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    Caleb Spires reacted to Mattyb in ‘19 champs vs ‘20   
    Slivka is one of the best big match wrestlers in Indiana history. He had wins over multiple top ranked high schoolers last year. And has beaten more of those guys this year. He just gets the job done. Slivka is a hammer on top and underrated on his feet. I’m unaware of any national ranked kids that Dickens has beat. Slivka has beaten a handful. With that said, that’s the reason that Slivka gets my nod. I’m using logic and facts.
     
    EMD fans are pumped for their guy. As they should be. Again, silly debate but a fun one. Obviously the Dickens win is fresh and 90 percent of EMD fans will give Dickens the nod. It is what it is. 
     
    With all of that said, most posters on here have never won a title and will never have family member win a title. They will never know the joy or help put the work in to win a title. So.. when you get on here and say a KID will smoke another KID, it is kinda insulting to a family that actually put in the work, took the kid to privates, took the kid to academy, took the kid all over the USA, the money that was spent, the sleep that was missed, the days of work missed, the tudors that were payed for, getting up at 5:00am to help the kid work out and meal prep, the “vacation” time that was spent in the middle of Iowa. So before you go off running your mouth behind your anonymous screen name, be considerate of what people went through and know that they are prideful. Make your logical picks or homer picks, but you need to be respectful of other people’s sacrifices. Calm down cowboys. 
     
    Just my two cents. 
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    Caleb Spires reacted to 60yearold120lbs in Injury Defaults   
    I've been wrestling around the same amount of time you have been coaching. I have seen wrestlers take an injury default and walk around fine five minutes later a few minutes later. I think if you could. By saying "hey you're injury defaulting you can't wrestle the rest of the day. Understand that." You're giving then mmm the option to choose. You're really allowing the wrestler to pick and choose what match they want to wrestle in with the ways the rules are now. "No I'm not good enough to wrestle and finish the match, but I can wrestle the next match." It softens the sports. 
     
    A story I have is this, 
    A year ago at Goshen Regionals first round one of the Gimson boys from Jimtown was winning his match by a wide margin. He got called for an illegal body slam, and this kid seemed hurt. I really respected what the East Noble coaches did... they knew their kid wouldn't be able to finish the match, but they started the time let it run one second and then stopped the time  and then lost the match.  The coaches knew that Gimson was going to place at state (he did). This coach got crap from the fans for sure, and the coaches I talked to throughout the day said they don't know that they would be able to do that. I know that this sort of argues for allowing injury defaults, but a majority of the coaches said they don't know if they could do that. Keeping that in the back of my mind, It's easy for coaches to say they'd do the right thing, but when it all comes down to it, a lot of then would have a hard time not taking their kid to semi-state, state, the finals etc. I think by giving the option to pick and choose which match they wrestle in gives them the idea that they get to go farther. Either way the rules are the rules, and I'm just for good hard wrestling. There can always be talk about ways to improve the sport. I'm here to learn.
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    Caleb Spires reacted to MattM in Miscellaneous banter thread   
    How does Caleb not get a seat right on the floor and All Access Pass.  That’s a travesty that’s needs corrected. 
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    Caleb Spires got a reaction from GenHeavyHandz in Petty back and forth and during the season Champion   
    I hate reading this. Hope you have smooth recovery, General. 
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    Caleb Spires reacted to Jcjcjc in I simulated the State Tournament 1,000,000 Times   
    All right...I'll do it...
     
    I forced the Indianamat.com bot who has been posting all season to read the brackets and message board 1,000 times, and here are the results.
     
    An Indiana Wrestling fan laughs at an ankle band. A referee hits him and the ankle band for double stalling. 
     
    800 lbs. Gorilla: This guy is tough as nails.His opponent is also a nail.
     
    Referee 1: You are stalling with extra passivity. 
     
    Region Wrestling fan 1: Booooooooo. Angery my fingers extend. Twooooooooooo.
     
    Referee 2: Also twoooooooooooo, but also stalling. 
     
    Indy Wrestling Fan 1: It's not fair that you are calling twoooooooooooo. Booooooooo.
     
    800 lbs. Gorilla: Nails for sale by the dozen. 
     
    Region Wrestling Fan 2: The region will have 46 state champs this season. Rats wrestle as tough as a rat tooth. Nails are soft like children.
     
    Evansville Wrestling Fan 1: I like everyone. All are good who wrestle. 
     
    All other wrestling fans yell at gentle Evansville grandparents.
     
    Referee 1: Continuous stalling on all. I wish I had more fists.
     
