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141 LBS NCAA Rankings
1. Kellen Russell-Michigan (Jr)
2. Boris Novachkov-Cal Poly (Jr)
3. Mike Thorn-Minnesota (Sr)
4. Montell Marion-Iowa (Jr)
5. Jimmy Kennedy-Illinois (Sr)
6. Zack Bailey-Oklahoma (Sr)
7. Andrew Alton-Penn State (
5 of the top 7 in the nation are in the big 10. I am amazed Russell is still unbeaten .
As much as I like Boris right now MM is the only one I can see beating KR & countering his strength & hand control. The only thing that will beat him @ this point is speed or a chess match & so far it looks like no other college wrestler can even have enough strength to start a set of moves off. In Alton III KR doesn't look to create openings until the SV. Before that he is just looking for openings.
I still think Kennedy takes it, assuming he's fully healthy.
Russell is the FAVORITE, now would I bet him? Probably not.
And, this Friday, Kennedy vs Alton and Sunday Thorn vs Alton. This weekend should give some more indication. But with that group, on any given tournament the results would likely change. It reminds me a bit of 149 a couple of years ago that had 5 former/future national champs--Metcalf, Caldwell, Burroughs, Schlatter, O'Connor plus 2 runners-up: Jenkins and Palmer. This group may not be quite as deep as that one, but it's good. Can anybody think of a weight class at the NCAA's that was as loaded as the 2008 149 class?