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    125

    Glad to see Nickerson get his title, but this was a brutal match to watch. Neither guy did anything. Obviously having a national championship decided on a locked hands call in OT is we'll say less than ideal but Donahoe didn't do anything to deserve not losing that way.

    133

    Not quite as active as their awesome Big 10 Final, but another good match from Gomez and Humphrey. Gomez is a guy I've enjoyed watching since he sprang on the scene as a freshman so again I'm glad to see him win his title. Great double leg TD by Gomez to make the score 3-0 then just kept wrestling hard the rest of the way.

    141

    I don't think a great many people saw this one coming, J. Jaggers just knows how to peak for this tournament. Went a month or so during the season where he didn't win a match, started to turn things around a little at National Duals but was still shaky the rest of the year until Big 10's. Now he's a 2x NCAA Champion. Even besides the finals match in which he looked as good as I've ever seen him, pinning Gallick and Drouin was very impressive.

    149

    Still not quite sure how to put into words just how I feel about this match so this will probably turn out to be quite rambly.

    One one hand, the fact that the legions of idiots (that were thankfully absent from this place, I'm speaking of elsewhere) that spent the entire season yelling at the tops of their lungs that Metcalf would win 157 and 165 and get bonus on everyone there and then even more so took every opportunity they could to bash Metcalf's opponents past and present are going to have to shut the hell up for 7 months or so delights me to no end. On the other hand I have a ton of respect for Metcalf as a competitor and he doesn't deserve the stuff thats going to be thrown at him now as a result of the conduct of his "supporters".

    In terms of the actual match, like Zapp said Caldwell just straight up outwrestled him. Metcalf really almost seemed tentative, especially after Caldwell chucked him with the headlock. Great funk defense by Caldwell to pick up the TD or two that he got off of Metcalf's stuff.

    In terms of the stuff at the end. They say "win and lose with class" suffice it to say in my opinion we saw neither in this match.

    157

    Burroughs is just the man. So ridiculously quick and it was here in full effect in this match. Even though he didn't shoot a ton, the prospect of him shooting kept Poeta off balance the entire time.

    In contrast to the previous match, great display at the end by both guys.

    165

    I kind of zoned out during this match. Looked like Howe did a great job controlling the tie ups and handfighting (like he pretty much always does) and that stalling was probably warranted, but that King made his opportunity count.

    174

    Another one that I kind of zoned out during. Seemed like it was pretty comparable to their match early in the year. Luke dictated the pace like he always does. He stayed aggressive and he made the shots that he took count. Like Varner, Luke is a guy that kind of figured it out this year.

    184

    I said earlier the thing that impressed me the most during this match was the defense that both guys showed in certain instances. That and how ridiculously strong Herbert has to be to lock that cradle up on Pucillo (despite being out of bounds) during the first period.

    197

    Said it earlier, despite the fact that he was a guy that I vehemently rooted against I respect the fact that Varner changed his style up from last year and I was glad to see it pay off for him with a title.

    285

    Zoned out again. Ellis has wrestled well from the bottom all year and that appears to be what won him the match with that reversal in the TB

    Announcers

    Loved that they did another during match interview with Barry Davis. Other than that, all I can really say is I don't think there is a word that I can use to adequately express my hatred for Tim Johnson.

    Spends the entirety of the weekend fawning over Metcalf whenever he can find the opportunity (this was especially annoying when he'd do it during matches in completely different weight classes...the Raymond Jordan/Brandon Browne consi match ws an egregious example), spends the entirety of the final giving no credit to Caldwell for what he was doing just simply babbling on about how good Metcalf's conditioning is and how Metcalf was going to "sting" or "hurt" or some other stupid verb Caldwell in the third period.

    Then afterwards the stupid bastard says that Caldwell should get off the mat and act like he's been there before. I'd have been alright with this had he said it during or immediately after the gymnastics routine but he did it when Caldwell was reenacting the Mark Perry "down on both knees arms in the air and screaming" celebration.

