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Wrestling 2017-2018
http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Fea...gs-and-TPI

We have nowhere to go but up! Even Cleveland State is ranked ahead of us.

I was shocked to see Kyle Conel was back on the roster. Hmmmm...
09-07-2017 09:10 PM
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RE: Wrestling 2017-2018
http://csnbbs.com/thread-820295.html

Looks as though the Northern Illinois program is struggling. In addition to losing a stud, I read there are 10 other wrestlers that have left the program.
09-12-2017 12:50 PM
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RE: Wrestling 2017-2018
Central Michigan's starters at 125 and 133 have left the Chips for North Dakota State and Penn State.

https://www.roarlionsroar.com/penn-state...penn-state
09-12-2017 01:00 PM
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How's Missouri?
09-12-2017 02:21 PM
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RE: Wrestling 2017-2018
The KSU Wrestling team should be much more competitive this season (Lambert58 is right, there is only 1 way to go but up).

125lbs - much better @ this weight with Will Bardezbain (5th yr transfer from Boise State) & Jake Ferri (transfer from Notre Dame College of Ohio) as well Colin Schuster (redshirt candidate)
133lbs - should be better @ this weight as well, with Tutolo back to 100%, with Cory Simpson & Raphael Rodriguez (redshirt candidate) backing him up
141lbs - Chance Driscoll returns for his 5th yr as the incumbent, challenged by Tim Rooney & Nick Henneman
149lbs - Freshmen Jake Martinez, Nick Monico, Jake Hinkson, & Kody Komara competing for this starting spot
157lbs - Casey Sparkman returns for his 4th year (RS JR) as the starter and should be primed for an even better year than last year, backed up by Richard Jackson, Ben Heyob, & Jacob Spino
165lbs - Isaac Bast returns as the incumbent and will be challenged by Lane Hinkle & Richard Jackson
174lbs - Lane Hinkle, Dylan Barreiro, & Colin McCracken will battle it out for the starting spot
184lbs - Shane Mast returns as the incumbent and will be challenged by Colin McCracken, Josh Barr (redshirt candidate), & possibly Kyle Conel
197lbs - Stephen Suglio returns as the incumbent for his 5th year @ KSU and will be challenged by Kyle Conel and Floyd Rogers (redshirt candidate)
HWT - Devin Nye returns as the incumbent for his 4th year (RS JR) and will be challenged by true freshmen Billy Bolia & Spencer Berthold

The updated roster is on http://www.kentstatesports.com

Lambert58, any insight into who is winning the battles @ the 125lbs, 149lbs, 165lbs, & 174lbs thus far?

The following didn't return to KSU from last season: 141lbs Collin Adkins, 184lbs/197lbs Andrew Jones, 165lbs Jared Walker
09-12-2017 06:20 PM
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(09-07-2017 09:10 PM)Lambert58 Wrote:  http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Fea...gs-and-TPI

We have nowhere to go but up! Even Cleveland State is ranked ahead of us.

I was shocked to see Kyle Conel was back on the roster. Hmmmm...

I just don't understand. We were a powerhouse for so long. Not as a team on the National scene, but with individuals every single year capable of earning All-American status. Now we are at the bottom of the conference?

Did Jimmy not recruit well? Did we have everyone transfer out at once?
09-13-2017 05:17 AM
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RE: Wrestling 2017-2018
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.
09-13-2017 02:36 PM
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RE: Wrestling 2017-2018
(09-12-2017 02:21 PM)cschierh Wrote:  How's Missouri?

They're a top 5 squad, again. Here are rankings as of 9/9/17:

133 Erneste #8
141 Elerman #4
157 Lavallee #2
174 Lewis #5
197 Miklus #3

No one in the MAC will be competitive against them. Unfortunately, Northern Iowa left the conference as they were very capable of challenging Mizzou.

141 Alber #12
149 Thomsen #3
165 Steiert #6
174 Lujan #10
184 Foster #4
09-17-2017 04:20 PM
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RE: Wrestling 2017-2018
WIN Magazine (W) and Flo Wrestling (F) rankings are refenced below. With UNI out of the conference, and Missouri being dominant, the race is for 2nd place. My money is on CMU with Buffalo being the dark horse contender.

125
As a true freshman last year, Simpson wasn’t ready for the collegiate grind. Although he was a very good high school wrestler, he didn’t have a hs career that would allow him to jump straight into D1 competition. The transfers will do better but 125 is a brutal weight class in the MAC. I’ve never seen either Bardezbain or Feueri wrestle but I suspect Bardezbain may end up being the starter given his D1 experience. Regardless, we will probably be near the bottom at 125 even with the CMU wrestler’s transfer out of the conference.

