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    PA Power got a reaction from cjc007 in Article about Snyder-Sadulaev match   
    Snyder trained with Akgul at the Ohio RTC for a bit earlier this year when he was visiting the USA. He posted some of their live matches on youtube and Akgul was consistently beating him from what I remember. As great as Snyder is, there's just no way to make up for that much of a size deficit.
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    PA Power got a reaction from tabenn in 2 champs, 5 finalists, 9 AA’s   
    If you think Iowa is going to have 9 All-Americans this year then you are out of your damn mind.
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    PA Power got a reaction from LaxHawk174 in Best Highschool Wrestler to not compete   
    Chris Phillips from Monroeville, OH
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    PA Power got a reaction from TheOhioState in Best Highschool Wrestler to not compete   
    Chris Phillips from Monroeville, OH
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    PA Power got a reaction from stp in Best Highschool Wrestler to not compete   
    Chris Phillips from Monroeville, OH
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    PA Power reacted to Old_Marine_Wrestler in Indiana Hoosiers   
    2 qualifiers - Oliver and Skatzka.
     
    Skatz R16
     
    No AAs
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    PA Power got a reaction from GranbyTroll in Should College Weight Classes be Reviewed?   
    There should not be a weight class added between heavyweight and 197. Simply put, there aren't enough quality competitors in that weight range to make it viable. Look at how thin high school upper weights are. Why would you want to create another weight class and have it be the weakest one in wrestling every year?
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    PA Power got a reaction from pipewrench in Should College Weight Classes be Reviewed?   
    There should not be a weight class added between heavyweight and 197. Simply put, there aren't enough quality competitors in that weight range to make it viable. Look at how thin high school upper weights are. Why would you want to create another weight class and have it be the weakest one in wrestling every year?
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    PA Power got a reaction from BigTenFanboy in Should College Weight Classes be Reviewed?   
    There should not be a weight class added between heavyweight and 197. Simply put, there aren't enough quality competitors in that weight range to make it viable. Look at how thin high school upper weights are. Why would you want to create another weight class and have it be the weakest one in wrestling every year?
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    PA Power got a reaction from pamela in Will Rei Higuchi wrestle for Penn State?!   
    This is preposterous to even suggest. He'll be training free full time.
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    PA Power got a reaction from GranbyTroll in Pitt coach   
    Hearing Keith Gavin is being pursued as a candidate.
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    PA Power got a reaction from BaldwinKnowBest in Can Oklahoma State win it?   
    You're right. Young wrestlers never get upset at their first NCAA tournament. 
    If one of them goes does in a second round upset, Penn State is in trouble. They have a razor thin margin.
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    PA Power got a reaction from HurricaneWrestling in Can Oklahoma State win it?   
    Oklahoma state could absolutely win it.
     
    1. They have a realistic shot at 9 AA.
    2. I seriously doubt that Cael is going to pull Hall's redshirt.
    3. Penn State will be relying on inexperienced wrestlers to score points (Joseph, Suriano, Nevills).
     
    It's neck and neck at this point in the season. I don't know how anyone could feel like either team is a lock.
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    PA Power got a reaction from TBar1977 in Can Oklahoma State win it?   
    Oklahoma state could absolutely win it.
     
    1. They have a realistic shot at 9 AA.
    2. I seriously doubt that Cael is going to pull Hall's redshirt.
    3. Penn State will be relying on inexperienced wrestlers to score points (Joseph, Suriano, Nevills).
     
    It's neck and neck at this point in the season. I don't know how anyone could feel like either team is a lock.
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    PA Power got a reaction from KTG119 in Can Oklahoma State win it?   
    Oklahoma state could absolutely win it.
     
    1. They have a realistic shot at 9 AA.
    2. I seriously doubt that Cael is going to pull Hall's redshirt.
    3. Penn State will be relying on inexperienced wrestlers to score points (Joseph, Suriano, Nevills).
     
