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  1. Last time, the surprise run was by the 9 seed at 65kg.  This time, that is Nahshon Garrett.  Maybe history could repeat itself?  He's immensely talented.  He made a world team at 61kg, but never had great results at 57kg... that cut looked brutal for him.  He's only competed once at 65kg and that was 3 months ago.  He's further from his injury now and should be in top form.  If can add power and keep his speed at 65kg, I don't think it is crazy to think he could make a run.  I expect whoever wins between Garrett and Ashnault to give Zain a test in the quarters, and I could see Ashnault struggling a bit the first match after weigh-ins.

  2. 4 minutes ago, Crash said:

    If you put cox in the other half it would be unfair to the #1 seed....even worse.

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    For 97, what it should be is:

    (Cox) vs (Macchiavello vs. Gadson)

    (Ferrari vs Honis, winner faces Moore) vs (Walz vs Amos, winner faces Zilmer)


    The bottom line is you can't have a round called the "semifinals" where one side of the bracket gets a bye, because that makes the bracket unbalanced such that anyone on the bye side of the bracket has a much better draw than anyone who doesn't.

  3. 3 minutes ago, lu1979 said:

    That is exactly it.  That same bracket was shown in USAW's  selection docs so it shouldn't surprise anyone.  Getting a 2, 3, 6, or 7 seed at 74 or 97 kg this year was not what you wanted.

    If that's truly what they do, it should surprise people that USAW would be this horrendously incompetent and not rectify their obvious error.

  4. 1 minute ago, ssoH said:

    Something like this. These were forecasted seeds.


    That is horrendously unfair.  the 2/3 seeds have to beat a 6/7 seed, then each other, then Cox, and then Moore just to get to Synder.  But the 4/5 seeds just have to beat each other, Moore, and 1 more match to get to Synder.  This would defeat the purpose of seeding because it is WAY better to be the 4, 5, or even 8 seed than to be the 2 or 3 seed.

  5. 49 minutes ago, lu1979 said:

    So to be specific in the 74 kg weight the bottom 1/2 of the bracket will have Nolf vs ViJo and Chace M vs D Carr in the 1st round - the winners of those matches wrestle in the 2nd round and the winner of that  match wrestles Dake to see who meets in the top 1/2 winner in the finals.

    97 Kg will have Zilmer vs Honis and Mach vs AJF and whoever advaces of those 4 will get J'Den in the semis.

    Wondering the same thing.  I think what it should be is this:

    (Dake) vs (Marstaller vs Gnatt)

    (Massa vs Joseph, winner faces Nolf)  vs. (Carr vs Wick, winner faces IMAR)

    But I kind of think USA Wrestling will mess this up and won't do it this way.


  6. 10 hours ago, Billyhoyle said:

    Zain reminds me of Metcalf.  Great/intense wrestler, but seems completely lost in many freestyle positions.  It's night and day compared to Yianni, who is always fluid and appears comfortable with freestyle. It's sad that we lost out on the opportunity for Pico to man the weight this cycle (Yianni's prime will be in 4 years). 

    Hmmm, well if that is the case, maybe next time Yianni wrestles Zain, he should try getting Zain in one of those positions that he is "completely lost" in? 

  7. On 3/21/2021 at 3:54 PM, GoNotQuietly said:

    Does anyone think Spencer Lee can overcome these obstacles without any ACLs, and if so how many?

    1. Convince himself and his coaching and medical staff that he should delay surgery and take a crack at the OTT

    2. Get through Gilman, Fix(?), Gross, Suriano, NaTo, Arujau, etc. to claim the Olympic spot

    3. Get through training camp, making weight, and travelling to Tokyo

    4. Win a match at the Olympics

    5. Place at the Olympics

    6. Win the Olympics


    Personally, I do not believe that he can beat any wrestler I listed domestically if he isn't 100%, but i am curious to see how superhuman he is perceived here.

    I think he could possibly do 1 and possibly beat some of the guys in 2 (especially if he can win the match quickly via pin or guts).  But no, don't see him beating all of those guys.  Even some others not listed.... what if he faces Colon, who can match his upper body strength and has 2 healthy legs to push off with.  What if he faces someone like Garrett who is so quick and has great misdirection and a variety of attacks?  What happens if someone gets him in a leg lace in his current state?  He's REALLY good, but not seeing how coming out of this deep field as the champion could be possible.

  8. On 2/27/2021 at 4:55 AM, nhs67 said:

    in the scenario for Graff I read it as 57 is too far, too low and 65 is too far, too high.  I would prefer him to go 65 in that scenario then than 57.  I know Graff was #3 on our ladder for 57kg back in 2016, but he was on the other side of 30 then.

    Yup, I meant this is Graff's first freestyle entry since Worlds.  And yes, and largely due to the new weigh-in rules, I think his 57 days are over.

