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  1. We'll see how long Cox stays at 197.
  2. Thanks for the corrections. Project Literacy is demanding I refund my scholarship.
  3. Carr definitely got the better draw. Only Keith Batkowski seems a decent challenger before the finals. The other half features 3 SR returning placers and D1 recruits. Undefeated Ian Brown (Princeton pickup) vs. returning runner-up Ryan Easter (headed to Bloomsburg) in the quarters, winner gets Austin Harry (Army) in the semis.
  4. Kuhn should give him his best match. That being said, I don't think Haines has any trouble with him. Haines' toughest test this year will be Nevills at Dapper Dan. In Hershey, Kuhn in the semis is his toughest test. Last year he finished 3rd, only loss was to eventual champ (and Iowa recruit) Aaron Bradley in the semis. In 2012 he finished 4th, losing the consi finals by 1 pt to current UTC starter Dawson Peck. Kuhn would definitely be a D1 wrestler, except he's going to play tight end. But Haines should still control the match, if not win comfortably. In the other half, the likely finalists are Goodhart (whom Haines beat 11-4 at regionals) and Augustine (whom Haines beat 8-1 in the regular season).
  5. There's a joke going around that Johnson names Tony Ramos the Outstanding Wrestler of every match, regardless of whether or not Iowa was actually one of the teams.
  6. Stoll is not a lock to start when Telford graduates. 2013 PA AAA heavy champ Aaron Bradley is stashed away on a Mormon mission. Bradley beat Brooks Black at Dapper Dan, and in 2012 gave Haines a real battle in the 220 state final before Haines hit a late throw for a major. Iowa will certainly have the most 285 depth in the country when both those guys are in the room.
  7. Just to clarify: Haines and Marsteller are AAA, not AA. Courtney at both districts and regionals beat Brian Friery, who was the #1 ranked AA 106 heading into the postseason. Probably the most underrated, and maybe the best AA likely final is 160: Preisch vs. Bova. They finished 2nd and 3rd last year, with Preisch losing to Austin Matthews one round earlier. Both are SR D1 recruits, Bova to Lock Haven, Preisch to Lehigh. Bova is undefeated. Preisch has 2 losses -- at 170, to Myles Martin and Josh Llopez at the Beast. Preisch also beat Jon Jay Chavez at Flonats.
  8. Doesn't Barnes have a ridiculous percentage of pins, or is that someone else? Barnes is 39-0 with 24 pins and only 4 regular decisions. He's a JR and supposedly leaning toward Lehigh. I don't think he'll beat Nolf, but he at least makes a worthy showcase finals opponent.
  9. The official story on Brown is his grandfather is his legal guardian. Grandpa has a heart condition and moved to Pittsburgh for better access to specialists. Whether one chooses to believe that or not, the PIAA did. Saegertown blocked Brown's transfer as being athletics-based. The WPIAL denied Brown's appeal. The PIAA eventually ruled in Brown's favor, just in time for Powerade. One curiousity about Beca: Moisey's brother wrestles for Northampton.
  10. 103 AA: David White wrestled at Army and now is at Binghamton. 112 AA: Adam Matthews, NC State. Brother of Clarion's Austin, who will likely qualify for NCAAs this year as a true FR. 119 AA: Tyler Small, Kent State. I think Garet Pisani wrestled at Clarion. 140 AA: Elias Biddle, Lock Haven. 145 AA: Sam Shirey, Bloomsburg. 215 AA: Lance Moore, Binghamton.
  11. Umm, didn't I agree with you about the results? If you can't differentiate between results and ability, then I don't know what to tell you.
  12. When has Alton ever shown the ability to beat the top guys in the weight class? He's one of the most overblown guys in recent history. He's never AA'd in two tries. His best career win is, who, Grajales? His brother is the better wrestler. Andrew is flashy, but not a top guy. Fringe AA candidate. You're correct about the results and about Dylan being the better wrestler, but some might say this picture shows his ability to beat top guys:
  13. All that does is make the PA team stronger. I would still consider leaving Galasso at 138. You could plug Warner in at 152 and slide Peppelman into 160. If Galasso and Chishko are both at 138, then they'll likely face each other at Hershey.
  14. Everybody has seen the wrestler who shakes hands, waits for the whistle, then immediately takes 2 steps back (and sometimes a quick hop-step) before stepping back in to engage his opponent. That guy needs to get dinged for stalling right at the opening whistle. Until that happens, I'm not getting my hopes up for new stalling rules or better enforcement of current rules.
  15. Greg Skrepenak, the former Michigan and Oakland Raiders offensive tackle, did youth wrestling in Wilkes-Barre PA but switched to hoops in Jr High. He couldn't get any matches -- too big, nobody would send their kids out to face him. Got tired of the forfeits and switched to a sport where he could actually play. Skrep was 6-9, 320+ lb as a HS SR, so he was at least 6-ft and well over 200 lb when he made the switch.
  16. Rothwell is a backup, but at 184, not 165. He won WI states last year at 182. Pitt's roster: http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/sport ... l-mtt.html Badger State Wrestling: http://www.badgerstatewrestling.com/ind ... &Itemid=34
  17. Why didn't you list David Taylor's major? I am less impressed by Crime Justice and Law than I am by STEM majors, though Finance can be a difficult major. Brown has a 3.97 GPA as an All-American wrestler while being in Army ROTC. He won the NCAA Elite 89 Award for having the highest GPA of all national qualifiers. He was a first-team Academic All-American for all sports, not just wrestling. And he met his wife at Penn State. Safe to say he's maximizing his college experience.
  18. Jenkins wanted the shirt to fully heal his back injury from the previous year. If you'll recall, he went 0-2 at nationals as the #2 seed and returning national runner-up -- and didn't just lose, but got majored in consolations and looked like he was hurt pretty bad. Then again, the trainers and medical staff cleared him to go during his shirt year, and he didn't object to competing in opens and daily practice. So, as always, you never completely know with Bubba.
  19. Sorry, but Jenkins not finishing his PSU education was fully within his control -- even if he hadn't deliberately tanked classes his 7th semester. He had 8 semesters plus a few summers. That's enough time to get a degree -- or 3 of them if you're John Urschel.
  20. Taylor looked pretty nasty against Howe this summer, but I'm sure that doesn't count for some reason or another.
  21. More likely to see Brown stay 174 and McCutcheon go 184. Also more likely to see Zain stay 141 and Nolf succeed Alton at 149. Nolf is a bit taller, weighs about the same as Zain now, and has more room to fill out.
  22. Until now I had no idea Gary Kessel posted here.
  23. Hess had a medical setback last year. Hypoxemia (low blood oxygen) -- thankfully not a Hodgkin's relapse. Looks like he's still sidelined, still on the team but unclear what physical activity he can undertake. He's blogging for Lehigh -- linking to his recap of the wrestle-offs. Good read. http://lehighuwrestling.blogspot.com/20 ... -offs.html
  24. This is the only mention of Cael in that article: Where did Cael incriminate himself about violating NCAA rules? BTW, if the wrestlers choose to not wear headgear during workouts with the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club that does not violate the NCAA rule. It's on their own time, not a team function. But I do agree: cauliflower ears are regrettable. Of course, FILA and USA Wrestling could also mandate headgear in FS and GR matches.
  25. This is the only mention of Cael in that article: Where did Cael incriminate himself about violating NCAA rules? BTW, if the wrestlers choose to not wear headgear during workouts with the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club, that does not violate the NCAA rule. It's on their own time, not a team function. But I do agree: cauliflower ears are regrettable. Of course, FILA and USA Wrestling could also mandate headgear in FS and GR matches.
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