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  1. I blame Pletcher because ran up a 12% bonus rate late season. Guys ranked in the top 10 usually average close to 50%. Also... the impetus to win, and win big if possible, was on Pletcher here. Remember, for OS to have a shot at winning, they needed everything to go their way plus score some bonus somewhere. In other words, this was no time to wrestle conservatively and defensively- especially against a true freshman who had been battling injuries and was wrestling his first Big Time college match in a packed and hostile gym. Had Pletcher come out firing on all cylinders, he would have ignited the home crowd as well as his team. Had he ran up a major on RBY, maybe McKenna wouldn't have felt compelled to gas himself out trying to score bonus. He pulled this same thing last season vs. Penn State; when his team needed him to run up a big win. Instead, he eked out a slow, methodical win against a journeyman. So, yes, I stand by my statement.
  2. True, to a point. I'm thinking of people like my brother, who watched me compete for 10 years (albeit a long time ago), whose 7 year old son started competing this year, who understands and appreciates the sport but has never been a fan per se, and who I texted the day before to tell him about this barn burner of a match he and his son should watch.
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    Biggest threat to Nickal?

    I don't see Moore beating him either. Plus, Moore seems to wilt when the lights are brightest. Three times last year, when OS desperately needed his points to beat their arch-enemy, he didn't pull through. I see no reason he will do so at NCAA's.
  4. Can we all at least agree that Pletcher is boring? I'm all for defensive matches from time to time, but you've got to be pretty die hard to appreciate 2-1 (trade escapes, escape in OT). During the RBY match, the one commentator kept carrying on about how great a match it was. I was thinking "no, this isn't... if I was a non-fan who came across this while channel surfing, I would have turned it off after the first period".
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    Will Kerry McCoy ever be on the hot seat?

    This. Somehow, McCoy still lands solid recruits. Now he's obviously not going to out-recruit Cael or Brands or Smith. But he's landed a decent number of top-25 recruiting classes over the last decade. This year, he's already inked up Byrd (#2 @ 120), North (#11 @ 145), Parr (#14 @ 182), Makosy (#17 @ 195), and Pryor (#16 @ 185). That's... a pretty decent haul that most teams outside the elites would be happy with. If you take a look at MD's roster, you see the same: Diehl, Bannister, Ugalde, Cray, Hemida, Whisler, and Cochran were all ranked in the top-10 of their weight classes (or close to it) coming out of high school. However, with 1 or 2 notable exceptions... these guys all seemed to actually get worse at wrestling under McCoy's tutelage. It's almost amazing when you think about it- the idea that a coach is so bad, his wrestlers somehow regress. I'm not even sure how one does this, and I'm kind of in awe of it.
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    PSU third period conditioning

    Ruth was pretty ripped up too. But overall, yeah, they're not impressive-looking athletes.
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    PSU third period conditioning

    But then there's this guy, the Gorilla Hulk himself. But he seems to be the exception rather than the rule. Overall, I get the feeling that lifting is 100% optional at Penn State. Molinaro is just a Jersey Shore kind of guy and is going to be jacked and tan- wrestling has nothing to do with it.
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    Biggest threat to Nickal?

    Schultz, from Nebraska. 8-6, Nickal's only regular decision this year (I think). I didn't watch the match, and I don't know much about Schultz in terms of style or tendencies, but I don't think it matters much. Nickal has shown he is capable of toying with just about everyone else in the top 10, and I just can't view one 2-point win as evidence of a potential chink in the armor. The only thing that can slow him down this season is injury.
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    PSU third period conditioning

    Also interesting that most of the Penn State guys don't really look like physical specimens, in terms of muscularity. Hall is shredded and Cassar is obviously not a stranger in the weight room. But Nickal, Joseph, Nolf, RBY, and Lee are pretty ordinary looking dudes. So was Retherford for that matter, and Taylor was a string bean for most of his career. Contrast them with Snyder, the Jordans, Tomasello, and Campbell (and going back further to Heflin, Humphrey, Palmer, etc.), and one sees quite a disparity. I wonder if the aggressive lifting Ohio State obviously emphasizes may be out of place in a technique-based sport? I don't want to knock them too badly- they've been hands down the #2 team in the country for half a decade, so they've obviously doing something right. But the disparity in 3rd periods was almost painful to watch. If I had to take a snapshot that summarized the match last week, it would be of an exhausted McKenna lying belly down on the mat while Lee rode him to the win.
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    Will Kerry McCoy ever be on the hot seat?

    No idea. I Imagine he would at least sit down and talk- as per my understanding, the UMD job pays nicely (I remember reading a while back that McCoy was one of the top 10 highest paid coaches in the sport). But I don't know the guy personally. Helen would be an interesting choice- not as a head coach, IMHO, but as an assist. As someone said earlier on this thread, she hasn't been near folkstyle in over a decade, she has little coaching experience, and, well... she is a woman. Granted, it would give the sport and the program amazing exposure- I imagine such a signing may make national news. But living and working under a spotlight while trying to rebuild a program from the ground up would mark a difficult chore for a veteran head coach. Helen is poised and intelligent, and she has the credentials from the competitors side. But considering her for the head coach job is just a bridge too far. Assistant? Sure, that would be a win/win, and would inject some life and energy into a program in dire need of it.
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    Will Kerry McCoy ever be on the hot seat?

    Pete Welch of McDonogh- his program has attained national rankings multiple times over the last 15 years; I believe one of his squads cracked the top-20 nationally about 10-11 years ago. He recruits out of state regularly- Myles Martin wrestled all 4 years at McDonogh. Welch was an AA for UNC.
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