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Mekhi Lewis will go undefeated until NCAAs

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8 minutes ago, steamboat_charlie v2 said:

That is an absolutely brutal stretch of matches.  I like Mekhi, but I don't see him getting past his quarterfinal matchup.  Marinelli isn't going to let him operate from space.  

Edit--that is, assuming he's the 8.  

Fair enough. I know it is bold

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Mekhi Lewis looks super-talented, but I don't think he chain wrestles as well as the very elite guys.    Room to grow.

I see what you are saying. He does get stuck in positions more often than most of the top guys. I see that with Wick too.

Good news is he is very young


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The version at NCAA’s was not even close to the version for a significant part of the season. Lewis turned it up big time when it counted most. 

Hats off to him and House for the bold prediction. I knew the potential was there, but had yet to see a Folkstyle performance from him that made me believe he could go that hard for full matches while straight up stoning everyone’s offense. 

He immediately becomes the favorite at 165. But, being the favorite at 165 hasn’t worked out too well since Dieringer. 

Edited by MSU158

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Mekhi Lewis is waking up this morning as a freshman NCAA wrestling champion who beat a 2 time national champion, and the first one to ever do it for his school. Imagine how he's feeling!

Edited by Marcus Cisero

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1 minute ago, Marcus Cisero said:

Mekhi Lewis is waking up this morning as a freshman NCAA wrestling champion who beat a 2 time champion, and the first one to ever do it for his school. Imagine how he's feeling!

Rather sore I would imagine. Happy, but sore!

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5 minutes ago, Marcus Cisero said:

Mekhi Lewis is waking up this morning as a freshman NCAA wrestling champion who beat a 2 time national champion, and the first one to ever do it for his school. Imagine how he's feeling!

Happy, but a little bit less than his mother.  She was loving it!

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Just now, Plasmodium said:

Happy, but a little bit less than his mother.  She was loving it!

Her reaction was priceless!  I though Mehki was going to knock her down when he ran over to embrace her - real proud moment for the Lewis family and I'm glad the fan base got to see that!

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12 minutes ago, LemonPie said:

Good job, House! But you’re still 1 for 2 in my book!  Massa was a huge whiff.  1x AA

He had an awesome freshman year ,but then got injured and now taunts guys when they beat him. 

Seriously it's the weirdest thing to me. He lost in R12 and then talked ****...I don't think he is dealing with the injury recovery very well mentally. He went from making the Olympic trials as a true freshman and having an epic match vs Mark Hall, to taking shots from distance without an angle or setup vs the best guys in the country. It makes no sense. 

I rewatched the Massa vs Hall match from trials prior to NCAAs and couldn't believe how much he regressed

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This is great for Virginia Tech.

Despite not being a traditional wrestling power, they’ve been pushing wrestling hard, and kept going despite losing coaches Brands and Dresser, and despite losing wrestlers Borschel, Slaton, and Metcalf.

Now they have a truly special wrestler in Mekhi. Well done VTech!

Edited by Katie

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25 minutes ago, MSU158 said:

The version at NCAA’s was not even close to the version for a significant part of the season. Lewis turned it up big time when it counted most. 

Hats off to him and House for the bold prediction. I knew the potential was there, but had yet to see a Folkstyle performance from him that made me believe he could go that hard for full matches while straight up stoning everyone’s offense. 

He immediately becomes the favorite at 165. But, being the favorite at 165 hasn’t worked out too well since Dieringer. 

My prediction was based on the level of improvement I expected. His coaches have been saying for years how talented he is, plus that his work ethic and mind for wrestling is off the charts. After that, he went out and not only won trials in freestyle in his 2nd freestyle tournament ever, including wins over legit guys (Marinelli), he then Junior world gold. 

His coaches weren't just blowing smoke apparently. That level of improvement is insane, and he did it against freestyle specialists. He also wasn't just blasting through people and winning how inexperienced American freestylers tend to win (I love it, but even JB coming out of college was a freestyle novice). He adapted as he went at worlds and his freestyle improved each match. It was crazy to watch. 

Combine that with training with 2 Olympians (Molinaro has since left, which was a bit concerning), Mcfadden, Bolen, Zavatsky and other solid guys around his weight, I thought he would jump levels as the season progressed. He peaked at the right time. I don't think 2 months ago he would've won the tournament. He probably would've pulled off some upsets, but beating Marinelli, Wick and Cenzo all in a row is insane, especially considering only Marinelli seemed to challenge him. 

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