    It's neck and neck at this point in the season. I don't know how anyone could feel like either team is a lock.
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    PA Power reacted to LemonPie in Mark Hall redshirt to stay on   
    Cael is such a troll.  I love it
     
    What?  That's not typical. 
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    PA Power reacted to Jasonmitchell32 in Coaches on hot seat   
    I agree 100%. I like Peters, but he's not the guy to make them better. You nailed it with examples like Wiercioch and Raccioto. There are a number of other examples too - Campbell last year at a higher weight he shouldn't have been at, Jake Wentzel this year.  
    And I agree with Kingsland - Bell and Dietrich should be redshirted and developing.
     
     
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    PA Power reacted to silver-medal in Spencer Lee at 126 wins Ironman but ...   
    Maybe...just maybe...Joey Silva is really good.  Cary Kolat was equally dominant in hs and was tied (and outwrestled) by Bono at the Dapper Dan.  Lee impressed me by winning a very deep weight.  Decatur, who tOSU is thrilled to have as a verbal commit, took 5th.  Dustin Schlatter, who remains on the short list of finest hs wrestlers in American history, took 5th at the Ironman as a soph.  
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    PA Power got a reaction from John Coctostan in Cody Gardner   
    Gardner was one of the most impressive upper weights from neutral that I ever saw in high school. Kid was an absolute animal. I remember seeing him at Powerade take his glasses off before a match, pin his kid in about 30 seconds, and then walk off calmly and put his glasses back on. Very sorry to hear this news.
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    PA Power got a reaction from cauliflowerear in Penn State v. Lehigh Recap   
    Here are some of my thoughts on the dual just for the hell of it...
     
    125: Suriano looked like a potential NCAA finalist today. I've been impressed with the young buck so far but this was his most impressive victory to date. His pace was solid and he had no problem on the mat with the former AA Cruz, which is quite the feat for a true freshman. Cruz looked like he was wrestling to try to win a 2-1 match in tiebreakers but Suriano obviously had other ideas. He seems like he never breaks positioning and he's just very technically sound. I still think Gilman is on his own level this year, but Penn State has got to be liking what they're seeing so far. He looks at or beyond where Nico was at this point in his true freshman season (I think Nico took 8 or 9 losses his freshman season). Granted, this weight is not as deep as it was then.
     
     
    133: This one was pretty much total domination by Parker. I was surprised that he didn't pick up the pace and try to win by even more after he took Cortez down so easily.  He looked like he had a strength advantage and his finishes were crisp. Good win and credit to him for a quality victory but to my eye Cortez also didn't look quite himself. Not sure if he was just off, had a tough weight cut, was sick, etc. but he looked wobbly from the first whistle and just had no aggression whatsoever out there. I'm not sounding the alarm bells just yet for PSU at 133 but he'll definitely need to show some improvement or he could be in for a tough time in a Big Ten weight class that includes Tomasello, Clark (if healthy), Richards, Micic, McKee, and Dippery. His performance is certainly something to keep an eye on with regard to the team race.
     
     
    141: Cruz did what Cruz does and made Gulibon pay for not finishing cleanly on him. Single legs against Randy Cruz are not the way to go. I'm not sure if that was ineffective game planning or just an execution issue but if Gulibon would have hit a double or moved his feet while finishing he would have won that match. I'm actually encouraged by his performance in this one because Cruz has looked very good so far this year. Gulibon still looked like a liability on bottom in this one as well but Cruz is notoriously difficult to escape from and he was his usual clingy self today. Most importantly, I'm thankful that Gulibon cut that atrocity of a mullet and is back to sporting a respectable haircut. In terms of NCAA outlook at this weight class, 141 is no cake walk and PSU will be lucky to see more than a 2-2 performance here IMO. Cruz looks like he's in position to finish 5-8.
     
