NCAA Week 3 Recap: 149 lbs in tatters


It’s week three of the 2022-23 NCAA season and the 149-pound weight class is simply in tatters.

Last week’s roundup

It’s not quite to the point where dogs and cats live together or where our pets’ heads fall, but these first three weeks of the season have been pandemonium for the top of the 149-pound rankings.

We also have a lot of wrestling results to cover, let me do like Taylor Swift and blame Ticketmaster for all the technical difficulties someone had in the last week so I can stick to the sport. Thanks.

Carl’s Stone Cold Dual Of The Century Of The Week: Wisconsin at Cornell

149 pounds, is, as I mentioned, in tatters

New week, the new top 149-pound wrestler suffers a loss. This time it was Austin Gomez beating #1 Yianni Diakomihalis. This is only the second loss of Yianni’s college career. The three-time national champion was on a 75-game winning streak.

This week after Sammy Sasso lost to Caleb Henson and two weeks after Paniro Johnson upset Austin Gomez. And so the top echelon of the weight class comes full circle in less than a month.

In a word: yowza.

Fortunately, figuring out how to rank 149 is no longer my responsibility, and I wish my colleagues JD Rader and Jon Kozak good luck and fortune as they tackle this puzzle. If you disagree with their decisions, all complaints should be directed to the culprits (Jon and JD), however, I will always be available to receive compliments if you agree.

There were also many other remarkable results of this duel. Vito Arujau made his season debut for Cornell, beating All-American Taylor LaMont at 133. Vince Cornella, world No. 5 freshman U20, beat No. 12 Joey Zargo of Wisconsin. Cornella la Cornellienne will probably be in the standings by Tuesday morning.

Wisconsin’s DJ Hamiti took on our Cornell’s Julian Ramirez in a battle of the top 10 165-pounders. 2021 U20 Freestyle World Champion and Greco bronze medalist Badger Braxton Amos defeated 2022 U20 Freestyle Silver Medalist Jacob Cardenas. Additionally, two-time All-American ‘Thor’ Hillger returned to form and beat No. 10 Lewis Fernandes of Cornell.

Truly a Carl worthy double of the ATHF endorsement.

Co-double of the week: Missouri at Arizona State

One top 20 wrestler in every match, 4 top 20 matches and two top 10 matches! That’s what I call a quality double encounter!

Arizona State’s Richie Figueroa beat Missouri’s No. 14 Noah Surtin and Jesse Vasquez beat No. 6 Allan Hart to power up the Sun Devils victory. Vasquez in particular impressed as the third-year California wrestler had barely more than a dozen college matches in his career at that point and had never wrestled in the playoffs, while Hart is a three-time qualifier for the NCAA with more than 60 victories in D1. Last name.

Go Army Invite, Go Navy Classic

Famous rivals Army and Navy both held tournaments over the weekend, the Black Knight Invite and the Navy Classic respectively.

Penn State was among ten D1 teams that traveled to West Point for the Army-hosted invite. Nebraska and Michigan State were among the dozen D1 programs at Annapolis for Navy’s Classic.

Penn State took the crown at the Black Knight Invite, with Max Dean taking the 197-pound weight class and the Outstanding Wrestler honor. Discover the bad ass Army trophies awarded to champions and OW.

Watch Dean battle his way to a 197lb Black Knight Invite title:

Penn State had 5 champions at the Black Knight Invite, while Big Ten rival Nebraska won the same number of titles at the Navy Classic in Annapolis. Michigan State finished second and the hosts third at the United State Naval Academy.

The most classic of all Keystones

Five Champions was the theme of the weekend at the big tournament, as Virginia Tech raced up the Shenandoah Valley and clung right to the Mason-Dixon line to crush Philly Wrestling night at the historic Palestra, where the Keystone Classic.

The Hokies needed all those points from their five title slates because they barely edged out the hosts, the Pennsylvania Quakers.

