125: McDonough is just better at this point in his career. Nico wasn't able to hold him off, and never really threatened with his own offense. He's a true frosh, so the sky's the limit from here. Nice reload for Penn State.
133: Weird match. Oliver didn't look like he normally does, and I don't know if there was something wrong or if it was something Stieber did. Stieber looked totally outmatched during their first match, and they looked like equals here.
141: Russell is just a bit better than Marion. I wish there was something else I could say. Last year Marion was able to penetrate on his shots against Russell fairly consistently, even if he didn't always get the TD. This year, Russell appeared to have taken that up a notch and Marion only really threatened him once or twice combined in all their matches.
149: Ness wrestled his ass off, but Molinaro is just a hoss, especially in a relatively weak weight. Molinaro appeared to be slightly off his game for most of the tournament after his injury, whatever it was. Ness is going to be a bonus machine for his next three years, especially once he adds some muscle.
157: Like Marion, not much to say. Dake was never really threatened. I would like to think St. John could have been a more viable threat if his knee was 100%, but Dake is just a monster. Regarding the postmatch interview fiasco, the Iowa fans who booed are morons, and Dake acted beneath himself by taking a shot at St. John. It wasn't St. John booing him.
Also, to the Cornell fans (rightly) criticizing Iowa fans for booing Dake, I'm pretty sure that was you guys I heard booing Honeycutt at the 197 final because his contact got knocked out, so...
174: See above.
184: Bosak should have been hit for stalling during the match. Wright initiated the majority of the action for the match.
197: Honeycutt faded after Simaz rode him out in the second. Honeycutt has shown a propensity to do that. He looked superior to Simaz physically, but Simaz used one of his greatest assets, his relentlessness, to win the day.
285: I said last year that Nelson wouldn't be a real threat at this weight unless he seriously upgraded his neutral wrestling to go along with his already strong. Nelson decided to eschew that route and instead decided to become an absolute vice on top. He is nearly impossible to escape from, it seems. I don't find him to be terribly active on top, but the forward pressure he puts on guys is unreal.
Team Thoughts: I think Penn State comes back to the pack some with Molinaro and Wade graduating. I'm also interested to see what happens at 197 and if Wright will indeed move up to make room for Brown. That might limit some of Wrights bonus point activities.
Minnesota is probably Penn State's biggest threat next year followed closely by Iowa. They are loaded and young. The big question mark is replacing Sanders presence. Ness, Steinhaus, and Nelson are all national title threats next year, along with possibly the bigger Dardanes in a weight that is clearing out.
Iowa has a great chance at pulling this off next year, but will be dependent on the development of their young guys. Replacing Marion will be difficult, but I think Dziewa gets that job and does reasonably well with it. Evans had a terribly disappointing tournament, but he's a title threat next year if Taylor moves up (not clear on what Howe and Caldwell's plans are). Evans needs to figure out his issues where he turns up for matches strangely flat.
Ohio State is the team that is brimming with potential. Tons of young talent with bonus point capabilities. They have a couple of holes, but they have so much potential it's terrifying for the other teams.