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  1. Gross wrestled great today, but even with this result, I think he'll be seeded behind the 4 guys likely to be competing at 57kg who have made a world team (Fix, Gilman, Graff, and Colon) at OTT. Lee and Gross would be the next 2. But yeah, Gross was the 6 seed today and won it.... Certainly possible he could do it again in Happy Valley.
  2. Has it been announced that they are doing Non-Olympic worlds in 2020?
  3. Taylor is the favorite, but honestly I think Dieringer has a solid chance to take 86kg, especially with Taylor still coming off his injury. And while they are both extremely tough, I think Dieringer matches up better with Taylor than Dake anyway.
  4. That bracket works great if there are world medalists on both sides of the bracket. It doesn't work at all with 1. If you just cross out the world medalists on the top but keep the rest of the bracket the same, the 4 seed just has to beat the 5 seed and the 1 seed to make the final. Meanwhile the 3 seed has to beat the 6, the 2, and the world medalist to make the final. I think it's obvious that would be a terribly unfair setup.
  5. If you are asking in terms of byes, I think it will look like this: 57: no byes for anyone. Will wrestle out the tournament and the top 2 will be in the final. Assuming he can make this cut, would have been fascinating to see Graff get bronze so he would have a bye to the semis and would only have to win 1 match to get to the best-of-3 final. 65: same 74: Burroughs will be sitting in the best of 3 final. Dake will be sitting in the semifinal, so he will need to win 2 matches to get to Burroughs Side-note: I still have not seen on this bracket will look. Will the top 2 seeds (besides Burroughs and Dake) be on the opposite side as Dake? I think that's how it should be.... basically treat Dake as the top seed with a bye to the semis, so the next two best guys are like the 2 and 3 seed on the other side of the bracket. If they do it any other way, it will be extremely unbalanced. But there is nothing in USA Wrestling's official document to suggest that is how they are looking at it. 86: Assuming J'den goes up, no byes for anyone. 97: Snyder is sitting the best of 3 final. Cox is sitting in the semifinals, so he will need to win 2 matches to get to Snyder. Same side-note as above applies 125: Wide open bracket So it in interesting no weight will have just 1 Olympic medalist.... 74 and 97 will have 2 and the rest will have 0. So to answer the original question: definitely Burroughs and Snyder. And those 2 will probably face Dake and Cox. But other than that, it is pretty wide open.
  6. Are we even sure Bonne is going to go 61kg? In 2015 he cut to 57kg to try to qualify the weight for the Olympics for Cuba. Not sure if he can make that cut this year, but I wouldn't be surprised if he is at either 57kg or 65kg.
  7. So is this a true statement: If Downey gets knocked our early, we are rooting for Torreblanca to get top 6, because if that happens, then the Cuban will qualify the weight for his country, so he won't be at the Pan Am Qualifier, so it should be easy to qualify the weight there?
  8. Final Standings: bnwtwg 100 rpm002 72 herma48852 61 AZ_wrestling 61 wrestlingnerd 51 Chet 35 cangemi 33 nhs67 15 steamboat_charlie OUT Ragu OUT lu1979 OUT Perry OUT RajaThaiKnee OUT OBXWrestler OUT Mdogg OUT Ragu OUT Wow bnwtwg... 10/10 is SUPER impressive! PM me your Paypal/Venmo and I'll send you a small prize :)
  9. Updated standings reflecting Dake's win and the reopening of Yianni/Zain. bnwtwg 90 rpm002 71 herma48852 61 AZ_wrestling 61 Mdogg 52 wrestlingnerd 51 Chet 34 cangemi 32 nhs67 14 steamboat_charlie OUT Ragu OUT lu1979 OUT Perry OUT RajaThaiKnee OUT OBXWrestler OUT Ragu OUT Poor bnwtwg had a perfect entry based on the original results, but based on the arbitration, he needs Zain to win one more match to complete his epic, perfect, 100 point victory. I picked Zain too, but not as a lock, so I am rooting against my pick and for Yianni (actually I probably won't, but if I cared more about winning this contest, I would LOL). If Yianni wins, I will be the champion (neither herma nor AZ made Yianni a lock, so they would not catch me in that scenario).
  10. Pretty good list except your spelling of Dieringer's name was really terrible.
  11. The Olympic year doesn't have final X. It will be single elimination until the finals, as it was when 9th seeded Frank beat 1 seed Metcalf in the quarters in 2016.
