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The fourth week of the season was pretty slow. There was one event, the Northeast Duals, that hosted five or six teams, but other than that, the pickings were slim. As if wrestlers were actually humans and not just animated figurines for my entertainment, most coaches gave their teams Thanksgiving weekend off. Fine. Who wants to watch wrestling on Thanksgiving weekend anyway?
Not all coaches showed this weakness. Last week (in an article that I finished way too
The second weekend of the season was an eventful one for Ohio's wrestlers.
In the week's premier story, Penn State freshman and former Graham Falcon David Taylor performed as well as you could possibly hope for him to perform. WrestlingBloomsburg's Matt Hickman and Lehigh's Sean Bilodeau, two good opponents who both spent time ranked last year, he scored early and often and ended both matches before the allotted seven minutes expired. He rang up a technical fall over Hickman
'Twas an opening weekend of mixed results for Ohio's Division I wrestlers. By and large, the youth did great. Only one or two did not meet or exceed my expectations (which is the only true judge of success or failure).
In Blacksburg, Virginia:
Kent State split in their dual meets, pounding Chattanooga 24-12 and losing to a young Iowa State team in a 23-19 upset. Nic Bedelyon posted a pair of beatings over Chattanooga's Prescott Garner (a 15-5 major decision)
For opening weekend in Division I sports, you typically have muted expectations for how much you'll be entertained. If it's football, you know the Buckeyes are going to be pounding on some FCS teams for the first month. In basketball, there's typically a team or two I've never heard of (though I don't follow basketball at all). This weekend, the Buckeye wrestling team will be following similar form by sending most of the team tothe Buffalo Open in Buffalo, New York. There is no
174: The Young but Restless
This is a weight rich in young potential, but light on proven experience. Dropping down from 184, OU junior Nick Purdue has the potential to make a serious splash at his new weight. This is a guy who had some seriously great wins last year--they just didn't come at the right tournaments. His stardom reached its apex when, at the Reno Tournament of Champions, he beat Edinboro's Pat Bradshaw and Wyoming's 2x All-American Joe Leblanc back-to-back to