     
    149: Zain just wrecked a very tough Laike Gardner today. Gardner is no joke and has looked solid in the early season, but he just had no answer for Retherford. I'm very, very impressed that he got the pin in this one as I was expecting a major at best. I think Jordan, Sorenson, Mayes, and Collica are the only ones who even have a chance of keeping him from a wire to wire bonus win season.
     
     
    157: Nolf obliterated an overmatched Kent Lane. I can't help but chuckle when he's up by 14 and doesn't want to "just" get the takedown but purposely avoids it to look for the fall from neutral. It's always a treat to watch him get after it and I feel bad for everyone else in college wrestling at 157 pounds. I was hoping to see Kutler here today to make this matchup more interesting so that was a bit disappointing. Hope he recovers from whatever was ailing him.
     
     
    165: Pre-match, the coaches were considering scratching Joseph due to illness but they decided to let him wrestle ( I'm assuming it's because Minotti was inactive...does anyone have any info on his status by the way?). Keeping that in mind, he was solid but unspectacular in this bout against Longo. He controlled the action from neutral but definitely lacked some explosiveness out there and seemed to be wearing down in the third. His double was sweet but once or twice he got in deep and just didn't have the energy to drive all the way through. Since I haven't seen this from him before, I'm pretty convinced that it can be attributed to just being sick. I think he's looked strong so far this season and should find himself on the podium when it's all said and done. He probably can't beat the top tier guys yet, but he should score some points.
     
     
    174: First of all, credit to an underrated Ryan Preisch on gutting out a tough win against probably the tallest 74 pounder in the country. Seriously, how tall is Rasheed? Rasheed looked good early in the first and had a quick takedown immediately followed by another one that was overturned by video review. The break in the action seemed to affect him and he looked lackluster from there on out. Despite not being particularly aggressive, Preisch was efficient and picked his spot to attack later in the match and was able to convert. I'd like to see Rasheed pursue a bit more aggressively when he's trailing and I'd like to see him with a reliable "go to" shot late in a match. Having said that, he didn't look bad but the window is once again open for Geno Morelli to possibly regain the spot at 74. This is another spot to watch for PSU with definite team race implications. Lots of time to determine a starter and whoever emerges has potential to sneak on the podium in a fairly thin weight class. Preisch should probably be ranked a bit higher as well.
     
     
    184: The pin streak continues for Bo Nickal. I'm really starting to think that he and Gabe Dean are on a collision course this year as they are both laying waste to their competition thus far. Dean's level of competition has been superior so I'm very interested to see Bo against a ranked guy at this weight class in the coming weeks. I think we'll see less spectacular pins but a lot of controlled major decisions that are dominated from neutral. Can't wait to see him match up against Dudley, Brooks, and Jackson in conference action.
     
     
    197: McCutcheon looked great in this match for a guy who is essentially still a bumped up 84 pounder that was never particularly big at 84. Haas isn't exactly top level competition for assessing Cutch's long term potential, but just seeing him score some bonus points by getting the major helped to lessen my fear that he would win every match 3-2. I think he looked a little bit bigger today too but maybe that's just me. The fact that his bread and butter from neutral is a low leg attack is a big advantage in being able to maintain some offense after bumping up a weight class. I think he would have a lot of trouble finishing on some of the bigger guys at this weight class if that were not the case. His mat wrestling has looked solid as well and he has not really shown the effects of being a smaller guy in potentially getting trapped underneath/unable to ride. I think a lot of the size problems will become more evident against top guys, especially because he isn't the tallest kid in the world. Still developing nicely though and making adjustments and if he continues to put on some size he should win some matches at NCAAs and have a chance to grab a low AA finish in a weight class that drops off dramatically after the top few.
     
