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#1 dmm53

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 05:49 AM

Rankings just released at Mat.com.  They might provide a rough sense of how seeding will play out at US Open in two weeks.  Of course, some of these  guys will sit out because they are in the finals (Borroughs, Snyder, Green, Gwiz, Gilman); some won't wrestle at this event; and others will be in the mix who aren't in the rankings at all (Megaludis).   

 

Thoughts on likely seedings, match ups and finalists at US Open?

 

57 kg/125.5 lbs.
1. Thomas Gilman, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)

2. Anthony Ramos, Chapel Hill, N.C. (Sunkist Kids/Tar Heel WC)
3. Daton Fix, Sand Springs, Okla. (Titan Mercury WC)
4. Nathan Tomasello, Parma, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
5. Spencer Lee, Murrysville, Pa. (Hawkeye WC)
6. Zach Sanders, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
7. Tim Lambert, Lincoln, Neb. (Nebraska Wrestling TC)
8. Frank Perrelli, Bethlehem, Pa. (Titan Mercury WC)
9. Zane Richards, Champaign, Ill. (Illinois RTC)
10. Eddie Klimara, Charlottesville, Va. (Titan Mercury WC)

61 kg/134 lbs.
1. Kendric Maple, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska Wrestling TC)
2. Joe Colon, Fresno, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/Valley RTC)

3. Jon Morrison, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC/MWC)
4. Brandon Wright, Indianapolis, Ind. (New York AC)
5. Tyler Graff, New Brunswick, N.J. (New York AC)
6. Nahshon Garrett, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids)
7. Cody Brewer, Evanston, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC/Chicago RTC)
8. Seth Gross, Rosemount, Minn. (Jackrabbit WC)
9. Mitchell McKee, Hanover, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
10. Johnni DiJulius, New Brunswick, N.J. (Titan Mercury WC)

65 kg/143 lbs.
1. Zain Retherford, Benton, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)

2. Logan Stieber, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
3. B.J. Futrell, Philadelphia, Pa. (Titan Mercury WC/Pennsylvania RTC)
4. Joey McKenna, Towaco, N.J. (Lehigh Valley WC)
5. Ryan Deakin, Broomsfield, Colo. (Northwestern)
6. Yianni Diakomihalis, Rochester, N.Y. (Finger Lakes WC)
7. Evan Henderson, Chapel Hill, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Camel WCRTC)
8. Robbie Mathers, Phoenix, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids)
9. Anthony Abidin, Fresno, Calif. (Valley RTC)
10. Josh Kindig, Chapel Hill, N.C. (Sunkist Kids)

70kg/154 lbs.
1. James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC)

2. Frank Molinaro, State College, Pa. (Titan Mercury WC)
3. Jason Nolf, Yatesboro, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)
4. Richie Lewis, Edison, N.J. (Scarlet Knights WC)
5. Kyle Ruschell, Madison, Wisc. (New York AC)
6. Jason Chamberlain, Fresno, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/Valley RTC)
7. Hunter Stieber, Norman, Okla. (Oklahoma RTC)
8. Dylan Ness, Bloomington, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
9. Chase Pami, Philadelphia, Pa. (Sunkist Kids/Pennsylvania RTC)
10. Mario Mason, Morris Plains, N.J. (Lehigh Valley WC)

74 kg/163 lbs.
1. Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids)

2. Dan Vallimont, Philadelphia, Pa. (New York AC)
3. Nazar Kulchytskyy, Madison, Wis. (Titan Mercury WC)
4. Isaiah Martinez, Lemoore, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/Illinois RTC)
5. Thomas Gantt, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)
6. Chance Marsteller, New Park, Pa. (Titan Mercury WC)
7. Anthony Valencia, Bellflower, Calif. (Sunkist Kids)
8. Vincenzo Joseph, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)
9. Alex Marinelli, Miamisburg, Ohio (Hawkeye WC)
10. Evan Wick, San Gabriel, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC)

79 kg/174 lbs.
1. Kyle Dake, Ithaca, N.Y. (Titan Mercury WC)

2. Alex Dieringer, Stillwater, Okla. (Titan Mercury WC/Cowboy RTC)
3. Jon Reader, Madison, Wisc. (Sunkist Kids)
4. Mark Hall, Apple Valley, Minn. (Nittany Lion WC)

5. Zahid Valencia, Bellflower, Calif. (Sunkist Kids)

6. Matt Brown, State College, Pa. (U.S. Army WCAP)
7. Mike Evans, Lillington, N.C. (Buies Creek RTC)
8. Josh Asper, Annapolis, Md. (Navy-Marine Corps RTC)
9. Quinton Godley, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC)
10. Myles Amine, Brighton, Mich. (Cliff Keen WC)

86 kg/189 lbs.
1. David Taylor, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)

