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  1. Whatever weight he chooses the idea of Echemendia, Sasso, and Karchla back to back to back (in whatever order) is pretty exciting as a Buckeye fan.
  2. I wanted to respond to this but didn't. I know some people hate tOSU because they're good but I never understood why people go out of their way to take potshots at specific guys. Bo and Nate both super classy guys. I will add that Lee rode Tomasello when Nate had a torn ACL.
  3. Massilon Perry has at least 2 with Steve Luke and Dustin Schlatter. Maybe David Carr adds to this?
  4. What has been impressive about Sasso is the development of his handfighting and physicality in the last year. He was always incredible defending other's shots and turning them into his own points but his offensive attacks right now are varied and relentless. He looks bigger and more fit than last year as well.
  5. Pletcher 2-1 over Demas. Does he take over the number 1 ranking?
  6. The best lineup the Bucks could possibly field for this year would look like this: 125-Heinselman- Possible low AA 133-Pletcher-National title contender. Fix and Suriano likely to redshirt. Unsure what version of Seth Gross we see coming off of injury. 141-Hayes-He said his best weight is 149 but if he does not win the wrestle off he will try to make 141. If he can do is and still have energy I think he is top 4 at 141. 149-Sasso-National title contender. Obviously very talented but what I like most is his attitude/approach. 157-Cleary/Mattox-Jaden Mattox was the more highly touted recruit but Cleary outperformed him this summer (albeit in freestyle). Cleary has wins over Lewan and Rahmani (in freestyle). Either looks like a round of 12 maybe low AA type. 165-Karchla-Top four if he goes right away. I would like to see him get the redshirt and come out next year and contend for a title. 174-Rocky Jordan-Hasn't competed a lot since coming to the Bucks but he has the pedigree. Word was he looked great in the room last year prior to injury. Not as much of a finished product coming out of high school as Bo or Micky but lots of upside. Rumblings that he may be too big for 174. If he can make the weight and is as good as avertised I would expect low to mid AA. 184-Hoffman-Great recruit but to be honest I was a little concerned with his results last year. Hopefully a year in the room will allow him to become more consistent. 197-Moore-I hope KM steps ups and wins a title this year and I have a feeling he'll have to beat an improved Kyle Conel to do it. I liked Conel's Cinderella story 2 years ago and the fact that he was from Ohio. Him leaving Kent and going to Penn State felt like a Durant to Golden State move and made him considerably less likable (yes I'm a hater). 285-Kerkviliet-I think he's top four right now. Tough to say how he would fair against Gable or Cassar but if the plan is to have him go right away TR must feel like he's ready The lineup I think we are likely to see this year is this one: 125-Heinselman 133-Decatur-Word is he looks very good in the room but I'm concerned with his mat wrestling. He could pull some upsets but I don't know that I see him being consistent enough this year to reach AA. 141-Pletcher-Initially thought he would be undersized here but his summer freestyle results at 65 kg (beating Eirman once and taking him to the wire in the other matches) made me rethink this. I see him as top four here and maybe even a title contender with Yianni in redshirt. 149-Hayes- I think Keyshawn is top four here. He's always been a company man and would love to see him at his ideal weight. 157-Sasso-Sammy looked big this summer and competed well against guys who will likely be at 157. I see him as a national title contender here or at 149. 165-Talk about Ethan Smith pulling down to 165 or maybe we see Mattox or Cleary here. Alot of people felt Romero underperformed at 165 last year before Campbell dropped but I heard that the weight cut played a big part in that. Look for him to move up. 174-I think this could be Romero or Smith. Lots of talk that Rocky is too big and will challenge at 184. 184-Most people presume that this is Hoffman's spot to lose but if Rocky Jordan is in fact challenging here I think he is your guy. 197-Moore all day. Singletary moving down next year but KM the man. 285-Kerk says he is going so I guess that's the plan. I would prefer to see him use his redshirt, add weight, and get his knee healthy but I don't get a vote.
  7. I already really enjoyed Yazdani's wrestling style but this interview makes me like him even more. Classy and humble guy.
  8. I am a big Ohio State fan and hope to see Kyle Snyder represent Team USA at the 2020 Olympics. That said there is a very real possibility that we could see Cox move up and take the spot. If this does happen is he a better matchup for Sadulaev stylistically? Particularly interested in Cox's ability to defend leg attacks/scramble vs. The Russian Tank's offense.
  9. When people accuse injured/sick wrestlers of ducking. This is especially frustrating when they have missed previous matches for the same injury or have recently soundly beaten the opponent they are accused of ducking.
