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|3 years 35 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
Should have been called one of two way. Reversal, escape, takedown. A 4-1 exchange. Or, escape takedown. A 3-0 exchange. I've officiated with one of those guys on multiple occasions. The fact it didn't get worked out is not a surprise. One of the reasons I got out of that part of the sport has to do with how some other officials think. Until they realize officiating is not a sport in itself, moments like this won't change. they're are some very good guys. But, they are more few then the stubborn. And this isn't just in NCAA officiating. It's throughout the sport to the Olympic level.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||I don't know exactly. But,||
I don't know exactly. But, no use in rushing him back if its injury related. I wouldn't be surprised if he was battling some weight issues as well.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||http://intermatwrestle.com/ra||
Here is the Rankings from intermat.
|4 years 3 days ago||Huge pick-up. For all the||
Huge pick-up. For all the positive rankings on him as a recruit, I still think they fall short of just how big of a prospect he is. Not only are they getting the best in-state kid, but, also from a school packed with more D-1 talent.
I was getting together some stuff for a season preview and was going to touch on recruiting and how important of a pickup he would be. This is big step for the program to stick its nose into the national scene.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||be kinda careful of that. I||
be kinda careful of that. I made a trip to Iowa one year with plans of scalping and couldnt find a thing until well into the opening quarter. ended up dropping $100 for single seats. (worth every penny, we won in OT) The student tickets require student id to enter. They do have student tickets where you have to walk in with a student.
My wife's family has season tickets to iowa and I haven't missed an Iowa Michigan game in many years. Ive been told the michigan game is like a super bowl in Iowa City to hawkeye fans.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||D-1 Programs get 9.9||
D-1 Programs get 9.9 Scholarships that the coach can allocate however he see's fit. They take into acount how "in need" certain kids are from others when deciding on percentages. Bottom line is these athletes are most likely pitching in a share.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Massa would be huge. Here is||
Massa would be huge. Here is another one. For the '13 class. Ben Whitford. Recently went out to Illinois to wrestle at Marmion Academy. Rumors he's moving back to Michigan, maybe to the same school as Massa. Family is big Michigan Fans. He's the ranked 3rd at 130 on intermat with the top two already graduates. I have no inside info other then that. But, for some reason, I could see that happening.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Kirk Trost and Mike Kulczycki||
Kirk Trost and Mike Kulczycki were replaced. Trost had been there 23 years. The program needed a shakeup in some way. These were good guys that will probably still hang around.
Bormet and Pritzlaff are well respected guys nationally. I really think you need coaches that have made or are making an impact in wrestling outside of the program.
Michigan has been stale in that reguard and in turn, I think recruits look first in other areas. Look at the jump Penn State has made by just bringing in Cael Sanderson. That area had a lot of talent and now they are flocking to PSU because they want to work with him. Not just as a member of Penn State, but, for any world team and oylmpic dreams.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Thanks so much. His name is||
Thanks so much. His name is Tom. The power of prayer is an amazing thing and has got us further then we thought possible during this. Pair that with some Maize and Blue of the UM hospital, and I don't think you could go wrong.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||sorry, didn't see that. He||
sorry, didn't see that. He was announced on the BTN as the outstanding wrestler. But, Q would be a good choice to.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||I have some concerns,||
I have some concerns, however, the past couple classes don't mean you have to hit the panic button. Michigan is doing as well as they are now thanks a lot to their recruiting class from a couple years ago. Those guys are rFr and true So.
So much of the last 2 classes has been about depth.
I think a lot of efforts are keyed on the 2012 class. They have one top kid in the state with Michigan's top prep wrestler a possibility. They would be big gets.
With that said, the last couple classes have put a lot of pressure on 2012 and 2013. they certainly need to up the recruiting efforts or else 5th in the big ten is going to be their ceiling. They need to take their success now and up the ante for the nations top recruits. Also building some better buzz with the program around the university would help a lot.
Michigan has a lot going for it. Good education (big for wrestlers considering there isn't much of a pro career, unless you translate to another sport like MMA), facilities. The bahna wrestling center is top notch.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||Nebraska is currently ranked||
Nebraska is currently ranked 13th nationally, which would have made them about the 5th highest ranked B1G team. The are having a pretty good year in the Big 12 and usually put together a solid lineup.
For some reason, they create some recruting buzz around our area.
As far as conferences, the B1G has always been the premier conference. The Big 12 is always there around 2nd. This year The EIWA conference is probably the second toughest. Mostly due to Cornell, The top ranked team in the nation. It seems Andrew Benard has worked his magic for his alma mater.
|4 years 31 weeks ago||I did a write up on that||
I did a write up on that here:
|4 years 33 weeks ago||It has a lot to do with the||
It has a lot to do with the offseason strength training. He went into the season having trained for a lighter weight. May seem like it wouldn't factor that much, strength is strength. But, working out with a set weight in mind plays a big factor.
Its how you can maximize your strength to weight. He's fighting with some bad weight right now. You can see it when he's wrestling others. He just doesn't look the part. At 141 I think you would have seen a lot more.
I chatted with Kelvin Jackson (Kelvin not Kevin) who wrestled and won the title for MSU at 118 when that was the lowest weight in college. Two months after the season he was up to 160. These guys are fighting off a lot more weight then you think.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||Michigan has flirted with the||
Michigan has flirted with the elite ranks in the past, but, nothing consistant. There seems to always be a group of usual suspects like Iowa and Penn State that see down years more rare then title contending ones.
