Journeymen Collegiate Classic Shocker: Redshirt Freshman Phenom Derails Vito Arujau’s Unbeaten Run

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Journeymen Collegiate Classics Brimmed With Thrill And Excitement On Sunday As Spectators Witnessed Incredible Performances. However, a Shocking Upset Unfolded In The Form Of an NCAA And World Champion's Loss In The Finals. Let's Delve Deeper Into The Bout.

A formidable opponent in the finals

In the finals of the 133A bracket, in the round-robin event, Lehigh Wrestling’s Ryan Crookham squared off against Cornell’s Vito Arujau. The atmosphere pulsated with energy as both wrestlers secured their spots in the finals by comfortably defeating their respective opponents in the prior two bouts.

Freshman stuns the champion

In a stunning turn of events, freshman Ryan Crookham showcased his sheer skill and prowess and pulled off an incredible victory against Arujau with a score of 8-4, marking the end of his long winning streak record. Crookham secured two points from escape and six points from a takedown in a riveting bout, leaving Arujau astonished with his tactical maneuvers. 

Credit: Flo Wrestling/X

Ryan Crookham conferred with the Hammer Award

To add to his accolades, Crookham claimed the Hammer Award for his victory in the 133A bracket. He stood out among the six Lehigh wrestlers who qualified for the finals in their respective brackets, underscoring the success of the Lehigh contingent at the classics.

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