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RE: Wrestling 2017-2018
http://kentstatesports.com/news/2017/11/...ntent.aspx

Our early signing class doesn’t have a state title between the four of them. With one season remaining, hopefully they can build upon their multiple state placements.
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11-17-2017 07:42 AM
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RE: Wrestling 2017-2018
Looks like good replacements for Tutolo @ 133lbs, Conel/Suglio @ 197lbs, & depth @ 184lbs and 165lbs.
11-17-2017 01:07 PM
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RE: Wrestling 2017-2018
http://www.kentstatesports.com/news/2017...vegas.aspx

Outside of the NCAA Tournament, this is the toughest competition we will see during the year. With 14 ranked teams, 3 of which are in the top 10, CK is an early season test of where we stand. I’m not sure what’s going on with Suglio and Conel at 197 as neither are in the lineup. I really think Coach A has reversed his strategy of putting his wrestlers through a grueling schedule.
11-30-2017 05:27 PM
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RE: Wrestling 2017-2018
Ugh - CK is showing that we have a lot of room for improvement.

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12-02-2017 02:23 PM
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RE: Wrestling 2017-2018
Not so good. I think we’re better than last year but probably not by that much. Anxious to see how we do against Buffalo Sunday.
12-02-2017 10:10 PM
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RE: Wrestling 2017-2018
Yeah, I think they are a lot better than last year. Bardezbain and Conel are upgrades @ 125lbs & 197lbs. Rooney & Monico have been a pleasant surprises @ 141lbs & 149lbs. Bast has been another disappointment @ 165lbs, not sure if he can be an above .500 wrestler @ 165lbs? Will Barreiro & McCracken hit the proverbial true freshmen wall in January, February, or March? Sparkman & Tutolo are consistent as usual.

In the match vs Buffalo, Nye has a tough matchup with the defending MAC Champion @ HWT, Jake Gunning. Can Tutolo get revenge vs Lantry @ 133lbs?

Kent State (6-1) opens up Mid-American Conference competition Sunday (Dec. 10) at the M.A.C. Center, hosting Buffalo (2-2, 1-0 MAC). The Golden Flashes look to improve to 3-0 in home duals this season.

A free video stream can be seen on Boxcast. Live audio with Matt Miller can be heard on the Golden Flashes channel on iHeartRadio. Live scoring updates can be seen on TrackWrestling

Tentative Matchups
125: Will Bardezbain (12-6) vs. Kyle Akins (3-1) or Justin Patrick (4-3)
133: Anthony Tutolo (14-6) vs. No. 17 Bryan Lantry (2-2)
141: Tim Rooney (15-5) or Chance Driscoll (5-6) vs. Blake Retell (0-2)
149: Nick Monico (15-6) vs. Jason Estevez (2-2) or Nick Palumbo (1-2)
157: Casey Sparkman (14-7) vs. Kobe Garrehy (1-1) or Eric Fasanct (2-3)
165: Isaac Bast (8-9) vs. Noah Grover (2-2) or Derek Holcomb (2-2)
174: Dylan Barreiro (14-9) vs. Ryan Kromer (0-0) or Austin Weigel (6-4)
184: Colin McCracken (6-9) vs. Brett Perry (3-3)
197: No. 19 Kyle Conel (8-2) vs. Joe Ariola (4-4)
285: Devin Nye (14-10) vs. Jake Gunning (3-1)
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The Opponent
Four Bulls are in the December MAC rankings. Junior heavyweight and defending MAC champion Jake Gunning is No. 1. Senior 197-pounder Joe Ariola and junior 133-pounder Bryan Lantry are both NCAA qualifiers and ranked No. 3 in the MAC. Junior 184-pounder Brett Perry is No. 4. Buffalo won 7-of-10 matches in a 27-9 victory over Ohio on Nov. 25. The Bulls' weekend begins with a Friday night home dual against Michigan State.

History vs. Buffalo
Kent State leads the all-time series with Buffalo 25-8 and has won 12 of the last 13 meetings. The Golden Flashes have won the last six meetings in Kent and defeated the Bulls 28-3 the last time the teams met at the M.A.C. Center (Dec. 13, 2015).
Last season, The Bulls snapped the Flashes' series winning streak with 23-12 victory in Buffalo. Returning winners for the Flashes include Devin Nye and Chance Driscoll. Kyle Akins and Bryan Lantry both won for the Bulls last year at 125 and 133.

MAC Rankings
Four Golden Flashes are in the latest December MAC rankings
No. 4 Anthony Tutolo, 133
No. 4 Nick Monico, 149
No. 3 Casey Sparkman, 157
No. 2 Stephen Suglio, 197

Just a few reminders on preseason MAC Rankings:
2017-18 MAC Preseason Poll
1. Missouri (29.0)
2. Central Michigan (18.0)
3. Buffalo (16.0)
4. Ohio (10.0)
5. Eastern Michigan (9.0)
6. Kent State (7.0)
7. Northern Illinois (6.0)
8. Old Dominion (5.0)

2017-18 MAC Weight Class Rankings:
125 – 1. Brock Hudkins (Northern Illinois, Sophomore); 2. Kyle Akins (Buffalo, Junior); 3. Barlow McGhee (Missouri, Senior); 4. (Will Bardezbain, Kent State, Senior).