2. Richard Perry, Philadelphia, Pa. (New York AC/Pennsylvania RTC)
3. Bo Nickal, Allen, Texas (Nittany Lion WC)
4. Sam Brooks, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC/Hawkeye WC)
5. Patrick Downey III, Baltimore, Md. (Unattached)
6. Myles Martin, Penns Grove, N.J. (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
7. Joe Rau, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
8. Nick Reenan, Raleigh, N.C. (Wolfpack WC)
9. Gabe Dean, Ithaca, N.Y. (Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes WC)
10. Tim Dudley, Lincoln, Neb. (Nebraska Wrestling TC)

92 kg/202 lbs.
1. J’den Cox, Columbia, Mo. (Titan Mercury WC/Missouri WF)

2. Nicholas Heflin, Norman, Okla. (Titan Mercury WC/Oklahoma RTC)
3. Riley Lefever, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)
4. Timmy McCall, Raleigh, N.C. (Wolfpack WC) 
5. Kenneth Courts, Harrisburg, Pa. (Titan Mercury WC)
6. Michael Macchiavello, Raleigh, N.C. (Wolfpack WC)
7. Josh Manu, Annapolis, Md. (Navy-Marines Corps RTC)
8. Don McNeil, Plainville, Mass. (New York AC/New England RTC)
9. Nikko Reyes, Fresno, Calif. (Valley RTC)

10. Jacob Warner, Washington, Ill. (Hawkeye WC)

97 kg/213 lbs.
1. Kyle Snyder, Woodbine, Md. (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)

2. Kyven Gadson, Waterloo, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)
3. Hayden Zillmer, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
4. Ty Walz, Blacksburg, Va. (Titan Mercury WC)

5. Kollin Moore, Burbank, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)

6. Nathan Burak, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
7. Blaize Cabell, Fresno, Calif. (Valley RTC) 
8. Micah Burak, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC)
9. Deron Winn, Fresno, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC)
10. Austin Schafer, Ithaca, N.Y. (New York AC)

125 kg/275 lbs. 
1. Nick Gwiazdowski, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)

2. Dom Bradley, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)
3. Anthony Nelson, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

4. Zachery Rey, Bethlehem, Pa. (Lehigh Valley WC)

5. Bobby Telford, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
6. Gable Steveson, Apple Valley, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
7. Jon Gingrich, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Pittsburgh WC)
8. Ben Durbin, Ames, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC)
9. Zach Roseberry, Annapolis, Md. (Navy-Marine Corps RTC)
10. Ceron Francisco, Seward, Neb. (Cavalier WC)



#2 dmm53

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 05:53 AM

Here is link to Flo Arena, which lists the wrestlers as they register for the US Open.  Most of the big guns haven't registered and probably won't until the week of the event, if common practice holds:

 

https://arena.flowre...a3-24e74c3a0357



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Posted 14 April 2018 - 03:12 PM

A few random comments:

 

1) I'd assume Yianni  is out with a torn ACL.  Not sure exactly what Heflin's injury was in Cuba, but it looked completely awful so guessing he is out too...?

 

2) If that's right, I hope Cox stays healthy, because we don't have much depth at 92.  Meanwhile, the top 5 at the other new weight (79) is ridiculous.

 

3) In the lower weights, the top 5 at 57kg is pretty strong as well.  61 seems weird.  If everyone shows up at this weight and these are the seeds, the Maple/Wright/Graff/Gross (1/4/5/8) side of the bracket seems completely stacked compared to the other half (they always have a short memory with these rankings, so I figured they'd have Morrison ahead of Graff, but they seem to forget this happened a mere 14 months ago).  But Garrett is registered at 57, and Nomad seems to think both Maple and Wright could be at 65, so we'll see how it shakes out.  Personally, I'd be pretty shocked if Maple wasn't at this weight.

 

4) A few who look underrated to me:  Lee, Gross, Henderson, Winn

 

 



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Posted 14 April 2018 - 03:36 PM

A few random comments:

 

1) I'd assume Yianni  is out with a torn ACL.  Not sure exactly what Heflin's injury was in Cuba, but it looked completely awful so guessing he is out too...?

 

2) If that's right, I hope Cox stays healthy, because we don't have much depth at 92.  Meanwhile, the top 5 at the other new weight (79) is ridiculous.

 

3) In the lower weights, the top 5 at 57kg is pretty strong as well.  61 seems weird.  If everyone shows up at this weight and these are the seeds, the Maple/Wright/Graff/Gross (1/4/5/8) side of the bracket seems completely stacked compared to the other half (they always have a short memory with these rankings, so I figured they'd have Morrison ahead of Graff, but they seem to forget this happened a mere 14 months ago).  But Garrett is registered at 57, and Nomad seems to think both Maple and Wright could be at 65, so we'll see how it shakes out.  Personally, I'd be pretty shocked if Maple wasn't at this weight.

