Ten Matches to Watch for at CKLV

Vegas, baby! The Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational has long been a staple of the college wrestling season and, in recent years, has become the premier event of the regular season. A plethora of highly-ranked wrestlers will make the trip to Sin City this weekend looking to cement themselves squarely in the national title conversation as the season moves forward. Every year, there are some massive upsets, breakout performances, and incredible matches that take place at CKLV and this year’s edition looks as promising as ever.

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Six Takeaways from Iowa/Wisconsin

Iowa and Wisconsin clashed last night in a dual featuring a pair of top-ten teams and all sorts of individual superstars. As is often the case inside of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa rolled and picked up a pair of upsets along the way en route to a 32-3 victory over the Badgers. Austin DeSanto and Anthony Cassioppi both notched wins over highly-ranked opponents for the Hawkeyes and graduate transfer Johnny Sebastian provided the lone win for the Badgers. On a night that wasn’t short on upsets or exciting matches, a few things stood out to me above all else. Here are my top five takeaways from the night that was in Iowa City:

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What are the Best and Worst Things to Say as a Coach?

After observing so many coach-wrestler interactions, it’s clear to me now that a coach’s attitude and tone when talking to their athlete can have a profound impact on the athlete’s performance, for better or worse. With that in mind, my partner (Sam Herring) and I decided to compile a list of the best and worst things that you can say to your competitor.

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Cornell/ NC State Preview

November 23, 2019 in Ithaca, NY, has the Wolfpack of NC State vs the Cornell Bears. This dual has so many interesting storylines from coach Koll’s decision to Olympic Redshirt 3 of his top wrestlers, to Darmstadt’s return against a junior world medalist in Trent Hidlay, to Colton Yapoujian’s debut against the #1 wrestler in the country. Take a look at the projected lineups below. 

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Bill Farrell Men’s Freestyle Recap

This year’s edition of the Bill Farrell Memorial International showcased a ton of domestic talent with a sprinkle of international flavor. The tournament carried an extra bit of weight this time around, though, due to it being a qualifier for the Olympic Trials next April. The highest-placing American in each weight punched their ticket to State College, and there was no shortage of drama. I dove into each weight and gave my thoughts and observations below, enjoy!

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2019 Bill Farrell Preview: 125kg

Heavyweight in this country has been on the rise since Gwiazdowski made his first world team in 2017. We have brought back world medals fairly consistently since then as well as the depth, domestically speaking. Nick Gwiazdowski has been at the top of ladder since 2017 with Adam Coon and Gable Steveson at his heels. The youth movement has been relevant at heavyweight as well.

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