D1CW's Week 3 Preview
Week 3 is when the dual meet season really starts to heat up. D1CW had a difficult time selecting the dual of the week. In addition to that match, you have Ohio State at Arizona State, Rutgers hosting Princeton on their football field in the "Battle at the Birthplace", Virginia Tech traveling to Northern Iowa, Michigan visiting Oklahoma, South Dakota State vs Minnesota and an in-state matchup featuring Lehigh and Edinboro.
We also get the first of the invitational tournaments with the Navy and Keystone Classic. Penn State will be attending and likely dominating the Keystone Classic.
Prior to looking ahead to Week 3, here are some of the best from Week 2....
Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) We should probably reserve this spot weekly for Zahid. He registered a major decision and a forfeit before taking out 2015 All-American Ethan Ramos in a controversial barnburner.
Jack Mueller (Virginia) I was tempted to mention Jack last week when he ran through the 125lb bracket at the Clarion Open. Over four matches he outscored his competition 42-1 and threw in a pin for good measure. He wasn't mentioned because he did not face an NCAA qualifier. That changed this week when he beat Central Michigan's Brent Fleetwood and Michigan's fellow much-heralded Freshman Austin Assad.
Nick Suriano (Penn State) He has come in with sky high expectations and didn't disappoint in his first collegiate competitions. Suriano majored Army West Point's Trey Chalifoux in his first match, then controlled Stanford All-American Connor Schram in his second.
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Da'Waylon Barnes (Oklahoma) Barnes went 3-0 and the Journeymen Classic pinning 2015 All-American BJ Clagon and defeated tough Lehigh Freshman Jordan Kutler. He is in his first year at Oklahoma after transferring from Northeastern Oklahoma.
Dustin Dennison (Utah Valley) The Utah Valley Junior earned himself a spot in the rankings with a pin of 3x NCAA Qualifier Collin Jensen in the finals of the Harold Nichols/Cyclone Open. In the semi's Dennison also pinned Collin's little brother David.
Match of the Week
#6 Virginia Tech @ #5 Missouri
125: #3 Joey Dance (Virginia Tech) vs #7 Barlow McGhee (Missouri)
Hopefully McGhee is in the lineup for the Tigers. He missed their Week 2 dual meet vs Old Dominion. If he competes, expect it to be a low scoring match with flashes of excitement. Both wrestlers can be defensive, however are as explosive as anyone at the weight.
2015-16 Meeting: Dance decision 3-1 Sudden Victory
Dance by decision
Virginia Tech leads 3-0
133: NR Dom Latona (Virginia Tech) vs #11 Jaydin Eierman (Missouri)
I've been told to expect Eierman to make his official debut for the Tigers. He was rumored to have been banged up heading into the year. He will likely be able to put up some points and show off his flashly style.
Eierman by major
Missouri leads 4-3
141: NR Dennis Gustafson (Virginia Tech) vs #5 Matt Manley (Missouri)
This is a battle of two wrestlers whose 2015-16 seasons did not end properly because of injuries. Manley tried to fight through an injury at Nationals and went 0-2, Gustafson's season started last and he was never really "right". Manley should be too much here.
Manley by decision
Missouri leads 7-3
149: #7 Solomon Chishko (Virginia Tech) vs #4 Lavion Mayes (Missouri)
One of the marquee matches of this dual meet with two returning All-Americans. Chishko is up a weight from last season. If he can keep it on the mat, he's got a good chance. That's a big "if" though because Mayes' double leg is one of the best in college wrestling. We'll go with an upset....
Chishko by decision
Missouri leads 7-6
157: NR Sal Mastriani (Virginia Tech) vs #9 Joey Lavallee (Missouri)
This isn't quite the mismatch that it may look like on paper. Mastriani had a very up-and-down injury plagued 2015-16 campaign. Lavallee sat it out taking a redshirt. The Hokies will likely need an upset here if they want to get the win.