  12. The 2016 dark horses (Frank and Dennis) were not people unknown to freestyle, but rather people who were always right there but were overlooked because they never had their big breakthrough. Candidates along those lines for 2020: Nico - He is the best equipped of the 61 guys to go down to 57 and I think he’s improved quite a bit over the past couple of years Frank - Kind of the forgotten man at 65kg, but his win over Oliver for 3rd makes me think another run is possible Ness - It is all matchups with him, but doesn’t seem impossible (I know the lower weights the best, but I also think that’s where dark horses are most likely to prevail, as they did in 2016)
  13. There are usually some surprises (who picked Dennis or Frank in 2016?) so this is hard, but here is my shot. Could easily wind up with just 0 or 1 right. :) 57: Garrett (kind of the forgotten man, but he was wrestling so well last year.... look at his matches with Nico at WTT or especially match 3 of Final X last year) 65: Oliver (don't think he was 100% this year, and he wasn't far behind the top 2) 74: Burroughs (tempting to go in a different direction, but just can't do it) 86: Dieringer (this will seems like less of a surprise after he beats Dake) 97: Cox (think he's defense will not allow Snyder to get much on him.... I see these 2 having 3 extremely tense matches) 125: Gwiz (think Gwiz is a bit underrated for whatever reason... I expect him to medal again this year)
  14. My call was right, but the series did play out a little bit differently than I expected. Colon made some great adjustments and didn't let Graff get to the outside single that Graff utilized in the 2017 meeting. Graff seemed to actually shoot more doubles than usual, which seems odd given the opponent. And the results in the beginning were mixed. But Graff did a better job of finishing as the series went along. His winning attack in match 3 started as a double, but transitioned to a single, but then just as he finished, he got back on Colon's other leg and quickly transitioned to the leg lace. Very entertaining series and so happy Graff was able to pull it out.... can't think of anyone who deserves the opportunity more.
  15. Updated standings: bnwtwg 90 rpm002 72 AZ_wrestling 61 herma48852 51 wrestlingnerd 50 cangemi 40 Chet 34 Ragu OUT Mdogg OUT steamboat_charlie OUT lu1979 OUT Perry OUT RajaThaiKnee OUT OBXWrestler OUT nhs67 OUT You can see bnwtwg's awesome entry posted above. He is 9/9 so far. I actually am 9/9 as well, but while I picked Fix and Zain, I didn't make them locks like he did, so kudos for bnwtwg for not only his awesome picks but is confidence to make them all locks. Still, the contest will come down to Dake/Dieringer. If Dake wins, bnwtwg will score a perfect 100 points. if Dieringer wins, bnwtwg will be out and I will be the winner.
  16. Nothing nearly as exciting as your suggestions. "Training partner" made me LOL considering my wrestling experience is significantly lower than just about anyone else on this board. My experience is more in creating sports contests. :) I'm just a big Wisconsin Badger fan who, through the family I married into (my bro-in-law was a smaller school IL state champion), was introduced to wrestling around the time Graff and that group (Ramos, Colon, Brewer, etc) were entering college and really found it fascinating. Always did really enjoy watching Graff wrestle.... from the interviews, etc. I've seen with him, he seems like a really great guy too. Continued following that cohort in freestyle (which I personally like even better). Think I could hardly have picked a more interesting group to follow (which is why I have continued to stick with them all these years).
  17. Nah, I think this goes both ways. Examples in freestyle that might support your point are Megaludis (although Graff did just beat him) and Escobedo (who beat Graff at WTT in 2015, but Colon beat him that same year). But honestly, I can think there are more examples the other way.... Graff beat Simmons both times they wrestled, Colon never beat him. Graff beat Brewer 4 times (including 2 techs and 1 pin), but Brewer teched Colon. Graff beat Kindig in 2016, but Kindig beat Colon in 2017. Graff beat Wright in their only meeting, but Wright beat Colon in 2017.
  18. Fix in 3 - All 3 matches will be close. This is the only one of the 5 where I wouldn't be surprised at all if it went the other way. Graff in 2 - As detailed in my other thread, I think this is a favorable matchup for Graff. Green in 2 - Deakin was underrated going into the Open, but Green will make adjustments and get the W. Burroughs in 3 - Not sure why, but have a strange hunch IMar will sneak out a match somehow. But don't see Burroughs losing this in Lincoln. Snyder in 2 - Different year, same result.
  19. This is correct. After losing to Synder, Cox won a consi semi vs. Michalak 4-1. But he is badly hurting a the end of it, to the point that he asked the ref to raise his left arm because he can't lift his right one. He then injury defaulted out of the 3rd place match. https://www.flowrestling.org/video/5516272-97kg-c-jden-cox-missouri-wrestling-foundation-vs-wynn-michalak-titan-mercury-wrestling-club-2mp4
  20. This might be the best match to look at to understand Colon's strengths and weaknesses. Brewer wins 20-10; he scores a variety of different ways, but note where Colon's points come from. All 10 are on counters. 2 times in the match, Brewer shoots double leg attacks.... on both, Colon counters with his chest wrap and turns the situation into 4 for himself. Colon also is able to fight from off his butt to flip Brewer and expose him after being taken down. Note that Brewer is able to get 4 takedowns off of single leg attacks, including 3 in the second period (after he seems to have figured out what will/won't be effective vs. Colon).
  21. It got buried by all the Final X Rutgers threads, but I detailed why I'm taking Graff over Colon here:
  22. NLWC prioritizes Taylor. Nickal potentially getting a bye to the finals of Olympic qualifying at Taylor's weight would cause all sorts of headaches and messiness (think along the lines of the Ramos vs. Dennis aftermath, only tweak that scenario such that Ramos was coming off a world title and played a big role in putting Iowa on the wrestling map) that NLWC doesn't want to deal with. Personally I think it is as simple as that.
  23. 8. Updated standings: bnwtwg 40 rpm002 31 AZ_wrestling 30 herma48852 21 wrestlingnerd 20 Chet 12 cangemi 10 nhs67 Out steamboat_charlie Out Ragu Out RajaThaiKnee Out Mdogg Out lu1979 Out Perry Out OBXWrestler Out
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