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  1. Vito's losses to Austin Gomez are another good example. Vito came out smoking on offense in those matches, building a big lead, then gassing and getting beat late. If Vito ever had a top-end gas tank, he'd be extremely tough to beat. As it stands, he susceptible to guys (albeit very good ones) who can push a high pace for an entire match.
  2. If you lose, you are out the $100. If you win, you owe nothing (or get back the $100 if you pay up front), and you get $475. So, your net is the full $475.
  3. You know those 4 titles come with a huge asterisk, right broski? You don't really believe PSU would have had that many individual champions in a non-Covid, non-Olympic year, right? In any case, there's a middle ground here. One of the great things about wrestling is that it's both an individual and a team sport.
  4. McLovett! Nice OT takedown on Omania for the win.
  5. I'm picking Lou DePrez to be a finalist at 184, with Aaron Brooks being the other finalist.
  6. I'm going to hijack your comment a bit. I know you are comparing intensity. But since you mentioned Nick Lee, I'll take the opportunity to make a confession. I'm not really sure where all the love for Nick Lee comes from. He's a very good wrestler, for sure. But he's not great. He'll do good to win one title in his collegiate career, but there's a good chance he doesn't win any. Mid-season last year, it appeared he jumped levels. But he didn't end his season on a grand note - 1) He beat Chad Red and was never in any real danger of losing, but it was still close in the waning seconds of the match, with Lee winning 7-5. 2) He then lost to Luke Pletcher in his next (and final) match of the year.. This past weekend, he won an extremely close match against Rivera that could have gone either way. And he lost to Eierman. In my opinion, Nick Lee never really 'jumped levels'. He went from being good to very good, but he didn't make the leap from being good to being a juggernaut. In no way is Nick Lee at the level of a collegiate Zain, or any of the other recent PSU greats.
  7. Yianni was born with that wingspan. On either Twitter or Instagram (I don't remember which), he posted a picture of himself when he was 3 or 4 years old, and his arms were already out of proportion to the rest of his body. I don't have an account with either of these sites (it seems as though they've restricted access to photos sometime in the past year or two), or I'd post the pic.
  8. In terms of his collegiate career, I think Stevo's main issue is going to be his size. He's a small dude. He wasn't able to compete for a state title as an eighth-grader because he was too small to wrestle scholastically. He won a state title at 99 pounds as a Freshman , and 106 pounds as a Sophomore. This past season, as a junior, he won a state title at 113 pounds (he likely would have stayed at 106 had Greg Diakomilhalis not vacated 113, IMO). Let's hope Poulin has a growth spurt in the next year or two, because he will need more bulk if he wants to enjoy the same level of success against collegiate wrestlers.
  9. Greg blew out his ACL almost exactly one year ago, so he wasn't able to compete for an age-level world team in 2019. Greg doesn't have the body type or the crazy wingspan that Yianni has, nor does he quite have Yianni's gumby-like flexibility. That said, Greg is very technically sound, and is otherwise similar to his older brother. And he's a winner, just like Yianni. Greg's high school career was stellar, and you'd have to expect him to have a very successful college career (IMO, he may be a career 125-lb wrestler at the collegiate level).
  10. Beating someone 8 out of 10 times is a display of dominance. While I believe Zain and Metcalf are comparable, there is no way Zain is that much better than Metcalf. If one were to believe Zain would get the best of Metcalf in a 10-match series, Retherford probably wins no more than 6 times. In my humble opinion, of course.
  11. I believe Dean Heil is an assistant coach at Campbell, and his younger brother Josh is currently on their roster. I know that some current members of Campbell's wrestling program enrolled in large part due to Kolat. Surprised by this move.
  12. Jeff Prescott was a 2x NCAA champ for PSU, and a 3x NYS champ. He was the best HS wrestler in NYS back in my day (mid to late 80s), at least in my opinion.
  13. I switched over to that match at the start of the 2nd period. RBY did next to nothing the last two periods. A bad look for him, and honestly the sport.
  14. 133 lb. semifinal is just sick. Gross vs. Rivera, DeSanto vs. RBY. Can't wait for this.
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