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That would really be something.  He might have a couple of years of eligibility left.

His recent comeback has been as impressive as it is surprising.  Also reinforces the idea of "what could have been" for him at the collegiate level.  Without a doubt one of the most dominant high school wrestlers I've ever seen.  Different paths for different people, I guess.  

Excited to see what he can do domestically.  If he were to make a world team it would be an incredible story... Dennisesque, but even more unlikely.  

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over on the Int'l board.

Cory Clark beats 2018 world gold but loses to Whitford, who is going up against the same 2018 world gold today (round robin)

*it was also reported that Whitford beat Bonne, but no confirmation of that as someone mentioned that Bonne actually did not wrestle last wkend.

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4 minutes ago, DuckFor2 said:

over on the Int'l board.

Cory Clark beats 2018 world gold but loses to Whitford, who is going up against the same 2018 world gold today (round robin)

*it was also reported that Whitford beat Bonne, but no confirmation of that as someone mentioned that Bonne actually did not wrestle last wkend.

Bonne didn't wrestle at all.

 

http://www.jit.cu/NewsDetails.aspx?idnoticia=108081

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Ben did enroll at Muskegon Community College back in Fall of 2014, and competed for them for at least part of that season.  

So I would think that would have started his Div. I clock back then.  I don't know the exact NCAA rules for this situation, but at this point he might have part of one season left.

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17 minutes ago, Sheerstress said:

Ben did enroll at Muskegon Community College back in Fall of 2014, and competed for them for at least part of that season.  

So I would think that would have started his Div. I clock back then.  I don't know the exact NCAA rules for this situation, but at this point he might have part of one season left.

Believe you're right... his clock would have started in 14/15, so 18/19 would be his last year of eligibility unless he qualifies for a medical or religious exception. He's probably on track to qualify for an Olympic redshirt next year, a couple years too late though.  

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1 minute ago, NJDan said:

Who is Ben Whitford and what happened to him?

Others might know more, but he was a big-time recruit out of the state of Illinois and then had some type of issue with college and ended up enrolling at a D3 school near his home.

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17 minutes ago, NJDan said:

Who is Ben Whitford and what happened to him?

He was like the #4 overall recruit coming out of HS in 2013.

Rank         Name    Hometown    State    Weight     School
    1.       Bo Jordan      St. Paris     OH      165    Ohio State
    2.       Adam Coon      Fowlerville     MI      285     Michigan
    3.    Zain Retherford       Benton     PA      141    Penn State
    4.     Ben Whitford      St. John's     MI      149     Michigan
    5.     Isaiah Martinez       Lemoore     CA      165       Illinois
    6.      Joey Dance    Christiansburg     VA      125   Virginia Tech
    7.       J'Den Cox       Hickman     MO      285      Missouri
    8.    Anthony Ashnault   South Plainfield     NJ      141      Rutgers
    9.       Brooks Black        Dover     PA      285       Illinois
   10.   Nathan Tomasello        Parma     OH      125     Ohio State

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1 minute ago, PSUMike said:

He was like the #4 overall recruit coming out of HS in 2013.

Rank         Name    Hometown    State    Weight     School
    1.       Bo Jordan      St. Paris     OH      165    Ohio State
    2.       Adam Coon      Fowlerville     MI      285     Michigan
    3.    Zain Retherford       Benton     PA      141    Penn State
    4.     Ben Whitford      St. John's     MI      149     Michigan
    5.     Isaiah Martinez       Lemoore     CA      165       Illinois
    6.      Joey Dance    Christiansburg     VA      125   Virginia Tech
    7.       J'Den Cox       Hickman     MO      285      Missouri
    8.    Anthony Ashnault   South Plainfield     NJ      141      Rutgers
    9.       Brooks Black        Dover     PA      285       Illinois
   10.   Nathan Tomasello        Parma     OH      125     Ohio State

Kinda interesting that three of the top four never won a NC.

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9 minutes ago, jchapman said:

Kinda interesting that three of the top four never won a NC.

The top 10 from that class was actually pretty well ranked... only a couple of "busts" and 6 4x AA's.  

Check out the top 10 from 2012:

 Rank         Name     Hometown  State  Weight        College
    1.     Jason Tsirtsis     Crown Point     IN      141   Northwestern
    2.     Taylor Massa       St. John's     MI      165       Michigan
    3.    Jimmy Gulibon         Derry     PA      125      Penn State
    4.    Jordan Rogers         Mead    WA      184  Oklahoma State
    5.      John Meeks      Des Moines     IA      133      Iowa State
    6.     Alex Cisneros         Selma    CA      141        Cornell
    7.       Mark Grey       Rockaway    NJ      133        Cornell
    8.      Doug Vollaro       Pine Castle     FL      285         Lehigh
    9.      Nikko Reyes         Clovis     CA      184         Illinois
   10.     Devin Peterson   Wisconsin Rapids     WI      197    Iowa Western

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22 hours ago, jchapman said:

Others might know more, but he was a big-time recruit out of the state of Illinois and then had some type of issue with college and ended up enrolling at a D3 school near his home.

Whitford was from St. John, MI.

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23 hours ago, steamboat_charlie v2 said:

The top 10 from that class was actually pretty well ranked... only a couple of "busts" and 6 4x AA's.  

Check out the top 10 from 2012:

 Rank         Name     Hometown  State  Weight        College
    1.     Jason Tsirtsis     Crown Point     IN      141   Northwestern
    2.     Taylor Massa       St. John's     MI      165       Michigan
    3.    Jimmy Gulibon         Derry     PA      125      Penn State
    4.    Jordan Rogers         Mead    WA      184  Oklahoma State
    5.      John Meeks      Des Moines     IA      133      Iowa State
    6.     Alex Cisneros         Selma    CA      141        Cornell
    7.       Mark Grey       Rockaway    NJ      133        Cornell
    8.      Doug Vollaro       Pine Castle     FL      285         Lehigh
    9.      Nikko Reyes         Clovis     CA      184         Illinois
   10.     Devin Peterson   Wisconsin Rapids     WI      197    Iowa Western

Yeah that 2013 class looks pretty solid.  4 champs with a chance for another.

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