     
    285: This is the Nick Nevills every Penn State fan was hoping for when they signed the 3 headed monster of Nolf, Nickal, and Nevills. After a lackluster and brief appearance last year, Nevills has turned it on and looks to have made a full recovery. Vollaro is no joke and is one of the biggest heavies in the country. He's the kind of guy that I figured might give Nevills some trouble based solely on size but Nevills handled him in this one. He controlled the ties pretty well and I was super impressed by his ability to ride a larger wrestler like Vollaro. He's looked like a beast on top so far this year and as far as heavyweights are concerned he's been pretty fun to watch. I liked seeing his aggressiveness in the 3rd period when he cut Vollaro and tried to go for the major with 15 seconds left. He ultimately gave up the takedown before time expired but I'm sure Cael and company would take that mistake 10 times out of 10. His snatch single was a thing of beauty as well and is the kind of attack that obviously will be more effective against some of the giants the roam the heavyweight ranks. His size hasn't been an issue so far but I would like to see him with another 10-15 pounds of muscle on his frame so hopefully he keeps hitting the weight room hard throughout the season. So, I think he's looking more and more like a solid bet to finish top 8 after today's win and his victories over Dejournette and Butler. Wouldn't pick him against Snyder (duh), Walz, or Medberry but anyone else is fair game as far as I'm concerned. Penn State has to be excited about how he's looked early because he was kind of a wild card entering the season after his short and shaky stint at the end of last year. Vollaro is a solid heavy but he could really stand to attack a bit more. That's putting it as gently as I can.
     
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    PA Power reacted to LoStNuMbEr in Is it time to start talking Nick Suriano NCAA champ?   
    So wait, I'm confused.  Who do we favor in the Suriano vs Nick Moore matchup that everyone is talking about?
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    PA Power got a reaction from Housebuye in Penn State v. Lehigh Recap   
    Good follow up post, housebuye. Agree with most of what you said as well.
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    PA Power reacted to Housebuye in Penn State v. Lehigh Recap   
    Good review.
     
    Suriano is absolutely a finalist threat. Guys are going to start game planning for him now. He is tight and controlled so he won't be easy to plan for. Very impressed with him.
     
    Cortez looked bad. This weight class is stacked. Cael I imagine is annoyed.
     
    Gullibon could win a match or two, but this weight class is deep and somewhat evenly distributed. I just can't see him putting together enough wins to AA. Lots of quality here.
     
    Zain honestly may bonus everyone this season. I'm most excited to see him against Micah. Sorensen could probably avoid the major if that is what he focuses on, but I'm sure he will try to win and Zain will take advantage.
     
    Nolf I guess could be challenged by Smith maybe, if he is in top form? Still want to see Ian Miller against him.
     
    Vincenzo was sick. Not taking anything from this match. His problem is the same as it has been all season. He is very good but he has a bunch of other really good guys at his weight. I don't think he gets pat IJo, iMar, Lewis or Massa. I think he fits into the 5-8 tier at best, but not all that confident in that pick. He might not AA but it isn't due to a slack of skill. Another unpredictable weight class.
     
    Still think Rasheed could AA and his backup won't.
     
    Bo is on point. Hard to tell how he will do because he hasn't wrestled a high level 184 yet. If Myles is any indication, Bo will be fine against most at the very least. Excited to see how he progresses.
     
    Cutch could AA but I doubt it. He has the skill but a guy like VTs 197 is going to bully him I think.
     
    Nevills is damn good. Super impressed. Not sure if he can get by the top few, but he is a threat 5-8 I think. Hopefully he stays healthy.
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    PA Power got a reaction from Housebuye in Coaches on hot seat   
    I think it would be in Pitt's best interest to make a change after this season. There is a decent chance that this will be their second year in a row without a single AA on the squad. The surrounding area is talent rich and their recruiting isn't bad, but they are just not developing talent since Peters took over. Just look at guys like Wiercioch and Racciato. They were blue chippers in high school who just haven't improved in college. The school is also losing massive amounts of area talent to places like Virginia, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina (AKA ACC competitors). Quite frankly, I think a large part of this has to do with the head coach. Do you want to wrestle for Olympic Bronze medalist Coleman Scott or Gable tutored NCAA champion Kevin Dresser? Or do you want to wrestle for a guy who by all accounts is an excellent human being but is a bit lacking in the credentials department? Having said that, I doubt Pitt administration would actually do anything. As long as the program remains scandle free, they will be allowed to slip further into mediocrity under current leadership.
     
