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He was ranked incredibly high coming out of hs and was higher than zahid I believe. Zeke and company haven't brought about much improvement with and several other top recruits they've brought in. I wasn't impressed with him as our fs coach and I haven't been impressed with him so far at asu, either.

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He was ranked so highly because he beat mark hall and teched Tyler Caldwell while still in hs. He is a high level freestyler but for some reason he isn’t that good at folkstyle in college.

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3x CA state champ at an upper weight (very, very hard to do)

Junior national champ in FS

Ironman champ

 
Let's not forget his eye-opening FS performances either. Two TFs of IMart in freestyle and a TF of a very tough post-grad Tyler Caldwell.
 

Hindsight is 20/20, but Anthony was, at worst, slightly overhyped given how good he was in HS. Calling him overhyped is like calling Marsteller overhyped. Maybe as college prospects in retrospect, but both deserved their accolades in HS.

 

I was super-bullish on Anthony in college. He is such a good athlete, even more than his brother, which you can't teach, and had a no-quit attitude. I felt he had tons of technical upside. I don't know if it's the cut or what, but his mind just doesn't seem to be in it anymore.

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I honestly think Zahid has the same shot at 174 or 184, so I really don't understand Zeke's decision if Anthony's issue really is the cut. At either weight, he has to face a PSU hammer with whom he is something between even money to a slight favorite. With all due respect to Myles Martin, I think Zahid takes him at 84 as he has done in the past in HS, although they would be close matches.

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How is it difficult he has the best guy in the nation wrestling 74 right now and a guy that wrestles freestyle at 74kg so clearly he can make the cut. Maybe he shouldn’t compete very much so he doesn’t have to make the cut as much. It’s not like he is a big 165lber

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He was ranked incredibly high coming out of hs and was higher than zahid I believe. Zeke and company haven't brought about much improvement with and several other top recruits they've brought in. I wasn't impressed with him as our fs coach and I haven't been impressed with him so far at asu, either.

 

Shields is much improved and is arguably top 5 now. 

 

Maruca was a solid recruit who is ranked 11th

 

Tanner Hall placed 3rd last year out of nowhere

 

Zahid went from no international medals to a silver at junior worlds

 

Not all recruits pan out. Does John Smith suck because Martstellar didn't AA? Give me a break

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Anthony wrestled FS at 74 kg with day before weigh-ins. Very different than 165 with 1-hour weigh-ins and dozens of weigh-ins week over week for nearly four months.

 

I'm not saying it's the cut, I don't know. But using his FS weight with the old weigh-in rules as justification for his folkstyle weight is not convincing.

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Anthony wrestled FS at 74 kg with day before weigh-ins. Very different than 165 with 1-hour weigh-ins and dozens of weigh-ins week over week for nearly four months.

 

I'm not saying it's the cut, I don't know. But using his FS weight with the old weigh-in rules as justification for his folkstyle weight is not convincing.

Which is why I said maybe he shouldn’t compete as much so he doesn’t have as many weight cuts. And also he isn’t a big 165lber he isn’t all cut up and shredded so I’m guessing he doesn’t take his diet as seriously as zahid does. He is as small as people said mark hall was last year if he were to wrestle 174

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He was ranked incredibly high coming out of hs and was higher than zahid I believe. Zeke and company haven't brought about much improvement with and several other top recruits they've brought in. I wasn't impressed with him as our fs coach and I haven't been impressed with him so far at asu, either.

Zeke was an excellent freestyle coach whose methods of preparation and scouting were far superior to his predecessors.  The success we recently had is due in large part to changes that took place while he ran USA Wrestling.  

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Anthony has no feel for folk. Doesn't like it. In HS he was a flashy TD kid and not much else. Mentally he has been suspect and it looks he has lost all confidence. Growing up Zahid was the better of the two. Much more technical always. Anthony had a run late where jumped ahead in rankings but some of that was Zahid went from 112 as a sophmore to 182 as a senior. He got lost a little in the rankings. 70 pounds in 2 years.

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He certified while weighing over 184. The cut is a factor.

 

I don't doubt it. He is listed as 5'10", same height as his brother. Zahid is probably the biggest 174 lber in the country, or maybe tied with Bojo. 165 has to be brutal to make with one-hour weigh-ins for four straight months if he really weighs that much. 

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I don't doubt it. He is listed as 5'10", same height as his brother. Zahid is probably the biggest 174 lber in the country, or maybe tied with Bojo. 165 has to be brutal to make with one-hour weigh-ins for four straight months if he really weighs that much. 

 

I don't know what he weighs but unlike Zahid he doesn't look big for his weight.

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