    Ankle band: I do not like being strapped to the shoulder of large boys.
     
    The tournament is over, but the buzzers continue to alarm the spectators who only yell that it isn't fair. Fade to black. 
     
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    Caleb Spires reacted to Wrestlingfan100 in Pin their way through state?   
    All in 2015 I believe Tommy cash , Blake Rypel, and Shawn Streck did so.
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    Caleb Spires got a reaction from FCFIGHTER170 in Petty back and forth and during the season Champion   
    What do you say? You vs. me as the co-main event?
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    Caleb Spires got a reaction from FCFIGHTER170 in Number 1 not making it to state   
    He was second, as was Taylor Grubb of Prairie Heights at 215, who lost in the ticket round that day.
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    Caleb Spires reacted to base in 2020 Team champion preview   
    **ASSUMING** that they score the tournament the same as last year (no advancement or bonus points for Friday night) the team race should be very close although I have it as a 3-horse race between Mater Dei, Cathedral and Crown Point.  I think between those 3 it's anyone's tourney - bonus points, key matchups and some unexpected scorers could tilt the victory one way or another.
     
    Here is how the scoring works (again, using last year's formula).  Wrestlers score for Advancement points and Placement points. Those are predetermined:

     
    Additionally, wrestlers can add team points versus Activity scoring:

     
    Obviously it makes a HUGE difference whether the wrestler can make it to the finals versus the 3rd/4th place match, and so on.  Here are my predictions:
     
    1. Evansville Mater Dei -  9 wrestlers with several chances to make the finals. Some huge landmines though that could really effect the outcome!
    2. Indianapolis Cathedral - Some good early matchups means that they have a good chance to have a large number of wrestlers making it deep
    3. Crown Point - With Mendez leading the way, the Bulldogs have some hammers that could make a deep run. They have some huge matchups with Mater Dei
     
