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2010-2011 Pre-Season All American Predictions: 285 Pounds

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by , 10-27-2010 at 11:36 AM (981 Views)
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Mid-Summer

1. Zach Rey (Lehigh)
2. Dom Bradley (Missouri)
3. Jarod Trice (Central Michigan)
4. Ryan Tomei (Pittsburgh)
5. Alan Gelogaev (Oklahoma State)
6. DJ Russo (Rutgers)
7. David Marone (Virginia Tech)
8. Ben Berhow (Minnesota)
R12. Eric Bugenhagen (Wisconsin), Cam Wade (Penn State), Brandon Williamson (West Virginia), Brendan Barlow (Kent State)

Pre-Season
1. Zach Rey (Lehigh)
2. Dom Bradley (Missouri)
3. Jarod Trice (Central Michigan)
4. Ryan Tomei (Pittsburgh)
5. Alan Gelogaev (Oklahoma State)
6. DJ Russo (Rutgers)
7. Ben Berhow (Minnesota)
8. Ryan Flores (American)
R12. Brendan Barlow (Kent State), Cam Wade (Penn State), David Marone (Virginia Tech), Jeremy Johnson (Ohio)

Zach Rey comes into this season as the highest returning placer from last year having finished 3rd in 2010, and he's also in the advantageous position of being one of the largest heavyweights in the country based on the weigh in sheet that Mark provided back in the spring. Last year he had three wins over DJ Russo and then two wins apiece over Cam Wade, Ryan Tomei, and Dom Bradley. He had other wins over Corey Morrison, Tucker Lane, Chris Birchler, Nathan Fernandez, Brandon Williamson, Ben Berhow, Mark Ellis, and Konrad Dudziak. He built off this stellar college year with a great spring, he made the University World team recording wins in freestyle over Trice, Tomei, and Zabriskie. Stylistically he's a guy that just goes out and grinds out points. He's not the most dynamic heavyweight in the world but based off his results he doesn't really have to be. The addition of Steve Mocco to the Lehigh coaching staff should only help in Rey's attempt to take the next step in his wrestling this year.

Dom Bradley has to be thinking that its about time that he's able to step in the line up full time for Missouri after having spent the last two years backing up 3x All American and 2009 NCAA champion Mark Ellis. Despite the fact that he wasn't the starter he was still an All American caliber wrestler recording quality wins when given the opportunity. Last year he had a pair of wins over Ellis in open tournaments and then another win over Ryan Tomei. Where he's really made his mark over the last couple of years is in freestyle winning Junior Worlds two years ago, and making the national team this year. This year he had wins over Nathan Fernandez, Aaron Anspach, and most impressively Tommy Rowlands. Stylistically he's more of a dynamic guy than Rey is, but he's also a guy who in the past has had some gas tank issues. I'll be interested to see whether or not those issues were attributable to him not being the full time starter and if he's able to square those away this year when he's in the line up on a week by week basis.

I spent most all year last year not buying into Jarod Trice but he came out last year and got himself onto the podium at the end of the year, and then had a solid summer winning both freestyle and Greco at University Nationals. After going down in the first round at NCAA's last year en route to recording that All American finish he sent Nathan Fernandez, Tucker Lane, Scott Steele, and Ben Berhow home in consecutive matches. En route to a surprise championship at the Midlands tournament he ran off consecutive wins over Aaron Anspach, Dom Bradley, and eventual NCAA champion David Zabriskie. Then he had an additional win apiece over Lane and Berhow and other wins over Clayton Jack, and Brandon Barlow. He likes to dance around in space during his matches when he's on his feet, it doesn't really ever do anything. He's much better at getting in close and working a nice snatch single series, usually to his opponent's left leg but he's able to hit it to both sides.

While Ryan Tomei didn't finish as an All American he's a guy who still had a very stellar regular season after coming off of a redshirt. Like Trice he's a guy that likes the snatch single series when wrestling from the feet, but unlike Trice he's a guy who also has big moves in his arsenal. He'll look to go upper body with either a body lock or a headlock and it will pay off for him when it comes to picking up pins. Last year he had two wins apiece over DJ Russo, and Chris Birchler. Then he had other wins over Brandon Williamson, Cam Wade, and Mark Ellis. He's another guy who has wrestled pretty well in freestyle the last couple of years recording a nice win over Cam Wade this spring.

Alan Gelogaev will in all likelihood come into this year as more of an under the radar guy despite the fact that he was able to record an All American finish down at 197 last year after an overly maligned regular season. While he wasn't the wrecking machine that people were predicting him to be he still wasn't losing to bad wrestlers. Of the nine matches that he lost, seven of them came to fellow All Americans. The other two were to Brent Haynes who as I already mentioned was in the Round of 12 last year. Another thing that people pounded on him for last year (and are downgrading him for this year after a move up) were his struggles off the bottom. I'm of the mind though from watching him last year that his struggles on the bottom were more attributable to his gas tank which was always nearly empty from cutting weight. He would show good fundamentals as he attempted to work up, however if he didn't get out on his first attempt he'd be so tired that it wouldn't take much for his opponent to keep him down for the first period. Thinking in a little more positive fashion he proved to be excellent on the feet. Very exciting trips and throws, he's not a guy who's matches you're going to want to look away from. Last year he had wins over Brent Haynes, Riley Orozco, Dennis Drury, Chad Beatty, Anthony Biondo, and Sonny Yohn.

DJ Russo was a guy last year who was a big surprise at this weight. He got his name out there when he won the Brockport tournament recording pins over Chris Birchler and Corey Morrison. He spent the year wrestling as one of the smaller heavyweights in the country and that small size helped him out in wrestling his specific style. He's a guy who likes to get in on guy's ankles on low shots and finish from there. Very effective from bottom as a scrambler looking to pick up reversals and or put guys to their backs. Probably at his best on top. Likes to ride legs which is always fun for a heavyweight and then pound on guys with a power half. Last year he had a pair of wins over Scott Steele, then an additional win over Birchler, and then other wins over Cameron Wade and Nathan Fernandez.

It seems strange coming into this season that Ben Berhow is the pre-season favorite to win the Big 10 at heavyweight this year. He's a guy that came into Minnesota not expected to be a starter, and yet here he is coming into his fourth year in the line up looking to build off a Round of 12 finish a year ago. Among heavyweights he has one of if not the best single leg series in the country. Likes to shoot it to his opponent's left leg, he gets in quick and finishes it against pretty much everyone he wrestles. The problem comes when he tries to use a high crotch series that he isn't quite as good at. He had a tough go at times last year during the regular season as a result of a knee injury but he still recorded wins over David Marone, Tucker Lane, and Cam Wade. At NCAA's he pulled a couple of upsets to make the quarterfinals beating Mitch Monteiro and Nate Everhart avenging early season losses. He lost his last two matches in ride outs to Rey and Trice, so that will be something that he's sure to work on over the course of this year.

Ryan Flores comes into this season after a redshirt and a transfer to American this year, so he's another guy who should spend at least some of the season under the radar a little bit. Two years ago he won the EIWA in a bracket that contained Zach Rey and went into NCAA's as a seeded guy who was an All American sleeper. Unfortunately for him he ran into Berhow in the first round and wound up getting knocked off there and then eliminated soon afterward. Lot of good heavyweights out on the east coast this year so that should enable him to remind people how good he is.

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