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  1. Where is your team's "pipeline state" for recruiting and how did it start (if you know). For example, I root for Michigan State and a large part of our lineup Cali. Coach Chandler did an interview where he said the pipeline started when he did a trip out to California with Dave Dean to talk to coaches about the NUWAY system. From the relationships he built then he's been able to recruit several hammers from California (Omania, Enriquez, Saldate, Lujan, etc)
  2. I was reading an article in the Economist reviewing Grigory Rodchenkov's (Icarus) new book. Buried at the end there was a tie to wrestling... "In one case, when a well-known biathlete's sample tested positive as inspectors from WADA looked on, he manged to switch the paperwork, leaving an unknown wrestler take the fall." Anyone have any guesses who the wrestler might have been? I always assumed that the wrestlers that have popped were guilty, I didn't consider they were sacrificed to protect the reputation of a biathlete.
  3. Honestly I think the main reason people "clown" him is because his progression hasn't been linear. He came in good as a freshman, and wrestled at a low AA (not title contender) level since then. People expect you to have a career like 8-4-2-1 or X-Q-R12-8, and interpret any year where you don't improve your NCAA placement as a regression. When in reality, NCAA's is just one day and luck (whether it be draw or key exchange in one match) can play more of a factor than us fans would like to admit.
  4. Storr is tall for sure, but I think having a long reach and being able to pull in that high-crotch from far away is a big part of what makes him so successful. I doubt we'll see him go up to 149 for that reason.
  5. The key word in my post was almost as impressive. It would obviously be amazing if he could beat Mark but being able to consistently beat and/or bonus other All Americans is no small accomplishment and definitely possible with his improvement trajectory. Also he's one dimensional? To be fair I haven't watched all of his matches but he struck me as a well rounded wrestler, the only thing that really caught my (uneducated) eye was he has a very good gramby roll for a big guy but other than that no "signature" move like Mark Hall's duck or Daniel Lewis's top game.
  6. 125) Consensus seems to be that Matten is redshirting. I'm bearish on him progressing much past the 9-15 range though. I think he'll perpetually be a "Solid" wrestler and will never threaten to AA because he's not an elite athlete and doesn't have any unstoppable technique that will push him into the top tier. 149) I think Malik Amine comes out on top here. He's crazy enough to think he is going to win a National Championship at this weight. He won't, but that absurd confidence will help him hold off the challengers who will bump up after losing to K. Storr in the preseason challenge tournament. 165) I honestly thought Massa would struggle in college because it doesn't seem like he sets his shots up at all.... then he took 3rd as a Frosh. Next year I was all aboard the Massa train and he had a down year (probably just injuries but who knows). Honestly I have no idea how he'll do other than I am sure I will be wrong. 174) Everyone wants to see if Amine will beat Hall or Zahid if he stays at 74, but I'm curious to see if Amine can separate himself from the rest of the pack. Beating a mutant like Mark Hall might be too tall of an order but getting comfortably ahead of guys like Kutler and Daniel Lewis would be almost as impressive in my mind. 197) I felt bad for Striggow, it seemed like he would beat Beazley in matches but coaches went with Beaz either because he would do better against other competition, or because they used the scholarship dollars on him as a transfer and couldn't not wrestle him. Either way I hope Striggow has a good year to reward his patience. 285) I think people are underestimating how green Nemec and Read are. I wouldn't be surprised if they start the year, and if a window opens where Michigan could conceivably get a trophy they pull Parris' redshirt.
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