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Michael Beard - how good is he?

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Many Penn State fans are claiming Beard will be a title contender at 197.  He has great credentials however what gives me pause is he was defeated by Gavin Hoffman (who had originally committed to PSU before Cael recruited over him).  Hoffman doesn't seem to be picked as a title contender and he beat Beard head to head...so why is Beard being touted as a potential freshman champ?  

 

It's not like Hoffman isn't getting great training and coaching at Ohio State either.

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48 minutes ago, Jimmy Cinnabon said:

Many Penn State fans are claiming Beard will be a title contender at 197.  He has great credentials however what gives me pause is he was defeated by Gavin Hoffman (who had originally committed to PSU before Cael recruited over him).  Hoffman doesn't seem to be picked as a title contender and he beat Beard head to head...so why is Beard being touted as a potential freshman champ?  

 

It's not like Hoffman isn't getting great training and coaching at Ohio State either.

I believe people are choosing him as a title contender because he has the potential to score a lot of points, like some other PSU stars. He is dangerous on top and has a mean cross-wrist tilt. 

On the other hand, Hoffman is at a tougher weight, 184. Beard is at an open 197, after Kollin Moore Graduates.

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2 minutes ago, yonz_g said:

I believe people are choosing him as a title contender because he has the potential to score a lot of points, like some other PSU stars. He is dangerous on top and has a mean cross-wrist tilt. 

On the other hand, Hoffman is at a tougher weight, 184. Beard is at an open 197, after Kollin Moore Graduates.

Moore is still competing this year though, right?

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14 minutes ago, Jimmy Cinnabon said:

Moore is still competing this year though, right?

You already know that most of us are operating under the assumption that Conel will man the spot at 197 unless he's underperforming.

The hype around Beard is due to:
(1) most people perceive him to have loads of potential as a recruit
(2) there are several recent examples of Cael dropping one highly ranked commit for another in the same projected weight with tremendous success (e.g. Nickal vs. Marstellar), and
(3) he blew the brakes off everyone he wrestled this year.  That was in limited action and only facing one or two "starter level" opponents, but a 100% bonus is impressive nonetheless.  

Had he gone to Midlands or the Scuffle and taken a loss or two, perhaps expectations would be tempered a bit.  As it stands now, it's easy to imagine him as the next Nickal or Nolf, having not seen him really tested yet.  

 

 

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