Finally got the chance to watch the Scuffle finals from 125-184 which I missed last night. Before I get to talking I've got to give major props to Cliff and Lee for a great two days of coverage.
125: Despite the fact that he had never beaten him Nicholson is the exact body type and style that gives Sanders trouble. Beautiful elbow off to shot to score his TD. Despite the fact that he got ridden out, Sanders showed better movement from the bottom than he will at times against other guys. Nasty duck by Sanders to get back into the match in the third period, then just ran out of time. Nicholson is one of the guys that Sanders can't pull the slow start routine against because he probably won't gas.
133: Peterkin gets things off started with the crazy back flip to counter one of the best shots that I've ever seen Ruggirello take. Rugg has to finish there. Kind of puzzling strategy by Ruggirello both wrestling from one knee (when he isn't really that dynamic offensively) and then taking top in the second period when going underneath would hopefully force Peterkin to in turn go underneath him (where he wants him) in the third. Great job by Peterkin going to the trip in the double overs to get the 5 and the win.
141: More or less the match that I expected it to be coming in. Russell showed how ridiculously effective that his offense is when he actually decides to go to it. Then once he got the lead he's effective on top, and he's good at scrambling away from guys as demonstrated when he got away from Thorn's low single. Things got kind of chippy in the second period with both guys getting a little rough with returns and on the edge line, and in the third with their set ups. Then things got (as always possible with a Mike Thorn match) pretty heated at the end. Suffice it to say I don't think these two will be exchanging any belated Christmas greetings.
149: Despite the fact that he's up a weight from last year Dake looks ridiculously big. Despite the fact that some people may have expected more of an exciting match between Kid Dynamite (or the Plastic Man as Fretwell called him) and the Gorilla Hulk things went down about how I expected. Coming into the year I expected Dake to win the match through his ability on top, Molinaro obviously took that away here by taking both up but it lost him the match since he was unable to take Dake down. I think this gap opens up a little more as Dake gets his feet under him cardio wise and gets more confident in his offense. Crazy defense by Dake on the deep shots in the first and third periods.
157: I mean I don't even necessarily know what to say here. Great cap to an utterly absurd performance all weekend by Taylor. Amazing job of progressing from his feet moving past just his high c/knee pull single series to picking up a sweep single and some great looking ankle picks as well.Then the variety of his offense from the top really makes it hard to foresee people progressing to the point of where they're able to shut everything he does down as he's equally comfortable working his leg rides or working with his tight waist and half.