebastian-johnny/40040/allard-trevor

(28) Jonathan Loew (COR) 26-13 vs (21) Billy Janzer (RUT) 21-10
Winner: Billy Janzer over Jonathan Loew 6 - 5
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/51080/loew-jonathan/49473/janzer-billy

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Had a late win in the Rutgers match to help seal Princeton's first win in that series since 1990.

(20) Matthew Waddell (CHAT) 22-9 vs (29) Travis Stefanik (PRIN) 17-7 Upset Alert
Winner: Travis Stefanik over Matthew Waddell 7 - 6
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/49259/waddell-matthew/49301/stefanik-travis

(30) Max Lyon (PUR) 19-15 vs (19) Brit Wilson (NIU) 21-3
Winner: Brit Wilson over Max Lyon 7 - 5
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/49303/lyon-max/49235/wilson-brit

(22) Dylan Wisman (MIZZ) 19-8 vs (27) Alan Clothier (UNCO) 26-8
Winner: Dylan Wisman over Alan Clothier 7 - 6
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/39507/wisman-dylan/45412/clothier-alan

(26) Jelani Embree (MICH) 16-11 vs (23) Marcus Coleman (ISU) 17-11
Winner: Marcus Coleman over Jelani Embree 8 - 6
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/49179/embree-jelani/49154/coleman-marcus

(18) Owen Webster (MINN) 22-12 vs (31) Tate Samuelson (WYO) 19-14
Winner: Owen Webster over Tate Samuelson 5 - 4
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/48190/webster-owen/57066/samuelson-tate

 

 

Thursday Night Results

Championship Round 2

(1) Taylor Lujan (UNI) 28-2 vs (16) Tanner Harvey (AMER) 24-8
Winner: Taylor Lujan over Tanner Harvey 12 - 5
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/39506/lujan-taylor/48451/harvey-tanner

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Has an 8-1 record against top 16 ranked opponents this season.

(9) Anthony Montalvo (OKST) 25-6 vs (8) Andrew Morgan (CAMP) 29-6 Upset Alert
Winner: Anthony Montalvo over Andrew Morgan 7 - 6
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/51619/montalvo-anthony/40250/morgan-andrew

(5) Trent Hidlay (NCST) 23-4 vs (12) Zach Carlson (SDSU) 26-6
Winner: Trent Hidlay over Zach Carlson 9 - 3
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/51224/hidlay-trent/40280/carlson-zach

(13) Chris Weiler (LEH) 17-7 vs (4) Lou Deprez (BING) 26-5
Winner: Louie DePrez over Chris Weiler 8 - 3
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/45108/weiler-chris/49046/deprez-louie

(3) Aaron Brooks (PSU) 15-1 vs (14) Rocky Jordan (OHST) 29-9
Winner: Aaron Brooks over Rocky Jordan 11 - 3 MD
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/54280/brooks-aaron/50928/jordan-rocky

 

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The momentum swung in Assad's favor with this controversial TD...

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(11) Abe Assad (IOWA) 22-7 vs (6) Cameron Caffey (MSU) 27-7 Upset Alert
Winner: Abe Assad over Cameron Caffey 7 - 5
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/56936/assad-abe/50273/caffey-cameron

(7) Taylor Venz (NEB) 20-8 vs (10) Nino Bonaccorsi (PITT) 23-5
Winner: Taylor Venz over Nino Bonaccorsi 8 - 6
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/44854/venz-taylor/49285/bonaccorsi-nino

(15) Zach Braunagel (ILL) 21-10 vs (2) Hunter Bolen (VT) 24-2
Winner: Hunter Bolen over Zach Braunagel 9 - 4
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/50925/braunagel-zach/49335/bolen-hunter

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Friday Morning Results

 

Wrestlebacks Round 2

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Noah gets payback for Midlands.

