I recorded the PIAA finals and just now got around to watching it (insert laughter here). Actually, with nooooo wrestling going on right now, I'm glad I did. I was impressed with all 3 kids heading to PSU, it was such a better night than the Dapper Dan. My thoughts:
Gulibon had a typical match. I was really happy for him and liked seeing John Hughes and (the other old guy who won four times) welcome him to the club. I still kind of view Megaludis as having a little higher ceiling (thought so before NCAA tourney, still think so), but I think both will have outstanding careers. It is much easier for me seeing Meg go up to 133, so my long term thought is that Gulibon stays at 125 and Meg goes up, but I haven't seen Gulibon in person.
Beitz looked so much better in this match than the Dapper Dan (my only other time seeing him or Phipps). I was impressed with his neutral work (less impressed on the mat obviously). I have seen his brother in practice some and don't see him lighting it up at NCAAs, but little bro looks a little more interesting.
And then there's Phipps. WOW! His Dapper Dan match didn't show it, but he is strong like a bull. Now, his DD match showed that he is a very good HS wrestle while Rogers is college ready (and Rogers would have been a serious pickup for PSU), so he will need some work. But he reminded me a lot of Matt Brown. I might have to go down and watch those two brawl im practice. Them going live might be like two superheroes - I can see Brown throwing Phipps through the wall, then Phipps climbing back through the hole and smashing Brown through the wall on the other side of the room.
On a personal note, I was really happy with Solomon's win at 195. He works out with the NLW kids group regularly and is a steady, hard worker. A good tournament for a good kid. His finals match this year was sooo much better than last year. Last year I was comfortable wrestling him, this year not so much. He is surprisingly strong through his core which really helps him stay in good position.
Finally, any early words on where Racciato is leaning? I love watching him wrestle, but it seems he is just as likely to end his college career with the title "character issues" as he is "NCAA champ".