  10. Keyshawn graduated this Spring so I assume that if he is enrolled and competing this year (19/20) that he is pursuing a graduate degree and has decided to stick around Columbus for another 2 years. I really hope it works out and he gets 2 years at his optimal weight.
  11. If Keyshawn does do well and finish as a high AA does he apply for a 6th year medical waiver? He would seem to have a better case than some who were recently granted them.
  12. Downey continued to wrestle for another 5 seconds after the match was over and then was jawing at Heflin. He's supposed to shake his hand while the guy is still talking crap?
  13. I really think Hayes ends up back at 141 to finish out his career and does much better there. If the move back down does work out maybe he is a candidate for the 6th year medical waiver? Mattox certainly has the ability to be a very good if his academic/off mat issues that kept him out first semester of last year are resolved. 2x Ohio state champ 4x finalist. Split with David Carr as a junior (beat him during the season and lost to him in the state finals) and majored Dom Demas. Style seems to be college ready as he his mat wrestling and scrambling were already advanced when in hs. I also think there is a small chance Sasso eventually moves up to 157 but maybe that's down the road.
  14. Ashnault is definitely the favorite at 149 but I would not agree that he is totally dominating. That aid Nolf would likely tech or pin him. Not a knock on Ashnault, Nolf is just that good.
  15. Lance Palmer. Had college wins over Metcalf, Schlatter, and I believe Burroughs. Initially committed to Russ then re-committed to Tom Ryan. Second Northeast Ohio stud (after Jaggers) and first St. Ed hammer to commit to the Bucks after a long drought. Plus he wrestles bears, beats guys up for money, and likes to party.
  16. Call it what you want. Suggesting people are involved in criminal activity based on their ethnicity is not okay. Again if you were to say someone of African American or Latino decent was likely to be a criminal or gangster based on their ethnicity most would not consider that funny of a joke. As far as how "most Italian-American" would react if you said this "joke" to them in person, I suspect some would laugh uncomfortably while other might be inclined to punch you in your racist mouth.
  17. Yes lots of great Italian American wrestlers. On another note, why do people think it's okay to promote racist (and unoriginal)stereotypes of people of Italian decent. I'm sure people will accuse me of being a snowflake, but think if a thread was started about wrestlers of African American, Latino, or Asian American decent. Would these types of "jokes" be tolerated? I assume most people know people of Italian decent. I am Italian and I am not in the mafia, don't were any jewelry except my wedding ring, don't wear any type of product in my hair. I know these stereotypes and derogatory racist terms like guido and wop are used on reality TV but that doesn't make it okay.
  18. There is tons of evidence to support that Micah Jordan is excellent on his feet and extremely lacking from the bottom position. I have a huge sample size to judge from as I have been to most of the Ohio State home duals and follow everything I can find online. Micah has a variety of attacks on his feet to both sides and can attack from tie ups or space. He has a good gas tank but probably his best attribute from neutral is that he finishes quickly and cleanly and avoids funk. While I really wish this was not the case Micah is in fact lacking from the bottom. It is not always as evident because he often chooses neutral. I have seen him rode and turned by some excellent top wrestlers and simply rode hard (but not turned) by average college wrestlers. Again I wish this were not the case but it is.
  19. I think it's very possible that Hoffman heads up to 197 after Moore graduates and 174/184 are manned by some combination of Romero, Smith and Rocky Jordan. Romero went 170 as a high school senior and 174 as a redshirt. Maybe the cut is effecting him. Smith was 184 as a redshirt and most people in the know seem to think Rocky will be the biggest of the brothers. Hayes is a much more proven commodity than Kinner or Mattox and I think at 141 or 149 (if Sasso at 157) he is a contender.
  20. I think this is more likely or even Sasso moving up to 157 as he continues to mature. Already owns wins of Pantaleo and David Carr. Imagine next year with 149-Hayes, 157-Sasso, 165-Karchla. Sasso and Karchla at 157/165 for the next 4 years works for me.
  21. As I said probably an unpopular sentiment. If the other kid was injured to the point where he could not defend himself then he should not have been able to continue the match. If he was not able to recognize this his coach or the trainer could have taken control of the situation. It's not about feeling great about beating someone that is injured but the fact that he shouldn't have been put in that position to begin with.
  22. Marinelli would be my guy that I should hate and don't. The guy decommitted from the Bucks to go to Iowa (tOSU definitely takes the title last year with him at 165). All that said, I love his demeanor and style of wrestling.
  23. Not really their fault, but RBY in particular and Rasheed to a lesser degree get a lot of hate because of the amount of hype they get from PSU fans who think they should be ranked higher than is actually warranted because they are from PSU. Both talented guys but PSU fans make it easy to cheer against them.
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