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I have really enjoyed the format that USA wrestling has setup with the US Open, WTT Challenge tournament, and FinalX

This weekend's WTT tournament had some great matchups and also some surprising results. The winners have earned the right to challenge the "favorites" (either world medalists or winners from the US Open) at the Final X matches.

Who do you have winning at each of these weights?

June 8 @ Rutgers

65kg    Yianni Diakomihalis (US Open Champ) vs Zain Retherford (WTT Champ)
79kg    Kyle Dake (World Medalist) vs Alex Dieringer (WTT Champ)
86kg    David Taylor (World Medalist) vs Pat Downey (WTT Champ)
92kg    J'den Cox (World Medalist) vs Bo Nickal (WTT Champ and US Open Champ)
125kg    Nick Gwiazdowski (US Open Champ) vs Gable Steveson (WTT Champ)

June 15 @ Nebraska

57kg    Daton Fix (US Open Champ) vs Thomas Gilman (WTT Champ)
61kg    Joe Colon (US Open Champ) vs Tyler Graff (WTT Champ)
70kg    Ryan Deakin (US Open Champ) vs James Green (WTT Champ)
74kg    Jordan Burroughs (World Medalist) vs Isaiah Martinez (WTT Champ)
97kg    Kyle Snyder (World Medalist) vs Kyven Gadson (WTT Champ)

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Yianni: Kid's on fire and I don't see Zain bringing anything new to the table.

Dake: Ringer winning wouldn't surprise me in the least. Dude has looked good.

Taylor: Really dislike DT and would love to see Downey win, but, not happening.

Cox: Bo has impressed but I really don't see this being all that close.

Gable: I think he's our future at the weight. Why not go ahead and take it?

Gilman: Will wreck Fix in two. My man!!

Graff: Finally breaks through and makes his first team.

Green: Won't be close.

JB: see Green v. Deakin.

Snyder: Gadson will hang, always does. Snyder's just too much.

 

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11 hours ago, B. Alan said:

Yianni: Kid's on fire and I don't see Zain bringing anything new to the table.

Dake: Ringer winning wouldn't surprise me in the least. Dude has looked good.

Taylor: Really dislike DT and would love to see Downey win, but, not happening.

Cox: Bo has impressed but I really don't see this being all that close.

Gable: I think he's our future at the weight. Why not go ahead and take it?

Gilman: Will wreck Fix in two. My man!!

Graff: Finally breaks through and makes his first team.

Green: Won't be close.

JB: see Green v. Deakin.

Snyder: Gadson will hang, always does. Snyder's just too much.

 

Green won’t be close? Deakin just beat him at the open

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Yanni                              Gilman

Dake                                Colon

Taylor                                Green

Cox                                  Burroughs

Nick.                                 Snyder

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5 hours ago, Thor said:

Green won’t be close? Deakin just beat him at the open

He did. Still, won't be close.

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18 hours ago, B. Alan said:

Yianni: Kid's on fire and I don't see Zain bringing anything new to the table.

Dake: Ringer winning wouldn't surprise me in the least. Dude has looked good.

Taylor: Really dislike DT and would love to see Downey win, but, not happening.

Cox: Bo has impressed but I really don't see this being all that close.

Gable: I think he's our future at the weight. Why not go ahead and take it?

Gilman: Will wreck Fix in two. My man!!

Graff: Finally breaks through and makes his first team.

Green: Won't be close.

JB: see Green v. Deakin.

Snyder: Gadson will hang, always does. Snyder's just too much.

 

I like your picks with one exception. I'm going Bo in the surprise over Cox. (And I want to pick Retherford, but holy crap Yianni). My only other concern is Taylor's injury. I don't think anyone really knows how that will factor in (other than Taylor himself) right now.

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8 minutes ago, wrestlenewbie said:

I like your picks with one exception. I'm going Bo in the surprise over Cox. (And I want to pick Retherford, but holy crap Yianni). My only other concern is Taylor's injury. I don't think anyone really knows how that will factor in (other than Taylor himself) right now.

I’m more concerned with Dake’s injury than Taylor’s. DT at less than100% should still beat Pat Downey, I cant say the same for a banged up Dake vs Dieringer. 

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1 hour ago, Thor said:

I’m more concerned with Dake’s injury than Taylor’s. DT at less than100% should still beat Pat Downey, I cant say the same for a banged up Dake vs Dieringer. 

I 'd say there's a good chance Dake and Taylor both could end up skipping Final X and requesting a later date. I think they have up until 2 weeks before acclimation camp to get it in. USAW can deny the request, but of course they'll do anything to get two WC's on the team. Will be interesting to see how it plays out.

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