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  1. Wow, that was a nail biter. Nice to see the upper weights step it up. I was a little surprised about the HWT forfeit. At a time in the season when a lot of true frosh are feeling the grind, Massa seems to be getting stronger week by week.
  2. I'm not sure I understand: are you saying that the problem is that Massa may not AA this year, or that the problem is that not redshirting this year will adversely affect his performance for the next three?
  3. If they had redshirted the three and put in the others I mentioned above, the team might be 3-7 right now rather than 6-4. And the "lose a few more matches if it gives you a better future" strategy with the team was actually done back in 2009-10. At the time, I actually agreed (and still do) that it was the better thing to do, but people on this board were screaming for Joe's head all season - can you imagine what it would be like here if that had been repeated this year? That's probably why they've been alternating him with Chris Heald for a few duals - to soften the "beatdown." This is probably also Sean's and Donny's decison as much as it is Joe's, so they share some of the "incompetence." Yes, Jordan would certainly have benefitted from a redshirt, and I've mentioned before that ALL three of the true freshmen would have benefitted from that (http://www.usawrestlingnation.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=14802&p=182818#p182818), but for now, this is what we've got. Sometimes when you start a true freshman you end up with a Hunter Stieber or a Jesse Delgado, but more often you end up with a guy who takes some lumps. That's the way it is. Michigan has actually defeated CMU the past two seasons, and narrowly lost this year's dual, largely because Jake Salazar had a herpes outbreak and couldn't compete. The Chippewas will have a bit of a rebuilding season next year themselves with Sentes, Corby, Bennett and Trice all graduating. It will be interesting to see how they do. And as far as the best kids leaving, what about Coon and Whitford? And for that matter, Massa and Thomas? I don't know why they actually decided on the route they took, but at the time (back in that horrible 2009-10 season, BTW) they took Smith out of the lineup, he was 2-7 in duals and injured. Collins was about .500 at the time, and was healthy, so they made the choice to replace Smith, which is in agreement with the idea here that a coach shouldn't just send out the guy who won the wrestle-off every time. Yes, Smith went on to Penn, but qualified for the finals of what?
  4. A bunch of Michigan wrestlers don't look very good. Zeerip, Bruno, Huntley, Jackson...even Yates is wrestling badly of late. Maybe injuries? On the flip side, Grajales has turned it on. He looks good. Whatever happened to Ben Apland? He was a promising hvy a few years ago. Grajales had a guy tailor-made for him last night. Did you see him at the Midlands--would make MI fans weep. At the Midlands I was in the midst of MI fans. They were at a loss to understand the coaching decisions that would take the red shirts off Bruno, Thomas, and especially, Massa. These three were combined 739-6 in high school with 12 state championships among them and they are struggling through true freshman seasons. So they should have redshirted these three, despite their having won the wrestle-offs, and put Grant Pizzo, Connor Brancheau, and Chris Heald in the lineup instead? I really beg to differ on that one - the duals against Oregon State, Pitt, and possibly even Duke would have been lost. Massa is doing fine (no, he's not going to be the next Cael), and Bruno was actually ranked top 20 a few months ago before hitting the thick of the Division I season. And as best as I can see, Thomas will be fine, he's just not going to contend for a spot on the podium for at least a few more seasons.
  5. Most of the people who were raving about all that were the ones who back in 2011 were also saying how crappy Michigan had done at recruiting and how substandard the coaching had become, despite a lineup full of blue chippers and several years of top 10 and top 15 finishes at NCAAs. Now, after changes made, two excellent coaches kicked out, and new coaches brought in, everyone's whining about how much better things should be already, despite having a lineup with as many as five freshmen starting. Sorry if you're disappointed, but this is the team you've got right now. Accept it.
  6. I didn't know of any program violations at LSU; the reason given back in 1985 was basically that it was just too expensive to run the program with the best competition being long distances away.
  7. Eric Siebert, Illinois Byron Tucker, Oklahoma Brad Smith, Iowa
  8. Boy, it sure didn't take long for this thread to turn into an extended pissing contest, did it? All over a former collegiate wrestler's success in MMA. Happy New Year everybody.
  9. How hard has it been for him to maintain the weight in prior seasons?
  10. Thanks Denny - have a great holiday season as well.
  11. Neat show last night with the Olympians, Randy, Steve, and the Bonomos. JD Bergman needs to work on his Schwarzenegger accent.
  12. Junior high 8th grade. I was also a new kid in town, and when a friend said he was on the wrestling team, I thought I'd try it out. I'd always had been interested in martial arts, but wrestling sounded different. I took a beating that first year, and initially wasn't planning on going back, but before the year was out, some friends from the high school had us younger guys come up and practice with them. It was largely because of the encouragement I got from these friends and from the high school coach, who over time became one of my role models, that I stayed with the sport for the next four years. And of course I've remained a huge fan since my competitive days.
  13. Where was Owings from and which program close to his home missed out??He grew up in Oregon, so I assume Oregon and Oregon State.
  14. Dake didn't have the grades for Lehigh, but had them for Cornell?
  15. As they did this time as well. I'm a little hesitant to offer explanations for inconsistent performances (people will say that I'm just making excuses), but this tournament was primarily a wash due to injury and inexperience. Grajales, Salazar, Yates, Huntley, and Apland were all dealing with injuries at some point (Salazar probably tore his ACL); and though they've had some high points, the five freshmen in the lineup still are pretty green this early in the season; even Massa, who had some pretty impressive showings, is still learning how to approach the guys he can't own like he did pretty much everyone else in high school. So it's a work in progress. Not much more.
