I'm about halfway through watching the archived matches on Track that I flagged as interesting, so this is an incomplete view, but here are some notables so far.
Cameron Kelly, Ohio
He can AA. I remember being impressed by him when he won Ironman (also was a 4x Ohio state finalist, 2x champ, very legit credentials). I was a little surprised but happy to see him choose Ohio (can't believe he wasn't recruited more heavily). He won a one-pointer (6-5) against supergreyshirt Vito Arujauu in the match of the tournament. Kelly got the first two TDs on Vito in the first period, then escaped in the second to go up 5-1. Vito scored two TDs to tie the match but couldn't hold Kelly down in the final seconds.
N.B. Track has the result reversed (has Vito winning 6-5 but I watched the match and Kelly deservedly got his hand raised). I have no idea who the official winner is but if it's not Kelly, he got robbed.
Kelly blew right through an otherwise mediocre field but did major Cornell's Noah Baughmann, the kid who pinned Piccinini last year. I don't know what Noah was doing at 133, but he needs to cut back down immediately. 133 is no good for him... unless he can't beat his teammate Russo who won the tournament at 125.
My biggest worry about him was the recency of his operations. He looked good but not great when he returned to action, albeit briefly, this year. He looked almost back to his old self, except he didn't have the full tank I'm used to seeing. Nick Lee has had a very good start for a true frosh and Yianni outclassed him in every way. It looked like he wasn't really trying particularly hard either.
Given how much time off he took to heal and his youth (a true "true freshman"), I expect substantial improvement in four months. Yianni has skills coming out of his ass and ears. He needs to get on the Lehigh weightlifting program and do the roadwork to get his old motor back, and he'll be a major force this year.
Jon Jay Chavez, Cornell
One to watch? He had a pretty good weekend. Starts off by blanking Mason Manville, earned a high-quality win against Penn senior, team captain, and 2017 NCAA R12er (3-2) May Bethea,
He has been lost in greco-land for a long time, and I've never heard Koll talk about him as a factor in his lineup. The one time Koll trotted him out last year (something like 2 weights above his normal weight, if I recall correctly) didn't go very well, so I had written him off as a (very good) greco project. Don't get me wrong, the kid is a hell of an athlete, I just had never seen much interest in folkstyle until now.
Is he going to be the Cornell starter this year? I hope so. He is pretty fun to watch and with serious greco skills, always just one move away from a big upset.
Edited by wrestlingnerd, 12 November 2017 - 04:30 PM.