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    Craig Sesker USA Wrestling

    A number of the nation?s top wrestling journalists are weighing in with their predictions on this year?s NCAA Championships, set for Thursday through Saturday in St. Louis. They are picking the results of the finals in each weight class, in addition to which teams they think will finish in the top five.

    USA Wrestling?s Craig Sesker is the defending champion, so that should give everyone hope with this year?s picks.

    The winner will be announced following the tournament.

    The picks of the journalists are as follows:

    Jason Bryant, InterMat
    125: Ness (Minnesota) over Escobedo (Indiana)
    133: Scott (Oklahoma State) over Slaton (Iowa)
    141: Morgan (Oklahoma State) over Griffin (Hofstra)
    149: Metcalf (Iowa) over Schlatter (Minnesota)
    157: Poeta (Illinois) over Gillespie (Edinboro)
    165: Perry (Iowa) over Tannenbaum (Michigan)
    174: Gavin (Pitt) over Luke (Michigan)
    184: Varner (Iowa State) over Pucillo (Ohio State)
    197: Glenn (American) over Davis (Penn State)
    Hwt.: Fox (Northwestern) over Bergman (Ohio State)
    Top 5 teams: Iowa, Minnesota, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Ohio State

    Mike Finn, WIN Magazine
    125: Donahoe (Nebraska) over Falck (Iowa)
    133: Scott (Oklahoma State) over Slaton (Iowa)
    141: Griffin (Hofstra) over Morgan (Oklahoma State)
    149: Metcalf (Iowa) over Schlatter (Minnesota)
    157: Poeta (Illinois) over Gillespie (Edinboro)
    165: Perry (Iowa) over Tannenbaum (Michigan)
    174: Luke (Michigan) over Borschel (Iowa)
    184: Varner (Iowa State) over Pucillo (Ohio State)
    197: Askren (Missouri) over Davis (Penn State)
    Hwt.: Bergman (Ohio State) over Fox (Northwestern)
    Top 5 teams: Iowa, Michigan, Iowa State, Minnesota, Central Michigan

    Jon Gremmels, Quad-City Times
    125: Jayson Ness (Minnesota) over Escobedo (Indiana)
    133: Scott (Oklahoma State) over Slaton (Iowa)
    141: Russell (Michigan) over Mendes (Cal Poly)
    149: Metcalf (Iowa) over Schlatter (Minnesota)
    157: Poeta (Illinois) over Gillespie (Edinboro)
    165: Tannenbaum (Michigan) over Marable (Missouri)
    174: Gavin (Pitt) over Luke (Michigan)
    184: Varner (Iowa State) over Todd (Michigan)
    197: Glenn (American) over Davis (Penn State)
    Hwt.: Fox (Northwestern) over Bergman (Ohio State)
    Top 5 teams: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa State, Oklahoma State

    Andy Hamilton, Iowa City Press-Citizen/ESPN.com
    125: Escobedo (Indiana) over Donahoe (Nebraska)
    133: Slaton (Iowa) over Ruggirello (Hofstra)
    141: Morgan (Oklahoma State) over Griffin (Hofstra)
    149: Metcalf (Iowa) over Schlatter (Minnesota)
    157: Poeta (Illinois) over Gillespie (Edinboro)
    165: Perry (Iowa) over Tannenbaum (Michigan)
    174: Gavin (Pitt) over Luke (Michigan)
    184: Pucillo (Ohio State) over Varner (Iowa State)
    197: Glenn (American) over Davis (Penn State)
    Hwt.: Fox (Northwestern) over Bergman (Ohio State)
    Top 5 teams: Iowa, Minnesota, Iowa State, Michigan, Oklahoma State

    Andrew Hipps, RevWrestling
    125: Ness (Minnesota) over Escobedo (Indiana)
    133: Scott (Oklahoma State) over Gomez (Michigan State)
    141: Morgan (Oklahoma State) over Russell (Michigan)
    149: Schlatter (Minnesota) over Metcalf (Iowa)
    157: Poeta (Illinois) over Gillespie (Edinboro)
    165: Tannenbaum (Michigan) over Perry (Iowa)
    174: Luke (Michigan) over Gavin (Pitt)
    184: Varner (Iowa State) over Pucillo (Ohio State)
    197: Davis (Penn State) over Askren (Missouri)
    Hwt.: Fox (Northwestern) over Bergman (Ohio State)
    Top 5 teams: Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Iowa State, Oklahoma State

    Matt Levins, Burlington (Iowa) Hawk Eye
    125: Ness (Minnesota) over Escobedo (Indiana)
    133: Gomez (Michigan State) over Scott (Oklahoma State)
    141: Morgan (Oklahoma State) over Russell (Michigan)
    149: Metcalf (Iowa) over Schlatter (Minnesota)
    157: Poeta (Illinois) over Schlatter (Minnesota)
    165: Tannenbaum (Michigan) over Perry (Iowa)
    174: Gavin (Pitt) over Luke (Michigan)
    184: Varner (Iowa State) over Todd (Michigan)
    197: Davis (Penn State) over Glenn (American)
    Hwt.: Fox (Northwestern) over Bergman (Ohio State)
    Top 5 teams: Iowa, Michigan, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Minnesota

