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  1. 20 hours ago, rpm002 said:

    57 Vito cruises

    61 How did Mendez get the 4, when he lost to #6 and hasn't faced any of the top 5?  Gross will beat him in a 5 over 4 "upset. The last 2 WTTs that Nico was healthy, he ran into Graff (each winning once)  I'll say they do again and it will go 3 matches

    65 The 8/9 winner upsets Maple.  Yianni and Lee will advance to Final X

    70 Oliver and Zain advance to Final X

    74 Nolf cruises

    79 Dieringer over the Starocci/Marsteller winner

    86 No upsets here.... Hall/Zahid get to the best of 3 and will go 3 matches

    92 Jackson pulls it out

    97 Macchiavello over Moore

    125 Gwiz vs Zilmer, I think, although if Bradley beat Zilmer, I wouldn't be stunned. 

    To go further, here are my Final X predictions (although they are less interesting/crazy):

    Gilman

    Fix

    Yianni

    Oliver

    Dake (Nolf might take a match)

    Burroughs (tough call though... I fully expect 3 epic matches)

    Taylor

    Cox

    Snyder

    Gwiz


  2. 3 hours ago, dmm53 said:

    57 Vito cruises

    61 How did Mendez get the 4, when he lost to #6 and hasn't faced any of the top 5?  Gross will beat him in a 5 over 4 "upset. The last 2 WTTs that Nico was healthy, he ran into Graff (each winning once)  I'll say they do again and it will go 3 matches

    65 The 8/9 winner upsets Maple.  Yianni and Lee will advance to Final X

    70 Oliver and Zain advance to Final X

    74 Nolf cruises

    79 Dieringer over the Starocci/Marsteller winner

    86 No upsets here.... Hall/Zahid get to the best of 3 and will go 3 matches

    92 Jackson pulls it out

    97 Macchiavello over Moore

    125 Gwiz vs Zilmer, I think, although if Bradley beat Zilmer, I wouldn't be stunned. 


  3. Twitter says Young is going 65, so that would likely make the seeds:

    1) Nico 2) JoshRod 3) Graff 4) Gross 5) Mendez 6) Deshazer 7) Kramer 8) RBY if he shows.  

    Flo has Gross over Graff for the 3 seed.... they have eerily similar resumes (both lost to Fix and Carter Young last year, won Farrell, lost in semis and defaulted out at US Open).  Graff gave Fix a much better battle, but Gross was closer vs. Young and lost to Nico rather than JoshRod, so it could go either way.  Thinking Graff gets it because he has made a world team fairly recently and beat more guys at this weight (teched Kramer and pinned Deshazer) recently.  And it is kind of a big deal because I think whoever gets that 3 will get to the final.


  4. USA Wrestling site lists NATO at 57 not 61.  If that is right, Graff/Gross almost has to be the 4/5 matchup, which will be fun.  The 2/3/6/7 side of the bracket looks much easier, but 2 and 3 beat Graff (and 3 beat Gross) so there's really no other option.


  5. Everyone on here underestimated Nico.  No Wright upset, Gross couldn't do anything against him, and then he took care of business in the final as well.  Hindsight is 20-20, but his international tournament performance should have been a clue he is back to form or perhaps better than ever.

    Seeding at 61 for WTT should be something like:

    1) Nico 2) Nato 3) JoshRod 4) Young 5) Graff 6) Gross 7) Mendez 8) Deshazer 9) RBY if he shows.  If that's right, Nico better be ready for RBY because that is a tough first match.... Kind of brings back memories from a few years back of 1 seed Graff vs 8 or 9 seed Gilman (Gilman won the QF 1-1 on criteria and went on to win WTT and World Silver).  

     

     


  6. 35 minutes ago, spladle08 said:

    Yeah I'd picture them both roughly 10lbs heavier come competition time. But clearly not big enough to be 65kg.
    And Gross was down at 57kg not too long ago.

    They both still have dreams/hopes at 61kg and are both too small for 65kg . But I do agree, cutting weight has to become a lot more taxing when it's apparent you're not going to make the team .

    So you are basically saying no one is going down to Stillwater and knock off Fix 2 out of 3?  I would agree Fix is a clear favorite but not sure I'd go so far to say it is apparent no one can beat him.  Let's at least see how these guys look at the Open and WTT.


  7. Thought about weigh ins in relation to Gross.  If he was in the finals vs Nico I think he would win, but in the semis when he has to make 61 again the next day I'm not sure how big he can get.  Gross vs Graff in the final would be interesting.... They would both be *way* over 61 at the time the match is wrestled.


  8. 39 minutes ago, IronChef said:

    If you didn't register by the seeding deadline, you don't get seeded. I'm sure they will make adjustments if someone drops out.

    If Gross went up to 65, does he get a seed at that weight, or does he have to go unseeded?  If he does get a seed, what would it be?  Obviously top 4 but not sure exact what it would be.