  16. I believe he would have had one remaining year of eligibility, having redshirted one of the last four seasons. His name, however, is not on the Wisconsin roster; perhaps he just decided not to come back for a fifth year.
  17. Hendricks has certainly looked very impressive in his last few fights with the two quick knockouts and the decision over Koscheck. With heavy hands, and GSP having a suspect chin, that would be a great matchup. Hendricks, however, has not fought a five-round MMA title fight, and would need to be prepared for a war of attrition against GSP, who always has great conditioning and versatility that help him grind down opponents in the later rounds.
  18. My thoughts exactly. Eric does fine against similar-sized opponents and those who don't have his level of strength or talent, but often runs into problems against the taller and longer guys, particularly those who can scramble well, avoid his throws, and know how use that length advantage against him. It was particularly evident against Binghamton's Vinson in last year's NCAAs. I'm thoroughly enjoying watch Camryn Jackson blossom at 141, but would want Grajales to at least try to make the cut down here before he's through with his career.
  19. Gibbons supposedly shined at the interview, and the administration apparently took the young energetic guy over the older experienced.
  20. It was resolved this past weekend, at a tournament ... Mangrum won and will continue to win. He's had a history of starting slow, and having weight issues. The kid is like 5'4" and looks like a fireplug. It did lite up the local msg boards for a bit.... :lol: Oops, you beat me to the punch...
  21. Second-ranked Michael Mangrum of Oregon State lost his intrasquad match to backup James Roberts 7-2 in their intrasquad. Mangrum returned the favor in the finals of the Mike Clock Open a few days later 5-1.
  22. You mean his older brother Rocky.
  23. I don't know what the scores were in the preliminary matches were, just what was posted about who won leading up to the intrasquad: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/102412aaa.html
  24. 125 lbs. Sean Boyle dec. Connor Youtsey: 6-2 After some stong hand fighting, Boyle scores on a slide-by and rides out the period. He escapes at the start of the second, and adds another takedown. Youtsey has a little success with escapes from the bottom toward the end of the second and then in the third. Boyle adds RT for the win as experience wins. 133 lbs. Rossi Bruno dec. Grant Pizzo: 11-3 Bruno picks up a single leg, and then works on Pizzo hard from the top, coming close to scoring back points with a chicken wing several times. He adds an escape and takedown during the second, although Pizzo is able to get a reversal midway through the period. Bruno continues to dominate for the win. 141 lbs Camryn Jackson dec. Steve Dutton by injury default A slight contrast in styles, as Dutton is the more experienced and a little stronger, and Jackson is the longer and quicker. Dutton is able to establish the initial pace, get the first takedown and ride Jackson for about two minutes, but Jackson gives him nothing, repeatedly working standups and rolls until he is able to get out. Dutton starts the second on the bottom and gets out. Jackson makes a few more good shots, his length and his athleticism starting to make a difference. He eventually connects on a nice double. Dutton gets out, but Jackson takes him back down with a double to a bear hug. Somehow Dutton is injured on the way down, and the coaches decide to not risk further aggravation. So they’ll probably have the rubber match in the near future. This match piqued my interest more than the rest. Dutton is solid, but Jackson also appears for real. 149 lbs. Eric Grajales pin. John Evashevski 2:07 Grajales is in control against Evashevski from the start with a takedown and cradle for the fall. 157 lbs. Jake Salazar dec. Mike Carpenter: 7-4 Salazar wins some takedowns and escapes. His ability looks solid, although I thought he had a little more difficulty (especially dominating from the top and escaping) against the outclassed Carpenter than I would have liked, given his relative strength and maturity. We’ll see what happens as the season progresses. During the brief intermission, Jake Herbert gives a nice little speech thanking the program and coach Bormet for the help with his Olympic preparation. 165 lbs. Taylor Massa dec. Connor Brancheau: 16-5 This was my first time seeing Massa as a collegian. He puts on a takedown clinic, doing a TD-escape routine to go up 10-3 by the end of the first (gets two back points at the end). He coasts just a little after that, but if I notice anything, it’s that Massa is moving forward the entire bout – he means to dominate. Yes, Brancheau is no Taylor or Dake, but I’m liking what I’m seeing. 174 lbs. Dan Yates tech fall Brandon Hill: 20-4 (6:19) Yates looks quite a bit stronger than the previous seasons with the move up in weight. Like the other upperclassmen, He is in control of the match from beginning to end. 184 lbs. Jordan Thomas dec. Chris Heald: 5-2 Of the backups, Heald gives the most resistance to his highly regarded freshman opponent, who wrestles a careful match, waiting for the best opportunities to score. He’s good, but between him, Massa and Bruno, I think he would benefit the most from a redshirt year. 197 lbs. Max Huntley pin. Miles Trealout: 2:26 Huntley punishes Trealout with a hammerlock from on top, getting two sets of back points before sinking in a cradle to end it. HWT: Justin Dozier dec. Matt Hart: 7-4 Hart is the smaller and quicker of the two, and goes up early, but Dozier wears him down for the win. Justin will wrestle off against Ben Apland for the spot as soon as the latter is ready. So as of now the starting lineup is: 125: Boyle 133: Bruno 141: TBD 149: Grajales 157: Salazar 165: Massa 174: Yates 184: Thomas 197: Huntley HWT: TBD Like others have mentioned, I also would have wanted to give the new recruits the opportunity to redshirt, although for right now, duty calls. It should be an interesting season with so much raw but untested talent in the lineup, along with some solid upperclassmen and only one senior.
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