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    kionga reacted to russelscout in No fans at NCAAs   
    Every one is going to be mad about this after the fallout of coronavirus isn't too horrible, yet it will be likely that its not horrible because the country did things like this. 
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    kionga reacted to WillieBoy in U of Michigan Sued   
    Why NO stories of a "victim" slamming the groper/sodomizer against the wall, breaking an arm, giving a major concussion or throwing them through a window?
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    kionga reacted to JasonBryant in The flood gates have opened   
    This is also a key factor to know when it comes to where you're watching those streams. If you see those matches on BTN's YouTube channel, watch them there, do not watch them on pirated channels, because we're in an analytics-metrics based world when it comes to viewerships. Pirated content takes the eyes off the originators of the content and doesn't accurately give those outlets/networks the right viewer numbers. I've seen some pirated channels with 50-60K views in a matter of days, but the networks who produce this content don't see those eyes. 

    So if you've got the choice between a BTN-channel or a pirated one, choose the network. Their numbers are directly related to their promotion and investment into the sport. 
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    kionga got a reaction from fadzaev2 in Jack Medley !   
    With the score tied 17-17, Jack Medley gets a 3-2 win over Michael DeAugustino to win the dual for Michigan.  He is having a very nice year so far.
    Hopefully Michigan can get Jelani Embree and Reece Hughes back on track.
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    kionga got a reaction from MDogg in Illinois vs Michigan Tomorrow   
    On paper, this is looking to be a tightly contested dual.  Wrestlestat has Michigan winning 18-16.  I jotted down what I thought and it ended up 17-17.  Below are some thoughts with the Coaches' rankings in parentheses.
    125)  Cardani (26) vs Medley (33) seems to be a toss-up.  Cardani is ranked higher in every poll I have seen him in, but I think Medley can win this one.
    133)  Piotrowski (8) vs Silva (NR) would seem to be lopsided in favor of Illinois.  Interestingly, Wrestlestat has Piotrowski winning a close one, with he and Silva both 3-0 against common opponents.
    141)  Duncan (13) vs Mattin (33).  I think this will be closer than the rankings would suggest; Illinois by decision.
    149)  Jodeh (NR) vs Storr (8).  Storr major decision.
    157)  Barone (NR) vs Lewan (10).  Another match closer than the rankings indicate; Lewan by decision.
    165)  Braunagel (13) vs Hughes, or Meisinger, or Van Anrooy (NR).  Illinois wins by major.
    174)  Gunther (13) vs Maylor (NR).  Bonus for the Fighting Illini, but how much?
    184)  Braunagel (14) vs Embree (13) will be one of the swing matches.  Braunagel seems to be wrestling better than Embree right now.
    197)  Wroblewski (NR) vs Striggow (NR).  Another toss-up.
    285)  Luffman (31) vs Parris (2).  Bonus for Michigan here, but how much?
    With so many toss-up matches, and a few that promise to have bonus point potential, this should be very entertaining.
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    kionga got a reaction from southend in Illinois vs Michigan Tomorrow   
    On paper, this is looking to be a tightly contested dual.  Wrestlestat has Michigan winning 18-16.  I jotted down what I thought and it ended up 17-17.  Below are some thoughts with the Coaches' rankings in parentheses.
