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WTF Just Happened? Wild Weekend Recap

published2 months ago
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Welcome to this week's wrestling headlines. These are the top stories you need to know about this week.

  • Story 1: Yianni Loses His Streak
  • Story 2: Maryland Makes Statement
  • Story 3: Sun Devils Come Through

Yianni Loses His Streak 🔥

For the second time in his career, Cornell’s Yianni Diakomihalis lost after a 75 match win streak (longest in college wrestling). It wasn’t because of a bad call, injury, or fluke; Austin Gomez (WISC) simply dominated.

So what happened? After a scoreless 1st period, Gomez scored a body lock in the 2nd to go up 5-0. In the final period, Gomez answered all of Yianni’s attacks. He scored two more takedowns and won 9-3.

Wisconsin won the dual meet 19-13. (Full Match on ESPN+)

My Take:

149 lbs has continued to be a thrill. And not to say “I told you so,” but I did say Gomez had the best chance to beat Yianni. By the way, Spencer Lee now has the longest active streak (38 wins).

Maryland Makes a Statement

In another big move, Maryland earned their first ranked win since 2013. The Terps defeated the Pitt Panthers (18-16). They are now undefeated (4-0) on the season so far.

Even though top Pitt Panthers Phillippi (133), Matthews (141), and Bonaccorsi (197) won their bouts, the Terps earned a key fall over Camacho (125) and sudden victory win over Casto (157).

My Take:

I boldly predicted that Maryland would have a standout year, but this is above my expectations. With Navy and Indiana next on the schedule, it's possible that Maryland is 6-0 leading into the beginning of 2023.

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Sun Devils Come Through

Even with Jacori Teemer reportedly out for the season, #5 Arizona State still pulled a big "upset" over #3 Mizzou last Thursday (19-17).

Mizzou won at 157, 165, 174, and 197. The most impressive win of those was Rocky Elam over Kordell Norfleet (8-2). Other than that, here a few major Sun Devil wins:

  • 125. Figueroa upset #14 Noah Surtin (6-4)
  • 141. Vasquez upset #6 Allan Hart (3-2)
  • 285. Cohlton Schultz majored #7 Zach Elam (12-4)

My Take:

Teemer may be out, but the Sun Devils aren't fooling around. They are a seriously good top 3 team at NCAAs. And a few of their young guns will continue to pull upsets.

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What did you think about this week's headlines?

Josiah Hritsko

Wrestling Fan & Founder of Fanco Wrestling

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