Props to Seth Gross.
His scores vs the other top 4 guys so far this year:
vs ADS: 2-6; 6-5
vs RBY: 6-5
vs Rivera: 8-7; 6-7
You could probably count the number of matches all year at any weight that were as good as the last three on that list on one hand.
All while managing the effects of major back surgery; all while managing his weight for 57 kg; and all while showing impeccable sportsmanship and humility.
Looking forward to more great action from him (and those other three studs with their terrific contrasting styles) over the next two weeks.
It makes not one bit of difference to me but I do not get where everybody keeps saying how Kollin Moore is going to find a way to blow it again this year.
Freshman - Seeded 3rd. Goes MD, MD, MD & then loses to the 2 seed by 4. Wins in the consi's by decision and then pins the 4 seed to finish 3rd. Horrible job.
Soph. - Seeded 1st. Goes dec, MD. Then gets caught, makes a mistake or call it what you will, he loses to Conel. Wins 3 on the backside including a win over #2 seed Darmstadt and then loses to Conel 5-3 and gets 4th. You want to say he underperformed okay but as the one seed it's either exactly to seed or underperforming. Not a great tournament obviously but not horrible. Conel was certainly better than his record would have indicated which was 30 - 11.
2019 - Seeded 2. Has 3 MD and a 6 point decision before losing 5-1 to a once-in-a-generation talent who was the three-time champion.
3 years at an upper weight and he finishes fourth, third, second. He was nowhere near as big a recruit as Warner but to listen to people talk about him he's been ****ty for the last three years. Sorry but the facts don't back it up.
Have to look at proportionally to percentage of body weight. The lighter they are the bigger difference weight differentials make. 103 to 112 is huge. 174-184 not really.
Guys in the upper weight classes can bump up or down relatively easy. The lighter weights-not so much.