NCAA Wrestling Wrap 1/18 – 1/25

Iowa State goes 2-0 during tour of Oklahoma The No. 2 Cyclones were clearly the story of the weekend as they defeated No. 10 Oklahoma (21-12) of Friday and followed it up with a win over No. 3 Oklahoma State (20-18). Leading them was senior and number one ranked Jake Varner who continued his undefeated … Read more

NCAA Wrestling Wrap 1/11 – 1/18

The ND State Bison

Clearly the biggest story of the weekend was No. 1 Iowa’s victory over No. 3 Oklahoma State. The match happened last Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in front of 10,967 fans. The two squads split the 10 matches, but in the end bonus points gave the Hawkeyes their 52nd straight dual meet win.

Iowa sophmore Montell Marion pulled of an improbably upset of No. 5 Jamal Parks at 141 to pace his team. Leading 3-0 entering the third period, Marion rode Parks out for the entire third period. The sophomore improves his record to 12-2 on the season. Other winners for Iowa include Matt McDonough, Brent Metcalf, Jay Borschel and Phillip Keddy. For full results check out ProMMA.info’s play-by-play.

The Bison Shock Boise
While most wrestling fans were awaiting Saturday’s fireworks, North Dakota State pulled off an improbable upset over No. 6 Boise State on Friday night. Despite giving up a forfeit at 133 pounds, the Bison were able to score a 25-22 victory over their ranked opponent.

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Iowa vs. OK State on Big Ten Network live play-by-play

Johny Hendricks vs. Iowa's Mark Perry back in the day
Johny Hendricks vs. Iowa

One of the biggest NCAA wrestling matches of the season went down last night at Carver Hawkeye arena – No. 1 Iowa vs. No. 3 OK State. The Big Ten Network is showing the event on tape delay tonight at 9:00 p.m. CT. The broadcast will feature several match ups of ranked wrestlers. ProMMA.info will be providing a live play-by-play of the match. If you are one of the people who can’t live without the spoiler results check them out here.

Quick Results
#1 Iowa 19, #3 Oklahoma State 16
125 – Matt McDonough (I) maj. dec. Chris Notte (OSU), 13-4
133 – Jordan Oliver (OSU) dec. Daniel Dennis (I), 3-2
141 – Montell Marion (I) dec. Jamal Parks (OSU), 4-0
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) tech. fall Quinten Fuentes (OSU), 21-5 in 5:15
157 – Neil Erisman (OSU) maj. dec. Aaron Janssen (I), 16-7
165 – Alex Meade (OSU) dec. Ryan Morningstar (I), 5-3
174 – Jay Borschel (I) maj. dec. Mike Benefiel (OSU), 9-1
184 – Phillip Keddy (I) dec. Clayton Foster (OSU), 3-2
197 – Alan Gelogaev (OSU) dec. Luke Lofthouse (I), 3-2
Hwt. – Jared Rosholt (OSU) dec. Blake Rasing (I), 7-5

Play-by-play after the jump

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“Inside MMA” goes LIVE this weekend from the University of Iowa

Bas and Kenny travel to Iowa City this Friday, January 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET

DALLAS (January 14, 2010) – This Friday, HDNet’s “Inside MMA” is live from Iowa City, home of the Iowa Hawkeyes, to preview one of the biggest NCAA wrestling duals of the year between two college powerhouses – the #1 ranked University of Iowa and #3 Oklahoma State.

HDNet has also arranged an hour-long “meet and greet” with Kenny Rice, Bas Rutten and Guy Mezger. Fans can meet the stars of “Inside MMA” from 6:00 to 7:00 pm CT on Friday, January 15 at the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame building, located at 2425 Prairie Meadow Drive in Iowa City.

The “Inside MMA” roundtable for Friday night will feature Dan Gable, former Iowa Wrestling Coach and National Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee, former UFC Champion Pat Miletich, Scott Casber, of TakedownRadio.com; and HDNet Fights President, Guy Mezger.

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The next wrestler could be Daniel Cormier

Even the MMA analysts who saw Joe Warren’s star potential did not think he would be this impressive this early on. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, here in the States, the self-proclaimed “Baddest Man on the Planet” defeated perennial pound-for-pound fighter, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto. In only his second MMA fight, Warren relied mostly on his wrestling skill and took the fight by decision.

Wrestlers crossing over into MMA is almost as old as the sport itself. The accomplishments of these wrestlers are so well documented, that there is no need to go through them once again. Now, it seems as if any person who won more wrestling matches than they lost is considered to be world-class.

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A big weekend for converted college wrestlers


Chad Mendes
Former collegiate wrestler, Chad Mendes, will fight at Palace Fighting Championship this Friday

It won’t make me sound like an MMA swami if I say that wrestlers have been a part of MMA since the beginning. In the old days Dan Severn was suplexing people on their head and Mark Coleman was out there head butting from the top position. After that came Randy Couture who used his dominating clinch to bring the “‘Phenom”, Vitor Belfort, back down to earth.

There are currently a number of highly touted collegiate wrestlers who have transitioned into an MMA career with the UFC. On this weekend’s Fight Night 17 card, former Arizona State All-American, Cain Velasquez (4-0) will take on Denis Stojnic, while Oklahoma State’s multiple time NCAA champion, Jake Rosholt (5-0) will also see action.

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