    Roger Moore, Stillwater (Okla.) NewsPress
    125: Gardner (Stanford) over Ness (Minnesota)
    133: Scott (Oklahoma State) over Fanthorpe (Iowa State)
    141: Mendes (Cal Poly) over Griffin (Hofstra)
    149: Metcalf (Iowa) over Schlatter (Minnesota)
    157: Gillespie (Edinboro) over Vallimont (Penn State)
    165: Perry (Iowa) over Lewnes (Cornell)
    174: Gavin (Pitt) over Stolpinski (Navy)
    184: Pucillo (Ohio State) over Sinnott (Central Michigan)
    197: Davis (Penn State) over Glenn (American)
    Hwt.: Fox (Northwestern) over Prendergast (Navy)
    Top 5 teams: Iowa State, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Minnesota, Ohio State

    Craig Sesker, USA Wrestling
    125: Ness (Minnesota) over Escobedo (Indiana)
    133: Scott (Oklahoma State) over Gomez (Michigan State)
    141: Morgan (Oklahoma State) over Russell (Michigan)
    149: Metcalf (Iowa) over Schlatter (Minnesota)
    157: Gillespie (Edinboro) over Poeta (Illinois)
    165: Perry (Iowa) over Tannenbaum (Michigan)
    174: Gavin (Pitt) over Browne (Nebraska)
    184: Varner (Iowa State) over Todd (Michigan)
    197: Askren (Missouri) over Tamillow (Northwestern)
    Hwt.: Fox (Northwestern) over Bergman (Ohio State)
    Top 5 teams: Iowa, Michigan, Iowa State, Minnesota, Oklahoma State

    Tim Tushla, WIN Magazine
    125: Ness (Minnesota) over Escobedo (Indiana)
    133: Ruggirello (Hofstra) over Fanthorpe (Iowa State)
    141: Morgan (Oklahoma State) over Russell (Michigan)
    149: Metcalf (Iowa) over Schlatter (Minnesota)
    157: Poeta (Illinois) over Gillespie (Edinboro)
    165: Dieffenbach (Oklahoma State) over Tannenbaum (Michigan)
    174: Browne (Nebraska) over Gavin (Pitt)
    184: Varner (Iowa State) over Todd (Michigan)
    197: Davis (Penn State) over Askren (Missouri)
    Hwt.: Prendergast (Navy) over Fox (Northwestern)
    Top 5 teams: Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Minnesota

    Bryan Van Kley, WIN Magazine
    125: Ness (Minnesota) over Escobedo (Indiana)
    133: Scott (Oklahoma State) over Gomez (Michigan State)
    141: Russell (Michigan) over Morgan (Oklahoma State)
    149: Metcalf (Iowa) over Schlatter (Minnesota)
    157: Poeta (Illinois) over Gillespie (Edinboro)
    165: Tannenbaum (Michigan) over Perry (Iowa)
    174: Gavin (Pitt) over Browne (Nebraska)
    184: Varner (Iowa State) over Todd (Michigan)
    197: Asken (Missouri) over Davis (Penn State)
    Hwt.: Fox (Northwestern) over Bergman (Ohio State)
    Top 5 teams: Iowa, Michigan, Iowa State, Nebraska, Minnesota

    Karl Vogel, Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star
    125: Escobedo (Indiana) over Donahoe (Nebraska)
    133: Scott (Oklahoma State) over Gomez (Michigan State)
    141: Mendes (Cal Poly) over Griffin (Hofstra)
    149: Schlatter (Minnesota) over Burroughs (Nebraska)
    157: Poeta (Illinois) over Gillespie (Edinboro)
    165: Perry (Iowa) over Tannenbaum (Michigan)
    174: Gavin (Pitt) over Browne (Nebraska)
    184: Varner (Iowa State) over Pucillo (Ohio State)
    197: Glenn (American) over Davis (Penn State)
    Hwt.: Fox (Northwestern) over Prendergast (Navy)
    Top 5 teams: Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa State, Ohio State

    article source: http://themat.com/index.php?page=sho...rticleID=18354

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    I'd say it looks like Sesker will win again this year. I like all his picks expect Gillespie and Askren. But, that's why they wrestle the matches. Can't wait.

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    I like Bryant or Hamilton this year, I think.

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    its
    Last edited by D Caldwell 13; 03-19-2008 at 07:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D Caldwell 13 View Post
    its impossible for it to be metcalf over burroughs they are on the same side of the bracket
    who does?

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    now we can judge the top journalists!

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    Sesker did have Askren over Tamillow, but he just had it in the wrong place.

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    Ha they all had Schlatter in the finals and he barely even took 7th

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    Default Re: Top wrestling journalists weigh in with predictions for NCAA Championships

    Journalists didn't see Schlatter losing before the finals LOL

    Sesker sucks. He bombed some weights completely

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