Turmoil. No, we’re not talking about the ever fluid 125-pound situation at Penn State, where it was announced Tuesday that four-time Pennsylvania champion freshman Gavin Teasdale has left the Nittany Lions and will transfer.
Coach Cael Sanderson made the announcement at the team’s weekly press conference.
We’re talking about the 133-pound situation. The past two weeks have seen major changes in the weight leaving 133 the most interesting on the national landscape.
Last season’s champion, Seth Gross of South Dakota State had wrestled only once this season and dropped off most rating services. Then came the announcement that Gross, his school’s first national champ, would undergo season-ending surgery.
Michigan’s Stevan Micic, runner-up to G ross, is unbeaten and was boosted to No. 1. He deserves it.
But the water was being muddied after No. 1. Rutgers’ Nick Suriano, runner-up last season at 125, was No. 2. He was then upset in overtime by No. 5 Daton Fix of Oklahoma State.
It didn’t stop there. Iowa’s Austin DeSantos put another loss on Suriano last Friday night in Iowa City. It didn’t stop there — on Saturday in Pittsburgh, Pitt’s Micky Phillippi upset Fix, giving him his first loss of the year.
Here’s how the WIN Magazine top 10 looks now: 1, Micic, 2, Phillippi, 3, Fix, 4, Luke Pletcher, Ohio State; 5, DeSanto; 6. Suriano; 7, Tariq Wilson, N. C. State; 8. Montorie Bridges, Wyoming; 9, Austin Gomez, Iowa State; 10, John Erneste, Missouri.
Gomez is the wrestler who decked Penn State’s Roman Bravo-Young in the Southern Scuffle. We ask you to consider both Gomez and Bravo-Young as part of the mix come March.
It should be interesting.
What’s up with Gavin?
We don’t pretend to know any deep dark secrets concerning the Teasdale situation and it’s not likely any solid information will come out of the Penn State camp.
However, we did hear before the season that Teasdale was having trouble at Penn State. Whether it was book problems or health problems (that’s what was offered a couple months ago when Teasdale took flight the first time) we don’t know.
Being a four-time PIAA champion is a load to carry around. But we’ve seen kids with these credentials fail before. Let’s hope we don’t add Teasdale to this list.
Duals to watch
North Dakota State at Central Michigan
CSU Bakersfield vs. West Virginia at Utah Valley, American International at Sacred Heart, Duke at North Carolina State, Michigan at Ohio State, Southern Illinois Edwardsville at Old Dominion, Penn State at Purdue, Arizona State vs. Lock Haven at Red Lion, Michigan State at Rutgers, CSU Bakersfield at Utah Valley, Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech, Oklahoma at Iowa State, Missouri at Northern Illinois, Northern Colorado at Northern Iowa, Minnesota at Wisconsin, Iowa at Illinois, West Virginia at Utah Valley, Clackamas CC at Oregon State, Cal Baptist at Stanford
Appalachian State at Appalachian Open, hosted by Appalachian State, Air Force, Navy, The Citadel, VMI at All-Academy Championships, Northfield, VT Cornell at Brown, Rider at Hofstra, Bucknell at Sacred Heart, Binghamton at Harvard,Buffalo at Kent State ,Cornell at Harvard, Virginia at North Carolina, Binghamton at Brown, Bucknell at Hofstra, Arizona State at Lehigh.
Edinboro at George Mason, Bloomsburg at Cleveland State, Penn State at Indiana, Millersville at Lock Haven, Duke at Old Dominion, Davidson at Chattanooga, Virginia Tech at Lehigh, Michigan State at Maryland, Ohio at Northern Illinois, Illinois at Nebraska, Northern Colorado at North Dakota State, Oklahoma at Northern Iowa, Iowa at Northwestern, Iowa State at Oklahoma State, West Virginia at Wyoming, Stanford at CSU Bakersfield