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I know Alber is undefeated and all, but did he wrestle in any of the really big national tournaments? Ironman? Anything big out in the midwest?

 

I know he did some summer stuff and did not win, but I think that was all freestyle.

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Today's featured article on the event:

 

http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/othe ... 1403140003

 

As NJWC predicted, Sebastian from NJ is out, replaced by an Oklahoma wrestler. Also interesting is how the DD has really become a national event, with out of state guys like Nickal and Alber saying that they have been following it on the Internet for years, and how so many of these kids are really glad to have been selected.

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This thread has been all about PA vs USA. Anybody from Oklahoma want to weigh in on the undercard?

 

Oklahoma All-Stars

 

113 - Braden Bennett, Locust Grove (72-39)

120 - Jacob Finley, Collinsville (89-31)

126 - Cub Yeager, Locust Grove (128-14, 3-X state champ)

132 - Justin Fletcher, Bixby (122-44)

138 - Will Steltzlen, Collinsville (126-33, 4-X state champ)

145 - Jonce Blaylock, Berryhill (128-7, 2-X state champ)

152 - Dakota Head, Tuttle (126-24, 2-X state champ)

160 - Jacobe Smith, Muskogee (109-10, 1-X state champ)

170 - Chandler Rogers, Stillwater (178-6, 4-X state champ)

182 - Lance Dixon, Edmond North (127-12, 2-X state champ)

195 - Derek White, Edmond North (127-10, 2-X state champ)

220 - Andrew Dixon, Edmond North (140-15, 2-X state champ)

285 - Trey Loveall, Locust Grove (92-26)

 

WPIAL All-Stars

 

113 - Brendan Price, Canon-McMillan (112-24)

120 - Brendan Hasson, Belle Vernon (121-43)

126 - Dom Forys, North Allegheny (163-22)

132 - Tyler Smith, Franklin Regional (158-21, 1-X PIAA champ)

138 - Tyler Buckiso, Thomas Jefferson (133-27)

145 - Grant Fetchet, South Fayette (141-42)

152 - Steven Edwards, Burrell (142-37, 1X WPIAL and PIAA champ)

160 - Jonathan Avon, North Hills (123-31)

170 - Kyle Coniker, Central Catholic (89-22, 1-X WPIAL champ)

182 - Terrell Fields, Valley (135-42, 1-X WPIAL champ)

195 - Cole Macek, Montour (137-26, 1-X WPIAL champ)

220 - Jake Temple, Avella (146-17, 2-X WPIAL champ)

285 - Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area (146-20, 2-X WPIAL champ)

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My picks below. I think it will be close.

 

113: Lizak (PA) over Fleetwood. This should be a nailbiter. I don't think Lizak has been off so much as he had 2 other elite kids in his weight class this year in Pletcher and Parker. Fleetwood at about the same level I think. Edge to Lizak who has something to prove.

 

120: Macri (PA) over Boston. I haven't seen much of Boston so this is pretty uneducated, but Macri has been wrestling lights out since December, and is now down a weight.

 

126: Moisey (PA) over Micic. Micic is legit but people don't seem to realize how good Moisey got this year. Blair's Kolodzik majored both Macri and Forys in succession at Ironman en route to winning. Who gave Kolodzik his only two losses this year? Moisey did, en route to his undefeated season.

 

132: Albers (USA) over Brown. Brown is tough but is, I think, a notch below the under-regarded Albers.

 

138: Chishko (PA) over McKenna. This one is really hard to call. Before PA states I'd have picked McKenna, especially after Chishko's lopsided loss to Jordan, but that win over Galasso... man. McKenna had a decisive loss to Nolf but has consistently beat just about everyone else. I think I'll lean Chishko, as its a hometown crowd, he's down a weight, and the Galasso win tells me he may have hit another level.

 

145: Nolf (PA) over Berger. Another tough call. Nolf, I think, is the best wrestler in PA after Marstellar. But Berger is the last guy to beat Nolf, I think 2-0 at Flo, and is obviously legit. But Nolf's results have been so lopsided against top-flite kids that I just don't think Berger pulls it off again.

 

152: Brill (USA) over Warner. Warner is tough but has some hurdles. Brill is the full package and I think gets a comfortable win here.

 

160: Peppelman (PA) over Blees. Two elite kids going it it. I think this one will be fun. Very slight edge to Pepp.

 

170: Nickal (USA) over Loiseau. Loiseau has some nice wins but from what little I've seen, I think Nickal is bit too slick for him.

 

182: Dixon (USA) over Zavatsky. I haven't seen much of Dixon and I know he's a replacement, but to be totally honest I'm just not that sold on Zavatsky, who doesn't generate much offense. My guess would be a low scoring match.

 

195: Ness (USA) over Sponseller. I haven't seen much of Ness but he did have a heckuva match with Sebastian, and I wasn't very impressed with Sponseller at PA AA's.

 

220: Snyder (USA) over Boykin. Boykin is an exciting prospect, and a physical specimen, but he's never faced the likes of Snyder. I hope its close but my gut tells me it will get ugly. I just hope that the experience doesn't hurt Boykin's confidence, or keep D1 schools from seeking out Boykin, as he's a diamond in the rough.

 

HWT: Nevills (USA) over Haines. This could go either way (like most of these matches) but from what I've seen, Haines struggles against bigger mobile heavies on his feet. Slight edge to Nevills there. On the other hand, I wonder if Haines can turn Nevills. Maybe he can.

