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Projecting the Olympic Trials field: 65kg

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Going to eat some crow on Stieber. Great preformance in Baku, putting up points like mad.

 

All these top international guys at 65 are pretty up and down. Win one day, lose the next. Incredible weight to watch, very hard to predict.

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How about when Stieber launched Ramonov for the win right at the buzzer. Talk about a money move. 

 

And spin, as you say "win one day, lose the next", in this Stieber - Ramonov match, it felt like, "Steiber's gonna dominate, no wait Ramonov is storming back with excellent technique and takes the lead, and it's like Stieber says, oh no you don't, take that".

 

Just love when wrestlers open it up and show off all their hard work, talent, and skills and try to beat their opponent by dominating and/or outscoring them instead the oh so common strategy of being cautious, don't make a mistake, and lose anyway mentality. 

 

Yes, 65 will be an incredible weight to watch at the USA Trials, and again at the 2016 Olympics.

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Congrats to Jimmy Kennedy in winning a star-studded weight class. He looked great, and looked like one of the biggest and strongest at 65 yesterday. Guess the seeding committee got this one right. Honestly, I thought either Stieber or Pico would win this, but then again, Kennedy has had some very good success on the international level in the past, and looks like he's getting better and better.

 

As a lot of us are saying, 65 at the Trials are going to be wild this year, especially if Green and IMar are thrown into this talented mix, and then add in Metcalf and JO. (C'mon, lets get this weight qualified and bring home a way overdue medal at 65.)   

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Obviously, we'll get our answer come OTT's.  Will still be interesting to see how the 65kg Americans fare at the Yasar Dogu, Medved, and Pan Am's tournaments in the upcoming weeks.

 

But as of now, I guess the big question is how does Green handle the cut to 65? Will he blitz the field, or does the extra weight cut neutralize him against a tough American 65 weight class?

 

Logan Stieber already has big wins over the likes of Soslan Romanov, Opan Sat and others, and was right in there against Asgarov, Kurbanaliev, Nukhkadiev and other world class guys. Not counting out Logan. Love his offense.

 

Metcalf looked good coming back from behind and wrestling the full 6 minutes in his first Yarygin match yesterday. His second match was hard to watch. Looked liked the front headlock wasn't there due to balance, momentum, position, grip, I don't know, but it slipped and he got caught in a trapped arm gut and that was that. That match looked ugly, but still can't count out a healthy Brent Metcalf considering all of the success he has had over world class guys over the years. Yes, we have some young bucks looking to dethrone the deer hunter, but the Trials are in Iowa, and this should be one of the big stories at the OTT's. Gonna be fun.

 

Jordan Oliver, Jimmy Kennedy, Aaron Pico and a few others are threats to win the Rio spot as well. Looking for a different Peak-o at OTT's than what we saw at Nationals in December. Have no idea how to rank these guys right now.

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Obviously, we'll get our answer come OTT's.  Will still be interesting to see how the 65kg Americans fare at the Yasar Dogu, Medved, and Pan Am's tournaments in the upcoming weeks.

 

But as of now, I guess the big question is how does Green handle the cut to 65? Will he blitz the field, or does the extra weight cut neutralize him against a tough American 65 weight class?

 

Logan Stieber already has big wins over the likes of Soslan Romanov, Opan Sat and others, and was right in there against Asgarov, Kurbanaliev, Nukhkadiev and other world class guys. Not counting out Logan. Love his offense.

 

Metcalf looked good coming back from behind and wrestling the full 6 minutes in his first Yarygin match yesterday. His second match was hard to watch. Looked liked the front headlock wasn't there due to balance, momentum, position, grip, I don't know, but it slipped and he got caught in a trapped arm gut and that was that. That match looked ugly, but still can't count out a healthy Brent Metcalf considering all of the success he has had over world class guys over the years. Yes, we have some young bucks looking to dethrone the deer hunter, but the Trials are in Iowa, and this should be one of the big stories at the OTT's. Gonna be fun.

 

Jordan Oliver, Jimmy Kennedy, Aaron Pico and a few others are threats to win the Rio spot as well. Looking for a different Peak-o at OTT's than what we saw at Nationals in December. Have no idea how to rank these guys right now.

 

 

I think it is clearly:

 

3. Oliver

4. Kennedy

5. Steiber

6. Pico

 

Green/Metcalf at 1/2 is the only debate.

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