Top 25 College Wrestling Best

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19 Purdue, BTN2go The Nittany Lions continue to be the most dominant team in college wrestling, and this match against No. 19 Purdue will likely be just another opportunity for Penn State to show off its deep lineup. 1 ranked wrestlers back in the lineup, Penn State has the clear advantage in nine of the ten weight classes, with its weak spot again coming at 125 pounds. Northwestern, FloWrestling The Hawkeyes finish out their Big Ten weekend against an unranked, but competitive Northwestern team that took No. While this match should present some interesting matchups, no weight class will be more hyped than the 125-pound dual between defending NCAA Champion Spencer Lee and 2018 Midlands Champion Sebastian Rivera. Here’s a look at Lee and Rivera facing off at last year’s Big Ten championship: Sophomore Spencer Lee wowed the wrestling world at the national tournament last year after having his redshirt pulled late in the year, and his performance suggested that he could be one of the great light weight wrestlers in the sport. 1 ranking through the early part of the season and was on pace to carry that spot through March, until he met Rivera at Midlands. The Northwestern redshirt sophomore topped Lee 7-3 and has held the top ranking ever since. This could be an NCAA championship preview match, but it won’t be the only highly-touted contest of the night. At 157 pounds, the dual between Iowa’s No. 3 Ryan Deakin is also a critical Big Ten battle that will offer an indication of what to expect in March. Iowa should walk away with the team win in this dual, but between the Lee-Rivera rematch and the Young-Deakin dual, the individual matchups make this one of the most exciting Big Ten battles of the weekend. 24 Lehigh, Patriot League Network Virginia Tech enters this dual with two more ranked wrestlers than Lehigh, but this contest is by no means an easy win for the Hokies. Lehigh, fresh off a five-game winning streak with a particularly big win over then No. 7 Cornell, has four ranked wrestler taking the mat, with 157-pounder Josh Humphreys and heavyweight Jordan Wood (285, No. Virginia Tech’s highest-ranked wrestler, No. 6 David McFadden, recently teched Virginia’s Robert Patrick and will be a force at 174, and he should cruise to a victory against his unranked opponent on Sunday. The heavier weights will create the biggest intrigue in this dual with ranked matchups at 184 pounds, 197 pounds, and heavyweight. 8️⃣ Mountain Hawks appear in the first @ncaawrestling Coaches’ Panel Rankings, announced Thursday.

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