When Iowa defeated Penn State, 19-17, on Friday in a wrestling match that featured the highest two groups in nation, it was two Franklin Regional grads that led the way in which.
No. 1-ranked and two-time NCAA 125-pound champion Spencer Lee picked up a technical fall win for the top-ranked Hawkeyes. Lee has outscored his previous six opponents 100-2.
However the deciding bout got here at 174 kilos when Iowa’s Michael Kemerer, who’s ranked No. 2, knocked off No. 1 ranked and returning NCAA champion Mark Corridor of Penn State, 11-6. Kemerer improved to 9-0.
Kemerer had three takedowns and a reversal to stun Corridor. Kemerer took 7-5 lead within the second interval with a takedown after which added one other takedown and two escapes to clinch the win.
His win turned out to be the distinction within the match after Iowa’s Austin DeSanto gave a medical forfeit to Penn State’s Roman Bravo-Younger, who grabbed an early lead with a takedown.
Penn State bounced again to trounce Maryland, 40-3, on Sunday.
The NCAA launched the primary of 4 coaches’ panel rankings for the 2019-20 wrestling season final week, however when they’re launched this Friday there could possibly be a fourth wrestler from the WPIAL occupying the highest spots.
Search for Kemerer to be the brand new No. 1 at 174 kilos, becoming a member of Iowa teammate Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional), Ohio State senior Luke Pletcher (Latrobe) and Penn State senior Vincenzo Joseph (Central Catholic) as top-ranked Division I wrestlers from WPIAL colleges.
Lee and Joseph are two-time NCAA champions. Lee is ranked first at 125 kilos whereas Joseph will get the highest nod at 165.
Pletcher is a two-time NCAA All-American who’s ranked No. 1 at 141 kilos.
Kemerer is ranked No. 2. The Nittany Lions’ Nick Lee is ranked No. 2 at 141, and sophomore Roman Bravo-Younger is No. Four at 133.
Pitt sophomore Micky Phillippi (Derry) is ranked No. 6 at 133.
West Virginia’s Noah Adams earned a No. 2 rating at 197.
The ultimate rankings will likely be one of many standards used as a part of the choice course of to find out qualifiers and seeding for the 2020 NCAA Division I championships March 19-21 at U.S. Financial institution Stadium in Minneapolis.
The rankings are decided by a vote of 14 coaches in every weight class with two head coaches from every of the seven conferences (ACC, Massive Ten, Massive 12, EIWA, MAC, Pac-12 and SoCon), which is double the quantity of voters that had beforehand been used for the coaches’ panel rankings.
For rating functions, coaches could solely think about a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. Wrestlers will need to have participated in not less than 5 matches in opposition to Division I opponents within the weight class and have wrestled throughout the final 30 days to be ranked.
Coaches Rankings (Jan. 19, 2020)
Prime 5 (plus WPIAL or native wrestlers)
125 kilos: 1. Spencer Lee, Iowa (Franklin Regional); 2. Jack Mueller, Virginia; 3. Pat Glory, Princeton; 4. Nicholas Piccininni; 5. Brandon Paetzel, Lehigh. 15. Luke Werner, Lock Haven; 24. Gage Curry, American (North Hills).
133: 1. Seth Gross, Wisconsin; 2. Austin DeSanto, Iowa; 3. Sebastian Rivera, Northwestern; 4. Roman Bravo-Younger, Penn State; 5. Charles Tucker, Cornell; 6. Micky Phillippi, Pitt (Derry); 28. D.J. Fehlman, Lock Haven.
141: 1. Luke Pletcher, Ohio State (Latrobe); 2. Nick Lee, Penn State; 3. Mitch McKee, Minnesota; 4. Actual Woods, Stanford; 5. Max Murin, Iowa (Central Cambria); 20. Kyle Shoop. Lock Haven; 24. Cole Matthews, Pitt.
149: 1. Pat Lugo, Iowa; 2. Austin O’Connor, North Carolina; 3. Boo Lewallen, Oklahoma State; 4. Brayton Lee, Minnesota; 5. Brock Mauller, Missouri; 11. Brock Zacherl, Clarion; 29. Jarod Verkleeren, Penn State (Hempfield); 30. Josh Maruca, Arizona State (Franklin Regional).
157: 1. Ryan Deakin, Northwestern; 2. Hayden Hidley, N.C. State; 3. David Carr, Iowa State; 4. Kaleb Younger, Iowa (Punxsutawney); 5. Quincy Monday, Princeton; 20. Austin Headlee, North Carolina (Waynesburg); 28. Taleb Rahmani, Pitt; 29. Alexander Klucker, Lock Haven.
165: 1. Vincenzo Joseph, Penn State (Central Catholic); 2. Alex Marinelli, Iowa; 3. David McFadden, Virginia Tech; 4. Evan Wick, Wisconsin; 5. Isaiah White, Nebraska; 7. Josh Shields, Arizona State (Franklin Regional); 10. Jake Wentzel, Pitt (South Park); 11. Ethan Smith, Ohio State (Latrobe); 17. Zach Hartman, Bucknell (Belle Vernon); 25. Nick Kiussus, West Virginia.
174: 1. Mark Corridor, Penn State; 2. Michael Kemerer, Iowa (Franklin Regional); 3. Jordan Kutler, Lehigh; 4. Dylan Lydy, Purdue; 5. Bryce Steiert, Northern Iowa; 19. Jacob Oliver, Edinboro; 24. Gregg Harvey, Pitt; 32. Jared Siegrist, Lock Haven.
184: 1. Zahid Valencia, Arizona State; 2. Hunter Bolen, Virginia Tech; 3. Trent Hidlay, North Carolina State; 4. Taylor Lujan, Northern Iowa; 5. Lou Deprez, Binghamton; 8. Aaron Brooks, Penn State; 9. Nino Bonaccorsi, Pitt (Bethel Park).
197: 1. Kollin Moore, Ohio State; 2. Noah Adams, West Virginia; 3. Patrick Brucki, Princeton; 4. Jacob Warner, Iowa; 5. Christian Brunner, Purdue; 14. Jake Woodley, Oklahoma (North Allegheny); 16. Greg Bulsak, Clarion (South Park); 28. Drew Phipps, Bucknell (Norwin).
285: 1. Gabe Steveson, Minnesota; 2. Maron Parris, Michigan; 3. Tony Cassioppi, Iowa; 4. Matt Stencel, Central Michigan; 5. Trent Hillger, Wisconsin; 9. Demetrius Thomas, Pitt; 20. Seth Nevills, Penn State; 25. Jon Spaulding, Edinboro; 28. Tyler Bagoly, Clarion; 33. Brandon Ngati, West Virginia.
Across the NCAA
No. Four Ohio State falls: The Buckeyes fell at Nebraska on Sunday, 19-14. Pletcher picked up a 10-1 win in opposition to Chad Purple, however Ethan Smith fell to No. Four Isaiah White at 165.
Panthers fall at N.C. State: Pitt jumped out to an early lead however couldn’t maintain and fell to No. Four North Carolina State, 21-12, in ACC motion.
The 10th-ranked Panthers obtained resolution wins by Kellen Stout (Mt. Lebanon) at 197, heavyweight Demetrius Thomas and sophomore Micky Phillippi at 133 to seize a 9-Four lead, however the Wolfpack roared again by profitable 5 of the ultimate six bouts.
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