And then the Ivy season starts.
What an interesting discussion of David Craig.
Thorn has wrestled this year albeit not against very good competiion. That being said, Thorn also has some really quality wins last year against pretty decently ranked wreslters and has hung in very close against guys like Drouin, Russell and Gallick and beaten Jaggers.
That was a good article, to me it sounds like a guy who is really burnt out of wrestling. Seems like an interesting guy, but he definitely needed a redshirt year to recharge the batteries and get the juices flowing again.
I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree with Thorn's ranking. The kid is very good. He beat Jaggers twice and Molinaro three times. I saw him give Tanelli all he wanted a couple times. I like Thorn anywhere from fourth to seventh in the rankings. It will work itself out on the mat. As I said, Diaz had some bad losses last year and not as many quality wins as Thorn. Plus, he had a common opponent loss (Novachkov). Cleveland was an AA in 2008, which I don't think is all that relevant now, plus Thorn beat Cleveland in a head-to-head meeting last season. Thorn belongs higher than Cleveland, Diaz, and Nauman, who was 0-2 against Molinaro.
I think the key to Thorn this year is some consistency. I think he got spanked last year by Prater and had some pretty eye opening losses. He needs to know when to go after points and when to try to just stay in a match against the higher level competition. I love his attacking style but I think he got a little sloppy sometimes last year. If he cleans it up and wrestles consistently and puts himself in a position at Big Ten's to finish 2nd or 3rd, he will get a better seed and not have to take on a guy like Drouin so early at NCAA's. The key will be a decent seed and a couple of early round wins, then the sky's the limit. Alright, the turkey is making me light headed so I will stop again.