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  1. A lot of rumors speculating Nebraska. Nothing announced or substantiated yet.
  2. Pucillo has some sort of hand issue as i recall? Torn tendons from auto repair or something? Unfortunate. His nemesis Keddy also had neck issues that year that severely limited him. Obviously the aforementioned Kish is another example. Hate to see it for a senior.
  3. If we're counting Freestyle, then Ed Ruth is just out of the conversation. Ruth got absolutely housed last year by guys who are solid but not great freestylers.
  4. more likely a combination of the two (weight cut and injury) btw, what in your opinion was the chink in McD's armour that allowed Delgado to beat him LAST season? Delgado's speed. McD adjusted and beat him twice after that, but Delgado's speed was always going to cause issues for McD even if 100% healthy.
  5. I don't think Ramos can make 125 as comfortably as a few years ago. With McD, if it was a weight cutting issue, than sure he probably does better. But if it was an injury issue, which is what most people keep hearing, probably not.
  6. Boris Novachkov? When would htey have wrestled? High school? Not to defend the "Taylor loses to top guys" point, because I don't think that's fair, but not a great list in his defense. Except for St. John and Evans, of course.
  7. I already said that McD had a easier draw, but nice try with the straw man.. That's not what you said or did. You can try to pretend all you'd like, but what you actually wrote were intended as shots at McDonough. And nice second straw man about the team race. Totally on topic. Truly, you have a dizzying intellect.
  8. I agree. Taylor seems to have really struggled with aggression thanks to Cael's conservative style.
  9. That is most assuredly NOT what you did. You first threw out the "throw the award in the garbage" potshot and then said he definitely wouldn't be a 3 time finalist if not for his draw which "Bubbles the chimp would have done that well." There's a difference between saying someone got a fortuitous draw, which yes, McDonough did, and saying that their success was the result of that fortune and that they would not have succeeded without it. Let alone the cheap potshot about "garbage."
  10. And then he won 10-6. That's a match that actually happened and McDonough won, and you're trying to use it as evidence of why McDonough would lose to...who. Tell me who of those seeds was going to beat McDonough outside of Nickerson? Sanders who had gone 0-3 to him up til that point while giving up 2 majors? The immortal Mike Martinez? James Nicholson? You're grasping at straws. McDonough would almost assuredly have been in the semifinals against Nickerson if NIckerson had not been upset, and then it's one match against a great, but banged up Nickerson which is hardly a sure thing for NIckerdoodles. McDonough did get lucky that Long upset Escobedo, or else he would probably only be a 1 time champ since Esco was a really tough match for McDOnough.
  11. There was exactly one guy on that side of the bracket who had any shot at beating him (and that would have been in the semis), and he was injured in his own right. It's not McDonough's fault that Nickerson lost to Freddy Santaite. McDonough was the 3 seed. You may be new to the NCAA tournament, but the 3 seed making the Finals is not unheard of.
  12. Comic genius, I tell you. :roll: Yeah, let's pile up the smack talk on a 3 time Finalist who just had a rough senior year.
  13. Correct. He was above him their freshman and junior years. No...he was wrestling weaker competition in those years, that's all. Better results against weaker competition. The kid starved himself to avoid Oliver for 3 years for goodness sake. Completely fabricated. And Oliver was at least as big a 133 as McDOnough was a 125, so it's laughable to bring up weight cutting.
  14. I've never been to Iowa. I had no idea who McDonough was until he committed to Iowa after initially looking like he was going to Northwestern. I followed Oliver's career intently, especially since he was seen as the primary competitor for Eric Grajales, from my state of Florida. It's amazing how when you give a perfectly reasonable explanation for why a 3 time finalist 2 time champion suddenly wrestles like a completely different wrestler, it's seen as an excuse. Because it makes so much more sense that suddenly he's mediocre. And I NEVER said that injuries are the reason Iowa took 4th this year. Iowa was a solid team that could beat any of the 4 teams. They got outwrestled at the tournament, so they lost. But to ignore a returning AA getting his knee torn up in Round 1 like it doesn't matter....yeesh. Oklahoma State wrestled way better at the tournament than Iowa did. So did Minnesota. And obviously Penn State.
  15. Yeah, what history tells us is that McDonough commonly gets beat by guys like (and no offense, he's a good wrestler) Trent Sprenkle. And struggles to get TD's and bonus points. That's what the weight of history tells us.
