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Thread: 30 Pre-Season Questions For the 2010/2011 College Season (1/12 Answered)

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    Default 30 Pre-Season Questions For the 2010/2011 College Season (1/12 Answered)

    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?

    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?

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

    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?

    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?

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

    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?

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

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

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

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

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

    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?

    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?

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

    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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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?

    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?

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

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

    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?

    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?

    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?

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

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    Here are a couple of more.

    Will Minnesota's Jake Deichter live up to the hype and become an all american?

    How will Iowa do after losing half of last year's championship team?

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    i know all the answers.
    To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.

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    Might you enlighten us?
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    I'll answer some of mine tomorrow, some others I may hold back on for the time being for various reasons.

    As to buck's questions #1. Yes. #2. If my predictions stay the same from the summer time I've got them with 3 All Americans. That may go up or down though as I look a little more in depth.

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    Honestly after the years Iowa has had, I think 3 AA's is a pretty conservative estimate. On paper right now I dont think I'd give them any more then that, but I have this lurking feeling that they will end up with more then that..
    Gold is an idiot.

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    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?-No. He should win NC and be a hodge candidate.
    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?
    Very well. I think it translates to a top 5 finish at NCAA's.
    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?
    I think even with improvements on top it will still be a challenge for him to beat Hochstrasser and Oliver.(assuming he stays down) While I think Graff can win, I'm not sure he navigates the field unscathed. He will be very popular if he maintains his aggressive style.
    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?
    Very possibly. All reports indicate he's back and better than ever. That's scary if true.
    6. Can Lou Ruggirello put it all together and avoid the title of "Best never to become an All American?"
    Provided not too many tough kids come out of the woodwork, he may have a hard time NOT reaching the podium. 33 is a bit weaker than last time he wrestled. But will he be 41?
    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?
    Word goin round is no. He'll be at 133 again, but yes that is dumb, and yes he will be disliked at a pretty high rate. If he goes 141 I think he has a great chance to win a very deep weight. At 133 I gotta wonder if Graff and Hoch wear him out.
    8. Which returning redshirt winds up as the best 141 pounder in the Big 10, Kellen Russell or Jimmy Kennedy?
    I like Jimmy a lot. Though Kellen is a 2 time big 10 champ. I think Jimmy is a bit better on the feet with initiating his own offense.
    9. Can Chris Villalonga keep Cornell's streak of freshman All Americans (currently five years in a row) alive?
    I thought I heard he was pretty hurt, but if he isn't he has a good chance. If I had to guess, I'd say no, the streak is done. Though they will have a tough freshmen heavyweight I think that could keep the streak alive as well.
    10. Will an Alton wrestle 141 for Penn State this year? If so which one? How successful will they be?
    I think Andrew will and I think he might have some struggles early(though not many) but he'll end up on the podium in my opinion.
    11. Where will we see Darrion Caldwell? How often will see him?
    Rutgers? In football pads? Oh, I guess he's done with that phase. So I'll say NC. St, 149, and not very much. Maybe the scuffle and a few duals.
    12. Can Kyle Dake replicate the season that he had last year down at 141 up a weight?
    I think a 90% Caldwell beats Dake. So, if DC gets healthy-ish, i dont like dakes chances at duplication. Dake won't be able to get a takedown, or ride DC.
    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?
    I don't think so, but ya never know. I figure he'll suck down to 33 again. I dont think we'll see him anywhere near that DT type of level. Eric had no redshirt year to speak of wrestling only one match. He would have benefitted from that. I see Eric having a nice career but we will chuckle that he was compared with DT.
    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?
    Possibly not. While he would never be able to win a title at 165, the weight is very cleared out comparatively. However, 157 is LOADED, in his conference alone: David Taylor, Jake Deitchler, Derek St. John, Jason Welch, Kurt Kinser, Purdue guy. Yikes. Couple that with the fact that Steve Fittery, Bubba Jenkins, Adam Hall, Justin lister and Justin Gaethe all will be returning aa's. That's a tough field to navigate. We will see, but I can see this being a sad finish to his career.
    15. If Darrion Caldwell goes 157 how does it rank in terms of toughest weight class rankings over the course of recent years?
    Behind the 149 lb class that featured: Metcalf, Bubba,DC, Jordan Burroughs, Dustin Schlatter, Lance Palmer, Josh Churella, JP Oconnor, Ryan Lang, Adam Hall, Bryce Saddoris, Jake Patacsil, and company. Not even close.
    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?
    I think people will like him. Fun to watch, and a more friendly, less abrasive kid. I think only the Limarties of the world will have anything negative to say.

    I'll finish the rest shortly.
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    17. After a season of controversy and a transfer to Arizona State how good will Bubba Jenkins be at 157 this year?
    I think Bubba is and should be the favorite this year at 157. I think he disposes of Adam Hall easily with bigger challenges coming from Fittery, Taylor, and maybe DSJ.
    18. Who has the better redshirt sophomore year, Scott Winston or Jason Welch?
    I never really have picked a side in the Welch v. Winston debate. However, I believe Scott will All American this year, and I'm not sure if Welch will be able to do that or not. Welch is in a tougher weight and a brutal conference. I think Winston will have a better year and career when it's all said and done.
    19. How does the Andrew Howe/Jordan Burroughs match up rank in terms of most anticipated pre-season matches in recent memory?
    To be honest, at least for me, not that high. I really think that Howe beats JB every time they wrestle. Compared to Metcalf v. DS at Big 10s, nobody really could know for sure and that was a crazy match.
    20. How well will former NCAA finalist Mike Miller reacquaint himself down at 165 after wrestling at 184 last year?
    Well, I dont know if he's ever wrestled this low in college, and if he has, it was in 2005(5 years ago) I'm not really sure, but since the rumors started awhile ago you would assume a disciplined guy like Miller will do it the right way. I'd be surprised if he doesnt end his career w/ an AA finish.

    21. Is the Mack Lewnes, Chris Henrich, Jon Reader top 3 the best three man grouping at any weight class?
    I don't really think so. I think it just seems that way now because they are all established seniors. When it's all said and done I think there will be a few groups of 3 that will surpass. I like Oliver, Graff and Hoch better. I like DC, Dake and Molinaro better. I like Bubba, Fittery, and Hall better. I like Howe, Burroughs and Miller better.
    22. Will everyone (myself included) continue giving no love to Kirk Smith?
    He's my pick to win it all right now, so, no.
    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?
    No it will not be. I see these two going back and forth. I like Quentin lots and think he might be a better folkstyler.
    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?
    Yes. Myself included
    25. Can Cam Simaz make use of a cleared out weight class and turn himself into a Hodge Trophy contender?
    Nope. I see Cam as a title contender, but he's shown the ability to have lapses and off matches. So I think he'll lose a match here or there during the regular season.
    26. Dom Bradley finally gets a chance to be a full time starter, how good will he be?
    All american, top 3 finish.
    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?
    Yes, and I believe that he will. I think he's the class of this weight.
    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?
    I don't think any undersized heavy can be a "terror." However, I do see him as being way more consistent and I think he will end up on the podium again.

    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?
    57 is better, 97 is weakest.
    30. Where does Destin McCauley go? Where does Morgan McIntosh go?[/QUOTE]
    Wisconsin, Cal poly.
    Last edited by vaisforlovers; 09-14-2010 at 01:59 PM.
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    [QUOTE/] 30. Where does Destin McCauley go? Where does Morgan McIntosh go?
    Iowa, Cal poly.[/QUOTE]

    Dustins going to Sconny.

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