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I got Taylor v Downey best of three.  Who you got?

86 kg
2018 World Team member – David Taylor (Nittany Lion WC)
2019 World Team member – Pat Downey (Titan Mercury WC/NJRTC)
2019 Bill Farrell International champion – Alex Dieringer (Titan Mercury WC)
Dec. 2019 Senior Nationals champion – Zahid Valencia (Sunkist Kids)
Dec. 2019 Senior Nationals runner-up – Myles Martin (TMWC)
Dec. 2019 Senior Nationals fourth place – Brett Pfarr (Gopher WC - RTC)
Dec. 2019 Senior Nationals fifth place - Samuel Brooks (New York AC)

 

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1 minute ago, Blue Dragons said:

I got Taylor v Downey best of three.  Who you got?

86 kg
2018 World Team member – David Taylor (Nittany Lion WC)
2019 World Team member – Pat Downey (Titan Mercury WC/NJRTC)
2019 Bill Farrell International champion – Alex Dieringer (Titan Mercury WC)
Dec. 2019 Senior Nationals champion – Zahid Valencia (Sunkist Kids)
Dec. 2019 Senior Nationals runner-up – Myles Martin (TMWC)
Dec. 2019 Senior Nationals fourth place – Brett Pfarr (Gopher WC - RTC)
Dec. 2019 Senior Nationals fifth place - Samuel Brooks (New York AC)

 

I'm feeling Taylor vs Cox... I think Downey has a good shot at 6th

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1 hour ago, Blue Dragons said:

Cox will be 97...might want to rethink that. 

Wow. This sure goes against current grain of thinking, at least on these boards.

Like I've posted already, after seeing the video of Cox right after weigh-ins at 2017 Worlds in Paris, I thought no way he would ever cut down to 86 again. J'den actually said that himself in the video. 

I have no idea what J'den's normal weight is but was thinking that the jump from 92kg to 97 is only 11lbs. So why not eat at heart's content and focus the training on wrestling and getting big and strong instead of putting so much time and effort into cutting weight. And then a 2 day weigh-in during competition, to boot? 

This is all speculation on my part and I wish J'den the best which ever weight class he chooses.

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4 hours ago, Blue Dragons said:

I got Taylor v Downey best of three.  Who you got?

86 kg
2018 World Team member – David Taylor (Nittany Lion WC)
2019 World Team member – Pat Downey (Titan Mercury WC/NJRTC)
2019 Bill Farrell International champion – Alex Dieringer (Titan Mercury WC)
Dec. 2019 Senior Nationals champion – Zahid Valencia (Sunkist Kids)
Dec. 2019 Senior Nationals runner-up – Myles Martin (TMWC)
Dec. 2019 Senior Nationals fourth place – Brett Pfarr (Gopher WC - RTC)
Dec. 2019 Senior Nationals fifth place - Samuel Brooks (New York AC)

 

Just curious, where do you have Downey seeded? I have him in the top half with Taylor. So they would meet before the finals by my bracket. Personally I think he loses before then anyway. 

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taylor breathing a sigh of relief right now...

the only match for him domestically is zahid... and that is gonna depend on how rusty he might be coming off of injury

my guess is not much...

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1 minute ago, TBar1977 said:

Wow. I thought we all decided he was going 86. I guess he had the last word.

By the couple of pictures that went out it looked like he at least was giving 86 a good look.  PURELY speculating here but I wonder if he did a test cut (which I've talked about here, being surprised if he wouldn't before making a final decision) and felt like there was too much being sacrificed in terms of being able to perform at his best.  Interesting development none the less.

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