 

4) A few who look underrated to me:  Lee, Gross, Henderson, Winn

 

 

Good observations.  Yes, I think Yianni might be recovering from surgery.   65KG should come down to Retherford vs. Steiber.  Retherford is coming down in weight and Steiber is going up (though he wrestled there at World Cup).  70 KG might see two PSU guys against one another in the finals (Nolf vs. Molinaro) since Green gets to sit out.    79 KG should prove to be the most interesting and stacked  weight with 57 KG a close second.  I'm curious to see who shows at 74 KG; a  bunch of talented guys coming off strong NCAA seasons could be in the mix.  


Edited by dmm53, 14 April 2018 - 03:37 PM.


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 04:36 PM

At 61, I am hoping Cory Clark shows, I believe he adds some depth to this weight and perhaps could even be a factor here.
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Posted 15 April 2018 - 12:53 AM

A few random comments:

 

1) I'd assume Yianni  is out with a torn ACL.  Not sure exactly what Heflin's injury was in Cuba, but it looked completely awful so guessing he is out too...?

 

2) If that's right, I hope Cox stays healthy, because we don't have much depth at 92.  Meanwhile, the top 5 at the other new weight (79) is ridiculous.

 

3) In the lower weights, the top 5 at 57kg is pretty strong as well.  61 seems weird.  If everyone shows up at this weight and these are the seeds, the Maple/Wright/Graff/Gross (1/4/5/8) side of the bracket seems completely stacked compared to the other half (they always have a short memory with these rankings, so I figured they'd have Morrison ahead of Graff, but they seem to forget this happened a mere 14 months ago).  But Garrett is registered at 57, and Nomad seems to think both Maple and Wright could be at 65, so we'll see how it shakes out.  Personally, I'd be pretty shocked if Maple wasn't at this weight.

 

4) A few who look underrated to me:  Lee, Gross, Henderson, Winn

 

 

 

Good observations.  79 kg is ridiculous... Dake and Dieringer are both ranked in the top 5 in the world, and then  you have a junior world champ (x2) and a junior world silver sitting behind them.  Are we sure Zahid will compete at 79?  If he's moving up to 184 next year I'd imagine he might wrestle this summer at 86kg. 



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Posted 15 April 2018 - 03:19 AM

At 61, I am hoping Cory Clark shows, I believe he adds some depth to this weight and perhaps could even be a factor here.

At first, I totally misread your post.  I thought "What does this guy's age have to do with Cory Clark?"    Coffee might help me.



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Posted 15 April 2018 - 09:53 AM

Daton Fix is going senior level 57KG at the US Open.  Flo article:  

 

https://www.flowrest...x-going-seniors


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 11:36 AM

Great News that Daton and other Cowboys are coming to the US Open, now I hope Spencer comes as well.

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 01:00 PM

I just read that Heil is supposed to be there as well.  What's he going to try to do in freestyle?  Stall and try to win 2-2 on criteria?


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 01:12 PM

I just read that Heil is supposed to be there as well. What's he going to try to do in freestyle? Stall and try to win 2-2 on criteria?


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 02:34 PM

Daton Fix is going senior level 57KG at the US Open. Flo article:

https://www.flowrest...x-going-seniors


Based on some comments at the HWC banquet last night it sounds like Lee will be going Seniors as well but I am not sure if he will be at the Open.

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 06:35 PM

At first, I totally misread your post.  I thought "What does this guy's age have to do with Cory Clark?"    Coffee might help me.

 

Yeah, at 92, I hope J'Den gets through, but for me half the drama will be not having an accident on the drive to the arena and then hoping some young buck will help me navigate all those stairs. Even then, not sure my eyesight or mind will be sharp enough to grasp who wins most matches.


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 10:23 PM

I just read that Heil is supposed to be there as well.  What's he going to try to do in freestyle?  Stall and try to win 2-2 on criteria?

 

We talking about Heil or Lee Kemp? Difference being that Kemp kept winning as long as he wrestled :D


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 02:05 AM

How many "serious" competitors does the US have outside of these top 10 rankings?

 

How does US depth (in terms of sheer numbers) compare with that of nations such s Cuba, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, Georgia, Turkey and other nations which are routinely in the top 10?



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Posted 16 April 2018 - 03:14 AM

This doesn't exactly answer your question, but Darius Little is not ranked and he was ahead of Bonne from Cuba for about half of their match, so there are definitely guys in the US outside of the 100 wrestlers listed in the rankings who can hang with the best in the world.

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 11:11 AM

Why would Kollin Moore be at 97kg instead of 92?



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Posted 16 April 2018 - 01:28 PM

Gable Stevenson going at Senior level for US Open:

 

https://www.flowrest...to-senior-level



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Posted 17 April 2018 - 06:15 PM

A fairly detailed US Open preview.  Speculation that Retherford might go 70 KG:

 

https://www.teamusa....eestyle-preview



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Posted 17 April 2018 - 06:35 PM

If Kollin goes 97, I have to believe it's either he does not want to cut for this event, or maybe he's just gotten to the point that he's just too big for 92, and has to go 97. This might be why he did not look like the relentless attacking machine this year. Also this may mean he'll be at Heavyweight next year for the Buckeyes.




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