    Evansville Mater Dei
    Nine wrestlers starting out Friday night for EMD.  Close matchups for Egli, Baumann, Sollars and Parkinson - if they get all 9 through, look out! 113 Cole Ross likely to face Logan Frazier in his 2nd match.  If we wins that, a tough one against the Schoeff/Anthony winner.  I have Ross making the finals 120 Alec Freeman has a brutal route - Head to Head with Crown Point's Riley Bettich in the 2nd round, then has to beat Cathedral's Seltzer if he wants to reach the finals 126 Ashton Hayhurst - Has undefeated Dylan Stroud in the opening round. Can he get by him? If so, then battle-tested David Pierson in the 2nd round and Rioux in the 3rd. That's a lot to ask of a sophomore 132 Kane Egli - He's got a tough road, but guys like this senior can decide the team title. He faces Slivka from Roncalli in the 1st match.  If he gets to Saturday he will likely have Ian Heath before hitting Mendez. Making the final 4 would be big 138 Blake Boarman is the big dog in a difficult half-bracket. For his 3rd match will probably face either Logan Wagner or Floyd Central's Conway 145 Brody Baumann has winnable first 2 matches but they won't be easy. Jajuan Anderson from Warren Central will push the pace - and then AJ Poindexter will stand in the way of a top 4 finish 160 Eli Dickens - Based on this year's results he is the favorite - but the final 4 at 160 will be extremely entertaining and could go any combination. He would have a match versus Cathedral's Eliot Rodgers in his 3rd match to reach the finals. That's a HUGE swing match for team points 170 Gabe Sollars - Someone like Sollars could make a huge difference.  His first match is against Chesterton junior Gavin Layman.  Then he would face a likely head-to-head matchup against Cathedral's Tyler Wagner 182 Macartney Parkinson - has the toughest quarter bracket in the tournament. Opens up against #1 Joseph Walker then has Mason Winner in the 2nd round.  It's feast or famine for Mater Dei here  
    Indianapolis Cathedral
    Cathedral enters 8 wrestlers to the field Friday night. All of them have a shot to make it to Saturday, with some high scoring potential 106 Evan Dickey comes in as a 4th place finisher, but he does avoid the loaded other half-bracket. His Friday night match is against Isaac Ruble - if he can get by that, then his points will really be a help 120 Zeke Seltzer is the prohibitive favorite but it isn't a cake walk. He may see Bettich or Freeman in the 3rd round.  Still, it's likely big points here 138 Logan Bailey is a big swing in points, I think.  He has potential to reach the finals, but he has a match against Drake Campbell in the 2nd round that could be a scare 160 Elliot Rodgers has a good path until that final 4 where he faces Dickens who has beat him this season. Will experience win over latest results? 170 Tyler Wagner may face EMD's Gabe Sollars in his 2nd match - that's a big showdown.  Wagner could make a run to the finals 182 Johnny Parker - Unfortunately for Parker, he drew in to the death quarter bracket of Mason Winner then Parkinson/Walker.  Tough to see him winning the first round, let alone getting to the final 4 195 Jacob Huffman - he is an interesting one.  His first match is against Friedt, who is ranked higher but also lost to his Cathedral teammate Parker this season.  I don't have Huffman making it to Saturday, but he could surprise and get into that 5th-8th range. In that case, bonus points would be key 285 Holden Parsons - the senior Yorktown transfer has wrestled well this season and the 285 weight class is always unpredictable. I have him winning 2 matches before facing Dancy from Portage.  Parsons is very experienced and opposite the Key/Irick combo. If he can slow down the match and wrestle strategically against Dancy, he could be under the lights with some HUGE points  
    Crown Point
    Crown Point brings 8 wrestlers to the first round. I think their first round looks great, which means they will get 6 or possibly 7 into the scoring rounds. They are very young, but still could surprise some of the older wrestlers and make deep runs to make this a close race 106 Sammy Goin has only lost once all season. I would love his chances - but he got a tough, tough draw. He has Chundi in the 2nd round. That match may be a tossup. Can Goin get past Chundi and make it into the final 4 and possibly win it all?  Since there are so many young wrestlers here and the action is lightning-quick, 106 can be very unpredictable and the matches can turn quickly 113 Logan Frazier is another freshman. He has a stiff task, facing the experienced Cole Ross from EMD in the 2nd round.  I would give the edge to Ross, but I am not counting out these young bulldogs either 120 Riley Bettich has a ton of talent and the chance to take out a couple of head to head competitors.  He should have Alec Freeman in the 2nd round, then Zeke Seltzer in the 3rd 126 Stephen Roberson - we all know the 126 weight class is bonkers this year. There are no easy paths to the finals and Roberson will have to face Kysen Montgomery in the 2nd round, then the winner of Dalton/Lowery showdown in the 3rd round if he wants to see the finals. Possiblity of huge points, or very few points here. 132 Jesse Mendez - He'll have the target on his back this year. Hard to see anyone stopping him from winning it all and getting the 20 team points. So the question may be how many bonus points can he rack up to help out the team? 138 Nick Tattini - Don't have Tattini getting to Saturday.  If he can manage to get there, that's a huge boost for CP 145 Orlando Cruz - he also faces a murderer's row of wrestlers but he is capable of getting some points. He has Feichter in the 1st round, then likely Avon's Jaden Reynolds in the 2nd round before seeing undefeated Alec Viduya in the semis.  Any points here would be a big win 160 Noah Hollendonner is the #1 seed.  He should win his first, but then will have to try to break up the favored final 4 at this weight. He will see the winner of Noehre/Asbury. Look for Noah to be shooting for 5th-8th range and getting bonus points where he can  
    Honorable Mentions
    Brownsburg - Some great wrestlers with some brutal matchups.  Logan Miller at 106 should reach the semis.  Kysen Montgomery will have Roberson in 2nd round.  DRake Campbell has only lost once this season - can he knock off Logan Bailey in the 2nd round?  Peyton Asbury got a Friday night death draw versus Noehre, but he will not make it an easy out.  285 Dorian Keys is the returning champion - can he repeat against Irick in a likely rematch with Irick in the semifinals and bring home another title? Chesterton - Look for Ellis and Bates to score big points here. Torres is great but has Rioux in the 2nd round. Kaiser would have to beat Boarman in the 2nd round.  Tough roads to reach those big-point finals Perry Meridian - Only 3 wrestlers, but all of them have a legit shot to get to the finals. Cottey (113), Koontz (132) and Warren (182) can rack up mega points, but they are just hurt by lack of sheer numbers Roncalli - Similar to Perry.  The Lowery brothers only have 2 losses between them on the season. Both could make a nice run to the finals.  Viduya is on fire and he could be the 3rd Roncalli wrestler to reach the finals.  Slivka is talented but has a really tough first round matchup with Kane Egli.  If the other 3 can get to the finals and Slivka reaches the final 4 then we may see Roncalli creeping up the board Warren Central - 5 wrestlers here. Brice Coleman is undefeated and favored - he should score lots of points. David Pierson at 126 would be challenged at every step, but he has the potential and experience to make a deep run.  Jajuan Anderson, Damon McClain and Dennis Hubbard could score some points, but not enough  
    As always these are only my opinions. Good luck to all teams and wrestlers this weekend - hope that everyone wrestles their best match(es) ever and stays injury-free, in victory or defeat.
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    Caleb Spires reacted to Y2CJ41 in Petty back and forth and during the season Champion   
    Sorry I'm a tad busy this week preparing kids for the state finals. 
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    Caleb Spires got a reaction from FCFIGHTER170 in Petty back and forth and during the season Champion   
    So it’s settled! Who else is signing up for the veteran 167.5 lb weight class at ISWA state?
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    Caleb Spires reacted to GenHeavyHandz in Petty back and forth and during the season Champion   
    Come see my Caleb Clause.  Panther vs Jimmy.  You be Watts : I’ll be Early 
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    Caleb Spires got a reaction from FCFIGHTER170 in Petty back and forth and during the season Champion   
    Hey! 167 is right around my natural weight too!
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    Caleb Spires got a reaction from DrunkJoeNamath in Petty back and forth and during the season Champion   
    Hey! 167 is right around my natural weight too!
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    Caleb Spires got a reaction from Manimal2001 in Beeks vs Hardcastle ticket round match   
    I have no ill will toward Hardcastle. He wrestled great all Saturday, with a very tough road to the championship. And with the way he was wrestling, maybe he would have beaten Beeks if he could’ve continued the match.

