I thought Askren would win too, VA. Pendleton was just too fast for Askren. Ben is great from unorthodox positions but he seems to lack a really deep, penetrating shot. Cost him in that match when he took a leg attack, didn't get in far enough,and Pendleton re-shot for the takedown and the win.
To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.
Those two cash bets are interesting. I expect Scott to finish top 5 (assuming he doesn't go nuts), and I think Vallimont is as good as anyone not named Schlatter at 165. With that said, I wouldn't be surprised if he placed outside the top 5 since it's so stacked and there is so much parity.
Askren may be better (has better credentials so far in FS) but not in this match-up. I doubt he's much smaller than Pendleton. He's big at 74, Pendleton's small at 84 kg, and Pendleton didn't wrestle at all last year as far as I know. Askren just got beat.
So by way of clarification I've talked to vais and if Scott makes top 5 at 141 I still win (as was my original intent and wording of the bet both on aim and here) and that Herkey bet is not real, I dont know where he is getting that from.
Gold is an idiot.