Akins Buffalo #10 W
Hudkins Northern Illinois #14 F / #12 W
Laney Ohio #16 F / #11 W
Gonser Eastern Michigan #18 W
McGhee Missouri #19 W – he won the MAC tournament last season and was 5-1 in duals. Sometimes the “experts” don’t know what they’re talking about.

133
I just hope Tutolo stays healthy. His collegiate career hasn’t gone smoothly; he’s either been injured or at the wrong weight. Hopefully we get to see him at 100%, but this is another deep weight in the MAC. The CMU transfer to Penn State is ranked #16.

Lantry Buffalo #6 F / #5 W
Erneste Missouri #8 F / #9 W
Kelly Ohio #15 F
Tutolo KSU #19 F / #18 W

141
Unlike 125 and 133, this class is thin. Being Driscoll’s last year, hopefully he can put together a good season.

Eierman Missouri #4 F / #4 W

149
We have some depth here. Although young, Monico and Komara have strong high school resumes. I give the edge to Monico because he has a season of collegiate wrestling. Missouri doesn’t have a ranked wrestler at this weight only because he was injured last year. He won 3 Missouri state titles in high school so don’t think we will finish better than 3rd.

Oliver CMU #6 F / #7 W

157
As with Tutolo, Sparkman has been injured more than once so I don’t think we’ve seen him at his best. With Lavallee here, 2nd is the goal.

Lavallee Missouri #2 F / #2 W
Heffernan CMU #12 F / #9 W

165
The MAC has no ranked wrestlers at this weight class in either ranking authority. Bast has the varsity experience but Hinkle had a very strong redshirt year. I have no idea whether one has the edge over the other. We will have to wait and see but this is a great opportunity for us as a team. Missouri’s representative at this weight is a transfer from West Virginia. Before that, he was undefeated his junior and senior years of high school so the goal is 2nd.

174
If he can’t unseat Bast, Hinkle will be up against Barreiro at this weight class. In addition to Monico, KSU is expecting big things from Barreiro. He and Monico were highly regarded recruits with very strong high school careers.

Lewis Missouri #5 F / #5 W
Brucki CMU #12 F / #10 W

184
Mast is the returning starter and had a decent season at 15-15. With a year of experience, he has a better opportunity to win some of the matches that he gave away last year. With only 1 ranked wrestler at 184, this is an opportunity to help the team win some duals that we lost last year. Missouri’s 3 wresters at 184 all won state titles in high school. I’m not kidding…

Ellingwood CMU #8 F / #8 W

197
Suglio is the starter as he, unlike Conel, knows that he wants to wrestle. That being said, I believe Conel is clearly the better of the 2. If Conel disappears again, Suglio will represent us well at this weight. I’ve read that Miklus is injured so I’m not sure he will wrestle. This weight is a great opportunity for KSU to score points.

Miklus Missouri #5 F / #5 W
Conel KSU #19 F

285
Another weight class with depth, but without any studs in the conference. Will Nye reach his potential and get over his middle of the pack placements for the past 2 years? You guessed it, Missouri has multiple wrestlers at 285 that won state titles in high school including a 4-time champion from Kentucky. Although a weaker state when it comes to wrestling, he went 189-0. Even with this stable, they landed a St Ed recruit that was ranked as the 5th best nationally at 220 lbs.

Hutchison Eastern Michigan #19 F
Smerchek CMU #19 W
Gunning Buffalo #20 W
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09-17-2017 07:16 PM
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RE: Wrestling 2017-2018
(09-13-2017 05:17 AM)dannyb73 Wrote:  
(09-07-2017 09:10 PM)Lambert58 Wrote:  http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Fea...gs-and-TPI

We have nowhere to go but up! Even Cleveland State is ranked ahead of us.

I was shocked to see Kyle Conel was back on the roster. Hmmmm...

I just don't understand. We were a powerhouse for so long. Not as a team on the National scene, but with individuals every single year capable of earning All-American status. Now we are at the bottom of the conference?

Did Jimmy not recruit well? Did we have everyone transfer out at once?

Coach Moore was the primary recruiter and had 2 average classes before he left for Cleveland State. Josh should have been hired as a head coach, and when that didn't happen, it created an awkward situation on the recruiting trail. It was known that he was looking so recruits were gun shy to come here. In his first year, Hill did ok, but last year's class was disastrous. On paper, it was a great class but there was a huge disconnect somewhere. The roster was gutted and this year could be considered a re-set. On the heels of our best season since the 80s, there was bound to be a let down, but we went full rock bottom. There's a lot of talent on the roster and hopefully the instability and inexperience of the coaching staff (it's very young) doesn't continue to harm us.
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