Lavallee by decision
Missouri leads 10-6
165: NR Mike Ciavarro (Virginia Tech) vs #3 Daniel Lewis (Missouri)
This one is likely the mismatch that it appears on paper. Lewis is a monster on top and dangerous with cradles. It would be a win for Virginia Tech if they can avoid bonus points.
Lewis by fall
Missouri leads 16-6
174: #2 Zach Epperly (Virginia Tech) vs NR Dylan Wisman (Missouri)
This will help the Hokies get back into the match. Bonus points for the 2x All-American would be very helpful. I'm going on a hunch that the Freshman Wisman may be too tough for that to happen.
Epperly by decision
Missouri leads 16-9
184: #10 Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech) vs #12 Willie Miklus (Missouri)
As the rankings would indicate, this is a huge toss-up. Zavatsky was the #5 seed at Nationals last season, though he didn't place. Miklus has outwrestled his seed twice at Nationals, earned himself two AA honors. We go with the history between the two.
2015-16 Meeting: Zavatsky by decision 9-4
Zavatsky by decision
Missouri leads 16-12
197: #1 J'Den Cox (Missouri) vs #3 Jared Haught (Virginia Tech)
One paper this would appear to be a huge match, but you have to give the nod to 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist J'Den Cox. While he probably won't blow out Haught, expect Cox to win a one-sided decision.
Cox by decision
Missouri leads 19-12
285: #3 Ty Walz (Virginia Tech) vs UR Austin Myers (Missouri)
I'm very high on the Tigers Freshman Myers. However, in this match against the 2x All-American Walz, he will be facing one of the best offensive big men in the nation and also one with a gas tank.
Walz by major
Missouri wins 19-16
Potential Matchups Between Ranked Wrestlers (per FloWrestling)
#2 Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa) ???? vs #3 Joey Dance (Virginia Tech)
#3 Joey Dance (Virginia Tech) vs #7 Barlow McGhee (Missouri)
#5 Darian Cruz (Lehigh) vs #17 Sean Russell (Edinboro)
#4 Eric Montoya (Nebraska) vs #12 Drew Templeman (Wyoming)
#9 Dom Forys (Pittsburgh) vs #17 Scott Parker (Lehigh)
#3 Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) vs #10 Matt Kolodzik (Princeton)
#9 George DiCamillo (Virginia) vs #18 Ronnie Perry (Lock Haven)
#4 Lavion Mayes (Missouri) vs #7 Solomon Chishko (Virginia Tech)
#7 Solomon Chishko (Virginia Tech) vs #16 Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa)
#11 Patricio Lugo (Edinboro) vs #14 Laike Gardner (Lehigh)
#5 Brian Murphy (Michigan) vs #15 DaWaylon Barnes (Oklahoma)
#2 Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin) vs #8 Jake Faust (Duke)
#7 Logan Massa (Michigan) vs #10 Clark Glass (Oklahoma)
#1 Bo Jordan (Ohio State) ??? vs #8 Zahid Valencia (Arizona State)
#10 Matt Reed (Oklahoma) vs #11 Davonte Mahomes (Michigan)??? or Myles Amine
#10 Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech) vs #12 Willie Miklus (Missouri)
#11 Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) vs #17 Chip Ness (North Carolina)
#14 Nick Gravina (Rutgers) vs #15 Ian Baker (Princeton)
#1 J'Den Cox (Missouri) vs #3 Jared Haught (Virginia Tech)
#2 Brett Pfarr (Minnesota) vs #6 Nate Rotert (South Dakota State)
#7 Aaron Studebaker (Nebraska) vs #10 Jake Smith (West Virginia)
#1 Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) vs #4 Tanner Hall (Arizona State)
#2 Conner Medbery (Wisconsin) vs #16 Jacob Kasper (Duke)
#3 Ty Walz (Virginia Tech) vs #19 JJ Everard (Northern Iowa)
#9 Doug Vollaro (Lehigh) vs #15 Ryan Solomon (Pittsburgh)
#9 Doug Vollaro (Lehigh) vs #17 Billy Miller (Edinboro)