  9. Fair points all.  But if we are playing the compare score game, on the front side, when it mattered most, Graff gave Fix his toughest match at WTT (and really the only close freestyle match Fix has been in since OTT besides Magomedov) in a tight 2-0 bout.  Fix teched Gross 11-0.  I think the Open will offer more evidence on Graff, but he looked to be in good form at the Farrell (3 first period wins and 0 points given up against a couple guys who are pretty solid). 

     

     

     


  10. 9 minutes ago, nhs67 said:

    He has finally been allowed to focus Freestyle for a year and his results are pristine.  He takes guys who are able to get to legs and makes that his own offense too, btw.  The length there is a killer for folks not used to it 

    Right, that's my whole point... Graff's track record is very clear.... does extremely well vs counter wrestlers and struggles against guys who have superior leg defense like Ramos and Fix.   

    2 examples of the former.... I believe Graff went 2-0 vs Nick Simmons (who had even more length than Gross) with one of those wins by Fall.  Graff also has a great record against Joe Colon, who is the ultimate counter wrestler in this weight class (won NCAA semi and something like 4 out of their 5 matchups in freestyle, including 3 by tech).  BTW, is there a chance Colon will enter or has he retired?  Would make this weight even more fun if he did!

    Also, I'm pretty sure if 61 was not a hard weight for Gross to make, he would have been at that weight at the Farrell.  I have no inside information, but personally, I expect Gross will wrestle at 65 at the Open too and only entered at 61 to keep his options open.  But we shall see!


  11. 18 minutes ago, TBar1977 said:

    Doesn't Nico still have a day job outside of wrestling? If so,  I feel like that puts him at a disadvantage. 

    Yes, he does, but pretty sure he has ever since he graduated from Penn State in 2016, so it is nothing new for him and he has beaten some strong wrestlers both domestically and internationally doing both (including Bronze at Yasar Dogu just a couple of months ago in his first competition coming off a big injury).


  12. On 4/18/2022 at 7:19 AM, nhs67 said:

    I think Gross, Graff, Nico, Wright are the Top 4, currently.  I would say in that order, as well.

    Not knowing much about the others, I think I would go Graff/Nico (tossup), Gross, Wright.  I think Gross would not be himself at 61, and even if the cut doesn't bother him much, Graff is a great style matchup.... Graff struggles when he can't get to legs and excels when he can... I never recall him losing a shootout, which is probably what it would be.

    Nico vs Gross would be interesting... no idea what would happen there.  That's probably a better matchup for Gross as Nico has struggled with the strength of Colon in the past and while his skillset is different, Gross *might* be able bully Nico a bit.

    Graff has done better against Nico each time he faced him (10-0 loss, 7-2 loss, 6-4 win). In the last 2 matchups, there has been 1 takedown for each guy, but Nico got 2 laces when he won and Graff got 2 laces when he won (one of the only times I ever seen Nico getting turned on a leg lace... its hard to do when the other guy can do the splits!).  Nico was bringing it at the end though and may have won if there had been 1 more minute in the match.  Think it would likely come down to the last minute again if they hit.

     


  13. Who will win the open?  Megaludis, Graff, and Gross (if he doesn't go up to 65 again) seem to be the favorites, but there are some young guns like Mendez and Tagg who could definitely make a run.  Wright is another wild card who is very talented even though we haven't seen him much lately.  Any predictions?  


  14. 4 hours ago, nhs67 said:

    He quit cutting because his full-time doesn't afford him the time to train if he is focusing on the cut.  He isn't big for 61. 

     He has a full time real life sort of job.

    Nico has always had a day job, but that never stopped him from competing at a very high level.  He planned to try to make the Olympic team at 57kg.  Unfortunately, he tore his ACL in 2019, then retore it in 2020.  Glad to see him competing again!  


  15. Hope we finally get Gross/Graff.  The fact that they haven't met with the number of brackets they've been in (and done well in) together is almost getting to a level of absurdity approaching the fact that Ramos and Graff never met in Senior level FS. Should be a lot of points on the board if we get it!


  16. 14 minutes ago, mattchristensen112 said:
    Jordan is now a 6x Champ and a 3x Bronze Medalist. What is crazy is how many times he has had to go through a Russian, Iranian, or both! Take a look:
     
    - 2011 (Gold): Beats both Tsargush (RUS) and Goudarzi (IRI)
    - 2012 (Gold): Beats both Tsargush (RUS) and Goudarzi (IRI)
    - 2013 (Gold): Beats Akbarizarinkolaei (IRI) and has a broken ankle
    - 2014 (Bronze): Loses to Tsargush after an earlier knee injury
    - 2015 (Gold): Beats Ghasemi (IRI) and Geduev (RUS)
    - 2016 (9th): Lost to Geduev (RUS)
    - 2017 (Gold): Beats Cabolov (RUS)
    - 2018 (Bronze): Beats Hosseinkhani (IRI) and loses to Sidakov (RUS)
    - 2019 (Bronze): Loses to Sidakov (RUS)
    - 2021 (Gold): Beats Valiev (RUS) and Nokhodilarimi (IRI)
     
     

    I've also noticed that most of our wrestlers who win Pan-Ams usually face a Cuban wrestler somewhere along the way.... ;)

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