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  1. He goes for his 5th NYS state title next weekend. The big question is, will he redshirt his freshman year at Cornell? Anyone hear anything?
  2. Ironically, Sam's older brother Lou Deprez handily beat Darmstadt earlier this season (@ 184 lb.)
  3. Good stuff. Gross is such a savvy wrestler. RBY looked good, too, and almost pulled it out at the end. BTW, this may be RBY's best shot at winning a title, simply because the competition will be so stiff going forward. The redshirts come back next year: Fix, Micic, Suriano, and possibly Vito*. And then there's Rivera and DeSanto. Add in RBY, and there's 7 legit title contenders at 133. Nuts. Whomever wins the title next year will have earned it. * With Tucker graduating, and with Greg D. coming in at 125, I think Vito bumps up to 133.
  4. I agree. Over the next few years, this will be a tough, competitive weight class. According to Intermat's latest rankings (2/11/20), 7 out of the top 10 at 184 are either a freshman or a sophomore: Hunter Bolen (#2), Trent Hidlay (#3), Lou Deprez (#5), Aaron Brooks (#6), Nino Bonaccorsi (#7), Cameron Caffey (#8), and Abe Assad (#9). Seniors occupy the other 3 spots: Zahid Valencia (#1), Taylor Lujan (#4), and Andrew Morgan (#10).
  5. I don't know if the move was legal or illegal, or whether it was intentional or not, but these issues are beside the point when trying to figure out if he was injured. If you look at the image below, you can see DeSanto's knee is pinned to the mat, the back of his leg is immobile (RBY has the leg secure), and the bottom front of DeSanto's foot being torqued slightly (albeit very slightly) by RBY (there are better images of the hand on the foot). I can see this tweaking the knee, at least enough to cause pain and a yelp, if not an injury As far as the second cradle, when I watched it in real-time, I thought DeSanto was being a weasel - knowing he was about to get turned - and looking for the ref to intervene. I still kind of think that.
  6. Holy blast from the past. I remember watching him as a kid. He was very good. From Canandaigua, NY (a little Southeast of Rochester). His brother Marty was also very good.
  7. Greg D has a small frame. Vito is taller and lankier. I think Vito's body type would be better suited to add some bulk and go 133.
  8. Louie DePrez is good. Definitely one to watch. He narrowly missed AA last year. I wonder of Yianni will give Darmstadt any insider information on DePrez, given that Darmstadt and DePrez are likely to butt heads a few more times this year. Yianni and DePrez grew up together in the same town, going to the same school, and despite the size difference, have been training partners since they were kids.
  9. A few months ago - in almost identical fashion to his older brother Yianni - Greg D. shredded his ACL. He won't be healed in time for the start of his senior high school season, but he may return at some point during the season if all goes well. Or, he could be conservative and sit out his senior year (like Yianni did, due to injuries) and just focus on college and his freestyle career. If Greg competes this year, he's going for his 5th NYS wrestling title.
  10. From Yianni's Twitter feed. He posted this on Monday, July 29th, 2019. So it looks like the decision will come in the first or second week of August. "Just to clarify... the arbitration process began today but a decision won’t be made for about a week or two. Thank you everyone for the good luck and the kinda wishes but that’s all I know for now."
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