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    Which Americans are looking like they will do well in England right now? Herbert got Silver at Worlds, but I am not even sure that he will make the Olympic team after watching him wrestle Pendleton.
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    England is still kind of far out to project. If you ask this question after the Open here in a couple of weeks it'll probably be a little easier to answer.

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    you know ppl love herbert and all but i honestly think he was a FLUKE, i dont think he will medal at worlds ever again and or if he will even make the world team. Urishev dusted him off his boots twice in NY

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    Whoever comes out for us at Heavy, Mocco or Dlagnev(maybe Rowlands) will be formiddable.
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    I don't follow freestyle as much as a lot of people on here, but I'm pumped for the depth that is building up in the freestyle weights overall.

    55kg: Pretty weak. I'm excited to see if/how much Stieber progresses, though.
    60kg: Cejudo, Bunch, Zadick, Humphrey, Coleman Scott, and more
    66kg: Frayer, Caldwell, Metcalf, Jaggers
    74kg: Askren, Schlatter (if healthy?), Paulsen, Poeta
    84kg: Herbert, Pendleton, Gavin
    96kg: Varner, Bergman, Hrovat
    120kg: Dlagnev, Mocco, Rowlands, Sigman, Dom Bradley

    Looks like a bunch that can bring home some medals in a few years!


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    yea i see dom bradley exploding onto the seen aswell and herbert improving and oly becoming better

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5pointcrossankle View Post
    you know ppl love herbert and all but i honestly think he was a FLUKE, i dont think he will medal at worlds ever again and or if he will even make the world team. Urishev dusted him off his boots twice in NY
    Fluke, no. He beat all his opponents cleanly. Good draw, yes. Aldatov (who has beaten him twice) and the olympic silver medallist were both on the other side. Herbert's style is high-risk, high reward. He gets into lots of early scrambles in hope of wearing down his opponent for a late round comeback. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

    I think Metcalf has the drive and talent to do well, he'll just need to do some adjusting (ie stop shooting cross-body).

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    I think another thing that will be big for Metcalf to work on is leg defense when guys penetrate in on him.

    He's great at scrambling away from these shots in folk, but those scrambles that he gets in won't work in freestyle since most of them involve him hitting grambies to get away.

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    Best American prospect is whoever we put out at Heavy.
    Ours heavies always are competitive in the world, Taymozov (sp?) and Makhov, would be favorites, but they should be favorites or at least even with the rest of the field.

    Cejudo is obviously a great prospect, but I don't think he has wrestled at all at 60kg, so it is too early to call.

    Varner, to me, looks legit. If he keeps wreslting, I think he can be a medal contender for years.

    I think Askern will always be limited becasue of his style. Against the best guys his funk will work against him. Also as long as he is only a part time wrestler, he won't make it to the top level.

    Metcalf has a way to go to be a real contender internationally, but if he continues to have the same drive he could get there.
    Caldwell is also a wild card. I would love to see him continue to improve, but I don't think he has any international results to judge him against.

    All of the other guys I see in the top ten, but not real threats. Anyone who makes the US team is among the tops in the world, so if they have a great tournament pull so big upsets, they will come home with a medal especially with the new rules.

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