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  1. This. How so? I'd love an explanation. Not every guy in the room is going to be a 4-year starter. If anything, this advertises one can get opportunities to start in duals--even if they are likely to be career backups to studs like Woods and Abas.
  2. According to this Buckeye wrestling tweet, Pletcher is now 9-0 against top-25 opponents with a +69 point differential. Impressive. Last year that would've perhaps been a 9 point differential.
  3. Pletcher just cooled down a red hot Moran. Ready for Pletcher vs. Lee
  4. It appears you've made up your mind and no legitimate points can sway you from your stance. Anyways, I'm glad you're supporting USA wrestling. And I am even more happy you are not making any of the coaching decisions.
  5. So what if they're not transferable? What happens if Snyder gets a serious injury in round 1? Then we have Bo and Zillmer try and get some ranking points for themselves. My points still stand. You're really upset and making a big deal over nothing. I can't fathom how this concept is remotely difficult for someone to grasp.
  6. Jeez. I already highlighted why Team USA would send multiple guys in the previous post. I suppose you just choose to ignore those points.
  7. Thanks for being a member, but I don't think you are seeing the big picture. Here's a scenario to ponder: imagine if Snyder were to get injured in his first match and proceeded to forfeit out of the tournament. If USA wrestling had sent 0 other 97kg wrestlers, we'd be out of luck on getting any ranking points. However, if USA wrestling sent an additional wrestler at 97kg (which we did in both Nickal and Zillmer), we'd still have ample opportunity to get ranking points. Hence, USA wrestling sent 3 guys to secure ranking points. You seem to be upset because you didn't get to see Nickal vs. Snyder in the repechage. Other than for your entertainment, it appears there wasn't much reason for that match to actually take place today. I've seen teammates forfeit to one another many times at the high school and college level. If Snyder were still with the Ohio RTC and had met Nickal, I'm guessing there's a good chance they would have wrestled. But that's not the case. I'd say your time and money would be wasted if our coaches were sending Snyder and Nickal to Rome to wrestle one another. The objective of this tournament was to secure ranking points. Sending multiple guys at each weight only increased our chances of meeting that objective. I suppose if two USA wrestlers are rivals or have unsettled business, they can have at it if they meet.
  8. Jeez. Some of you write as if you are personally sponsoring Bo (maybe you are, what do I know?), and he has personally offended you by forfeiting his match against Snyder. I personally did not see the point in the two meeting in the repechage. Why risk the injury? I'd assume the two likely know the outcome anyways--they've been training together as teammates for many weeks now. The objective of this tournament was to secure ranking points, and although we didn't get Gold, the object was partially achieved. If the objective was to see if Bo was better than Snyder, I don't think they'd have to go Rome to figure that one out.
  9. Not sure if he ever will, but of course he has a shot. As others have already mentioned, he’s a clear #4 right now—which makes him a contender. I believe his chances this year are MUCH better than they are next year. Assuming Suriano, Fix, and Micic come back to 133, I can see him dropping much further than #4 (also assuming DeSanto and Rivera return). Arujau probably bumps up next year too, and I also like him over RBY. 133 could be a ridiculous weight next season. By his senior year, I assume at least Fix and Arujau to be at his weight. RBY will probably be a 4x AA, but I would not pick him with very much confidence to win a title in the next 3 years.
  10. I remember him being a 2x CA state champ. Wasn’t he a top 50 or so recruit?
  11. Macchiavello is the most recent guy I can think of (who has finished his collegiate career). He didn't qualify his two years, took a redshirt, made the R12 as a RS junior, then won it all as a senior at 197. That's quite the improvement from year to year. If Cassar is done with his collegiate career then he'll be the most recent (already mentioned by 77again).
  12. Correct. Alirez was the higher ranked recruit. He notched wins over Nick Lee and Dean Heil (in freestyle). Off the top of my head, only Schultz and Kerkvliet were rated ahead of him. Abas was a top 10 or so recruit himself.
  13. van der Merwe has the better frame for 157, but I don't think he's big at 149. Hopefully the line-up features both next year. I wonder how far this group can go together in 2021. About 50 team points usually gives a team a top 10 or so finish in March, and I believe that is easily within reach next year--and may also be possible this year.
  14. Agreed. 2 shot clock points, 1 push out, and 1 challenge lost point. Pretty silly if you ask me. Fix scored the only points off an actual shot. I'm not sure how Fix was put on the clock first anyways--seemed completely arbitrary. Made the second clock much worse since Fix could no longer give up a step out.
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