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    Project that I'm going to look to get started on tomorrow. Freestyle results from this spring, and my own personal biases will contribute to these.

    Maybe I'll even get some of the redshirt/weight changes right the first time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JensenS View Post
    Project that I'm going to look to get started on tomorrow. Freestyle results from this spring, and my own personal biases will contribute to these.

    Maybe I'll even get some of the redshirt/weight changes right the first time...
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    "Fans" of past editions of my picks will be sure to enjoy the Minnesota heavy feel.

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    Seeing as how I predicted Minny to do, I'm looking forward to seeing Minny with a rpedicted 4 champs and 14 AA's.
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    1. Troy Nickerson
    2. Angel Escobedo
    3. Zach Sanders
    4. Brandon Precin
    5. Joey Fio
    6. Scott Sentes
    7. Anthony Robles
    8. Jarrod Garnett

    Just Missed: James Nicholson, Michael Martinez

    First group up...

    I would imagine that Nickerson's season next year will shape out much like the one we saw this past year. Given that he had the humongous shoulder sling on in the last picture we saw of him I assume they start him off slow in order not to risk injury early on. Then once he comes back and gets his feet under him he's the best guy here.

    Might surprise some to see me picking Esco over Sanders here but until we see Zach Sanders v. 2.0 I've got to pick Esco by virtue of his mat wrestling skills. Sanders nearly got him in the dual they had but then Esco came and took it to him two or three times in the post season.

    Speaking of Mr. Sanders he's a guy that I'm really excited to see next year. Got a great motor and he's absolutely fantastic on his feet. He had some matches last year where he had some struggles on the mat and he was definitely one of the smaller 125's in the country. I think he makes progress in both areas and moves into the top 3 next year.

    Precin is a guy that does everything good but doesn't really do anything especially great. He's got his dump that he hits from neutral against just about everyone, he's a good rider and can turn and he's good at getting off of the bottom. He and Esco always wrestle one another tough and one could probably argue that Precin should probably be placed over Esco. He did beat Sanders close in the one match that they wrestled last year but I think Sanders' progression moves him past him this coming year.

    I've got Fio up this high primarily as a result of the assumed effect of Sammie the Bull much in the same vein of the huge improvements shown by Paul Donahoe and Chad Mendes in their first years in the room with Henson. Fio has been a guy that has progressed a lot anyway and that should only continue when he's in the room every day with a guy like Henson.

    Sentes was a guy that I was high on all year last year especially after his match early in the year with Charlie Falck and was a guy that I was very happy to see AA. Great on top with his legs and a good scrambler from his feet. Beat Fio last year, but again I have Fio up above him because of the "Henson effect".

    Robles had a great NCAA tournament last year after a kind of spotty regular season. At NCAA's he beat Falck and then majored Precin in consecutive matches. Then he would have tech'd Sanders had there not been a ridiculous stoppage. I've got to wonder though if guys will continue to scout him from the feet and then force him to pick top in matches.

    Gotta go with the DE connection here with Garnett in the #8 spot. Had a ton of great wins last year during the regular season, and then wound up going 2-2 at NCAA's including beating eventual AA Nic Bedelyon in the first round.

    Nicholson is a former AA from two years ago and nearly made it again last year, and has a solid shot of pulling it off again here. I'm just not high on him for whatever reason. Then Martinez has had a fantastic spring wrestling freestyle including a couple of wins over Sanders.

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    that looks good, i was really expecting sanders to be number 2 for you.

    I think you are probably right about Robles, and I can see him having a really tough time the more people get used to wrestling him.
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    I think Garnett's a great call. V-Tech is going to be fun to watch again this year. They have kind of become my new CMU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaisforlovers View Post
    that looks good, i was really expecting sanders to be number 2 for you.

    I think you are probably right about Robles, and I can see him having a really tough time the more people get used to wrestling him.
    Tough time or not the man is too strong for most people. I can see him top 5. I think if Sanders gets a little strength behind those arms he can be top 2 for sure. Guy is a fantastic wrestler.

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    I'll hazard a wager Nickerdoodles doesn't repeat. No, not because he gets beat, because he leaves the sport wounded in the shoulder. Two surgeries are one too many on that joint for a wrestler. I box of donuts to any takers if TNick is still in a singlet come January.
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