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Off-Topic / Robles - Unstoppable
« on: October 02, 2018, 10:23:17 PM »
So I'm sure everyone has already heard about the new Anthony Robles feature in the works, but nothing is posted here yet. As many of you know, I have been and always will be one of Anthony's biggest fans and supporters, so I am pretty psyched about this movie. Do you think Jason Mitchell is a good choice?

Here is an actual photo of Robles and McDonough just before the famous NCAA match commenced:

College / Legitimate finalists next season by team.
« on: March 18, 2018, 03:44:39 PM »
Since it looks like finalists have been carrying the champion lately rather than racking up consolation points, I thought it would be fun to speculate about next season. Here is who I see as legitimate potential finalists for the top teams next season. Legitimate doesn't mean favorite, but a realistic chance. I'll put "favored" in parentheses for the guys who I think are favored to make the finals (not necessarily win it) at this point.

Iowa: 6
125: Lee (favored)
149: Lugo (this weight will be interesting to watch next year... lots of question marks)
157: Kemerer (favored)
165: Marinelli (I think this is the craziest weight next year. No clear favorite, and not because the weight is down like 197, but because there are a handful of elites that can beat each other on any given day)
197: Warner
HWT: Stoll (favored)

Other AA threats: Murin at 141, Wilcke at 184 (I'm not as high on Young at 174 as others... he couldn't get by Gunther this year...)

tOSU: 6
133: Pletcher
141: Mckenna (favored)
149: Hayes
157: Jordan
184: Martin (favored)
197: Moore (favored)

Other AA threats: 165: Campbell

PSU: 7
141: Lee (He is only going to get better, and his chance is better if Yianni bumps up)
157: Nolf (favored)
165: Joseph (favored)
174: Hall (favored)
184: Nickal (favored)
197: Rasheed/Casser
HWT: Nevills (favored)

Other AA threats: Teasedale/RBY at 133, Verkleeren/Berge at 149 (No idea about Berge's weight)

I'm not going to try with Oklahoma State, but they have a lot of potential All Americans with Picc, Fix, Brock, Gfeller, Lewallen, Smith, Rogers, Smith, Weigel, and White. THey could potentially bump some guys up and have that be their lineup, otherwise someone between Picc and Lewallen will be sitting out.

I don't think Iowa gets 6, PSU 7, or tOSU 6, but it isn't an unreasonable possibility for either of them to achieve it. PSU will be the clear favorite, but a few upsets and a stellar tournament by Iowa and the team race will be interesting.

College / 10 undefeated national champs?
« on: February 13, 2017, 11:29:13 PM »
When's the last time all 10 national champs finished undefeated?  I'm not saying it'll happen this year, but it is as likely as any other scenario.

285: Snyder is a lock.
197: Cox is a lock. 
184: If Dean isn't a lock, then only Nickal will beat him, and either guy could finish undefeated. 
174: With BoJo's lingering injury, I don't see him finishing undefeated, but who can stop Zahid?  Mark Hall might upset the 10 undefeated champ scenario.
165: IMar a lock
157: Nolf a lock
149: Sorensen is the only one who could potentially spoil a Retherford perfect season, and that most likely isn't going to happen.
141: Will anybody stop Heil from becoming the worst 3x national champion of all time?
133: Clark would have ran the table here, but with his injury I don't see anyone taking out Tomasello.
125:  Gilman was one of the surest things at the beginning of the year, but everyone will be out to Lizak him come tourney time.

Any oddsmakers out there?

College / Seed Protection
« on: February 03, 2017, 08:51:55 PM »
Brands sat Clark against Stickley to protect his seed.

College / Best Case Scenario - Nationals
« on: January 25, 2017, 02:04:14 PM »
Snowed in with the kids, so I needed something to distract me.

This is not a prediction; this is what I see as a realistic best case scenario.  Again, this is NOT a prediction.  These are just my thoughts on how each of these guys could do at Nationals if all the right things happen.  I’d be interested to see what fans of other top teams have to say about their (realistic) best case scenarios.  OSU, tOSU, PSU, Minnesota (lol, just kidding Minnesota), what you got?

