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  1. That list is also known as the top 5 guys not named Nick Lee. Per Flo rankings: Red #6, Murin #3, Moran #4, McKee #5, Pletcher #1. So the Big 10 has all of the top 6 at 141. Meat grinder.
  2. Thanks for sharing. I was also struck by the conscious effort not to focus on the outcome. The real focus is on the work and doing everything you are capable of doing. If you see to that the outcomes will take care of themselves.
  3. Flowrestling's mid-season awards article posted today. Their Coach of the Year pick? Tony Ersland, Purdue. They had this to say: While things like the Hodge and Freshman of the Year are a little easier in March because we have the final NCAA results, something like Coach of the Year is a little less straightforward. There are several ways to look at it, from giving it to the coach of the title team to a guy earning it for an unexpected team trophy or first national champ, as well as factoring in dual performance and how a program improves throughout the year. There's no question Tom Brands would be a justified choice if Iowa wins its first national title in a decade, and on the other side if Penn State overcomes their bevy of injuries Cael Sanderson could be a wise choice. Wisconsin's first team trophy since 2010 would likely get Chris Bono some discussion and likely be the result of Tristan Moran going from preseason #11 to high All-American, plus a Seth Gross national title after transferring in. But right now I'm looking at some other coaches in the Big Ten in Tony Ersland of Purdue and Matt Storniolo of Northwestern. Right now Ersland has the edge there due to the Boilermakers' 21-13 win over the Wildcats in Evanston, though Sebastian Rivera and Yahya Thomas both missed that dual. Purdue started the year unranked and is up to #10 in our tournament rankings, while Northwestern went up from 16th to 8th. Similarly Virginia Tech has climbed from 18th to start the year to #11 now, and that's without the services of NCAA champ Mekhi Lewis while also suffering season ending injuries to Korbin Myers and Brent Moore. They're second in our dual rankings and begin their ACC schedule this Friday against North Carolina. We should also mention Mark Manning after Nebraska won CKLV and Chris Ayres taking Princeton from 15th in the preseason to #8 right now. Coach of the Year is also tricky because it singles out the head coach for something that also includes the work of his assistants and the accomplishments of their athletes. While Sanderson and Brands are tremendous coaches, I'm more partial to the somewhat backhanded description of "most with the least," and to this point in January that is Ersland. He's taken Devin Schroder from 12 to 6, Kendall Coleman from unranked to sixth, Dylan Lydy up eight spots to #4, and Christian Brunner jumping five spots up to fifth. Finalists: Tony Ersland, Matt Storniolo, Tony Robie
  4. Just had another thought about this after hitting enter. The other reason to get excited about Friday is I think we are seeing the best version of each of these guys right now. I could argue that was not the case either of the prior two times they had met. In high school Lee was returning after extended time away due to injury. And as Y2CJ41 posted over in the college thread (what was he thinking?) Red was not enjoying wrestling last year and having a hard time finding motivation. But now we have two healthy, motivated, skilled wrestlers at their peak. Did I mention I was excited for Friday?
  5. I am going out on a limb here, but I will go Lee with a major decision. What will be most interesting to me is to see is how Red deals with Lee's offense. No one has come close to stopping him when he takes a shot (which is often) in college or in the Sr Open (with the exception of Jordan Oliver). While he has not wrestled anyone with even remotely the defensive skills of Red yet in folkstyle this year, he certainly did so in freestyle at the Sr. Open. Of course, the caveat is freestyle does not equal folkstyle. Meanwhile, Red can re-attack or turn your offense into his offense with the best of them. All of that is another way of saying I am really looking forward to Friday night.
  6. In Lydy's 14 matches against top 99 ranked (per wrestlestat) he is 13-1 with a net margin of just 24 points. 4 of his victories have come in SV. Keeping it close is his MO.
  7. Seems like this has been happening a lot this year. The top guys are just not taking the mat against each other in duals.
  8. Psu dual against Rutgers got picked up by ESPN2. There are replays later too. Nick Lee hammers Jo Jo Aragona 19-4. The scorers couldn't keep up with Lee's attacks. As a special bonus, Davkd Taylor was the color commentator and gave a shout out to Joe and Matt Lee for good measure.
