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    Default Taylor Walsh

    Watched an Indiana dual last night and was astounded to learn that Taylor Walsh is 21-0 with 18 pins! I don't care what your competition is that is an amazing number of pins. He has already matched Kyle Dake's number of pins from last year who was #1 last year in the Division 1. Will be interesting to see how he does in the meat of the B1G schedule, but a scary guy to wrestle. All of the Indiana wrestlers have a ton of matches for this early in the season. DC

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    Taylor Walsh hasn't faced the toughest of competition yet but then most teams also haven't. Indiana's schedule is tougher than Iowa's so far. And when Hudson Taylor pinned 24 no one complained about his easy schedule. In fact if you look at the pin leaders for the last 7 years none of them had as tough a schedule as a B1G team. Walsh is looking at 30+ pins for this season which is incredible. At the end of this season I'd like to see a comparison made with Askren's 29 pin season schedule.
    "He beat nobodies..Thorn at 133 won't be great, R12 or worse imo...
    I just don't see it...David Thorn is not elite. I don't think he'll place"

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    Default Re: Taylor Walsh

    I agree--no matter what the competition--in college wrestling to pin 18 out of 21 opponents, going 21-0 is impressive! Still, I doubt that Walsh matches Askren's 29 pins. Pins are easier to come by early in the season with all the tournaments, often with lesser competition. Once the B1G dual season starts, the pin rate will drop sharply. Still, hats off to Walsh--that's a phenomenal start!!

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    When comparing pin leaders it is helpful to calculate their pinning percentage. For instance, Hunter Weber (NDSU) had a remarkable red shirt fr year with 20 pins to lead DIV I. Close behind with 19 pins was Andrew Delaney (Citadel) but he had wrestled a remarkable 51 times to acheive it. I set 16 pins as the minimum cutoff over the last 7 years:

    Name/yr Pins Record Pinning %
    Flores 11-12 17 21-1 77%
    J Ness 09-10 19 31-0 61%
    J Oliver 11-12 18 28-2 60%
    Greenwald 08-09 (Rutgers) 18 22-8 60%
    Ruggirello 08-09 20 30-5 57%
    Kokesh 10-11 19 31-0 56%

    Walsh is currently 18 pins and 21-0. Guesstimating 1 pin during B1G duals, 1 each in Midlands, BIG Tourny, NCAA's, and 3 at the Edwardsville triangular he could finish with 25 pins in 45 or so matches. This would put him with the pin leaders, but not % leaders.
    "He beat nobodies..Thorn at 133 won't be great, R12 or worse imo...
    I just don't see it...David Thorn is not elite. I don't think he'll place"

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