Michigan has a lot going for it and some big advantages in place to grow. I don't see any reason they can't set being among the elite as a realistic goal in the near future.
And the Big Ten is head and shoulders above any conference. some perspective. the big ten just about doubles the next closest conference in NCAA chamionship tournament invites.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||Is your friend Matt Mincey?||
Is your friend Matt Mincey? If so, although he didn't win, he showed he looks to be a better option.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Thanks. Wish I could make||
Wish I could make it to more duals then I do. The Big Ten Network is a dream to be able and catch some wrestling throughout the season. Use to have to set the VCR for the 2am national championships once a year.
I accually officiated a freestyle exibition match at a dual a few years back that Hrovat wrestled in. Real boring match, but, I made on the BTN, so there is my clame to fame. He was a nice kid and the coaches are a great representation for the sport.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||I just realized I worded this||
I just realized I worded this bad. When I mention x team by 3 or 4, Im meaning they will get the 3 team points or 4 and so on, not how much they will win by in the match. I should maybe say x team for 3 points.
on your thought though, I've never seen so many big wins in college wrestling then the past couple years. Seems I never would see a pin back in the day.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Thanks||
I will take note the previews might be better served as Diaries, especially if some use this as they follow matches. Maybe keep my results as a board topic. I worry my interest in the sport isn't on par with the majority.
Thanks for the input
|4 years 34 weeks ago||I think we'll get a much||
I think we'll get a much better Grajales next year. I think he's improved a good deal throughout this year. Ive heard of the knock on florida wrestling before and have my own point of view on it.
I worked the Junior duals a few years back and florida put up a very good showing. I was impressed with them as well as Minnesota. However, the florida teams identity was looking for advantages wherever they could. We would have disscussions as officials dedicated to florida practices in different situations. It was a contrast of mindset to that of the Minnesota team they faced in the finals that year. Florida, at the national team level, can be a bit too cute with their wrestling.
I don't want to put that general label on Grajales, but, if thats what he's use to, it will take a little longer then other top recruits to adjust to the college game. Something that kids from the likes of Blair certainly don't have a problem with. I don't think its anything on the kids, just the style.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||With you on Biondo. 5th year||
With you on Biondo. 5th year senior, he is what he is now. I think we all expected him to take another step, just never happened.
With Russell, I just think he's going to live with that style. This weekend will be a lot of fun to watch. With someone like Marion, your going to see Russell want to keeps things slow and conservative while Marion will want to amp things up. Dennis from Iowa last year did this and beat some guys I think he had no business beating. Caught up to him, but, also got him as far as it did.
On Grajales, I see your point. But, I'll throw a few things in. First, he was a fringe 133 coming in that has since gone up 2 weight classes. I put a little more on it then bumping up. He's just coming into finding his weight. Second, I think when you compare someone to the likes of Taylor and Drake, your going to be dissappointed. Compare him to the rest of the top class that year and he looks a lot better. I know freshmen play a big part in college wrestling, but, the ones who take off so quickly are oddly special at this level. Eric will find his way, just needs to hit that college switch to really turn a corner. Being from florida and still finding a weight to fit in slowed this up.
Finally, he is a contrast to russell in style. The result is inconsistancy. He has shown he can beat top 10 guys and lose to less. This is his biggest obsticle and the one you see college wrestlers make the most improvement in over their years.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||I'd say he has met||
I'd say he has met expectations. When he came in, the first thought was he would be at 133. But, he grew out of that and is probably a more natural 141 right now. But, with #1 Russell already there, he's bumped to 149. So, for a freshmen, bumped up a weight to be on the fringe of being ranked, I'd say he's doing pretty well. getting better to.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||The Iowa dual is going to||
The Iowa dual is going to have a lot of tough matchups. I can see an impressive win......a big loss and a close one.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||ruth is wicked. He was a||
ruth is wicked. He was a bright spot in a dissappointing dual again Iowa. I was hoping for better. It was neat to see the place packed.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Few Reasons||
Theres a few reasons why things haven't picked up yet.
1. Michigan had a real real down year last year.
I also don't think they have shown the consistant strides towards being in the national hunt enough to turn kids from looking for a personal destination to have fun or get a good education, to wanting to be part of a team that is going to compete for the title. I think there is few accual teams in college wrestling that the team concept is appealing.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Minnesota's kid is Mike||
Minnesota's kid is Mike Thorn. Kellen beat him earlier this year 6-2. Should be a good one.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Michigan's last class filled||
Michigan's last class filled in good depth but, nothing as spectacular as their previous to that, which was great. So 2012 is an important class.
Massa is from St. Johns. Don't know what he's thinking, but, St. Johns is far enough away from East Lansing. CMU may be more appealing. Kid is very impressive.
One of the gems of Team states is the mixture of very good wrestlers with role players. A title can come down to a weaker link of the team having to just stay off his back.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Thanks,||
Thanks everyone. I would gladly post more about the wrestling team if wanted. Or even answer any questions some may have. I know it may come across comlicated to newcomers at first, but, its a very simple and exciting sport that can make for an exciting event.
Do me a favor and drive to battle creek for the TEAM state finals. You will come away a fan without a doubt.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Don't know||
Can't speak to if they would move forward like that just to win. But, I don't know. My guess would be there is more to it, but, I don't care for Brands and his assistants. I think its great to see them apart of the iowa program, but, I think they need to draw a line on what type of image they put out during meets. There is a difference between people just knowing who you are and making sure they do.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Well, I am wrong, Scott||
Well, I am wrong, Scott Steiner was a Michigan wrestling alum. He made it.