(17) Noah Stewart (ARMY) 18-6 vs (15) Zach Braunagel (ILL) 21-10 Upset Alert
Winner: Noah Stewart over Zach Braunagel 6 - 5
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/44599/stewart-noah/50925/braunagel-zach

(24) Johnny Sebastian (WISC) 12-8 vs (10) Nino Bonaccorsi (PITT) 23-5
Winner: Nino Bonaccorsi over Johnny Sebastian 10 - 5
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/20224/sebastian-johnny/49285/bonaccorsi-nino

(21) Billy Janzer (RUT) 21-10 vs (6) Cameron Caffey (MSU) 27-7
Winner: Cameron Caffey over Billy Janzer 7 - 6
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/49473/janzer-billy/50273/caffey-cameron

(29) Travis Stefanik (PRIN) 17-7 vs (14) Rocky Jordan (OHST) 29-9
Winner: Rocky Jordan over Travis Stefanik 8 - 5
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/49301/stefanik-travis/50928/jordan-rocky

(19) Brit Wilson (NIU) 21-3 vs (13) Chris Weiler (LEH) 17-7
Winner: Chris Weiler over Brit Wilson 8 - 7
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/49235/wilson-brit/45108/weiler-chris

(22) Dylan Wisman (MIZZ) 19-8 vs (12) Zach Carlson (SDSU) 26-6
Winner: Zach Carlson over Dylan Wisman 8 - 7
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/39507/wisman-dylan/40280/carlson-zach

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Coleman was a HS standout with three state championships and 156 wins to his name. His offensive prowess was tough for opponents to prepare for, and he was able to attack at a moment’s notice in any match. That translated to college, but it has not always produced the same results.  Coleman lost in overtime to Morgan at the Campbell vs. Iowa State Dual.  “A big difference late this season is that I now trust myself,” Coleman said to amestrib.com. “I did not get too down on myself when I lost that big match earlier.  I have the attitude now that I can go wrestle and score on anybody in the country.”   

(23) Marcus Coleman (ISU) 17-11 vs (8) Andrew Morgan (CAMP) 29-6 Upset Alert
Winner: Marcus Coleman over Andrew Morgan 9 - 7
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/49154/coleman-marcus/40250/morgan-andrew

(18) Owen Webster (MINN) 22-12 vs (16) Tanner Harvey (AMER) 24-8
Winner: Tanner Harvey over Owen Webster 7 - 5
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/48190/webster-owen/48451/harvey-tanner

 

Wrestlebacks Round 3

(17) Noah Stewart (ARMY) 18-6 vs (10) Nino Bonaccorsi (PITT) 23-5
Winner: Nino Bonaccorsi over Noah Stewart 10 - 4
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/44599/stewart-noah/49285/bonaccorsi-nino

(6) Cameron Caffey (MSU) 27-7 vs (14) Rocky Jordan (OHST) 29-9
Winner: Cameron Caffey over Rocky Jordan 7 - 6
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/50273/caffey-cameron/50928/jordan-rocky

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(13) Chris Weiler (LEH) 17-7 vs (12) Zach Carlson (SDSU) 26-6 Upset Alert
Winner: Chris Weiler over Zach Carlson 8 - 6
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/45108/weiler-chris/40280/carlson-zach

(23) Marcus Coleman (ISU) 17-11 vs (16) Tanner Harvey (AMER) 24-8 Upset Alert
Winner: Marcus Coleman over Tanner Harvey 9 - 8
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/49154/coleman-marcus/48451/harvey-tanner

 

Championship Round 3

(1) Taylor Lujan (UNI) 28-2 vs (9) Anthony Montalvo (OKST) 25-6
Winner: Taylor Lujan over Anthony Montalvo 12 - 5
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/39506/lujan-taylor/51619/montalvo-anthony

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Hidlay and Deprez split 1pt decisions at a dual and at the Southern Scuffle.  Hidlay won the neutral battle today and that made the difference.  After winning, fans started throwing hoagies on the mat to show their support.  After the match, Hidlay told ESPN "It means a lot to me, it proves what this (coaching) staff can do with young wrestlers.  What awesome fans. Their gesture means a lot to me.  Hey.. you want to hear a bad joke?  What do you call a sandwich in a wrestling match?  Hulk Hoagie!"