Adding to the chaos at 149, Penn’s Doug Zapf beat Caleb Henson in the semifinals. Henson beat Sammy Sasso last week. Zapf was then stopped in the finals by Appalachian State’s Jon Jon Millner. Milner lost to Sasso at the 2022 NCAA Tournament, so go figure.

VT won 125, 133, 141, 165 and 184, with Sam Latona earning a big victory in the 133 final against UPenn’s Michael Colaiocco.

The hosts weren’t ruled out, however, as Anthony Artalona won a dogfight in the 157 final against George Mason’s Peter Pappas.

Watch Artalona win a Keystone Classic title:

Weapons were prohibited in the Albany Armory

Iowa ended their “Banach Country” (i.e. New York) road trip with two duels at the Journeymen Wrestling Armbar at the Armory in Albany a day after wrestling the Army at West Point . Iowa now dominates the Hudson thanks to its three victories.

NC State also went 2-0 in Albany, beating a dangerous team from Illinois and a determined team from central Michigan.

The venue was also very old and dripping with character. He had a distinct Semi-professional vibe. Which may be because a minor league basketball team, the Albany Patroons, has been playing there since the 1980s.

Surprising results – or are they?

While I’m never surprised by any outcome and, in fact, expect anything in college wrestling, there are outcomes that, judging by the consensus of the wrestling community ( of which I myself am a mainstay), would by definition be considered surprising (but without any implied disrespect for either wrestler).

Here are some of those supposedly “surprising” Week 3 results.

149: Austin Gomez on Yianni Diakomihalis (already covered).

141: Jesse Vasquez on Allan Hart (see above).

174: Columbia’s Lennox Wolak over #6 Ethan Smith of Ohio State. Ethan Smith is a four-time NCAA qualifier who placed fifth in 2021. He finished in blood last year. Wolak is in his fourth year of high school and started as a freshman for Columbia in 2020, but his previous best win to date was perhaps Brad Laughlin or Daniel Manibog? Many were surprised by this result but I always knew Wolak was capable of winning while respecting what Smith accomplished and acknowledging him as the favorite going into the game.

133: Lehigh’s Connor McGonagle vs. Pitt’s #8 Mickey Phillippi. Phillippi is a four-time NCAA qualifier and three-time Bloodrounder. He beat Daton Fix once. Some people were shocked by McGonagle’s win because he never won the EIWA and went 0-4 on two trips to the NCAA. Naturally, I knew it was definitely not impossible and I was completely baffled by the outcome of the match.

157: Corbyn Munson of Central Michigan against No. 7 Ed Scott of NC State. Munson is no slouch, qualifying for the NCAA last season and finishing with 26 wins. Still, the win came as a surprise to many as Ed Scott had a better record against a tougher schedule. But not to me!

141: #19 Cael Happel (Northern Iowa) DEC #5 Clay Carlson (South Dakota State), 8-6. Frankly, anyone who even briefly considered this result surprising is a disappointment (with all due respect to Carlson).


Thanks to a pin at 125 and a decisive victory at 285, Maryland beat Pitt in the Panther’s home gym for the Terrapin’s first double victory against a ranked opponent since 2013.

Early School Spotlight

Sacred Heart fears no team, as evidenced by their schedule which, thanks to head coach John Clark, almost always features multiple competitions against the nation’s top-ranked programs. That courage showed on Friday when the Pioneers faced the No. 2-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes.

Although Sacred Heart ultimately lost the duel, two wins against Iowa are not to be overlooked! Kudos to Mike Manta and Nick Palumbo for the voiceovers, and kudos to SHU, a New England school of just 5,500 undergraduates.

Other interesting content on FloWrestling

Of course, there are this week’s faithful scores, painstakingly put together by the nimble fingers of your humble blogger.

It’s also the day before the NWCA All-Star Classic! We’ve created more content on this event than you have time to consume it all before the games start, but here are some pieces of content to wet your All-Star whistle before Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.

And I will blog live about the event, because it’s my job, my calling, my telos. See you later!

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