[quote=vaisforlovers;257783]You are kinda coming off like a whiney baby as if they should all be ranked higher. Is that a nice thing to say there Jenson
Could be right. You guys are deep this year for sure. I think Ohio state also could be in the mix. Should be an entertaining year in the Big Ten. Injurys could help decide. Who will stay healthy? And with Iowa being deep have to give the edge to the hawks if needed.yeah I love the relationship between Hawkeye Fans and Gopher fans, Nothing wrong with alittle State Pride rivary jawing in my mind. Whats old boy get all bent out of shape for? Yikes! stranger-danger
Last edited by jonjon; 09-07-2009 at 06:23 PM.
Rankings and predictions are two very different things in the pre-season. I predict bigger things than an 8th place finish for the Gophers but there really can't be much arguing over where they are ranked right now since there are unproven wrestlers (albeit highly ranked recruits) in several weight classes.
This is a great year for the Gophers to strike with two seniors (Ness and DS) who are also national title contenders. Sanders is a dark horse at 125, but may become a mid-season favorite if Esco moves up and Precin redshirts. Either way we are looking at another AA year. Thorn is a mystery; he's shown flashes of immense potential but hasn't put it all together...yet. Berhow will improve and I see his year going the way Erekson's did last year. What will make this season a great one is strong development from the three RS freshmen (Mason, Geiger, and Deitchler)and the older Yohn. I think they will all be strong and I can see 3 of the 4 finishing with higher than predicted finishes due to the strength of their weight classes. Sonny Yohn will come out of nowhere this year, just a feeling. I see him surprising some people and standing on the podium somewhere.
Like any team highly ranked, the Gophers will have to have a couple things go their way but the talent is there and, according to those in the know, the hunger is there to surprise.
I think Oklahoma is ranked too high, if the primary emphasis is placed on tournament strength. Of the wrestlers coming back only Kyle Terry has a strong chance at AA. Now there are some others who may improve significantly.
Arizona State will continue to improve after hitting bottom under Thom Ortiz. Shawn Charles is making all the right moves, which I think will significantly improve the attitude in the room. The quality of the coaching staff is significantly better than last year, when the "life coach" was the head assistant.
Robles and Drouin are returning AAs. I can see Robles moving to 133 with the arm strength of a 157-pounder he still will be stronger than most of the competition. This would allow Ben Ashmore to start at 125.
Drouin will continue to improve. Eric Starks was a pure freshman last year, now he has Ben Askren and Raymond Jordan to workout with on a regular basis. Ty Fortune is reportedly there as a hwt.
Shhh, don't let Dart know, but Old Dominion is starting to look like Old Dominator. They're getting some good recruits, and last year's team was surprisingly good, demonstrating that coaching is good, too.
The last thing we want is puffed-up old Dart Shark.