    125)  Cardani (26) vs Medley (33) seems to be a toss-up.  Cardani is ranked higher in every poll I have seen him in, but I think Medley can win this one.
    133)  Piotrowski (8) vs Silva (NR) would seem to be lopsided in favor of Illinois.  Interestingly, Wrestlestat has Piotrowski winning a close one, with he and Silva both 3-0 against common opponents.
    141)  Duncan (13) vs Mattin (33).  I think this will be closer than the rankings would suggest; Illinois by decision.
    149)  Jodeh (NR) vs Storr (8).  Storr major decision.
    157)  Barone (NR) vs Lewan (10).  Another match closer than the rankings indicate; Lewan by decision.
    165)  Braunagel (13) vs Hughes, or Meisinger, or Van Anrooy (NR).  Illinois wins by major.
    174)  Gunther (13) vs Maylor (NR).  Bonus for the Fighting Illini, but how much?
    184)  Braunagel (14) vs Embree (13) will be one of the swing matches.  Braunagel seems to be wrestling better than Embree right now.
    197)  Wroblewski (NR) vs Striggow (NR).  Another toss-up.
    285)  Luffman (31) vs Parris (2).  Bonus for Michigan here, but how much?
    With so many toss-up matches, and a few that promise to have bonus point potential, this should be very entertaining.
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    kionga got a reaction from MDogg in "Middle Tier of Big Ten" ??   
    The Maryland topic also got me thinking; what does it mean to be in the middle tier of the Big Ten?  If you have a middle tier, it implies you have an upper and lower tier as well.  With 14 teams, I would think the upper and lower tiers would contain 4 teams each, leaving 6 in the middle tier.  I tried to generate some meaningful metrics, combining both dual meet records and Big Ten tournament placements, but since dual meet schedules do not include all big ten opponents, and non-conference schedules are so variable in strength of schedule, including dual meet records was not justifiable.
    I defaulted to NCAA tournament placement over the past 5 years.  Below is how things shake out.  Data presented as Team, NCAA placement 2019-2015, (mean placement).
    Top Tier:
    Penn State: 1, 1, 1, 1, 6 (2)  Consistently best in the nation,  2015 was an outlier.
    Ohio State:  2, 2, 2, 3, 1  (2)  Right up there with Penn State, especially given that in two of those years, Ohio State beat Penn State for the Big Ten Championship
    Iowa:  4, 3, 4, 5, 2  (3.6)  Consistently in podium potential, but not quite championship caliber (this year will change that)
    Michigan:  5, 4, 10, 9, 11  (7.8)  Consistently top ten, with some threat to reach the podium  (this year will be an outlier because of olympic red shirts)
    Middle Tier:
    Nebraska:  10, 9, 9, 8, 9  (9)  Consistently top ten, but not a threat to reach the podium.  very consistent program.
    Minnesota:  8, 17, 7, 17 ,8  (11.4)  Top ten every other year
    Illinois:  26, 13, 11, 9, 12  (14.2)  Generally just outside the top ten.  Was last year an outlier, or is Illinois regressing?
    Rutgers:  9, 11, 19, 15, 31  (17)  Nice trend of improvement over the past 5 years
    Wisconsin:  21, 17, 13, 23, 17  (18.2)  Fairly consistent performance over the past 5 years
    Northwestern:  22, 24, 46, 50, 15  (31.4)  Disastrous years in 2016 and 2017, but clearly improving under Coach Storniolo
    Bottom Tier:
    Purdue:  29, 28, 50, 41, 42  (38)  Consistently outside the top 25, but seems to be trending up
    Maryland:  27, 27, 35, 64, 39  (38.4)  Consistently outside the top 25
    Indiana:  53, 55, 35, 28, 24  (39)  Pretty significant regression from 2015 through 2019
    Michigan State:  33, 65, 41, 69, 69  (55.4)  Worst program in Division 1 for three of those years.  Definitely trending up
     
