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  1. kionga

    Non-wrestlers needed

    Aside from one semester in high school gym class, I never wrestled. I was introduced to the sport when my oldest son joined the Canton (MI) high school wrestling team. He never wrestled again after graduation, but I kept my interest. When my youngest son was a high school wrestler, I got to know the new assistant wrestling coach, Mike Pantaleo. When Mike's son Alec won the starting spot for Michigan, I began to follow college wrestling.
  2. I will miss Alec Pantaleo most of all. I have watched him wrestle since he was in elementary school. He is the reason I now follow collegiate wrestling. I will also miss Malik Amine. I interviewed Malik for an online sports site as an incoming freshman who will make an immediate impact for his high school team. I also interviewed Alec for the same reason.
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    Qualifiers have been released

    Big Ten only gets 6 automatic qualifiers at 149 and 5 at 197. It seems like Malik Amine and Jackson Striggow are going to have to have very good performances at the conference tournament to qualify for the NCAA tourney.
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    Clarion at Michigan

    There should be one match in this dual that has post-season implications. At 197, Jackson Striggow could go against #16 Greg Bulsak. It seems that Striggow is on the bubble for an NCAA invite and a win over a ranked opponent should significantly help his chances. I'm not sure, but it could even mean an additional allotment to the Big Ten at 197.
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    Coaches Ranking and RPI

    The following is from an article on the NCAA site by Shannon Scovel dated February 12, 2019. "NCAA tournament allocations are set to be announced later this week, and athletes will have their eyes on conference tournaments as they fight for national championship spots and higher-ranked seeds with just over one month remains in the 2018-2019 wrestling season."
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    Coaches Ranking and RPI

    Thank you for posting. I am anxious to see the allotments by conference as well. Those should be coming soon I understand.
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    UNC beats Pitt and no one cares

    Fans for these other teams need to speak up. That, at least, would let the readers of this forum understand that someone out there care about UNC , Pitt, and other smaller schools. I read the box score for that dual and noticed the heavyweight result, but since I have no tie to either school I kept my thoughts to myself.
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    All- American Potential!

    125 Mattin - 2 & 2 last year, 10% chance 133 Micic - virtual lock 141 Storr - inconsistent, 50% chance 149 Amine - dark horse I am rooting for, 33% chance 157 Pantaleo - 2x AA, 99% chance 165 Massa - 75% chance 174 Amine - virtual lock 184 Embree - very talented, but injured most of the year, 20% chance 197 Striggow - I think he qualifies, 5% chance 285 Parris - great freshman year, reminds me of Coon's freshman year, 10% chance
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    Missing in Action

    What about Jelani Embree? I heard several weeks ago that he was close to coming back. Will we see him tomorrow against Penn State?
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    2019 Senior First Time AAs

    Malik Amine
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    Michigan State vs Rutgers

    Rutgers wins 22-20. Where were Chase Beard and Austin Eicher for Michigan State? I think the Spartans would have won this duel if both those guys wrestled.
  12. Can MSU beat Rutgers? If they wrestle at least as well as they did last Friday against Michigan, I think they can. 125. Foley over Metzler, md 133. Suriano over Tutolo, md 141. Eicher over Lipari, dec 149. Ashnault over Enriquez, tf 157. Van Brill over Tucker, md 165. Olivieri over Hiles, dec 174. Hughes over Grello, dec 184. Caffey over Gravina, dec 197. Wilton over Correnti, dec 285. Beard over Colucci, dec MSU over Rutgers 19-16 Lots of very close matches here, especially 141 and 174-285.
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    UM vs. MSU Last Night

    In addition to his quickness, I was impressed with his excellent balance. He seemed quite slippery as well.
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    UM vs. MSU Last Night

    I attended this meet 4 years ago in East Lansing. There seemed to be less than 100 fans in attendance - despite what the "official" attendance was listed at. Michigan State won only 3 matches, scoring 9 team points. I was brand new to collegiate wrestling, but the Spartan squad did not seem very competitive to me. Last night was strikingly different in many ways. The portion of Jenison Fieldhouse in use was largely full - the official attendance of 2229 seemed accurate. Four years ago most fans were Wolverine supporters. I think the same held true this year, but the percentage of Spartan fans seemed higher. MSU has two standouts, Rayvon Foley and Cameron Caffey, who have a great shot at becoming AAs. They also have some first year starters who look promising in Brad Wilton and Chase Beard. I am not a fan of Drew Hughes because of his defensive style of wrestling. The final score, however, was similar to last year; MSU won only 2 matches, scoring 10 team points. This is more a reflection of Michigan having a stronger team than four years ago. Looking at the Spartan roster shows two redshirt seniors and no juniors. They have a very young team, and if they can replace those seniors with a couple studs, and perhaps upgrade at another weight or two they should be very competitive.
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    Indiana vs Maryland - Wow, just wow

    I am not sure about Michigan State. I would really like to see them improve significantly, but they seem to be losing out on top level recruits, even within the state of Michigan. They would be much stronger with guys like Devin Skatzka, Trent Hilger, Nate Limmex, Cole Weaver, Steve Bleise, Ian Parker, etc. One would think if these instate wrestlers had full confidence in the MSU coaching staff at least half of them would have chosen to remain close to home. On a positive note, I do like how Rayvon Foley is improving, and Brad Wilton and Cameron Caffey seem like they are going to be real good.
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