125 McDonough dec Megaludis 3-0 Iowa
133 Ramos mdec Conaway 7-0 Iowa
141 Ballweg dec Pearsall 10-0 (Ballweg will be close to a md here)
149 Alton dec Kelly 10-3 Iowa
157 St. John dec Alton 13-3 Iowa
165 Taylor md Moore 13-7 Iowa (there are going to be some funky scrambles in this one)
174 Evans dec Brown (this one is going to be a brawl) 16-7 Iowa
184 Ruth TF Lofthouse 16-12 Iowa
197 Wright md Burak 16-16
Hwt Telford dec Gingrich 19-16 Iowa
RIP Jacob Schlottke 1984-2011
Well here is my breakdown of that dual. I have my tickets in hand and can't wait for this dual.
125 #1 McD vs #2 Meg 3-0 Iowa
133 #2 Ramos vs Conaway 7-0 Iowa
141 #9 Ballweg vs Pearsall 11-0 Iowa
149 Kelly vs #3 A. Alton 11-3 Iowa
157 #1 DSJ vs D. Alton 14-3 Iowa
165 #2 Taylor vs #18 Moore 14-8 Iowa
174 #6 Evans vs #3 Brown 17-8 Iowa
184 #1 Ruth vs #14 Lofthouse 17-13 Iowa
197 #3 Wright vs UR Burak 17-16 Iowa
Hwt #5 Telford vs #18 Gingrich 20-16 Iowa
Mcd guts out the W. IIRC Meg has never taken McD down and I don't think he does in Carver. I see McD winning 3-1
Ramos will get the Major in Carver. Let us not forget that Graff was on his way to a Maj before totally running low on gas. Ramos will not run low on gas I promise.
Ballweg will bet the Major. I think Ballweg is under the radar a bit and he will come to the party for bonus. Carver will be rocking and Pearsall will feel the heat in period 3.
A. Alton was totally gassed against Neb last weekend. Kelly needs to survive the 1st period without a big move. The longer this match goes the more Kelly will keep it to a Dec
DSJ is just a tough dude. D. Alton will get frustrated my his hand fighting and scrambling and leave himself open. DSJ wins this match like 5-2
Taylor is just too much for Moore to keep it to a Dec. If Moore can somehow keep this to a Maj it will be a victory for IA. I see Taylor getting the tech here.
Evans won't loose in Carver against Brown. Brown has been sloppy from being aggressive and that plays into Evans hands. I see Evans winning by 4-1
Ruth will get the TF. I know he is a pinner but Lofthouse has never been pinned or TF for that matter I don't think. Ruth has maj him but I see a TF this time.
Q will squeak a W out on this match. Burak is coming on and he is solid on his feet. I don't see Burak falling for Q's big move. It will be closer than experts think.
Telford will need the W to clinch the dual. I think Bob knows he needs to pick up the action if he wants to be a AA this year. Bob wins in a snoozefest
Iowa puts 15,000+ in the seats and PSU will be amazed at the intensity of the crowd. I see IA winning this dual 20-16. Remember Carver is the toughest place to wrestle let alone when 15,000+ fans are breathing down your neck. It seems like the Carver magic comes up big in an unexpected match so be on alert for a big upset. I could see Q as the only possible chance of an upset for IA. Q has laid an egg before against an inferior opponent from IA so history may repeat itself. I am not saying Burak is better but Q does seem to have atleast 1 stupid match every year.
Once again , 174 is the key .
You know, I think I would rather be a man than a god . We don't need anyone to believe in us. We just keep going anyhow. It's what we do.
I agree that 174 is the closest match-up and is critical. But I don't see it as the only key. I think PSU has at least a 50% chance of winning one of 125, 157, Hwt. Not favored at any of those to be sure, but not out of it either. If Evans wins, but PSU wins 1 out of those 3, based on the most of the Iowa predictions PSU would win.
Blue DSJ is probably 1 of the best hand fighters in the country. I wouldn't suggest he is an eye gouger by any means. He is just hard nosed and tough. I mean who makes the NCAA finals on 1 leg? DSJ does.
Q is really dangerous for certain. I just think people are under estimating Burak on his feet. After all he did spend a year at the OTC (wrestling on his feet) which will help him not get tossed to his back. I think Q will be more dangerous trying for the spladel against Burak than tossing him. Carver is not friendly to the opposition and Q does have a history of under performing in duals against IA. Like I stated earlier he seems to have a bone head match during the year and I predict this to be it. I still think he wins but won't be surprised if it is by DEC only. Burak is no slouch from his feet. Also remember Vinny Wagner gave Q all he wanted and then some last year. He was way undersized and couldn't finish shots otherwise Q may have suffered the upset. Burak is built better but needs to finish unlike Wagner. Also Q was only able to DEC both Atwood and Schiller. Burak lost in OT to Schiller last week and Atwood beat him like 4-1 before he started to turn the corner.
Last edited by Chop; 01-31-2013 at 11:06 AM.