    What does it mean to be Middle Tier of the Big Ten?  Based solely on NCAA tournament results, I would say consistently finishing in the top 25  and occasionally finishing top 10.
     
     
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    kionga got a reaction from 1032004 in "Middle Tier of Big Ten" ??   
    The Maryland topic also got me thinking; what does it mean to be in the middle tier of the Big Ten?  If you have a middle tier, it implies you have an upper and lower tier as well.  With 14 teams, I would think the upper and lower tiers would contain 4 teams each, leaving 6 in the middle tier.  I tried to generate some meaningful metrics, combining both dual meet records and Big Ten tournament placements, but since dual meet schedules do not include all big ten opponents, and non-conference schedules are so variable in strength of schedule, including dual meet records was not justifiable.
    I defaulted to NCAA tournament placement over the past 5 years.  Below is how things shake out.  Data presented as Team, NCAA placement 2019-2015, (mean placement).
    Top Tier:
    Penn State: 1, 1, 1, 1, 6 (2)  Consistently best in the nation,  2015 was an outlier.
    Ohio State:  2, 2, 2, 3, 1  (2)  Right up there with Penn State, especially given that in two of those years, Ohio State beat Penn State for the Big Ten Championship
    Iowa:  4, 3, 4, 5, 2  (3.6)  Consistently in podium potential, but not quite championship caliber (this year will change that)
    Michigan:  5, 4, 10, 9, 11  (7.8)  Consistently top ten, with some threat to reach the podium  (this year will be an outlier because of olympic red shirts)
    Middle Tier:
    Nebraska:  10, 9, 9, 8, 9  (9)  Consistently top ten, but not a threat to reach the podium.  very consistent program.
    Minnesota:  8, 17, 7, 17 ,8  (11.4)  Top ten every other year
    Illinois:  26, 13, 11, 9, 12  (14.2)  Generally just outside the top ten.  Was last year an outlier, or is Illinois regressing?
    Rutgers:  9, 11, 19, 15, 31  (17)  Nice trend of improvement over the past 5 years
    Wisconsin:  21, 17, 13, 23, 17  (18.2)  Fairly consistent performance over the past 5 years
    Northwestern:  22, 24, 46, 50, 15  (31.4)  Disastrous years in 2016 and 2017, but clearly improving under Coach Storniolo
    Bottom Tier:
    Purdue:  29, 28, 50, 41, 42  (38)  Consistently outside the top 25, but seems to be trending up
    Maryland:  27, 27, 35, 64, 39  (38.4)  Consistently outside the top 25
    Indiana:  53, 55, 35, 28, 24  (39)  Pretty significant regression from 2015 through 2019
    Michigan State:  33, 65, 41, 69, 69  (55.4)  Worst program in Division 1 for three of those years.  Definitely trending up
     
    What does it mean to be Middle Tier of the Big Ten?  Based solely on NCAA tournament results, I would say consistently finishing in the top 25  and occasionally finishing top 10.
     
     
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    kionga got a reaction from airmail in "Middle Tier of Big Ten" ??   
    The Maryland topic also got me thinking; what does it mean to be in the middle tier of the Big Ten?  If you have a middle tier, it implies you have an upper and lower tier as well.  With 14 teams, I would think the upper and lower tiers would contain 4 teams each, leaving 6 in the middle tier.  I tried to generate some meaningful metrics, combining both dual meet records and Big Ten tournament placements, but since dual meet schedules do not include all big ten opponents, and non-conference schedules are so variable in strength of schedule, including dual meet records was not justifiable.
    I defaulted to NCAA tournament placement over the past 5 years.  Below is how things shake out.  Data presented as Team, NCAA placement 2019-2015, (mean placement).
    Top Tier:
    Penn State: 1, 1, 1, 1, 6 (2)  Consistently best in the nation,  2015 was an outlier.
    Ohio State:  2, 2, 2, 3, 1  (2)  Right up there with Penn State, especially given that in two of those years, Ohio State beat Penn State for the Big Ten Championship
    Iowa:  4, 3, 4, 5, 2  (3.6)  Consistently in podium potential, but not quite championship caliber (this year will change that)
    Michigan:  5, 4, 10, 9, 11  (7.8)  Consistently top ten, with some threat to reach the podium  (this year will be an outlier because of olympic red shirts)
    Middle Tier:
    Nebraska:  10, 9, 9, 8, 9  (9)  Consistently top ten, but not a threat to reach the podium.  very consistent program.
    Minnesota:  8, 17, 7, 17 ,8  (11.4)  Top ten every other year
    Illinois:  26, 13, 11, 9, 12  (14.2)  Generally just outside the top ten.  Was last year an outlier, or is Illinois regressing?
    Rutgers:  9, 11, 19, 15, 31  (17)  Nice trend of improvement over the past 5 years
    Wisconsin:  21, 17, 13, 23, 17  (18.2)  Fairly consistent performance over the past 5 years
    Northwestern:  22, 24, 46, 50, 15  (31.4)  Disastrous years in 2016 and 2017, but clearly improving under Coach Storniolo
    Bottom Tier:
    Purdue:  29, 28, 50, 41, 42  (38)  Consistently outside the top 25, but seems to be trending up
    Maryland:  27, 27, 35, 64, 39  (38.4)  Consistently outside the top 25
    Indiana:  53, 55, 35, 28, 24  (39)  Pretty significant regression from 2015 through 2019
    Michigan State:  33, 65, 41, 69, 69  (55.4)  Worst program in Division 1 for three of those years.  Definitely trending up
     
    What does it mean to be Middle Tier of the Big Ten?  Based solely on NCAA tournament results, I would say consistently finishing in the top 25  and occasionally finishing top 10.
     