  9. Disclaimer: Not sure if this is the time or place for this, so let me know if you don't want this kind of "not Indiana, but Indiana adjacent" content. I brought up the other day that Eierman could possibly take Murin's spot at 141 for Iowa. Flo posted the following pro / con article today. I know not everyone has access (though I don't think this is behind the firewall, let me know if I am wrong), but here is the link: https://www.flowrestling.org/articles/6650331-should-iowa-pull-jaydin-eiermans-redshirt
  10. Unless it is Eierman on 1/31. He tweeted a teasing message that could, maybe, possibly imply he will pull his red shirt. Hard to know what he meant by it, but since Lee ruined his chance to qualify for the Olympic trials at Sr. Nationals he only has two remaining avenues to qualify; win the Last Chance qualifier, or win the NCAA title. Top 2 at Last Chance qualify and no one who has already qualified is allowed to enter (unlike at Sr. Nationals), so you would think he stands a strong chance there, but if you are a gambling man you have to think in terms of odds. It has to help his odds to try both avenues to qualify. That it also aligns with Iowas "all in this year" philosophy also increases the probability it happens. We don't know how Murin is doing against him in the room, though. If Murin is winning in the room I could not see the Brands agreeing to pull the shirt.
  11. And with Brunner taking it on the chin last night my over / under for Purdue against Iowa is now 3.5
  12. Well at least part of my scenario is wrong. Busiello is wrestling at 157 this weekend in an open tournament. Lee wins 13-5 last night over Dylan Duncan from Illinois. Duncan was ranked 14 on Flo and 22 on Wrestlestat.
  13. If I put the Purdue over / under at 4.5 which way do you bet? Put another way, what do you think Lydy and Brunner do?
  14. Agreed. Yianni represents a challenge to accept rather than duck (see Micic, see Red).I think the bigger factor in whether Lee red shirts or not is how it helps or hurts the team. It would not be an individual decision. That said, with Busiello now going to PSU you can envision a situation where Lee red shirts next year and RBY or Busiello go 141 next year and Lee comes back the following year at 149. Way too many factors over too much time to make an actual prediction, just saying it is a possible scenario.
  15. And about Red: Despite wrestling in the same conference for an entire season, Chad Red and Tristan Moran have never met collegiately. Both are incredible scramblers who are not afraid to mix, so this one has the potential to be a lot of fun.
  16. From the Flo preview where they pick their top 10 matches of the weekend You could make an argument that Dylan Lydy has been the hottest wrestler in the country this season. Coming off a bloodround finish at last year's NCAA Championships, Lydy has won all 20 of his matches this season and has picked up CKLV and Midlands titles along the way. Lydy began the year ranked #12 and has since beat Anthony Valencia, Kimball Bastian, Ben Harvey, Mikey Labriola, and Bryce Steiert twice. Can Lydy add to his hit list?
  17. Joe Lee wrestles tomorrow morning unattached at the Southern Scuffle. He is unseeded. The top seed goes to Shane Griffith of Stanford. Griffith is 36-2 between his red shirt year last year and his freshmen year so far this year. One of his losses was a tight match at last year's Scuffle to Vincenzo Joseph. That said Lee and Griffith have wrestled once before with Lee prevailing. Of course it was 4 years ago and freestyle, so a lot of mitigating factors. They are on the same side of the bracket so could meet in semis.
  18. Lydy Harvey rematch in the first period of semis. Nomad "familiarity breeds contempt they say" after a first period without a single leg attack which ends 0-0. Lydy starts period 2 on top with just 5 seconds of riding time (and that was generous from the timer). Big scramble leads to nothing. After contact lens stoppage time (is that a thing?) Lydy tries a double but OB. And it ends 1-0 Harvey. Lydy up and out in 5 seconds. Deja vu. There was a shot, re-shot in the period that came to nothing, but otherwise just cagey. SV-1 Lydy goes right leg single 21 seconds in for the 3-1 win.
  19. From Minnesota Wrestling website: At 149-pounds Brayton Lee was disqualified in the first period after an "illegal move" while finishing a single leg takedown. The referee whistled things dead after Lee turned the leg and, after injury time, Lehigh was awarded the full six team points.
  20. Brock Hudkins had a massive third period in the semis against Pat Glory (6th as a true freshman last year). It was tied at 5 with Hudkins on top. He got hit for an illegal move (announcer speculated it was a full nelson) before riding Glory out to reverse a 1 minute plus riding time disadvantage and re-tie the match. Sadly he gets injured during sudden victory. It looked like a knee but hard to know for sure. He had to be carried from the mat after having to concede. A real shame for him and hopefully he is able to recover quickly as this looked to be his year.
  21. If Cassar is not injured he will definitely be favored over Steveson, and everyone else. However, the Minnesota / Iowa dual on Feb 15 just got a lot more interesting at heavyweight with Steveson's return and Cassiopi looking very good so far.
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