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    Well Stieber and Morrison were both top 5 until Patterson beat them, that's got to count for something, doesn't it?
    Was Morrison top 5? Well, then I guess technically I was wrong. Stieber, though, never earned hsi ranking on a college folkstyle mat, he was ranked so highly a lot off hype.
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    Disagree strongly on the bolded parts. Robles is the only one who HAS beaten him, but he's also the only proven top 5 guy Patterson has faced.
    Sorry, that was taking out of context. I don't think anyone touches McD, and I think that Patterson may lose to guys like Precin, sanders, or Nicholson. I think Patterson has notched himself in a different tier this year (among the 125 lbers) and has become on a different level than he was last year. I think that when midseason predictions come out, Patterson will have climbed up the ladder on many (most) lists.

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    DT was beaten so badly in the practice room at the beginning of the year last year that he actually cried, by his own admission. Bubba used to toy with him. A couple months later he lost by 1 to Bubba. And as stated above in a matter of months he closed the huge gap between him and Sanderson. Now he's ranked #2 in the country. He's my most improved this year and probably the next 3 years.

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    I agree DT is a great wrestler. One of the best freshman I have seen. Bubba and his match was a joke, Bubba didn't do crap seemed to do enough to get by.

    I think DT is going to place top 3 for sure. Maybe Gold was right next 4x I laughed last year when I saw that but I was wrong DT can be #1. Good call Gold you saw something special in this kid.

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    I agree DT is a great wrestler. One of the best freshman I have seen. Bubba and his match was a joke, Bubba didn't do crap seemed to do enough to get by.

    I think DT is going to place top 3 for sure. Maybe Gold was right next 4x I laughed last year when I saw that but I was wrong DT can be #1. Good call Gold you saw something special in this kid.
    I hype some people, but I'm not one to call for 4 timers every year. There are a couple things that made me comfortable predicting such tremendous success for Taylor.

    The first is his incredible mat-sense. It's doesn't seem like the kind of know-how that you get from drilling over and over, but rather from having a great sense of body and just being comfortable in all positions and just rolling around. Because of this, he was the best HS mat wrestler I've ever seen, and it's not even close. Lot's of guys can put people on their backs, but he does it so naturally and in so many different ways. He's already a tremendous college mat wrestler, and just a freshman.

    The second is just his attitude. Interviewers would ask him what makes him so good, and he would always reply, "I work extremely hard." From everything I've heard, that's very true. So often elite talents won't have elite work ethics (and that goes beyond wrestling), but it's clear that he realizes the necessity for it. Also, he's doesn't seem like the type of guy who is adversely affected by pressure.

    The third is that he was always smaller and less physically developed than his opponents. This forced him to develop incredible technique. It was clear that, once he physically blossomed, he would be an incredibly special collegian because he will probably become (and he's probably not far off now) the best technician in the country, and he'll no longer be at a strength disadvantage.

    With all that said, a lot of people still think I'm crazy, and perhaps with good reason. Some people say it puts an unfair amount of pressure on the guy, but I'm sure he has the same goal for himself, and like I said, he doesn't seem to be a guy who is adversely affected by pressure. But, I think he has all the physical and mental tools to be a 4x champion. However, I recognize it's still extraordinarily early in his career and a lot can happen in the next four years. One of the biggest hurdles will be staying healthy. Injuries will always be the great equalizer and the uncontrollable factor in these situations, so he will need some luck in that department.


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    So-score is 3-2 Spoons with 30 seconds left -you hoping Dt gets a TD or Spoons wins ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by r.payton@att.net View Post
    So-score is 3-2 Spoons with 30 seconds left -you hoping Dt gets a TD or Spoons wins ?
    In that situation I'm hating life for being so cruel. I don't like the whole match in general to be honest. I don't want either of them to lose. I find it equally distasteful either way, I guess.


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    I see you have political aspirations Benjamin . That is one of the better ''NO ANSWERS'' I've heard recently.

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