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    Looks like we will get to see an early season Bradley/Rey matchup at the ne duals.

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    Got any new recipes for soap ?

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    A Nov matchup between top 5 wrestlers does interest some people believe it or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NellieNell125 View Post
    A Nov matchup between top 5 wrestlers does interest some people believe it or not.
    Agreed. In my opinion they're the two best. Definitely something i'll try to watch if at all possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NellieNell125 View Post
    A Nov matchup between top 5 wrestlers does interest some people believe it or not.
    I was referring to the Tyler Durden remark -not yours .

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    I get it now. Soap recipes. Tyler Durden. I feel real intelligent after my post now. Sorry about that.

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    Not a problem .

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    Time to answer some of these...

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    Season start is only about six weeks away and over the course of those six weeks I'm going to do my best to keep throwing out threads like these. Going to kind of go in weight order as I ask these and then I'll have a few general ones sprinkled in at the end.

    Feel free to answer some or all of these questions or to add your own in.

    1. After a season where he went 37-1 as a redshirt freshman and a spring where he made the Junior World team at 60 kg is there anyone in this weight class who will be able to challenge Matt McDonough?

    Given the results of the Midlands finals, I'd think the answer to this one seems to be an obvious "Yes." It'll be interesting to see how McD works through the B10 season because even before losing to Precin (save for when he majored Ryan Mango) he just didn't seem like the same guy as last year. Getting caught up on bottom against the Prescott Garners of the world makes you wonder.

    2. How well will Logan Stieber's freestyle success over the last three years against some of the same opponents he'll see this year in folkstyle translate?

    Don't think he wrestled anyone that he wrestled in free before he got hurt. Announced himself with the pretty effortless sounding tech over Zanetta and then was super close to making the Vegas finals, will be fun to follow in two years (assuming he takes an Oly shirt next year).

    3. Is this the year where someone comes up with an consistently efficient strategy to beat Anthony Robles?

    No.

    4. Will Tyler Graff come in with an improved top game to match his exciting style from neutral and become one of college wrestling's superstars over the course of the year?

    No, talked about it in my picks but still pretty much the same guy he was last year.

    5. Will Andrew Hochstrasser utilize the disappointment of last year (injuries, being declared academically ineligible while undefeated) as motivation and lay waste to this weight class?

    He's wrestled well and established himself as the "best of the rest" right now, but can't ignore the loss to Oliver when we're talking about "laying waste."

    6. Can Lou Ruggirello put it all together and avoid the title of "Best never to become an All American?"

    Talked about this in my picks, but in short other than his first match of the year he seems like he's on his way. He's wrestling well so far this year.

    7. Will the Cowboys be smart enough to move Jordan Oliver up from 133 to 141? Will Jordan Oliver be the most disliked college wrestler next year? Will moving him up allow him to wrestle like the guy who nearly ended McDonough's and Long's lives last summer?

    One of several questions that (based off of how things have gone so far this year) make me look pretty stupid for asking. It seems that John Smith is smarter than I am as Oliver is down at 133 yet still is wrestling like a guy who ends people's lives. As far as the "Most unpopular" title he's seemingly shed the label for the time being.

    8. Which returning redshirt winds up as the best 141 pounder in the Big 10, Kellen Russell or Jimmy Kennedy?

    Russell (Exhibit A: CKLV Semi's).

    9. Can Chris Villalonga keep Cornell's streak of freshman All Americans (currently five years in a row) alive?

    Not based off his performance so far.

    10. Will an Alton wrestle 141 for Penn State this year? If so which one? How successful will they be?

    Yes. Andrew. I'd say its fair to say he's satisfied PSU fans with his performance so far.

    11. Where will we see Darrion Caldwell? How often will see him?

    149. Looking at the rest of NC State's schedule you'd assume with duals plus conferences you'll see him get around 15-20 matches by NCAA's.

    12. Can Kyle Dake replicate the season that he had last year down at 141 up a weight?

    Ranked #2 (now that Caldwell is back) and undefeated he's seemingly on his way. Has been wrestling people a little closer this year as a result of injuries preventing him from building up momentum.

    13. Do we see Eric Grajales all the way up at 149 for Michigan? Wherever we see him does he remind people why he was considered 1A and 1B with David Taylor two years ago?

