I can't help but post what I thought of each PSU wrestler. I am doing this to help the PSU fans understand what they have for talent and what they are getting out of that talent. I have watched Cael since he was a Freshman at ISU until the present and see some similarites between ISU and PSU.
125- tough gig for a freshman against returning champ
133- I seen the exact same Andrew Long as I did when at ISU. Out of shape and didn't create enough opportunities against a kid he really should beat. Andrew Long will need to dig deep and really concentrate on wrestling instead of parties. I think his mind becomes weak when things don't go his way early in matches.
141- AA has some potential but last night was the 1st I had seen him wrestle a quality opponent which didn't turn out good. He was REALLY gassed and if he is who PSU fans thinks he is he also will need a gut check. He looks more interested throwing people than attempting takedows and as you seen it won't work often against good wrestlers. Sure he will catch a few people from time to time but not to often. Needs a gas tank and some better technique otherwise he won't AA at nationals. Marion would have maybe got the MD last night if not for the neck wrench.
149- Good wrestler that will be a high AA this year but he needs to pour it on against lesser opponents. MB is a 141lber and had no business keeping this match to a D. He also looked gassed but I think he will be okay when it boils down to it. Quality wrestler and I like his heart.
157- Wow DT is the real deal! I was really impressed with him. Although I don't think he wins it this year he will be a serious force for years to come. He has the gas tank and toughness needed to compete for an National Title. I do think the big stage will bit him this year but I am calling for 3x NCAA champ. PSU has a great one here. Best on the team.
165- He was the underdog and didn't even try to win the match. This is the differnce between Iowa and PSU right now. Iowa would have atleast went balls out trying to pull the upset,
174- Ruth is good but I don't think he wins it this year either. He is quick and sneaky but his postion isn't the greatest. When he gets tired he will need to keep better position if he wants to win it this year. Quality wrestler that isn't extending his leads against inferior opponents. Needs to keep working on position.
184- I think QW is a weak minded individual. He acted like he couldn't use his left arm last night but when he wanted to go upper body it wasn't a problem. He is streaky and that will catch him at NCAA's as well. His mind is his biggest issue and again I don't think Cael develops his athletes mentally so the jury is still out. QW get tough otherwise you are going to be just another D1 wrestler. Weak!
197- No comment~ kid is not very good
HWT- Wade might be too small to win it but I do like his heart. I also think he will get picked off at Nationals because he keeps matches too close.
The reoccuring theme here is Cael didn't mentally prepare his wrestlers at ISU and it appears he isn't doing it at PSU either. PSU has more talent in the lineup than Iowa right now but talent doesn't beat hardwork and Iowa out works everyone. I think PSU is on track to be the next ISU after watching last nights meet and I think Cael is thinking the same thing today. Look at ISU's lineup his last 2 years and tell me how they couldn't win anything Iowa was in. Cael gets the recruits but doesn't develope his recruits to be the best. His wrestlers seem to always try to win 2-1 (meaning they don't go for the bonus pts) which will cost this PSU team at NCAA's. Cael better call Tommy and see if he can get some tips on how to challange the kids mentally otherwise they won't win it. PSU has the chance but after watching last night I seen way to many flashbacks to his kids at ISU! No gas tank, happy with no bonus points, and not mentally tough enough to dig deep when it is a must! Good Luck PSU but this is who Cael is and I seen 5 years of it.