    I mean Tim, we get it. You have a man crush on Metcalf but I and I'm sure others would appreciate at least the illusion of some professionalism.

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    Best match: probably 133

    Most boring: tie between 125 (!), 157, and 197

    Biggest upset: 149 (did I actually hear Iowa fans booing?)

    Least surprising win: 184

    Without checking all the stats I'd have to say Jaggers is OW. He dominated the championship match and had at least two falls on the way there.

    Best performance by a football player: Mark Ellis

    Best performance by a coach on camera: Barry Davis

    Best interview: Nickerson or Robles

    Thickest neck not belonging to a heavyweight: Varner

    Most surprising stat: the last champions to square off before Herbert and Pucillo were Bono and McIlravey in their '97 classic.

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    Agree: Johnson did a homer on Metcalf. The other announcer gave him a chance to modify his rather inappropriate comment about what Metcalf's conditioning would do (it was rooting) but Johnson didn't pick up on it.

    Did I hear one of the announcers say at the beginning of the 3rd period when Donahoe was down 1-0 that he might not take bottom? That didn't make sense at all.

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    Best match: probably 133
    Gotta disagree. Not much action at all for the first 6 minutes. I thought it was pretty boring until the last minute.


    Biggest upset: 149 (did I actually hear Iowa fans booing?)
    I noticed them booing several times in matches where Iowa wrestlers lost.

    Without checking all the stats I'd have to say Jaggers is OW. He dominated the championship match and had at least two falls on the way there.
    I would love to see this and think that, if he had got the pin off that cradle, he would have deserved it. However, I would say it should definitely go to Burroughs. He majored a champ en route to his title.
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    Great thoughts JensenS. I seem to have zoned out at almost identical times, haha. Overall, I think it was one of THE most exciting NCAA tourneys I've followed in the recent years. I also agreed that both Metcalf and Caldwell could have carried themselves better at the end of their match.

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    great tournament!

    i thought the most exciting matches were...133, 141 good for jj ( he likes the lights in st. louis lol).

    149 of course, in my previous post i said plz be exciting and it was one of the best matches i've ever seen, hats off to caldwell, he let loose and went for it and flat out beat metcalf, took him right out of his boring head ties and work horse wear n tear methodology,
    157 was great to see, JB is just excellent so is poeta, leen, and GG, but cleary not as good this year like JB.

    im sure we will see howe again, pure talent there

    good job by herbert...puccilo gave up the td early..should of wrestled like he did late 2nd and 3rd in the first...couldnt slow herbert down early..

    varner deserved it, and earned it....of course im very happy for nickerson......other matches were blah

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrir33 View Post
    good job by herbert...puccilo gave up the td early..should of wrestled like he did late 2nd and 3rd in the first...couldnt slow herbert down early..
    I wish Pucillo had picked up his D from the beginning--he looked to have had a decent shot at winning the way he wrestled later on. He got in real deep on a Hi-C there at the end, and was close to finishing. Didn't get it done though. He showed that he belonged out there, though.


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    I hate when people complain like johnson complain about an athlete celebrating after a huge victory. Think about how happy we as fans get when our team or athlete does well now imagine if you were the actual participant and you just achieved a dream of yours thaty ou worked incredibly hard. I love the passion and seeing the excitement that the wrestlers display. If they were not happy or pumped i think it would be odd. There is a difference between a showboater like say TO doing a pre determined act but the raw emotion of victory is great to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p-jersey View Post
    I hate when people complain like johnson complain about an athlete celebrating after a huge victory. Think about how happy we as fans get when our team or athlete does well now imagine if you were the actual participant and you just achieved a dream of yours thaty ou worked incredibly hard. I love the passion and seeing the excitement that the wrestlers display. If they were not happy or pumped i think it would be odd. There is a difference between a showboater like say TO doing a pre determined act but the raw emotion of victory is great to see.
    Seriously. Watch his post-match interview on Flo. The guy is just thankful and humble. Good for Darrion. This is his night.

    Any word on who was OW?


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