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(5) Trent Hidlay (NCST) 23-4 vs (4) Lou Deprez (BING) 26-5 Upset Alert
Winner: Trent Hidlay over Louie DePrez 6 - 4
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/51224/hidlay-trent/49046/deprez-louie

(3) Aaron Brooks (PSU) 15-1 vs (11) Abe Assad (IOWA) 22-7
Winner: Aaron Brooks over Abe Assad 7 - 3
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/54280/brooks-aaron/56936/assad-abe

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“When I was in kindergarten, I had taken some ice skating lessons, and then I went out for wrestling,” he said. “It was just kind of a random thing, and I had to choose between those two sports.”  Venz chose wrestling, and it has paid off. At Farmington High School in Farmington, Minnesota, he won state titles in 2013 and 2016 and finished third at state in both 2014 and 2015.  “My focus and goal is to become a national champion now!” Venz told the dailynebraskan.com.

(7) Taylor Venz (NEB) 20-8 vs (2) Hunter Bolen (VT) 24-2 Upset Alert
Winner: Taylor Venz over Hunter Bolen 8 - 6
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/44854/venz-taylor/49335/bolen-hunter

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Friday Evening Results

Wrestlebacks Rd 4 - Bloodround

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Nino Bonaccorsi and Louie Deprez made the NCAA R12 as redshirt freshmen in 2019.  Louie came into this match with three victories over Nino in college folkstyle and additional wins in freestyle.  Nino surprised many with his come from behind victory over Louie to AA for the first time.  Nino's previous season highlight came on Feb. 22 against Virginia Tech where he scored a 10-8 overtime decision against Hunter Bolen, the No. 2 wrestler at 184.  Nino recovered from a 7-2 deficit in the third period to force overtime and win with three takedowns.  “It feels great to avenge losses.  When I go into every match, I think I can win,” Bonaccorsi said. “Obviously, Louie is a tough competitor. I trust my training, and I trust what I have been doing all year. It really wasn’t a surprise.”  

 

(10) Nino Bonaccorsi (PITT) 23-5 vs (4) Lou Deprez (BING) 26-5 Upset Alert
Winner: Nino Bonaccorsi over Louie DePrez 6 - 5
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/49285/bonaccorsi-nino/49046/deprez-louie

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Congratulations to first time AA Cameron Caffey.  That super duck under was sick! 

Cam started wrestling in the 5th grade and eventually specialized in the sport.  His ambition, confidence, and continuous improvement mindset is top notch.  Check out the Spartans All-Access interview to get to know him better.  Outside of wrestling, he is focused on computer engineering with a focus on cyber security.  Inside of wrestling, he aims to be a national champion and to make it look effortless.  Watch out when you step into the circle.  Cam shared "...when I start walking to put on my leg band, I'm like a god.  That is my circle and I am going to dominate that circle and I am going to decide everything that goes on in that circle."

(6) Cameron Caffey (MSU) 27-7 vs (9) Anthony Montalvo (OKST) 25-6
Winner: Cameron Caffey over Anthony Montalvo 7 - 6
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/50273/caffey-cameron/51619/montalvo-anthony

(13) Chris Weiler (LEH) 17-7 vs (2) Hunter Bolen (VT) 24-2
Winner: Hunter Bolen over Chris Weiler 9 - 4
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/45108/weiler-chris/49335/bolen-hunter

(23) Marcus Coleman (ISU) 17-11 vs (11) Abe Assad (IOWA) 22-7
Winner: Abe Assad over Marcus Coleman 12 - 3 MD
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/49154/coleman-marcus/56936/assad-abe

 

Wrestlebacks Rd 5 - Quarterfinals

(10) Nino Bonaccorsi (PITT) 23-5 vs (6) Cameron Caffey (MSU) 27-7 Upset Alert
Winner: Nino Bonaccorsi over Cameron Caffey 7 - 6
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/49285/bonaccorsi-nino/50273/caffey-cameron

(2) Hunter Bolen (VT) 24-2 vs (11) Abe Assad (IOWA) 22-7 Upset Alert
Winner: Abe Assad over Hunter Bolen 6 - 5
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/49335/bolen-hunter/56936/assad-abe

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Friday Night Results

Championship Rd 4 - Semifinals

Trent Hidlay faced No. 1 seed Taylor Lujan of Northern Iowa in the semifinals. Trent had an early takedown.  

