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Everything posted by iGranby

  1. Encouraging to see Moore do what he did, after watching Conel do what he did earlier in the day.
  2. Someone already brought this up, but if I were a "smaller" school in PA I might consider bringing him on to work recruiting in some way. Maybe not as involved a capacity as say Anthony Ralph at tOSU, but with the length of insight he has on guys from the time they first hit the mat to when they start trying to figure out what college they want to go to Willie could be an extremely valuable asset to a program.
  3. I liked Flo's general take on draws... When youre talking about winning the whole damn thing, absolutely you need to be able to beat everyone anyway. No doubt. This is the attitude most of our athletes have anyway. When youre talking about qualifying your country for the olympics, or even just wrestling for a medal, or maybe making the finals to prove that you are at least the 2nd best wrestler in your weight... the draw is so important. This is mostly the standpoint of coaches/fans..etc.
  4. Why is NBC showing a rerun? Are there not medal matches going on?
  5. Feel for JB, but its time for him to readjust and go get that freaking Bronze. As big a fan as I am of those who will be trying to take his spot at the Olympics I want him to have at least one more shot. JB > Everyone. Not too shocked about Green. I dont think he poses much threat to JB for next year honestly. Still bummed for him, love watching him compete. Im really bummed for Gwiz. Because I refuse to get a track subscription and NBC did not stream I didnt see what went on with him. Gotta think he'll get the weight qualified in one of the alternative routes in any case. Still a medal threat in Tokyo obviously. Im very excited to see Micic scrap for Bronze. Wish it was Daton though. Hope Mensah goes and gets a chip (and a new iPhone)!
  6. Do they have a club? Always a good place to start/test the waters.
  7. Yeah I gotcha - nothing wrong with your point/view at all.
  8. Fair enough, I still stick by the thought that Gwiz could create a scenario that makes the match winnable - but I dont think youre wrong either. Akgul allowed that to be a 5-1 match, couldve turned it up more in the 1st and got the tech maybe.
  9. If Gwiz can hold off the early storm, and Akgul doesn't improve his stamina at all then I think it's a winnable match for Gwiz honestly. Gotta wear him out in the first. Akgul is technically superior though, and a better athlete. Which is something Gwiz essentially never has to deal with as he is a great athlete himself. It was cool seeing the crowd get animated for their guy in any case.
  10. Right, to be fair it wasnt exactly fireworks before that either.
  11. I think for some of our guys that are offensive machines, it's important they know when they're still within striking range of an opponent ,and that it would be unwise tactically to continue to attack. I think it was fairly smart of Ringer to truly shut it down that last 20 secs. 4-0, you're still a solid counter away from being straight up down by 1, down by criteria, or in a 1 point match with time left. As to the rest of the match - yeah, boring.
  12. Pardon my ignorance, but does the FF play into any rankings/points gamesmanship? Like, would there be no benefit for them to wrestle Yianni, win or lose? With the USA spot being up in the air I guess it just makes me more skeptical/curious about these things. I know ive read/heard a lot of the top-top guys dont care about points/seeding, but at a weight like 65 where there seems to be more then 2 legit title contenders I gotta think it could be more important.
  13. Agreed. He's clearly reached another level and idk if this is even "it", gotta think theres more to come still
  14. He does not. Yianni is better on his feet and is just as, if not more efficient in scrambles both offensively and defensively. The only question is the true mat wrestling, which is a big one. You're talking about an individual is is virtually automatic on top- turns very elite wrestlers with little resistance relative to what it would require to actually top him on top. The exception being Cory Clark, and that was a fair amount of time ago. An antidote to this would be high level explosiveness/athleticism from the bottom, which is not Yianni's way as far as I know. With all of this being said, and more being not said - Gross has not wrestled someone like Yianni in college as far as I know. Keep in mind that Yianni took out Meredith 2x, who handed Gross his only loss on the year. This was at a weight disadvantage mind you, but it was a match. I agree that Gross will be a poor matchup for Fix - see Micky Phillippi, who failed to AA (but still had an amazing season, and blood round at that weight is as solid a performance as many AAs at other weights) Gross could go undefeated on the year, without "ducking" anyone - if he is healthy. Hodge contender if he does all of that.
  15. 1 champ, 3 AAs Gross - Champ. I think he navigates the field. His biggest hurdles will obviously be Suriano, and Fix. I'd say an optimized Tariq Wilson will still also pose a substantial threat to not only Gross, but the field at large. I think Gross just has a matchup advantage against Micic. Fix is the big winner of the Gross transfer, as he is alone in the Big 12 - as far as legit title contenders go. Wick - AA, very likely 3rd place finisher. Id be shocked if he fell lower than 5th somehow. Right drawm right weekend he "could" win it. Hilger - Mid to low AA. People seem pretty low on Hilger, and idk why. The field will be tougher next year, yes but he is still a returning AA and will have even more experience/refinement come next March. Moran - low AA. I think he'll get it done this go-around. 6th-8th. Wouldnt be shocked if he missed the podium though, obviously.
  16. Agreed on both of your points here. People just dont like him and cant accept he's the second best guy at the weight right now. It's silly.
  17. Fix - Bronze (Gilman also a top 3 guy, obviously) Colon - Bronze Yianni - Gold Green - Silver JB - Gold Ringer - Silver (If Dake is healthy he will be the rep and repeat. If he's off a beat ringer can get him) DT - Gold Cox- Gold Snyder - Gold (I like him over Sadulaev in any match that doesnt end early) Gwiz - Silver (Gable could be a top 3 guy as well if he wins the spot.)
  18. Watched this about a month ago. Its pretty good. Not quite as good as "Takedowns and Falls" if you're looking for something that's a bit more focused on the actual wrestling. The narrative that "Wrestle" provides is very good though.
  19. Im fairly certain they are - the event hub just might not be up yet I guess? Im sure some of the crew assigned to the event will start getting there early this week. A bit off topic, but Im so jealous of anyone going. Raleigh is such an awesome town, and NC State has a very cool campus. Went there for Vacation last August and it was so much fun. Throw in one of the best (talent wise) tournaments of the year and It'll be lights out.
  20. Gilman Colon Yianni Nolf JB Dake DT JDen Snyder Gwiz
  21. This was an extremely competitive match. could have gone either way had it gone 6 full min. Tagg and his brother were lights out for Brecksville. He's jumped levels. Im really interested to see how he'll stack up vs Phillippi, Wilson, etc. in folk.
  22. Yeah, thats what I was getting at ultimately. I think Nolf is the one domestic threat to Green currently. I think internationally Green is out better option right now, but that could change fast. I think Green holds the weight down this year. He'll only continue to peak come Final X and World.
  23. Nolf made 1 mental error (first noticeable one I've seen him make in 3 years) and it cost him. Had Green dead to rights. Gotta give Green credit though. Kept coming, was very savvy. I would wager anyone else in the weight would have lost to Nolf in that situation. Idk if Nolf takes the weight this year, but he's coming. This is going to be great rivalry.
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