    Disclaimer: I'm not in the room so I can't see what the coaching staff is doing/not doing. I'm simply reacting to the results. It's possible they're doing everything right and I'm just an ass.
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    PA Power reacted to treep2000 in Is Ohio State the Best Team in D1?   
    My thoughts, FWIW, coming from a Buckeye Homer:
     
    125:  JRod - Likely finish:  R12.  Top End:  5th-8th. 
    I've watched him wrestle from the time he transferred into Massillon Perry.  His performance against Dance shows that he has grown leaps and bounds, for sure.  Although he may not make the podium this year, the future is bright for JRod, assuming he keeps this trajectory. 
     
    133:  NaTo - Likely finish:  1st-4th.  Top End:  1st. 
    Remember everyone.  He just came back from surgery and won CKLV.  More mat time, healing time, etc.... whoa boy.
     
    141:  Keyshawn - Likely finished:  5th-8th.  Top End:  3rd-4th (and that's a stretch). 
    As a RS Frosh, he has a VERY good chance at podium placement.  Chips have to fall a certain way... i.e. draw, etc.  If he keeps his season losses at a minimum (i.e. Beat Guilbon, Beat the other tough 141's), he'll be seeded well. 
     
    149:  MiJo - Likely finish:  3rd-6th.  Top End:  2nd. 
    He's got the moxey, skill set, patience, and firepower to hang with everyone not named Zain.  Assuming Zain doesn't catch him, i see a tighter match that one might think.  I think MiJo can slow Zain down, to a degree.  Just don't let Zain ride (bigger issue than not), and it will be closer.  Zain is just too much though.
     
    157:  Ryan - Likely finish:  DNP.  Top End:  R12. 
    I'm sorry, but I feel like Ryan is regressing.  Resting on his laurels that he had a good tournament, and expecting others to not be at his level.  Well... newsflash... There are MANY that are wrestling better than Ryan right now.
     
    165:  Burcher - Likely finish:  DNP.  Top End:  R12. 
    A complete and pleasant surprise.  Hanging with A. Valencia in 2pt losses, placing at CKLV.  He's training with BoJo.  He probably won't make it in a pretty deep weight class, but he's showing he has the skills and tenacity to be competitive, and could pull out a mild upset or two along the way.
     
    174:  BoJo:  Likely finish:  3rd (as always).  Top End:  1st. 
    Excited to see him against quality competition.  TF'ing D2 guys takes talent, but you can't barometer that. 
     
    184:  MyMar:  Likely finish:  5th-8th.  Top End:  3rd-4th. 
    He's taking losses, so his seed will be hurt.  Both Dean and Nickal will trounce him at this weight.  I still think he'll AA, but will run into the bigger buzzsaws than he saw at 174 last year.  Nickal is looking incredible, and Dean is now a Hodge Frontrunner after his "Destroy of Worlds" label being applied. 
     
    197:  Moore:  Likely finish:  5th-8th.  Top End:  3rd-4th. 
    Unlike MyMar, this would NOT be a disappointment.  Moore is looking great (actually looking like Kyle Snyder), is training with the OLY Champ and a former NCAA Champ... he's ONLY getting better.  I like Moore to AA, but Pfarr and Cox are on a different level... right now...
     
    HWT:  Snyder:  Likely Finish:  1st-2nd.  Top End:  1st. 
    The only hurdle (and it's a big one) I see is Medberry.  Otherwise... congratulations young man on your 2nd NCAA Title, to go along with the "more important" ones. 
     
    Likely:  7 AA's, with two champs, two in the 3rd-6th range, three in the 5th-8th range
    Top End:  8 AA's, with three champs, four in the 2nd through 4th range, one in the 5th-8th range
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