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A quick escape made it 2-1.  There was a scramble at the end of the period and Lujan got behind Hidlay, but the period had run out before any points were awarded.  Lujan took down to start the second and tied it 2-2 with an escape 40 seconds in.  Hidlay secured another takedown to go up 4-2.

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Hidlay took down to start the third and made it 5-2 with an escape.  Lujan needed a takedown and got aggressive. He blasted behind Hidlay, Hidlay scooted toward the boundary and the two wrestlers went off the mat and slammed into the scorers’ table.  Neither wrestler was attended to by the trainer and no takedown was awarded. UNI challenged, contending Lujan had both of Hidlay's legs before they went off the mat. After a long delay, the original call stood. Hidlay warned for stalling.  Lujan tried to get in on a leg but Hidlay counters and Lujan comes out on top of this scramble.  Short time.  Lujan cuts Hidlay and cannot secure another takedown.  No riding points.  Hidlay holds on for the 6-4 upset win.

"I was excited coming into this match for this opportunity.  I like seeing and testing myself against the top guys.  I was ready to let it fly and this win was spectacular.  It is no secret that I like to score early and start aggressive.  Everything went pretty much how I wanted it to.  It was everything I really dream of.  It was good to wear a wolf pack singlet and to put on a show on for the crowd.  It was nice to have my parents, grandparents, girlfriend and her family here to cheer me on.  I am firing on all cylinders and cannot wait for the finals." - Hidlay  

(1) Taylor Lujan (UNI) 28-2 vs (5) Trent Hidlay (NCST) 23-4 Upset Alert
Winner: Trent Hidlay over Taylor Lujan 8 - 6
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/39506/lujan-taylor/51224/hidlay-trent

 

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“I’m feeling really good. I’m confident in my wrestling. I’m just staying humble and getting better every day,” Brooks said. “It’s fun to win, but I know I still have the biggest match of the year coming up.inspired by centredaily.com

(3) Aaron Brooks (PSU) 15-1 vs (7) Taylor Venz (NEB) 20-8
Winner: Aaron Brooks over Taylor Venz 9 - 8
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/54280/brooks-aaron/44854/venz-taylor

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Saturday Morning Results

Wrestleback Rd 6 - Semifinals

Bonaccorsi controlled most of the match with two takedowns, a riding point, and one escape.  Venz was victorious through two escapes and that six point TD w/NF at the end of the second period.

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(10) Nino Bonaccorsi (PITT) 23-5 vs (7) Taylor Venz (NEB) 20-8
Winner: Taylor Venz over Nino Bonaccorsi 8 - 6
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/49285/bonaccorsi-nino/44854/venz-taylor

 

"The fantasy reffing was atrocious.  Coach is going to file a protest with @andegre to review wrestlestats.  I shut down Assad during our first match and have wins over both common opponents that beat Assad.  Is there a 10x multiplier for the University of Iowa homerism?"  - Lujan

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(11) Abe Assad (IOWA) 22-7 vs (1) Taylor Lujan (UNI) 28-2 Upset Alert
Winner: Abe Assad over Taylor Lujan 8 - 7
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/56936/assad-abe/39506/lujan-taylor

 

Wrestleback Finals

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AA 7th
(6) Cameron Caffey (MSU) 27-7 vs (2) Hunter Bolen (VT) 24-2
Winner: Hunter Bolen over Cameron Caffey 7 - 6
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/50273/caffey-cameron/49335/bolen-hunter

AA 5th
(10) Nino Bonaccorsi (PITT) 23-5 vs (1) Taylor Lujan (UNI) 28-2
Winner: Taylor Lujan over Nino Bonaccorsi 8 - 7
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/49285/bonaccorsi-nino/39506/lujan-taylor

AA 3rd

It was " " close and Venz wins the rubber match.