133 – 1. John Erneste (Missouri, Junior); 2. Bryan Lantry (Buffalo, Junior); 3. Cameron Kelly (Ohio, Junior); 4. Anthony Tutolo (Kent State, Junior).

141 – 1. Jaydin Eierman (Missouri, Sophomore); 2. Mason Smith (Central Michigan, Sophomore); 3. Noah Forrider (Ohio, Senior); 4. Alex Madrigal (Old Dominion, Sophomore).

149 – 1. Justin Oliver (Central Michigan, Junior); 2. Kyle Springer (Eastern Michigan, Senior); 3. Grant Leeth (Missouri, Junior); 4. Jason Estevez (Buffalo, Senior).

157 – 1. Joey Lavallee (Missouri, Senior); 2. Colin Heffernan (Central Michigan, Senior); 3. Casey Sparkman (Kent State, Junior); 4. Larry Early (Old Dominion, Sophomore).

165 – 1. Austin Reese (Ohio, Junior); 2. Connor Flynn (Missouri, Sophomore); 3. Zac Carson (Eastern Michigan, Sophomore); 4. Logan Parks (Central Michigan, Sophomore).

174 – 1. Daniel Lewis (Missouri, Junior); 2. CJ Brucki (Central Michigan, Senior); 3. Seldon Wright (Old Dominion, Junior); 4. Andrew McNally (Eastern Michigan, R-Freshman).

184 – 1. Jordan Ellingwood (Central Michigan, Senior); 2. Brett Perry (Buffalo, Junior); 3. Bryce Gorman (Northern Illinois, Junior); 4. Antonio Agee (Old Dominion, Sophomore).

197 – 1. Willie Miklus (Missouri, Senior); 2. Stephen Suglio (Kent State, Senior); 3. Joe Ariola (Buffalo, Senior); 4. Bailey Faust (Ohio, Sophomore).

HWT – 1. Jake Gunning (Buffalo, Junior); 2. Gage Hutchison (Eastern Michigan, Senior); 3. Austin Myers (Missouri, Sophomore); 4. Zack Parker (Ohio, Junior).
12-09-2017 11:29 PM
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RE: Wrestling 2017-2018
(11-17-2017 07:42 AM)Lambert58 Wrote:  http://kentstatesports.com/news/2017/11/...ntent.aspx

Our early signing class doesn’t have a state title between the four of them. With one season remaining, hopefully they can build upon their multiple state placements.

Looks like a better class than I thought it was after looking at the comments/rankings from Matt Hill.

Four high school seniors recently signed National Letters of Intent to join Kent State's wrestling team for the 2018-19 season. The early signing period class includes Caleb Brooks (Circleville, Ohio), Brady Chrisman (Medina, Ohio), Tim Wallace (Uniontown, Pa.) and Stone Day (Germantown, Ohio).

"This a good, solid, hard-working group and a solid investment in the future of Kent State wrestling," said Associate Head Coach Matt Hill.

Brooks is a three-time state place winner in Ohio, expected to compete at 133 or 141 for the Golden Flashes. Last March, he finished third in Division II state tournament for Circleville High School, while competing at 120 pounds. As a sophomore Brooks was a Dispatch All-Metro First Team selection.

"Caleb is tall, fast and scrappy," Hill said. "He'll be looking to win a state title this year."

Chrisman placed fifth at the state championships this past season for Medina High School. He is expected to compete at 165 for the Flashes. In February, Chrisman won a 152-pound title at the Greater Cleveland Conference Tournament. He is a three-time place winner at NHSCA Nationals.

"Brady's a very smart wrestler and smart academically too," Hill said. "He has a huge upside. Every coach in the area has told us we have a really good one in Brady. I saw him wrestle at Super 32. His only losses were to Top 10 guys and he wrestled both of them really well."

Wallace is the lone Pennsylvania native in the group, coming from Albert Gallatin High School. He placed third at the PIAA state championships in March and enters his senior year with 102 career victories. Ranked No.11 in the nation by FloWrestling at 182, Wallace is expected to compete at 184.

"Tim is a typical scrappy Pennsylvania guy," Hill said. "He's talented on his feet with a variety of attacks and he's tough on top."

Day, of Valley View High School, finished his junior season as a state runner-up with a 45-2 record. In 2016, he placed fifth at the state tournament. Day is expected to compete at 197 for the Flashes. He has also been a key contributor to Valley View's football team.

"Stone's a brutal, strong and physical wrestler that reminds me a little of Dustin Kilgore when he came out of high school with his attacks," Hill said.
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RE: Wrestling 2017-2018
Mixed results yesterday. Losing 16-15 is better than losing 23-12 I guess. Tutolo and Bardezbain were beaten badly (didn’t expect that). Doesn’t look it based on the scores but watching the match they were clearly outwrestled. The match at 184 (McCracken) reminded me of last year. A big early lead followed by a tired wrestler giving it all up in the 3rd period and then giving up 8 points in OT to hand Buffalo a major decision. Almost got pinned on top of it. Don’t know who would have had the tie breaker edge in the match (still the only thing worse than an NHL/soccer shoot out to decide a match) but that was a very bad way to lose. Conel was also totally gassed after the first period (not wrestling for a year will do that to you I suppose). He wasn’t quite strong enough to get his takedowns and lost a close one. Hopefully he will be back in form by the MACs and NCAAs.

More to see than last year but still average at best. Another good sign was we weren’t getting pinned every other match. The matches were all fairly close scoring wise.
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