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  1. You mean his older brother Rocky.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. RIP Jeff. Loved your passion for wrestling and MMA. You will be missed.
  5. Already somewhat covered in the Adam Coon thread, but my thoughts on Michigan: 125: Boyle should come back better and stronger, pushed by Youtsey. 133: Don't know how Bruno would do this early against collegiate competition. If redshirt freshman Camryn Jackson could make it down here that would give Rossi time to develop. 141: The big question is whether Grajales wants it bad enough to move down. That's what the team would like him to do, and he certainly has the talent to be one of the best in this class. Steve Dutton will be game to step in if that doesn't happen. 149: If not Grajales, Mike Hillock or Dutton would be the likely starter. Hillock, although listed as a 141 pounder, has competed mostly at 149 pounds during his three years, keeping busy in open tournaments. 157: After his National freestyle title, you'd have to favor Salazar, although don't forget that he was beaten out the previous two seasons by Justin Zeerip, who had a sophomore slump last season. 165: This is where they'd like to insert Massa, assuming Yates moves up. 174: Yates or Thomas; I'd go with experience. 184: Can Hunter Collins finally pull it all together in his final year? I would hope he would, and give Thomas the opportunity to redshirt and reload the following year. 197: Huntley. HWT: Ben Apland should do well in his final season, and has Justin Dozier to back him up. So a lot of question marks about who will go where, a lot riding on athletes making weight, and whether some true freshman are ready to be thrown to the wolves. Personally I think Massa is the only one you can say would definitely be able to contend for AA his first season. And to answer the question - is this team likely better or worse this year? There's more raw talent around this year, but it's mostly untested, so too early to tell right now. All the changes made over the last 18 months appear to be positive, but the 2011-12 team was basically the same as the 2010-11 one, and they both finished pretty much the same despite the coaching changes. And of this year's recruiting class, the only athlete who was really significantly swayed to come to A2 by these changes was Massa. Donny and Sean are already giving him initiation by fire - it will be good to see where he's at come November.
  6. Great to land Coon; he definitely fills in the upper weights to make the lineup pretty solid up and down for the next few years. Although the "transformation" really is yet to be seen. Hopefully some more placers and titles.
  7. Michigan: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-wrestl/sched/mich-m-wrestl-sched.html
  8. People have been talking about this for years now, and how could help the sport in many different ways. Whether it's the seismic shift that will help collegiate wrestling break out of its funk remains to be seen, but I'm glad that the NCAA is at least trying it out and doing something.
  9. The one guy that Ryan could never solve was Luke Becker, who had excellent single leg defense.
  10. I also seem to recall that Henson was actually dismissed from the Missouri squad. So now he's one of their coaches - there's irony for you!
  11. Dan Hodge had the wrestling, the chokes and submissions (pro wrestler), and the striking (amateur boxing champion).
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