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(7) Taylor Venz (NEB) 20-8 vs (11) Abe Assad (IOWA) 22-7
Winner: Taylor Venz over Abe Assad 8 - 7
    https://www.wrestlestat.com/compare/wrestler/44854/venz-taylor/56936/assad-abe

 

Championship Finals are scheduled for Saturday night. 

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Saturday Night Results

These two have matched up outside of college before, with Brooks winning in dominating fashion.  Hidlay had leveled up since then and was under pressure to match his brother's NCAA championship.  Brooks earned his first championship with three take downs to Hidlay's three escapes.  Outside of Hidlay's opening attack, Brooks was the aggressor and the outcome never seemed to be in doubt.  No drama and no hoagies in the finals this year.

(3) Aaron Brooks (PSU) 15-1 Over (5) Trent Hidlay (NCST) 23-4 By Score 6 - 3

 

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It was electric,” Brooks said in a post-match interview with the Big Ten Network. “It’s hard to not come out here and put on a show for all these fans. I just want to wrestle how I wrestle in the room and let it fly.”  That greyshirt year at the OTC seemed to payoff for Brooks this season and we can expect to see him for three more years.  Headed into the NCAAs, fans were disappointed that Zahid Valencia was unable to compete.  A Zahid and Brooks rematch would had been fire!  Brooks looked sharp and it will be interesting to see how he does at the Olympic trials.

 

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All Americans

1. Aaron Brooks (PSU)
2. Trent Hidlay (NCST)
3. Taylor Venz (NEB)
4. Abe Assad (IOWA)
5. Taylor Lujan (UNI)
6. Nino Bonaccorsi (PITT)
7. Hunter Bolen (VT)
8. Cameron Caffey (MSU)

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After watching Brooks at B1Gs I was amazed that he was ranked so low by FloWrestling in their 2020-2021 pre-season rankings.

Truth be told, I didn't see him finishing anything lower than 3rd at NCAAs.

And, with another year under his belt, with arguably the best 174-184 coaches and training partners in the country, by a good stretch (Cael, Casey, Jake, DT, Bo), I see him finishing his NCAA career with at least two titles. His improvement from the start of the season, when he came out of red shirt, to the Big Ten tournament was seriously amazing. Technique AND fitness both improved dramatically. And, he was wrestling 79kg not that long ago, so he probably wasn't cutting much at all to get to 184.

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6 hours ago, Le duke said:

After watching Brooks at B1Gs I was amazed that he was ranked so low by FloWrestling in their 2020-2021 pre-season rankings.

Truth be told, I didn't see him finishing anything lower than 3rd at NCAAs.

And, with another year under his belt, with arguably the best 174-184 coaches and training partners in the country, by a good stretch (Cael, Casey, Jake, DT, Bo), I see him finishing his NCAA career with at least two titles. His improvement from the start of the season, when he came out of red shirt, to the Big Ten tournament was seriously amazing. Technique AND fitness both improved dramatically. And, he was wrestling 79kg not that long ago, so he probably wasn't cutting much at all to get to 184.

Agreed 100%.  The only guys that I can see Brooks having trouble with going forward are Amine and Max Dean.  I would probably favor him over anyone except Amine.

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11 hours ago, ShakaAloha said:

Agreed 100%.  The only guys that I can see Brooks having trouble with going forward are Amine and Max Dean.  I would probably favor him over anyone except Amine.

Yeah. Watch his FS match against Max Dean, and keep in mind that until a few months before that, Brooks had been wrestling 79kg. He's noticeably smaller than Dean, but is simply better than him. Better offense, better at scrambling and converting Dean's mistakes into his own points. And he'll be getting some lessons on his top game from some of the best folkstyle pinners in the country (Bo, DT).

 

 

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22 hours ago, ShakaAloha said:

Agreed 100%.  The only guys that I can see Brooks having trouble with going forward are Amine and Max Dean.  I would probably favor him over anyone except Amine.

Amine beats him, if he goes 184.

Dean's only chance to beat him is to ride him like a mule.

As said just above, Brooks was at 79 keggers pretty recently to his 86 kegger US Nats appearance.

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