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(09-13-2017 02:36 PM)burden Wrote:  I would say multiple years of poor recruiting is the issue. Only Tutolo and Conel (even he left the team last year and apparently has just returned) have had any success. I have no idea why but for some reason the train came off the tracks.

2/3 years of poor recruiting definitely contributed to last season's debacle. What's interesting is that the recent classes have been very comparable on paper to those that produced our best seasons. The only difference has been the absence of a Kilgore or Miller, but keep in mind that even they didn't have the high school resumes like the recruits that sign with programs such as PSU and OSU. So on paper, we aren't that far off of the mark. Although talented, however, there was a disconnect between the recruits and expectations of the program given the exodus of so many wrestlers. There's no doubt that the 2/3 years of coaching staff inconsistency had a much more pronounced effect than anticipated. What remains to be seen is whether Coach A has made the correct moves to get us back to what we've seen in prior seasons.
09-17-2017 08:16 PM
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Team rankings:

http://www.flowrestling.org/ranking/3062...cFJrEEpCEc

Missouri
UNI (really wish they hadn't left the MAC)
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Football season is unofficially over with wrestle offs taking place tonight. Field House at 7:15.
10-25-2017 05:43 PM
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(10-25-2017 05:43 PM)Lambert58 Wrote:  Football season is unofficially over with wrestle offs taking place tonight. Field House at 7:15.

I thought the football season ended when the men's basketball team had their first practice.
10-25-2017 07:24 PM
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(10-25-2017 07:24 PM)Albert Flasher Wrote:  
(10-25-2017 05:43 PM)Lambert58 Wrote:  Football season is unofficially over with wrestle offs taking place tonight. Field House at 7:15.

I thought the football season ended when the men's basketball team had their first practice.

lol That works as well!
10-27-2017 10:44 AM
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125 - Whenever a true freshman beats a 5th year senior, I automatically assume there is an issue with the older wrestler (sick or injured), or maybe he's just not very good. However, in this case, it may be that the freshman is really good as Ferri beat both transfers - Feuer and Bardezbain - the other night. In March, Ferri placed second at the NHSCA High School Wrestling Championships and he did win 2 New England titles as a junior and a senior. Given the presence of 2 transfers, I imagine Ferri will be redshirted. We seem to be in good shape at this weight but Bardezbain and Feuer will need to step it up.

133 - Tutolo is solid.

141 - Simpson (starter last year at 125) moved up and lost 2 matches. I imagine he will drop to 133 and serve as a backup to Tutolo or take a redshirt as there's depth at 141 in Driscoll, Rooney, and Henneman. Rooney went 2-0, while Driscoll and Henneman went 1-1. Despite the depth, this weight is a big question mark.

149 - Monico looked good against a very talented freshman in Kody Komara, who is from Coach Hill's high school. Both wrestlers had sold high school careers and we should be good here.

157 - This is another weight class with depth. Jackson gave Sparkman all he could handle, and Heyob only lost by 1 to Sparkman. We are solid here. As with 125 and 141, will the depth produce a starter that will contend in the MAC?

165 - Byland was close with Bast through 2 periods, but Bast dominated the 3rd. If he can stay healthy, he should be able to improve over last year. Still a question mark, however, until mid-November / December.

174 - Hinkle and Barreiro had the most entertaining bout with Hinkle chasing Barreiro for almost all 7 minutes. However, Barreiro showed patience, wrestled his match, and won 8-3. Barreiro is another New England product with great high school credentials. Barreiro could be our second best wrestler after Tutolo.

184 - The true freshman (McCracken) beat Mast in OT. Unlike 125, we have very little depth at this weight and it may be a struggle this season with either a true freshman or Mast (only a sophomore and 15-15 last year) being the starter. Mast showed signs of being a good wrestler last year, but his inexperience hurt him.

197 - Although no one wrestled at this weight, I did see Conel with the team. I think the coaching staff is going to let this class work itself out during tournaments and in the room. It ought to be "interesting".

285 - Like 125, I hope this was a case of a very good true freshman showing he's ready for college wrestling and not a sign that Nye is no better than his 5-3 MAC finish last year. Bolia is a tank and had a great high school career so I hope it is the former.

I'm guardedly optimistic. There's decent talent in the room and the transition BS should be over so this season will be all about the coaching and the staff's ability to get the most out of this still very young squad.
10-27-2017 11:37 AM
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A bit more optimistic than I anticipated. Let’s see how it turns out. I suppose it could not be any worse than last year.
10-27-2017 04:35 PM
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(10-27-2017 04:35 PM)burden Wrote:  A bit more optimistic than I anticipated. Let’s see how it turns out. I suppose it could not be any worse than last year.

They will be better than last year. That’s not an ambitious prediction on my part. lol. There is more depth but that was also the case at the beginning of last year too.
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Decided to see the team first hand today. First time on campus since last March and what a mess. Summit street is under major construction and only open going south. The main parking lot is smaller and full. Parked about 0.5 mile away. It’s going to be fun this year. I assume there will be shuttles during the men’s games but for the women’s team, wrestling and gymnastics it’s going to be a lot of fun.
11-03-2017 10:19 AM
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(11-03-2017 10:19 AM)burden Wrote:  Decided to see the team first hand today. First time on campus since last March and what a mess. Summit street is under major construction and only open going south. The main parking lot is smaller and full. Parked about 0.5 mile away. It’s going to be fun this year. I assume there will be shuttles during the men’s games but for the women’s team, wrestling and gymnastics it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Good to see that KSU’s parking “services” still sucks. lol I attempted to park in the student center lot because I saw open spots. Of course, the lot was “full” and I was turned away. Fortunately, I knew to go across the street but for anyone not familiar with the area, it’s confusing as hell. Throw in the construction equipment and students and it’s an even bigger mess. Imagine how bad it will be at night, in the rain / snow.
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