    Regardless, this was a really, really crappy way for a talented senior’s season to end. 
     
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    Caleb Spires got a reaction from FCFIGHTER170 in State Finals Noteworthy Draws   
    113 - Elijah Anthony vs. Cheaney Schoeff
     
    That’s a very tough one for the first round.
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    Caleb Spires got a reaction from Sutton047 in State Finals Noteworthy Draws   
    113 - Elijah Anthony vs. Cheaney Schoeff
     
    That’s a very tough one for the first round.
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    Caleb Spires got a reaction from Jack Jones in One Trip State Champion   
    Jeremiah Harvey - Culver Community 2011
     
    Eli Stock - Monrovia 2017(?)
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    Caleb Spires got a reaction from Galagore in One Trip State Champion   
    Jeremiah Harvey - Culver Community 2011
     
    Eli Stock - Monrovia 2017(?)
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    Caleb Spires got a reaction from FCFIGHTER170 in One Trip State Champion   
    Jeremiah Harvey - Culver Community 2011
     
    Eli Stock - Monrovia 2017(?)
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    Caleb Spires got a reaction from Thor in Bold predictions out of FW SS?   
    Ester has just as good a shot as about 5 or 6 others to come out of Saturday as the 120 champion.
    Possible for sure, but I’m not betting against him.
    I’m thinking not. 
    I expect Jimtown to be represented in Indy next week.
    Thor called out my trickery on that one. It was a reference to Teusch.
     
     
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    Caleb Spires got a reaction from Aidan Sprague in Bold predictions out of FW SS?   
    • 120 will have a minimum of four on-paper upsets, but I’m thinking a couple more.
    • A school who has been doing very well here for multiple years will not get a single state finals qualifier.
    • Two undefeated wrestlers will lose in the ticket round.
    • A BIG upset occurs, one that nobody in this thread has or will predict.
    • I guarantee a #1 ranked wrestler will not qualify for the state finals.
    • I will get a better score on these pick ems than I do New Castle(bolder than it sounds).
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    Caleb Spires got a reaction from backtothemat in Bold predictions out of FW SS?   
    • 120 will have a minimum of four on-paper upsets, but I’m thinking a couple more.
    • A school who has been doing very well here for multiple years will not get a single state finals qualifier.
    • Two undefeated wrestlers will lose in the ticket round.
    • A BIG upset occurs, one that nobody in this thread has or will predict.
    • I guarantee a #1 ranked wrestler will not qualify for the state finals.
    • I will get a better score on these pick ems than I do New Castle(bolder than it sounds).
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    Caleb Spires got a reaction from Aidan Sprague in Notable matches ranked wrestlers not moving on   
    I’ll give Northwood a shout out. Today at Goshen they had three 4th placers from last weekend take out the Westview sectional champions, and all three went on to place third, avenging losses from last week’s third place matches.
     
     
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    Caleb Spires got a reaction from FWwrestling1996 in Notable matches ranked wrestlers not moving on   
    I’ll give Northwood a shout out. Today at Goshen they had three 4th placers from last weekend take out the Westview sectional champions, and all three went on to place third, avenging losses from last week’s third place matches.
     
     
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