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  1. The problem as i see it for iowa is the lack of high end talent in the state of iowa. They will have always have couple of bad hombres in HS every year but not the shear #s of PA or OH. So they will rely upon the couple of Iowa blue chippers and then they are going to have to out recruit Cael and Ryan for the eltes from OH and PA. heck even the elite of NJ. They will have to battle it out for 2nd tier recruits from PA, OH and NJ with the likes of RU, Va Tech & NC State. BC in my opinion, the top tier PA/OH kids will want to stay home . I imagine that Maranelli went there bc of the log jam at 65, 74, 84 at OSU. Its going to be challenge. The brands do not have broad appeal, they appeal to a certain type of wrestler and family which reduced the overall pool of qualified recruits. Similar to UCLA hops and ND fball, Iowa will always be chasing the ghost of glory past. It is going to be increasingly difficult in the day and age. They will win now and again and always be in the hunt but parity has killed the 20 year dynasty and it isnt coming back
  2. Who would've thought back when Tom and the Metcalf gang left VA tech that they would wind up losing to Vtech in the NCAAs? Va Tech went all in when they hired Brand only to be scorned by their departure. I recall some people thought that would be the death of the program. VT hired a HS coach in Dresser, albeit a national champion, and we have watched him slowly build a national power. Dresser's is building a program equal to Iowa. Over the next decade, who do you see as having the upper hand?
  3. The crowd was lacking the midwestern team flair. Seemed to miss the large Minny, Wisky, Iowa contingents. There was a bunch of Iowa supporters but seemed not to be as large as in years past. The Okie State crowd was next to me and was loud and having a great time. 19k plus fans. i cannot comment on the 200 level. Were there more team sections up there? What a great nigh!! Why hasn't Pittsburgh hosted the finals yet? Great city, great fan base, close to Cleveland and all of western PA is wrestling crazy and arguably the best wrestling in the country.
  4. Billy Smith, RU, lost to wessel from lehigh who i think is a 1st time AA senior
  5. RU w 2 AA's , perrotti wins w a takedown in the last 30 seconds . huge step for Rutgers !!! Billy Smith can make it 3
  6. Ramos and Bernstein wrestled in the 2013 NJ state finals w ramos wining that one
  7. Cant go wrong w Del Posto , Marea (if you want the best but not my cup of tea ) , Franks in East Vill, Da Andea , Sauce (E Vill ) , Carbone
  8. 125 - Conor Schram - 4x PA finalist and 2x champ, will make some noise from the #10 133 - A Giraldo - beat earl hall, bruno and gave brewer fits (one pd though ;) , making weight over 2 days make hurt him though 141 - Randy Cruz - r12 last year -- the wrestlbacks could present some interesting PA matchups, looks like Cruz , Chisko and Zach Horan will battle 149 - BJ Clagon - could make a run , gave rutherford one of his closest matches this year. when he wants to go , he s tough to handle 174 -i cant wait for a myles v realubuto semi 184 - gravina will grind and will give brooks fits hwy - dhesi - he made billy smith legitimately quit
  9. Lesh - check out Don Bogam's or Shilla's Both great places
  10. Look into VIA before arriving in NYC , cheapest ride - $5 bucks . much better than cabs or uber
  11. Also little italy is like going to disney. ts not what it used to be. i wouldnt waste my time there and the food is ok at best Head to chinatown for great food too , peking duck house is great
  12. From a NY-er 1) Korean BBQ is great , dont be afraid 2) Burgers - Bare Burger (46th Street/ 8th ) 5 Napkin Burger (44th / 9th ) & Shake Shack (44/8) 3) Avoid all Famous Rays, Original Rays , the Dollar Pizza places are ok - you pay for what you get . pizza is ok in my opinion in nyc , just think how many 3 dollar pizza's you need to sell to pay for rent so .... 4) Steaks - Quality Meats (58/6) , DelFrisco s ( 55/6) , Smith Wolesnkys - all high end but very good 5) Italian - Malaparte (Hudson & Bethune - great prices and amazing food - down in West Vill , prb my fav restaurant in all of nyc - $18 -$22 entrees) , Da Andrea ( Union Sq ) - in my opinion they are are the best value in all of nyc , great italian 6) Bagels - Murrays Bagels & Ess-a Bagels - are the best in NYC , Pick a bagel is very good too and close to msg 7) Ramen - Totto Ramen - very cool but long line. there is a lenny's on teh same block as msg but its a chain bagel jt 8) Mexican - Anejo (hells kitchen ), Burrito Box (Columbus Circle) Taqueria (one of the best , sorta a "speak easy" in the back of a bodega but awesome 9) Hells Kitchen - Taboon, medi wine bar , sports bar - brickyard , beer bar - valhalla 10 ) Surrounding MSG - best bar in my opinion is American Whiskey If you gave time get out of Midtown! take a subway and head to west vill, union sq, tribecca. they are all easy subways ride aways. dont be afraid of the subways, very simple to navigate and not dangerous at all. just keep your head on a swivel. If you dont want to head downtown , go to Hells Kitchen. It is completely gentrified and tons of diff bars and restaurants. the other close option is Midtown (50's between 5 & 7th ) . all the restaurants in this area are all very god but cater to the corporate card and tourists so be prepared to pay up. Hit me up if you have q's. I ve been living in nyc for over a decade now
  13. As a fan , i would ve been happy with 7 but with 10, i m over the moon pleased with their performance. There are only 3 schools that went 10 for 10, Nebraska, Okie State and RU. Amazing, i hope they continue to make some noise in their backyard. At MSG , I would considered 2 AA's as a success.
  14. Bad news of the tourney, from the RU boards. Perrotti tore some rib cartilage and defaulted out and is doubtful for the NCAA tourney. So disheartening to see, AP was wrestling great and is the heart the heart and soul of that program. I was excited to watch his last run to a high AA.
  15. The wind is at the back of the RU program! 9 and possibly 10 qualifiers, 1 finalist, top 10 ranking, top 7 in attendance, big ten, top 3 most fertile recruiting ground, great recruiting class ... There is no reason why the program will not be a consistent top 10 program year in and year out. I just hope Perrotti is healthy for one last run.
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