  16. What are you even talking about? Do you know what bitter means?
  17. I thought it was pretty much confirmed he was going 174, but I could be wrong.
  18. McD "cut his foot off" to wrestle 125 as a freshman because Iowa had Dan Dennis, NCAA finalist that year, at 133. He wrestled 125 the next two years of his own choice, and showed very little negative effect of a cut on his way to two more finals appearances and 1 more championship. It's pure speculation to say that McD was killing himself to make 125 because he is tall. There are really tall thin people in this world that aren't wrestlers. Maybe he went 125 because he felt it would be best for the team? It certainly didn't affect McDonough's abilities until this season, where there is allegedly an underlying injury. McDonough was dominant for most of his first 3 years. do you really believe Iowa's weight cutting doesn't hurt their athletes? you might be the only one Who is it you feel is the massive weight cutters on the team where the weight cut is killing the team? 125: McDonough (3 time AA, 3 time finalist, 2 time champ who DNP'd his senior year.) 133: Ramos (2 time AA who many thought could have been 125 to start. 141: Ballweg (never effective at 149 in several shots) 149: Whoever (a total blackhole no matter who we've thrown out there.) 157: Derek St. John (3 time AA, 2 time Finalist, champ) 165: Nick Moore (No AA, first year in the line up) 174: Mike Evans (1 time AA, Professional Mustache Grower) 184: Ethen Lofthouse (2 time AA) 197: Nathan Burak (Round of 12 as "true" freshman) HW: Bobby Telford (1 time AA, injured first round this year) There's the lineup. Now, let's discuss them. McDonough: If we assume his precipitous drop at the NCAA tournament is due to weight cutting, there's 1. Ramos: Cutting not an issue here, not particularly big for his weight, though a full-sized 133. I'd bet Stieber cuts more weight than he does. Ballweg was top 10 most of the year, and was mediocre at best at 149. Seems like weight cutting helped him. Nobody at 149 worth mentioning. The best guy we saw at the weight only got to wrestle 2 matches. St. John is another guy people have said is struggling. He just made his second consecutive finals and won the championship. Moore was in the top 15 all year. He looks better at 165 than he ever did at 157, so there is no cutting here. Mike Evans looked better up a weight, but this "wrestled 189 in HS" is a bogus argument. He never weighed more than 180 during his senior year, he went up purely for the challenge. When he cut down, it was his choice, becauseh e was weighing out after practice at 170ish. However, he did better at 174 (though apparently suffered some sort of injury judging by the heavy wrap on his leg during the medal round. His mustache looked more full, though. Lofthouse was 174 this year and looked positively tiny at 184 at times. No weight cutting here. No issues for Burak. Telford looked great at Big 10's and before the injury. So where is all this damage from the weight cutting coming from? Even if we grant you McDonough...that's pretty much it.
  19. McD "cut his foot off" to wrestle 125 as a freshman because Iowa had Dan Dennis, NCAA finalist that year, at 133. He wrestled 125 the next two years of his own choice, and showed very little negative effect of a cut on his way to two more finals appearances and 1 more championship. It's pure speculation to say that McD was killing himself to make 125 because he is tall. There are really tall thin people in this world that aren't wrestlers. Maybe he went 125 because he felt it would be best for the team? It certainly didn't affect McDonough's abilities until this season, where there is allegedly an underlying injury. McDonough was dominant for most of his first 3 years.
  20. It's pretty telling that McDonough probably isn't a national champ if he doesn't wrestle 125. Obviously this video from while McD was still in high school is the great decider of what McDonough would have done at 133. Nobody ever beats someone that beats them in high school. ONe match determines all future match ups forever.
  21. Awesome. We'll just use Fastwilly's free wrestling coverage service. Link?
  22. Flowrestling isn't the same thing as Trackwrestling.
  23. Correct. He was above him their freshman and junior years.
  24. Does Taylor face the same level of opposition? Ruth has 2 losses, Taylor has 4. Taylor has the better losses, but he also has twice as many. Ruth's wins, on the whole, are much higher quality. Beatdowns on NCAA finalists in Lewnes, Amuchastegui, Bosak, and Hamlin. Ruth > Taylor, and the co favorite for Hodge next year with Logan Stieber with Taylor just a little behind for me.
  25. Telling of...what? That Oliver was better than McDonough (and pretty much everyone) in high school? We all knew that. Oliver also lost 2 out of 3 to Eric Grajales. Is that also telling?
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