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Everything posted by bennythejetrodriguez

  1. What quality makes Lee's tilts so unstoppable? Once he gets the cross-wrist, he seems to roll through effortlessly against everyone except a very few elite.
  2. 2016: Martin 2017: Hall 2018: Lee, Diakomihalis 2019: ??? There has been at least one true freshman champ each of the past three years. Based on opportunity and talent, who has a shot to pull it off in 2019?
  3. Actually “We are” is already a complete sentence without the addition of the predicate nominative “Penn State.” Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Pletcher beat Parker in the 2014 state finals. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Ryan Davis from Blair was one of the best HS wrestlers I ever saw. Never heard of him competing in college. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Justin Spates from PA Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Zane Retherford Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. The jet was hoping to stir up some of the site's historians to a time when Zanes stood atop many a podium.
  9. Have multiple Zanes ever won NCAA titles in the same season? This could be the first. Retherford, of course, is a virtual lock at 149. If Zane Richards, one of four title contenders at 133 along with Clark, Tomasello, and Brock, can win a tough weight, wrestling history could be made. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I thought he was excellent during Ruth's second round match. Very insightful, articulate, and interesting.
  11. The D1 forum has some previews, predictions, and bracket analysis, although most of it with a focus on D1 wrestlers: http://forums.pa-wrestling.com/forum_to ... discussion
  12. Very interesting analysis. The lack of high crotch takedowns is surprising, but when I think about it, few top guys from last year have it as their go-to attack. Taylor shoots them but his ankle pick is his bread and butter. I've seen Oliver scores with so many attacks, but I can't recall a single high C. In recent years, though, Molinaro and Metcalf, off the top of my head, consistently scored high c takedowns.
  13. 1. Hunter Stieber 2. Taylor 3. Q Wright 4. Oliver 5. James Fleming 6. AJ Schopp 7. A Alton 8. Kendrick Maple
  14. Jones I believe ended up at Ohio st. University not sure what happened after he got their though. An interesting side not Jones maj. Mcknight 12-3 in the state Finales for his second title. Jones was not an average wrestler his freshman year; even being undersized. He went 2-2 at states. and was 34-6 on the year. Jermaine was 34-6 in a district that was just terrible. You are mistaken about states in 1999. In fact, Jermaine was 1-2 at states. Blown out twice and won one by forfeit. Not exactly a stellar performance. The following December I saw him in a dual meet. He wrestled a kid who I coached in Youth wrestling - one of the poorest kids I ever coached, his lifetime record was far below .500. And yet Jermaine edged him out 2-1 in a boring match. Three months later Jermaine was a superstar. What happened was his team got a new coach that year. This guy was a giant among men in HS but blew out his knee his senior year after taking 2nd at states as a soph and 1st as a Junior. Glenn Koser transformed Jermaine Jones from an average wrestler to practically unbeatable. He totally changed his style - gave him some startling new moves, and instilled him with tremendous confidence. Yes, Jones beat McKnight at states in the finals, 12-3. And Jones started his senior year better than ever, but got sick in January and never recovered, though he did win Regionals (barely). A kind of interesting aside: at states the next year (2003), Matt McKnight beat Brian Sellers of Pennsbury in the quarters. The score was tied with 10 seconds to go in the match. Sellers got a terrific reversal and had McKnight locked up - a sure win. BUT -- as Sellers was getting the reversal, the ref tripped over his own feet and fell on his butt. As he was falling he accidentally blew the whistle. The reversal was disallowed and McKnight went on to win in a tie-breaker, and then won states. I also disagree that Jones was only an average wrestler his freshman year; he was just a very small 103 pounder who still qualified for states. Maybe the addition of that move elevated him to an "unbeatable" wrestler, but he was pretty good before it. I'm not sure, but I would guess that we didn't hear from him in college because he was too small to be a D1 125 pounder.
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