     
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    kionga reacted to MSU158 in "Middle Tier of Big Ten" ??   
    I actually think there should be 4 tiers. “Middle” tier would have waaaaay too much range of talent otherwise. 
     
    Tier 1:  top 10 almost always and usually top 5 in BOTH dual and tourney formats
     PSU, Iowa, tOSU and sometimes Michigan. 
    Tier 2: top 10-15 almost always in both formats and mostly stay in this tier rarely making it above and very rarely falling below
     Nebraska could rarely make Tier 1, Wisconsin,  Minnesota. 
    Tier 3:  top 15ish-20ish in at least 1 format and rarely makes tier 2 while nearly never hitting that bottom 4 slot  
     
    Illinois, Rutgers and NW
    Tier 4: limited resources and support make it very hard for them to move up a tier.  They can and do sneak into top 25 or even top 20 and would beat most teams outside of the B1G, but still have a LONG way to go to catch up with a tier 3 school
    MSU, Purdue, Indiana and Maryland
    Honestly, all 4 look to be doing things to improve, but the B1G is such a tough conference they have a major uphill battle to catch up  
     
     
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    kionga got a reaction from HurricaneWrestling2 in Fall Waived Off for Official Interference   
    Michigan's twitter feed now has an interview with Tyler Meisinger about the bout and shows the action leading to the fall.  No wonder I didn't see the interference live.
    https://twitter.com/umichwrestling
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    kionga got a reaction from HurricaneWrestling2 in Fall Waived Off for Official Interference   
    I am not certain.  Both referees went to the scoring table as they do for a video review, but I don't know if they actually looked at the video.  Is it allowed by rule to video review official interference?  May be semantics, but that is what I understand the Maryland coach was arguing.
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    kionga got a reaction from GockeS in Fall Waived Off for Official Interference   
    Michigan's Kyle Meisinger looked to have pinned his opponent from Maryland last night, but the fall was challenged by the Maryland coach and waived off because the official had interfered with the Maryland wrestler's attempted roll through.  I have never heard of this happening before.
    I guess wrestling different than other sports where the official is considered part of the playing field.  I was sitting quite close to the mat and didn't notice the interference.  Does anyone know who that happened?
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    kionga got a reaction from VakAttack in The Littlest Hawkeye   
    Congratulations!  She is beautiful.
    I am currently being visited by my 2-year-old grand daughter, and a 1-month-old grand daughter.  Little girls can be so adorable.  Enjoy yours.
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    kionga reacted to VakAttack in The Littlest Hawkeye   
    Personal announcement, a future world champion for the USA and Hawkeye Wrestling Club was born yesterday. My daughter is going to end Japanese stranglehold on women's wrestling.
     
    Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
     
     
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    kionga got a reaction from Coach_J in Oregon state knocks off michigan   
    I agree.  He seems to have done much better at the collegiate level than his high school record would have suggested.  I hope he qualifies for the NCAA tournament and makes some noise there.
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    kionga got a reaction from Mphillips in Oregon state knocks off michigan   
    It would make sense to me for Michigan to pull Cameron Amine's redshirt.  How much will he wrestle next year with Lewan, Massa, and Myles Amine at 157, 165, and 174, respectively?
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    kionga got a reaction from TBar1977 in 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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    kionga got a reaction from tilt57 in Michigan Lineup?   
    I have tons of questions about Michigan's team and was hoping to read some opinions of people more knowledgeable than myself
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    125)  Drew Mattin is the favorite here, but Austin Assad was the starter until his injury.  Who wins the starting spot this year and how will he fare at NCAA?
     
    133)  Micic seems like a sure thing here.
     
    141)  Will it be Kanen Storr?  What about Sal Profaci or Ben Freeman?  Could freshman Joey Silva end up here?
     
