I was browsing through some B10 lineups over at d1collegewrestling and I noticed that the B10 seems incredibly weak this year.
Is it just me?
I counted 24 total AAs on b10 teams, several of whom will probably be redshirting/not starting this year.
I went back and looked at last years b10 tournament and counted 23 guys who had previously AAd at the time of 2008 B10s(undoutedly some redshirted or didnt start, like Slaton for example)
However there were also a ton of guys, like Humphrey, Tanelli, Russel, Patacsil, Ruschel, Sponseller, and M* who had proven to be studs in years past.
There were also super stud freshman like Wright, Sanders, Howe, Welch, etc who had established themselves as top guys, and people like Dennis and Erekson who had been around but hadn't really had an opportunity to show their stuff in years past.
I dont really get that feeling heading into this year. Is it just because we haven't given people time to establish themselves yet? I could see people like Blanton or Graff having big years. But it just doesn't seem to me that there is the same level of competition
Whats especially worrying to me is the graduation of multi AA studs. Only a few left last year: Falck, Poeta, Luke, Todd, Herbert but suddenly the conference seems depleted
Take a quick look at who is going to be gone next year:
Precin, Escobedo, Ness, Gomez, Kennedy, Humphrey, Palmer, Metcalf, Schlatter, Keddy, Pucillo. Jesus... And thats only guys who already HAVE multiple AAs. Five of them have chance to be 2 time champs, and five of them are also going for their 4th AA finish.
We'll also be losing: Dennis, Slaton, Ruschell, Morningstar, Vallimont, Borschel, Erekson, and probably some I have forgotten, all who have a chance at 2 AAs this season.
I know that these things are cyclical and that the B10 will always produce studs and there are recuits in the wings. But it makes you wonder... Its hard not to see a deep trough coming up for the b10