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  1. rpm002

    FS Rankings

    So it has been over 9 months since we've seen a rankings update, so the next one probably won't be until after the US Open (or maybe just before). Here's my top 5 at each weight. I'm sure there are a couple bad omissions here, so please correct me where warranted. 57 Gilman, Fix, Ramos, NaTo, Lee (could flip 4 and 5.... hard to rank them since neither have wrestled free in the last year) 61 Colon, Garrett, Mega, Graff, Morrison (Brewer would probably be 6th given Gross's injury and his win at Schultz.... will be interesting to see what shape Garrett will be in at the Open.... a torn pec is often a 6 month injury and that is almost exactly his time frame) 65 Steiber, Oliver, Zain, Molinaro, Futrell (very hard to rank this weight. Eierman also has a good case to be in there) 70 Green, Chamberlain, Hidlay, Pantaleo, Deakin (some young guns, but seems like one of the weaker weights now with Frank moving down) 74 Burroughs, IMAR, Kulchytskyy, Gnatt, Lewis 79 Dake, Valencia, Dieringer, Hall, Aaron Brooks 86 Taylor, Reenan, Downey, Nickal, Courts 92 Cox, Heflin, Zilmer, Winn, McCall, Dudley (or is Dudley going back down to 86kg? he'd probably be 4 or 5 there if so) 97 Snyder, Gadson, Walz, N Burak, Moore 125 Gwiz, Coon, Nelson, Gable, Varner (Kosoy would be 6th and Dom 7th after the Schultz result)
  2. rpm002

    FS Rankings

    If Frank was planning to go 70 this year, he wouldn't be at 68 now. Seems clear to me he is going for 65KG this year.
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    FS Rankings

    Any guesses what the guys listed at 61 and 70 will do? At 61, I could see Megaludis going down to 57kg. I think the rest will stay and honestly, I have no idea what any of them are going to do.... they all seem like tweeners with the new weigh-in rules. At 70, Green has a bye so he'll stay and I'm really not sure if any of the others on the list could ever make 65kg. I could see some of the younger ones going up to 74 since they'll probably be there next year anyway.
  4. rpm002

    FS Rankings

    Agreed. Should have said "McKenna and Eierman also have a good case to be in there."
  5. rpm002

    FS Rankings

    I get what you are saying, but many could have easily said the same about Molinairo in January of 2015.... actually, if someone made a list like this at that time, he almost certainly wouldn't have even been included at all. There will probably be 1-2 similar surprises in 2019/2020.
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    So what is up with JO?

    Yep, we are 100% on the same page now. Thanks for checking!
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    So what is up with JO?

    "JO could not have qualified for WTTs at 65 by wrestling in the Schultz at 70." Are you sure that is true? As I read the WTT qualification procedures, the only place where it specifies which weight you qualify for is that returning medalists only get a bye to Final X if they stay at the same weight. I think anyone else can qualify from Schultz/the Open/the Last Chance event at one weight and enter a different one at WTT. Brandon Wright did that last year I believe... was at 61 at the Open, qualified for WTT, but entered that at 65. I believe Graff also did something like that a few years ago.... he was generally at 57, but won the Last Chance event at 61, then went back down to 57 for WTT. I don't see any evidence the rules have changed such that someone could not do that again this year.
  8. rpm002

    Yarygin 2019

    I think Molinaro is the best of the group in neutral defensively, but the worst offensively. He does hit some 4s though, and with good defense, 1 of those per match is often all you need.
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    70kg - Dave Schultz memorial 2019

    Habat seems like a good sleeper pick. Not sure he can beat the top 2, but could easily see him finishing 3rd or 4th, which is pretty good in this deep of a field.
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    2019 Dave Schultz Tourney

    Entrants list has been growing... several international wrestlers were just added. http://arena.flowrestling.org/event/d8f246f4-fd34-279d-4f9a-12b51b0daa70 Not sure if this is the final list or not. Online registration seems to be closed, but maybe you can still sign up onsite? 61 KG still looks pretty weak to me, although Samat Uulu, a past Dave Schultz winner at 57kg is in the field. Thought we'd see Graff here... he usually competes at this being from CO and his Twitter suggests he is competing soon, but he isn't on the list yet. So maybe a few more will trickle in.
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    2019 Dave Schultz Tourney

    Molinaro vs Oliver alone (assuming it happens) is worth the price of admission. 65kg also looks good with Futrell, Wright, Henderson, Meredith, Heil, N Dardanes, and more registered already. 61kg is not as good as I was hoping so far. Brewer is probably the favorite of guys who are in. Colon and Clark are going to Russia, but hoping some of Garrett, Mega, Graff, Gross, Morrison sign up. A couple of those guys were injured, so not sure how many we'll get, but would think at least a couple of them?
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    2019 Dave Schultz Tourney