    Yep, at 149. Not thus far...

    14. Will Colt Sponseller be able to avoid the "Best Never to be an All American" title while wrestling in a much tougher weight class than Ruggirello?

    While he's back at 165, I don't want to talk about this one much because based off what we've seen so far the seemingly likely answer depresses me.

    15. If Darrion Caldwell goes 157 how does it rank in terms of toughest weight class rankings over the course of recent years?

    Hard to answer since Caldwell didn't go 157, as it is I think that I had 157 overrated as a weight coming into the year.

    16. How will David Taylor be received? Will he be embraced or will the excitement and hype that will accompany his debut lead to a backlash against him?

    Seemingly been embraced so far, and well deserved I might add. One wonders though if it'll continue as tournament time approaches.

    17. After a season of controversy and a transfer to Arizona State how good will Bubba Jenkins be at 157 this year?

    Has had his highs (majoring Hall at the All Star match) and his lows (gassing and getting pinned by an NAIA kid) seemingly like every Bubba Jenkins season we've seen so far. He's got his knee wrapped up pretty good now, but is back gutting it out after missing some time.

    18. Who has the better redshirt sophomore year, Scott Winston or Jason Welch?

    Both guys have had quiet seasons so far, Winston is ranked higher but he's also in an easier weight class wrestling an easier schedule.

    19. How does the Andrew Howe/Jordan Burroughs match up rank in terms of most anticipated pre-season matches in recent memory?

    Based off the excitement surrounding their Midlands match, I'd say pretty high. The fact that they wrestled a pretty exciting match works well for building excitement towards their encounter in the dual at the end of this month and then later in the year.

    20. How well will former NCAA finalist Mike Miller reacquaint himself down at 165 after wrestling at 184 last year?

    Unfortunately, not well so far...

    21. Is the Mack Lewnes, Chris Henrich, Jon Reader top 3 the best three man grouping at any weight class?

    This isn't even the top 3 at the weight anymore (thank you Mr. Ruth), looking at things though the only weights that I'd suggest you'd have an argument against 174 would be 125 and/or 133.

    22. Will everyone (myself included) continue giving no love to Kirk Smith?

    Can't really answer given that he just debuted this past weekend, had he wrestled given the fact that 184 was much less tougher than expected we almost would have had to.

    23. Will the rivalry between Chris Perry and Quentin Wright be as one sided in folkstyle as it seems to be in freestyle? Will Perry continue to beat Wright?

    Haven't wrestled yet, then in their matches not against each other both have underwhelmed.

    24. Will people (again I'm going to include myself here) spend the entire year neglecting the fact that Chris Honeycutt beat Wright and Kilgore last year while he was redshirting when projecting results between the three?

    Other than his brutal win over Capone, people have been giving love to Honeycutt so far this year. With Kilgore having moved up that took one variable out of this question anyway.

    25. Can Cam Simaz make use of a cleared out weight class and turn himself into a Hodge Trophy contender?

    Early season loss to Kilgore (in the match of the year so far) bumped him out of the Hodge list. Hopefully he's able to come back off his knee injury.

    26. Dom Bradley finally gets a chance to be a full time starter, how good will he be?

    Pretty much the same guy as he was in the past backing up Ellis, still has gas tank issues.

    27. Zach Rey comes in as the highest returning finisher, one of if not the physically largest heavyweight in the country, and he's got Steve Mocco as a coach now. Can he become Lehigh's first champion since Rob Rohn?

    While he hasn't been overwhelming people he's the only guy at the weight who is undefeated and he's seemingly found a style that is going to work for him.

    28. Alan Gelogaev will actually be able to eat this year. Does he turn into the terror that people were forecasting him as coming into last year?

    We don't know since he's been sitting out all year.

    29. Which weight class is better, 157 or 184? Which weight class is weaker, 133, 149, 165, 197? Which guys take advantage of 133, 149, 165, and 197 being cleared out and become new stars?

    I've made mention of the fact that I think both weights were overrated by me, so far this year I would say 165 had Caldwell not moved down and Sponseller and Yates come up. 149 is still top heavy and it hasn't made new stars quite like 165 has with the dual emergences of Asper and Kerber.

    30. Where does Destin McCauley go? Where does Morgan McIntosh go?

    Wisconsin. Penn State.
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