 

I have it 7 matches to 6. USA.

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My picks below. I think it will be close.

 

113: Lizak (PA) over Fleetwood. This should be a nailbiter. I don't think Lizak has been off so much as he had 2 other elite kids in his weight class this year in Pletcher and Parker. Fleetwood at about the same level I think. Edge to Lizak who has something to prove.

 

120: Macri (PA) over Boston. I haven't seen much of Boston so this is pretty uneducated, but Macri has been wrestling lights out since December, and is now down a weight.

 

126: Moisey (PA) over Micic. Micic is legit but people don't seem to realize how good Moisey got this year. Blair's Kolodzik majored both Macri and Forys in succession at Ironman en route to winning. Who gave Kolodzik his only two losses this year? Moisey did, en route to his undefeated season.

 

132: Albers (USA) over Brown. Brown is tough but is, I think, a notch below the under-regarded Albers.

 

138: Chishko (PA) over McKenna. This one is really hard to call. Before PA states I'd have picked McKenna, especially after Chishko's lopsided loss to Jordan, but that win over Galasso... man. McKenna had a decisive loss to Nolf but has consistently beat just about everyone else. I think I'll lean Chishko, as its a hometown crowd, he's down a weight, and the Galasso win tells me he may have hit another level.

 

145: Nolf (PA) over Berger. Another tough call. Nolf, I think, is the best wrestler in PA after Marstellar. But Berger is the last guy to beat Nolf, I think 2-0 at Flo, and is obviously legit. But Nolf's results have been so lopsided against top-flite kids that I just don't think Berger pulls it off again.

 

152: Brill (USA) over Warner. Warner is tough but has some hurdles. Brill is the full package and I think gets a comfortable win here.

 

160: Peppelman (PA) over Blees. Two elite kids going it it. I think this one will be fun. Very slight edge to Pepp.

 

170: Nickal (USA) over Loiseau. Loiseau has some nice wins but from what little I've seen, I think Nickal is bit too slick for him.

 

182: Dixon (USA) over Zavatsky. I haven't seen much of Dixon and I know he's a replacement, but to be totally honest I'm just not that sold on Zavatsky, who doesn't generate much offense. My guess would be a low scoring match.

 

195: Ness (USA) over Sponseller. I haven't seen much of Ness but he did have a heckuva match with Sebastian, and I wasn't very impressed with Sponseller at PA AA's.

 

220: Snyder (USA) over Boykin. Boykin is an exciting prospect, and a physical specimen, but he's never faced the likes of Snyder. I hope its close but my gut tells me it will get ugly. I just hope that the experience doesn't hurt Boykin's confidence, or keep D1 schools from seeking out Boykin, as he's a diamond in the rough.

 

HWT: Nevills (USA) over Haines. This could go either way (like most of these matches) but from what I've seen, Haines struggles against bigger mobile heavies on his feet. Slight edge to Nevills there. On the other hand, I wonder if Haines can turn Nevills. Maybe he can.

 

I have it 7 matches to 6. USA.

 

 

Seeing it almost exactly as you do. I think it ends up 7-6 USA. I have Fleetwood over Lizak and Zavatsky over Dixon, however, but both should be razor close. Like you, uncomfortable about picking Chisko over McKenna, but then was swayed after the win over Galasso.

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I Does anyone know if the match will be audio streamed on the net. If so, I would greatly appreciate letting me know where. I've listened to the match on the net for at least the past 8 years but can't seem to find any info this year. I know it's on Flo, but they are my last option considering all the horror stories posted here and elsewhere about the site..

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I Does anyone know if the match will be audio streamed on the net. If so, I would greatly appreciate letting me know where. I've listened to the match on the net for at least the past 8 years but can't seem to find any info this year. I know it's on Flo, but they are my last option considering all the horror stories posted here and elsewhere about the site..

 

I think Flo is your only option for video. Let's hope the video stream doesn't fail.

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I Does anyone know if the match will be audio streamed on the net. If so, I would greatly appreciate letting me know where. I've listened to the match on the net for at least the past 8 years but can't seem to find any info this year. I know it's on Flo, but they are my last option considering all the horror stories posted here and elsewhere about the site..

 

There is a link on the Dapper Dan website for RedZone Media. I have listened to it thru them before.

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I grew up in PA... Unless something has changed since I moved away. I've never heard someone pronounce WPIAL as the word, "whipeeall". That is, until I heard Bader on the play-by-play today. I've only ever heard it pronounced as the letters, W-P-I-A-L.

 

Do people really pronounce it phonetically nowadays?

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I grew up in PA... Unless something has changed since I moved away. I've never heard someone pronounce WPIAL as the word, "whipeeall". That is, until I heard Bader on the play-by-play today. I've only ever heard it pronounced as the letters, W-P-I-A-L.

 

Do people really pronounce it phonetically nowadays?

 

Not sure how long ago you moved away, but I've lived in Western PA all my life and a large majority pronounce it phonetically, and to my memory always have.

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that's one tough WPIAL team right there, i'll be surprised if they lose....

So I guess you're pretty surprised they got slaughtered?

I'm thinking the WPIAL team had one state champ while team Oklahoma had 22 state championships between them so I'm not all that shocked. Pa is great but sometimes maybe we expect too much from our boys..

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