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  1. Yeah, Ohlopkov is decent. He'll make Lomtadze work (and maybe even upset him based on how Lomtadze wrestled in the first round)...but he won't beat Skriabin or Gadzhiev even if he makes it tough on them.
  2. Ha. Everyone is competitive for 2 minutes.
  3. Realbuto techs the Brazilian, steamrolling him in the second period
  4. Lomtadze survives Williams, 6-4 Seabass falls 5-1 to Ogannesyan. Ogannesyan is long and fast and smooth. I'd seen his scores, but I hadn't watched him before. He'll be a handful for sure in the quarters for JO assuming he takes care of business against the South Korean
  5. Danny Williams of Canada 2-2 with the world champion Lomtadze at the break
  6. JO gets the hard-fought win, 6-2. Both guys opened up a lot more in the 2nd. JO gets a borderline split-second takedown that got challenged and upheld. That was really the biggest moment in the match. He gets the South Korean next since Bekbulatov didn't make weight.
  7. 1-1 at the break..Rasim is very athletic. Gets a push out off of a tough Russian tie
  8. Amine finally gets back on the mat after a 15-minute delay. He ends up giving up a late takedown to the Tunisian to lose, 3-2. Not sure what was going on for the long delay (maybe they were allowed to evaluate him because it was a head issue?...but it was several minutes of action after they'd originally attended to him?) Bizarre match, though. Feel bad for him. He was clearly devastated. The Tunisian obviously didn't qualify out of the African region, so a surprising way to go out
  9. Under way a little while ago with day one...first "American" on the mat is Amine. He bangs his head HARD in the first 30 seconds with the Tunisian. Stumbles around in a way he'd never have been allowed to continue in an NCAA match. No biggie with UWW. Several minutes later there's some sort of really long delay..maybe a technical issue? Meanwhile, Finesilver pulls away late to win over Gong of Korea, 7-0. Geez. Bizarre first few matches. Now Abounader hurt his knee badly in the first minute and is rolling around getting checked out. He guts out a painful looking 4-4 decision over Romania. Hard to imagine him continuing next round, sadly.
  10. Geez. Bizarre first few matches. Now Abounader hurt his knee badly in the first minute and is rolling around getting checked out
  11. Under way a little while ago...first "American" on the mat is Amine. He bangs his head HARD in the first 30 seconds with the Tunisian. Stumbles around in a way he'd never have been allowed to continue in an NCAA match. No biggie with UWW. Several minutes later there's some sort of really long delay. Meanwhile, Finesilver pulls away late to win over Gong of Korea, 7-0.
  12. Hmm...The Mat is saying 3am ET, so I guess we'll go with that and go back to sleep for an hour if it's not right. Ha
  13. Yeah, I think the questions have always been mental, not physical. But he's so smart in terms of tactics and strategy--and now the minutia of his nutrition and training are so much more dialed in. I think that's where he's had blind spots more than anything. He's never seemed afraid to lose once he steps on the mat. (That's what I want to hang my hat on anyway!)
  14. ha ha..here's hoping. I definitely feel encouraged by 3 slightly different, yet related things: 1) Yianni's been wrestling out of this world and the JO/Lee/Yianni triangular suggest JO is AT LEAST at his level right now, 2) last cycle, Molinaro's post-Trials performances proved internationally that these domestic leaps forward at such a crowded weight are not a fluke, and 3) we have a long history of the "inexperienced" international guy stepping right into world-level events and performing.
  15. I wrote all this out and now I see the UWW site has its countdown clock heading toward 4am ET, not 3am. Schedule definitely says 10am Sofia start time (7 hours ahead of ET), but I'm guessing the UWW countdown clock isn't wrong and I also saw an Indian website telling people to tune in at equivalent of 4am ET. So the schedule document must have been adjusted to 11am Sofia time and 4am ET. Can anyone else confirm?
  16. Yeah, I mean, you have to compare performances of people and also judge with your eyes. Lots of recent results tell us that Zain slots in maybe slightly above Ogannesian and Risam and he'd struggle with Bekbulatov, Skriabin, and Gadzhiev. I'd say Yianni's performances overall put him right about equal with that last group of 3. JO just beat him head to head and controlled the one guy no one else could deal with (Lee). He's also got a very internationally translatable style that makes you think he'll be right there at the same level Yianni's been showing. I wouldn't have thought he'd be this level going into Trials, but after seeing how much better his cardio and tactics were and then hearing about all the specific changes he's made in those areas the last year or two--I feel comfortable putting him at about the odds @spladle08 mentions.(The sad thing is...I'm a math guy and I know that .8 x .5 x .7 x .5 isn't a high number. My hope is more that he'll be at that level he showed a couple weeks ago and these numbers will prove low.)
  17. He'll be a slight favorite in his first match, perhaps a slight underdog on paper against Bekbulatov, a slight favorite again in the 3rd match, and about a coin flip in the 4th match. If he wrestles how he did at the trials, he can definitely qualify the weight. But these world-level events at this weight are loaded and his half-bracket has all the tough guys.
  18. Yes, top 2 at each weight were seeded based on earned seeding points from other competitions. Those 2 get first dibs on byes if there are any (won't be any with an exact 16-man bracket at the Olympics). Then they fill randomly from the bottom with everyone else that's left.
  19. JO will be 16th on the mat in Match 100 on Mat C. You can guess around 7 minutes or slightly more per match over time for these events. Action starts at 3am ET, so I'd guess he'll wrestle at roughly 4:45. Assuming he makes it to Bekbulatov, that match is 34th on the docket on Mat B. So that one will happen at around 6:30 or 7. Match 125 for the quarterfinals won't be until near the estimated finish of the morning session at about 8am. Semifinals are then going to be showcased at 7pm local time (noon ET in the US).
  20. Side not about 86: such a unique weight. It's true that 65kg is the deepest with medal contenders, but there starts to be a steep drop-off from the top 10 or 15 to everybody else in the world. At 86 you've got 3 guys that won't lose at the olympics, basically no matter what. But it is by far the deepest weight in terms of "no gimmes." I literally count 20 of the 30 guys in the bracket tomorrow that have shown they can bang at the world level. And outside Taylor-Yazdani-Russia, the two guys that come out of the draw can beat anybody else that's already qualified on the right day. Looking at the last few worlds and Euros would be a ranking nightmare. Anybody can beat anybody.
  21. Amine probably won't get past his R16 potential opponents, but if so, he'd face Kuramagomedov, the 1 seed at that point in the quarters. I'd make Finesilver a slight dog against Gong the Korean first round and against the Armenian two rounds later in the quarters if he made it there--but regardless, he too would have to take out Kuramagomedov as his final hurdle. There are no world beaters in Abounader's half, but he doesn't have any gimme rounds and will have to win 4 in a row as a slight to moderate underdog in matches he hasn't shown he wins yet. Ramos gets a fluke #1 seed at 86kg (I'm assuming others just don't have ranking points?). He gets a bye because of it, but he'll face 3 matches of the same type as Abounader--quality, though not world beating, opponents he hasn't shown he beats.
  22. @spladle08 posted the whole bracket on the 65kg qualification thread if you haven't seen it, fyi
  23. They have two seeds in this case, which is pretty standard. Kilicsallyan the 1 and Skriaban the 2. That's why they get the automatic byes at the very top and bottom. Then the random draw comes into play from there. Again--standard, but eternally maddening.
  24. Just noticed UNI's Realbuto is wrestling for Italy. Nice. Quarters wouldn't be unrealistic for him with that grouping.
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