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    That line-up is pretty sick either way:
    125 Falck
    133 Slaton
    141 LeClere/T-Shirt/Dennis
    149 Metcalf
    157 M*
    165 Covington
    174 Borschel
    184 Beatty
    197 Keddy
    Hwt ?

    Only "weaknesses" that I are M*, Keddy and Heavy and those aren't weaknesses. These are all most likely NCAA qualifiers and will get points for Iowa.

    But interested to to see if Falck can get over the "hump" and break Top 4.

    Interesting to see if Slaton can get over last year's finals and get on the podium or whether he takes a step back.

    141 will just be interesting to see who gets to take the mat each week.

    I just am interested to watch the match anytime Metcalf takes the mat.

    M*, his final chance to show what he has learned in five years at Iowa.

    Want to see how this Covington kid does at 165 with the big boys.

    Borschel doesn't have Gavin in his way anymore, can he get it done?

    Keddy made HUGE strides last year, does he take another step forward this year.

    Beatty, don't know much about him, will anyone in the wrestling room push to take his spot?

    Who will wrestle heavy for Iowa next year? I had this fear with Minny this year that not having an anchor at Heavy was going to cost us at some point in the season. I just didn't know it was going to cost us that much. I didn't see so many matches being within six points by the time Berhow/Nord took the mat and I underestimated our lack of depth at 149 and 184. There was no one there to jump in when DS and Kish went down.
    "Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until they speak."

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    Here's how I would like to see the lineup

    125 Falck
    133 Dennis
    141 Slaton
    149 Metcalf
    157 Covington/M*
    165 Covington/M*
    174 Borschel
    184 Keddy
    197 Beatty
    HWT Ericson

    I think Metcalf is a career 149lber. That's his spot and I think he deserves it. I think Slaton could do very well at 141. He is definately physical enough to handle it. I hope M*(who is a jr, not a sr gopherfan) can go to 165 so he is not cutting so much weight. But I think that depends on where Covington goes. I don't know where Covington is weightwise. Looks like 184 is opening up a little for Keddy. He was about seven seconds away from beating Pucillo at nationals. If he improves half as much as he did last season watch out! Beatty will have put on some weight this offseason and will be a qualifier if not win a few matches in St. Louis. Ericson has wrestled well at HWT. He will be a small HWT but is quick. I think he will hold is own and possibly AA next season. Another battle that gets overshadowed by the lower weights is HWT. Ericson Vs Blake Raising. Blake is a big HWT and is right up there with Ericson. Some said last season that the Hawkeyes were wrestling with the third best HWT since the others were RS. I have no clue if that is true, but I hope it is.

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    The "loaded room" situation has long been a factor at the major powers. I always point to Doug Streicher, who was an AA at Iowa as a sophomore and then never again made the lineup because of Terry Steiner. Doug now contributes to Hawkeye wrestling by coaching guys like Borschel and Matt McDonough.

    These young men are in college preparing themselves for the rest of their lives. Wrestling is just part of that preparation. For some, wrestling IS the future, either as competitors at the international level or as coaches - or both. I think the decision to transfer or not really depends on just what role the sport is playing in that young man's life. I can think of examples of guys who came out of high school highly touted who never cracked a starting lineup, but stayed on the team and went on to be great coaches, or doctors, or millionaire entrepreneurs ... or win The Biggest Loser.

    I can also think of several who left Division I schools to become national champions at the DII or DIII level. Unless you're with these kids daily I don't think you have any way of knowing what's going on in their heads.

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    I don't know what Tsirtsis is going to do if Slaton moves up and Dennis goes at 133. He should have just wrestled last year. Oh well. He is a great practice partner.

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    "These young men are in college preparing themselves for the rest of their lives. Wrestling is just part of that preparation. For some, wrestling IS the future, either as competitors at the international level or as coaches - or both. I think the decision to transfer or not really depends on just what role the sport is playing in that young man's life."

    I think you nailed it here gg121and2
    "Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until they speak."

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    damn near every D1 school has a couple of studs who can't break the line-up-IU is far from a powerhouse yet they have Ortega at 125 , a national H.S champ sitting there watching Escobedo Goldman just signed 2-3 197 lber's and he has a true freshman who won 20 some matches and made it to nationals -I don't want to stretch this out so my entire point is all ,as in everyone , of these kids think they are going to kick ass and take names -that is simply their mind set . Which I think is great !! If the kid I'm sending out doesn't believe in himself then why should I , and face it -each one of these kids habve been pretty successful too gt this far .

    Ramos and Konz are both well respected wrestlers with great High school careers -yet why would you sign at a school that has a freshman at 149,a soph at 157 and a junior at 165 who will probably come back down to 157 ?

    do alot of kids have rude awakenings coming , sure -but 10 years down the road who would you rather have in charge of your most important account -the kid who goes div 3 just to win a title or the kid who believed enough in himself to take a shot ?

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    "do alot of kids have rude awakenings coming , sure -but 10 years down the road who would you rather have in charge of your most important account -the kid who goes div 3 just to win a title or the kid who believed enough in himself to take a shot ?"

    I'll take 'em both - each set individual goals and pursued them in the way that was best for him.

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