After being there last night, here are some observations...If anyone would like more detail, please feel free to ask.
197 - Bronson looked really tough in the first period and I thought BRester looked more than a bit winded. Bronson got taken down to his back twice, once in the closing seconds of the match and that gave up the major. That was disappointing, but he did not give up the fall and I really did think for a while that he might just out condition Brester for the upset. that was fleeting however. While he is bigger, I think its fair to call him Dretch Jr., his stance, body type, and appearance is almost identicle.
HWT- We have been very spoiled for the last four years watching Cole. He really was something special and that legacy is a very heafty load for any Gopher heavyweight to shoulder. That being said, I think Berhow will be good inthe future. He show signs of aggressiveness and technique that, once polished, will make him a force to be reckoned with. May's experience was the difference in this one, but I think in a rematch Berhow takes it.
125-big disappointment in not having a match...but contrary to popular thought on this board I really don't think Ness would have one. From what I've seen of Donahoe so far this year, he appears to be a man on a mission. Don't misinterperate that I think Ness won't ever beat him, because I do hope he does and I know he is more than capable of doing it. I just think that at this point in the season Donahoe is a bit ahead. We'll see if his injury makes any difference.
133 - To plagarize LoSt, "reiter did his best impression of Jordan's Bicycle" for the entire first period after the collision. I missed the collision because I was busy trying to text someone the aforementioned line. That 3rd period was Awesome however. Mack came on strong and Kenny totally Gassed. I've been tough on Reiter so far this season because he really hasn't shown the spark that he has in years past. This match totally changed my opinion and that last period looked like the Mack we all know and love.
141- Manny is a Killer. I'll be very sad to see him gone next year and I feel very glad that I've gotten the opportunity to watch a Diamond in the rough develop into what he is now.
Quick thought regarding the referee....I couldn't tell if he was a total homer or if he was just lazy. It looked like he was allergic to counting nearfall and it appeared that there were a lot of call that could have been interperated as questionable. I'm not complaining because they went toward my team....but if I were a Husker fan...I would be screaming.
149- Dustin wrestled solid and Burroughs RAN away the entire time. I ahven't seen anything like that in a long time. It must be exptremely frusterating to go out onto the mat and know that every match is a) going to go the distance, and b) that your opponent is not going to do anything. I've been hard on dustin too because he hasn't shown me a whole lot of offense, but after last night my paradigm has shifted. He is remarkably mentally tough to be able to go an win like that against such blatant stalling. Burroughs wrestled most of the match just out of bounds.
157- Why was there no match? CP looked upset about that too.
165- One of the most exciting matches I've seen this season. When Glasser matures and gets some experience under his belt, watch out. HE's dynamite on his feet and agressive like no one else on the team. It would not surprise me to see him AA this year (long shot) and I think we might see the second cloming of jacob volkmann before he is done. Dwyer wrestled a great match, was very tough on top and his experience is what won the match. I don't know that he should be ranked as high as he is, but he was deffinitley a bright spot for the huskers.
174- Gabe dretch wrestles the way the Tazmainian Devil would wrestle. he spun around in a circle so many times it became pretty silly. "Wild Thing" is about the most appropriate entrance music as one could pick for him. He is also really, really big. If he can minimalize his mistakes and possibly calm down a bit....he's a threat to beat anybody.
184- Vince Jones is absolutley huge. It looked to me like he was a bit intimidated bny kish at first, and Kish came out and capitalized on that. Roger looked good, but he was extremely lucky to get pulled out of the cradle in the third period by the referee. I'm still unclear why they stopped it, but it was tight and he probably would have gone over. That being said, I don't think Kish lets that happen again and besides that, or a big move, which Jones is capable of doing, he won't be in danger olosing to vince.
I do not like the Big 5/12 as a matter of principal...I'm really loyal to the big 10 like I am the NL or the NFC north. That being said....Nebraska is going to scare some people this year and they will be very dangerous NEXT year. I can't understand why a traditional power like Nebraska would not be able to fill a full line up...that was disappointing. Without the forefits I still think MN would have won, but it might have been a nail biter.