    Given he hasn't made a test run competing at a different weight and that he is competing in this tournament at 61kg, my guess is Graff is going to focus on winning 61kg at Worlds in Norway in October.  That weight is perfect for him and seems like there would be an advantage to target that weight all along rather than be coming off of a cut or having to cut back down from 65kg months before.  

  9. On 10/8/2020 at 4:48 PM, nhs67 said:

    Wrong.  He's got slew 6-2/7-2 type losses over the course since 2016 as well as a 10-0 drubbing to Nico.


    Where are you getting your info from?

    Fair point, though I would say that 6-2 isn't a blow out.  You are correct that he did once lose a 3rd place match to Nico once 10-0, but also beat Nico in their most recent meeting.  I updated the wording in my post to make it more accurate.

  10. On 10/8/2020 at 3:15 PM, nhs67 said:

    Aside for Gilman, Fix, and MAYBE Suriano I just don't see anyone keeping it close at 57 or 61 

    I mean, Graff has very rarely been blown out by anyone domestically (the couple where he did lose big such as to Nico and Steiber were vs guys he has also defeated).

      He lost to Gilman 1-1 in their only meeting and that was at 57kg and I think he's clearly better at 61kg.  So not sure why he wouldn't keep it close.  I think Colon would be right there with Lee as well.  Lee will keep getting better and those guys are towards the end of their careers, so that may not be true for long, but I think it is true for now.

  11. On 10/4/2020 at 8:16 PM, BigTimeFan said:

    We need creative matches like this. I like it because the outcome isn’t a gimme because of the weight different. Compare to Lee vs Sanders. It will be be nice to see Les compete and all but even if he loses it won’t be exciting. I’d rather see Lee va Yianni or Bo Nickals vs Gable. 

    Lee vs any of the top 61 kg guys (Graff, Colon, Gross, etc.) would have been really interesting.  I think all of those could have gone either way.

    Sanders did hit a pretty nice arm throw for 4 against Ramos once.  Doubt he can do anything like that against Lee though.

  12. On 6/9/2020 at 10:15 PM, Cradle1 said:

    Not to nitpick but They competed at different weight classes the majority of years

    2018 was the only year they were at different weights.

    If Graff would have beaten Dennis, they would have met in the OTT finals in 2016

    If Graff would have won the Challenge tournament (lost 1-1 to Gilman), they would have met in the WTT finals in 2017

    If Ramos would have beaten Joey Palmer, they would have met in the 3rd place match at the US Open in 2019

    If Ramos would have beaten Megaludis, they would have met at WTT in 2019

    I believe there was also 1-2 other smaller tournaments (Farrell, Schultz, etc) where they were close to meeting as well.

  13. Sunday, March 8
    10:30 a.m. – Qualification and repechage (WFS 50-53-57-62-68-76 kg, MFS 79-92 kg)
    5 p.m. – Finals (WFS 50-53-57-62-68-76 kg, MFS 79-92 kg)

    Monday, March 9
    10:30 a.m. – Qualification and repechage (MFS 57-61-65-70-74-86-97-125 kg)
    5 p.m. – Finals (MFS 57-61-65-70-74-86-97-125 kg)


    So Graff wrestles Monday.  

  14. I agree with 1st period scoring (took awhile to get right, but 8-6 was how I saw it)


    First points of the 2nd period should have been 2 red, not 4.  But then, since they called it 4, once red got the next takedown, it should have been over.... 16-6 TF for red. 

    Not sure why they let it continue, but given they did, I think the first blue points of the 2nd period also should have been 2, not 4.  

    So I think it should have been 14-8, not 16-10, but same difference.  Then red clearly gets 2 exposures, so should have been a TF for red.  Clearly over before the pinning sequence.  So right outcome, but I guess blue could be confused about the inconsistency... because if they let blue continue when it was 16-6, why did they not let him continue when it was 20-10 on the board and he pinned red?

  15. 22 hours ago, AZ_wrestling said:

    Without wrestling an entire tournament the same day, Dake > Burroughs. JB won’t have an exhausted Dake. 

    Dake still has to win 2 matches to get to JB.  Probably Massa or Joseph and then IMar.   In past years, I think he wrestled 3 matches and generally got a quick tech in the 1st one, so I don't really think the quantity of wrestling is that different, just the fact that it isn't same day.

  16. On 12/25/2019 at 7:15 AM, spladle08 said:

    Day 2, Ringer looked like Ringer but day 1 something was up.

    I wouldn't be surprised if he was a finalist .
    You're right though people are definitely dismissing him

    Most of his match vs Martin was pretty much the same as when he faced him a Farrell.... Just a bit different ending.

  17. 19 hours ago, AZ_wrestling said:

    Dake will not have been wrestling all day before their match. Fresh Dake > JB.

    Dake will have to wrestle 2 matches the day before.  I think in 2016 he had to wrestle 3 so it's really not that different for him this time.


    After all the hype of KD vs Burroughs, wouldn't it be something if some high upside guy like Mehki upset Dake in the challenge tournament?

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