125: Champion with bonus along the way.  What could hold him back?  Letting guys get into his head.  Gilman is the most dominant wrestler at 125 and it isn’t close, but he’s a bit unstable at times.  He could meet Suriano for the 3rd time in the finals, and if Gilman isn’t able to open up and pull away a little at the Big 10s against Suriano, then I have a bad feeling about Nationals.

133: Champion.  The obvious thing that could hold him back?  The shoulder injury.  He can beat anybody at 133 as long as he keeps attacking.

141: Seventh.  He proved he can hang with some of the best at this weight.. he just can’t beat them.  I don’t see him beating any of the top 5-6 guys at any point this season, but after that I see a lot of potential upsets.  He has to actually take some shots though.  He had no offense at all last time out against Gulibon; he simply out-hustled him for the first two periods which kept him ahead.  Hustle isn’t good enough.

149: Runner-up.  Could he beat Retherford?  Sure he could, and I think if he is going to, it’ll be at Big 10s.  For that to happen, he has to wrestle with the same pace he wrestled Retherford from here on out.  He needs to make that his natural style, instead of his stepping up to the challenge style.  His positioning is incredible which makes him extremely difficult to score on.  He can’t wrestle with that mindset, as he just proved he can retain that while still constantly moving the feet and attacking.  Keep it up and he might steal a win at Big 10s, but then I think Retherford will be the one to rise to a new level at Nationals and beat Sorensen by 5-6.  Would be great to see both guys just destroy the field on their way to the finals… especially if Sorensen wins at Big 10s.

157: Runner-up.  He’s what now, 3-1 against the top 10?  He will NOT be winning against Nolf, at least not this season, but Kemerer gets better each week.. really fun to watch his progression.  I think Kemerer will finish the season with 3 losses, all to Nolf.

165: R12.  Gunther doesn’t have the arsenal to AA, but I can see him going as deep as R12 as a best case scenario.  I don’t know why, but he seems to be able to wear out his opponent as the match goes on, which is why I think he can get this deep, but he doesn’t have the offense to take advantage of that against the top guys.

174: Fifth.  Can’t beat BoJo, Epperly, or Valencia, but he has at least a chance against the rest of the field.  I really don’t think he will ever beat Hall again either, whom he may run into again at Big 10s.  It’s almost cliché at this point with Meyer, but it depends on which Meyer shows up.  He can beat Realbuto, he can beat Crutchmer, he can beat Ramos, Priesch, etc. etc.  Just do it Meyer.

184: Third.  Dean and Nickal, then everybody else.  DEEP weight, and depending on where the chips fall, we could see Brooks DNP, but I’m here for best case scenario, not worst.  Outside of the top 2, there is nobody that Brooks can’t or hasn’t beaten.  Brooks has looked VERY impressive this year outside that weird spladle and the first match with Jackson.  I wouldn’t bet against him against anybody, except for Dean and Nickal of course.

197: 2-2.  197 is a 1-horse race…  Cox is just on another level, especially if he feels like being on another level.  Then we have Pfarr, who is good enough to be a champion if it wasn’t for Cox.  After that this weight is WAY down this year.  Unfortunately, we have our backup 184 wrestling 197, and while he is tough as nails and won’t give in to anybody, he just isn’t big enough to make a run.

285: Hope to qualify and win a match.  B1G is top heavy but not deep at HWT, so I’m not sure how many auto qualifiers we get.  5-6?  He isn’t beating Snyder, Medbury, Kroells, or Nevills for sure.  Maybe an upset over Blacks or Jensen will get him qualified at Big 10s.  I saw Stoll topping out at 5th, but getting 2-3 falls along the way at nationals.  Huge loss for Iowa.

On the other hand, the following may not be THE WORST case scenario, but it is another scenario that could just as likely play out…

125: 3rd: Loses his head and pins himself in the semis.
133: Re-injures shoulder and can’t compete.
141: 0-2
149: 3rd: Wrestles not to lose, gets beat in the quarters or semis, then wrestles back.
157: 5th: Makes some freshman mistakes that cost him a couple matches that he was in control of.
165: 0-2
174: 2-2
184: R12
197: DNQ
285: DNQ

So Iowa could have 4 finalists, 2 champions, 7 All Americans, and 10 qualifiers who all score points, or it could have 0 finalists, 3 All Americans, 7 qualifiers, and 5 point scorers.  Both not likely but possible.