    Here's the link, but not many show up as registered at the moment. http://arena.flowrestling.org/event/d8f246f4-fd34-279d-4f9a-12b51b0daa70
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    Richard Perry accident

    So glad to hear the good news about Perry!
  14. Agreed. Wonder if something changed at VT or SERTC?
  15. Probably not too many people know better how to beat Logan than Hunter, right?
  16. I think there will be reluctance to put a guy off a suspension who has never made a world team #1. But I don't see how you put Zain ahead of Oliver. So I think Stieber will be the #1 seed.
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    J. Cox Olympic Weight?

    Yup, Frank will be a factor too, although I'd image same day weigh-ins at 65kg are going to be brutal for him. Did he leave VT altogether? Is he still training at SERTC?
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    J. Cox Olympic Weight?

    Yes, he sure is. I'd probably put him 3rd most likely behind Zain at the moment.
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    J. Cox Olympic Weight?

    Yep, Cox was the 8 seed. Something that people forget is that he beat ninth-seeded Clayton Foster 7-7 on criteria, so his run easily could have been over before it started. Then he beat Herbert and Gavin to get to the epic final with Dake. I still think Molinaro was by far a bigger dark horse. Especially with the advantage of knowing the bracket, a lot of people thought Cox could at least get to the finals. No one thought Molinaro could beat Metcalf or Steiber, let alone both consecutively. Once he had both of those victories, the other side of the bracket was loaded with Kennedy/Humphrey/Oliver/Pico. And then facing Pico and losing match 1, it seemed unfathomable he'd come back to win the next 2. Just an all-time shocking run that I still can't believe I saw.
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    J. Cox Olympic Weight?

    57 should be nuts. Gilman, Fix, Lee, NATO, Garrett, Colon all should be right up there (although it remains to be seen how good the last two would look down at this weight). Someone like Ramos, Clark, Gross, or Graff could pull an upset or two. Madness. If we are going to see something crazy a la Molinaro (the 9 seed in 2016 at 65kg winning it all) it will be here. 65: Oliver is the favorite IMO. Zain is not far behind. Steiber can't be counted out. McKenna and Eierman could be factors if they keep improving. And maybe Green will give it another go at this weight? 74kg Burroughs vs. Dake. Think Dake will take it this time, but then again, I've said that before. IMAR, Valencia, and Dieringer are all factors too. And Green if he bumps up, but the crazy strength of this field might make him want to go down if he possibly can. 86kg Taylor will win this. 97kg Snyder vs. Cox. Gadson, Zilmer, and Walz are the next best, but don't think anyone will be able to stop the top 2 from meeting. 125kg Gwiz, Steveson, and Coon are the clear top 3 here (if Coon goes free). If I had to pick the team now, I'd guess Fix, Oliver, Dake, Taylor, Synder, and Steveson
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    J. Cox Olympic Weight?

    While we're on this topic, what do Colon and Garrett do?
  22. I think yes. In addition to his bronze medal, he did beat Garrett 3 out of 5 last year, so it's not unreasonable to put him ahead of Garrett even though he lost the last 2. Also, I don't even know what Garrett's injury was, but it's probably fair to question if Garrett will be the same next year.
  23. The top of 61kg is strange: Garrett owns Mega, beat Graff this past year in a pretty close match, and has super high scoring matches vs. Colon that can go either way Colon pulls out close, low-scoring matches vs. Mega by countering Nico's shots, but got teched by Graff last year and hasn't beaten him since the first part of his senior year at UNI (I want to say Graff might have beaten him in free another time in 2015 or 2016, but not sure). Mega hasn't beaten any either of these two recently, but he did beat Graff twice, including teching him in their first of two meetings this year Then you have Gross, who hasn't beaten any of these top 4, but it would be no surprise if he jumped a level and beat any of them next year. So I wouldn't be surprised if any of those 5 win 61kg in 2019. The interesting question is what they all do in 2020. I think Mega can clearly go down to try 57kg. Graff has had success there too, but that was under the old weigh-in rules. I think the rest might try to do the same, but have bigger frames, so I'm worried they are caught between weights and don't really have a good Olympic year option.
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    61kg Discussion

    So Colon goes straight to final X next year.... The fact that he lost at final X this year doesn't matter, right?
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    True 3rd matches

    And then in 2020, one would assume Colon, Garrett, Mega, and Graff will all come back down as well...
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