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  1. Absolutely this. Go watch Gable v. Cass in freestyle v. folkstyle. Neither competitive, but the final scores were drastically different.
  2. MSU said it well here: "The thing is, PSU almost always looks this way against guys they should beat." I watched a lot of Starocci last year and he did exactly what I expected him to do. I have him as the second best 174 behind Kemerer and I think that match is going to be wild. So him beating up on a guy I expected him to beat up doesn't change my mind about anything. Same for Kerkvliet. I think he's a top 3 guy and is a freestyle age level world champ. As for Bartlett, it's hard to say because Meredith isn't a great freestyler (or is at least inconsistent). He had similar matches with Alirez a couple years ago and Alirez didn't light the world on fire his first year (though he was still very good). Meredith's best skills are folkstyle specific (riding and scrambling). I like Bartlett, but I don't know if I learned that much.
  3. You're right. I retract my statement. Not sure who I was thinking of.
  4. I'm high on PSU, but I don't think we learned that much. Skatzka is not a past AA and is incredibly inconsistent. He got rocked by Kemerer a couple times last year too. Starocci is a finalist threat, but most thought that before the match. Thomas was coming off a senior nationals performance where he got lit up by tanner hall and then lost to Christian Lance on the backside. Kerk did what he should have been expected to do. Bartlett was impressive hanging with Meredith, but hard to tell how that translates. Beard still struggles with his tank and looks like the same guy he was when he got there 2 years ago. And Shoop is almost a 100% crosswrist tilt guy, so not surprising he didn't translate to freestyle well. He also was a bit of a one hit wonder at the tournament two years ago. Not saying PSU isn't super talented, but we haven't seen them wrestle anybody that should change anyone's mind about what they are imo.
  5. And I think he started the year much heavier. He wrestled 182 at Super 32 and looked very out of shape and only won a couple matches. He looked much better this year, though he's definitely not all the way back.
  6. I've heard the Manville family has moved to State College, presumably to get instate tuition at PSU, so he's probably a lock there. Would have been a pretty good under the radar kid to take a flyer on. He probably wouldn't demand much money right now, and if he regains form he's one of the best in the country.
  7. I'm pretty sure he had compartment syndrome and almost lost his arm. Total freak injury. He was off the mat for a very long time and is working his way back. Making the semis at super 32 is a pretty impressive jump from what he was able to do last year when he first came back.
  8. Yes this is true, so we will also need Dean to keep entering tournaments as well.
  9. Gable is weird in that he always looks way smaller than he really is in pictures off the mat. That's what he's always looked like.
  10. I hope Robbie Mathers making a surprise quarterfinals appearance at the US Open becomes a recurring cycle til the end of time like a comet. A tradition we can pass on through the ages.
  11. Very strange career. If I recall, he was at the OTC with McCauley and Downey back in the day. Incredibly streaky, with most of his success in freestyle. He had one year in the lineup at ASU where he was solid, but not spectacular and then left the team in the middle of the next season if memory serves me right. Seems like he pops up every couple years and torches a couple NCAA champs and then disappears again.
  12. Always been a real tough freestyler, but streaky. He beat up on Dean Heil a few years ago and just teched him again today. He's an enigma.
  13. I guess it's possible, but you have to figure the last match is Lee right? Fans are going to melt down if it's not.
  14. Ended up being Kolodzik, but I was guessing Oliver based on some twitter chatter between the two in the last couple days and Oliver posting things that made me feel like he had a match booked.
  15. Lee-Gross would be interesting too. The one thing to keep in mind is that Lee walks around at 130 lbs after a big meal and both Colon and Gross are huge right now, so they might not be able to agree on a weight class.
  16. Guys like Eierman, Lugo, Marinelli, Kemerer, and Warner could push to make national teams down the road, but Spencer is definitely on a different level. We'll have a better idea where they're at after this event.
  17. I agree, though it's a hard thing to capture. I started wrestling right at the beginning of that era and the two names I knew were Metcalf and Gable in that order. I didn't even follow college wrestling yet. Ironically, my first Metcalf match was the 2009 final against Caldwell lol.
  18. Lol Maddow lost her mind post-2016. Went from a well-respected journalist with standard liberal sensibilities to an Alex Jones conspiracy theorist that sees the Russians around every corner.
  19. As I scrolled, I was hoping someone didn't beat me to this. Tucker's Show didn't even qualify as news in a court of law lol. Ironically, this ruling helped him escape liability for his on air disinformation.
  20. Ah, yes. The super rich of society are famous for their anarchism and disdain for the social order they sit atop. I am very smart and know what these words mean.
  21. I actually think Mininno and Howard are very similar stylistically and one reason I think Howard can use a redshirt. I think he's more talented than Mininno, but his "scrambling" is more flurrying/chain wrestling than actual leg attack defense. I just think he has some areas to develop before he's ready for college folkstyle, at least the level I think he's capable of. I have no doubt he'd be a qualifier out of the gate, but after a redshirt I think he could be a top 5 guy.
  22. I more or less agree, but I don't think people have R12ish type expectations for a guy with Howard's hype. I think he could be a killer after a redshirt to get healthy (shoulders always make me nervous which is another reason I think a redshirt is a good idea). Suriano had success right away despite a somewhat limited offensive output, but I don't think Howard has the positional capabilities that Suriano does. People are going to get to him and he's not going to scramble his way out consistently.
  23. Meredith showed some moments of promise last season. I think Howard needs a redshirt. His folkstyle results were not commensurate with the freestyle success that earned him an elite recruiting ranking. I think he has the physical/mental tools, but needs some offensive development before he's folkstyle ready. He's in a good room for it.
  24. Yes. Originally from Davison.
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