    149)  Will it be Malik Amine?  Possibly Storr, Profaci or Freeman?  With Retherford and Sorensen gone, could Alec Pantaleo cut down to 149?  I think Pantaleo wins this weight if he can successfully make the cut.
     
    157)  Most likely Pantaleo.
     
    165)  Can Massa come back from that injury that hurt his sophomore season?
     
    174)  Myles Amine will seriously challenge for the NCAA title.
     
    184)  How well will Jelani Embree do?  NCAA qualifier?  Possible AA?
     
    197)  Jackson Striggow is the favorite, but both JT Carroll and Davidson looked pretty good last season.
     
    HWT)  Will Mason Parris start as a true freshman?  Adam Coon did.
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    kionga got a reaction from cangemi in What is everyone’s wrestling experience?   
    My wrestling experience was limited to sophomore year in high school, gym class.  Our normal gym teacher was out with a bad back, so a science teacher filled in for our hour.  He had been a college wrestler, and even wrestled professionally against Dick the Bruiser and the Sheik.  Since that was about the only sport he knew, that is what he taught us.
     
    I started following high school wrestling when my eldest son joined the team.
     
    I started following college wrestling when teammates of my youngest son made college lineups :  Julia Salata, two-time national champion for King College; Corey Phillips and Anthony Abro, both team captains at Eastern Michigan; and Kevin Beazley and Alec Pantaleo, both all-americans at Michigan.
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    kionga got a reaction from xander in What is everyone’s wrestling experience?   
    My wrestling experience was limited to sophomore year in high school, gym class.  Our normal gym teacher was out with a bad back, so a science teacher filled in for our hour.  He had been a college wrestler, and even wrestled professionally against Dick the Bruiser and the Sheik.  Since that was about the only sport he knew, that is what he taught us.
     
    I started following high school wrestling when my eldest son joined the team.
     
    I started following college wrestling when teammates of my youngest son made college lineups :  Julia Salata, two-time national champion for King College; Corey Phillips and Anthony Abro, both team captains at Eastern Michigan; and Kevin Beazley and Alec Pantaleo, both all-americans at Michigan.
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    kionga got a reaction from pish6969 in Who is your team?   
    Michigan is my favorite team because I am an alumnus.
     
    My second favorite is Eastern Michigan because a couple of my son's coaches (Casey Randolph and Cory Mancuso) as well as several of his teammates (Corey Phillips, Anthony Abro, Brent Winekoff, and Ben Griffin) wrestled there.
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    kionga got a reaction from mhecke01 in Michigan State Next Year?   
    The Spartans under first year head coach Roger Chandler were much improved compared to where they were the past few seasons.  They were more competitive in duals, and performed better in big year end tournaments.  One promising indication that they may again show improvement next year is that they only graduate three wrestlers, none of whom was above .500 this season.  Another is that they have a couple promising incoming freshmen in Jaden Enriquez and Nathan Atienza.
     
    On the down side is that most of the tournament improvement was due to three wrestlers, Austin Eicher (133), Javier Gasca (141), and Drew Hughes (165); both Enriquez (141) and Atienza (165) are projected at weights that are currently filled by returning tough wrestlers.
     
    Here is my very uneducated guess at next year's line-up:
     
    125  Logan Griffin (17-12 last year)
    133  Austin Eicher (2x NCAA qualifier)
    141  Javier Gasca (2x NCAA qualfier)
    149  Jake Tucker (RS FR, former Illinois state champ)
    157  Austin Thompson (21-16 last year)
    165  Drew Hughes (NCAA round of 12)
    174  Danny Kruse (RS FR)
    184  Shwan Shadaia (10-14 last year)
    197   Jacob Cooper (cuts down from heavyweight), or Angus Arthur ???
    285  Christian Rebottaro (RS FR)
     
     
     
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    kionga got a reaction from PSUMike in Frosh Team of the Year--Pre NCAA Tourney--D1   
    At 165 I would go with Logan Massa as the top freshman.
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    kionga got a reaction from reco87 in Frosh Team of the Year--Pre NCAA Tourney--D1   
    At 165 I would go with Logan Massa as the top freshman.
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