College / I really enjoyed the Mark Hall era...
« on: January 20, 2017, 10:32:12 PM »
too soon?

College / Holy crap, PSU/Iowa 149
« on: January 20, 2017, 09:47:39 PM »
Two things I thought I'd never see:

1. Sorensen being involved in one of the most exciting matches I've seen in the last few years.
2. Retherford forced to stall out a win.

Wow, that was some good wrestling.  Sorensen obviously had the talent to dominate a lot of guys he controlled but squeaked by... did Collica unleash the beast?  That was fun.  Love watching PSU wrestle, and I really love to see Sorensen step up and make it an amazing match.  He can get him if he keeps it up.

Off-Topic / The comic(/)book adaptation thread.
« on: July 28, 2016, 05:36:03 PM »
Since there has been a huge boom in adapting comics and scifi/fantasy novels to both the big screen and the small screen over the past several years, let's talk about them.  I know Falcon, oceanain, Bob H., and some others have opinions on these adaptations.  Which are the best, and what makes a good adaptation?  How true to the source do they need to be?  Can an adaptation ever be as good as the source?

I'll give a few words of thought to some that I've watched:

Game of Thrones:  Might be the best show on television, and I'd definitely think so if I hadn't read the books.  I have though, so there is some bitterness in me over what the show runners decided to leave out and alter.

The Walking Dead:  Some might say it is better than the comic.  I'm not one of them.  Fantastic show, and it is my wife and I's #1 "couple show."  I just like the characters better in the comics.  I do feel more emotionally involved with the show though.

Lucifer:  Not an adaptation at all.  More like"inspired by" than "based on."  I had fun watching it, but that's about it.

Preacher:  The comic is sacred to me, so I thought anything but panel by panel would be a disappointment.  I was wrong.  LOVE what they are doing with the show.

Outcast:  I was liking the show better than the comic until the last couple episodes.  Took a couple things in a different direction that I suppose will work out better for a television audience.  But... BRENT SPINER!

Consantine:  They picked the right guy to play Constantine and the show wasn't bad.  I just think it lost some of its charm being set in the US.  Would love to see a UK version starring Matt Ryan with someone like Delano involved.

The Last Kingdom:  Completely rushed.

I'll hold off for now.  I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on these adaptations and others that I didn't mention.

International / Who are you rooting for at the Olympics?
« on: July 28, 2016, 02:16:41 PM »
Personally, I'll be rooting for Dennis, Asgarov, Burroughs, and Dlagnev.

College / Grade your team's conference performance.
« on: March 06, 2016, 07:11:47 PM »
Didn't watch UNI, so I'll grade Iowa.

Gilman:  F - Not based on performance, but because he forced thousands to have to sit through a Nico Megaludis match during the finals.
Clark:  A - As solid a tournament as anyone.
Grothus: D - Wrestled hard, but couldn't get through the 1 and 2 seeds.
Sorensen:  B+ - He wrestled as well as he could.  Retherford dominated him even though he didn't put up a lot of points.  Sorensen is just hard to score on.
Cooper:  C - Met expectations, but in no way exceeded them.
Rhoads:  C+ - Nothing great, but wrestled better than I thought he would.
Meyer:  D - Looked awful.  R12 guy I think, but he could do better (or worse).
Brooks:  A+ -  The plus is for the mullet.
Burak:  A- - Just couldn't break through
Stoll:  n/a - Nothing to grade.  Looks like Gwiaz ended his season in the dual.

Off-Topic / Article about your typical Oklahoman.
« on: December 28, 2015, 08:00:31 PM »

The witness told police Scoggin was "obviously having sexual intercourse with the goat." The reporting party told police he then grabbed his gun and ran to the barn.

College / Kemerer
« on: November 15, 2015, 08:22:49 PM »
Defeats Stoker 3-0, then majors Geo Martinez 16-3, then takes out Max Thomsen 10-3, then majors Alex Kocer.  Not a bad tournament.  I'm sure it helps having Sorensen as his workout partner.


WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s constant references to Jesus Christ in his speeches and campaign ads are sparking a strong interest in atheism among millions of Americans, atheist leaders report.

Since Sen. Cruz (R-Texas) announced his candidacy two weeks ago with the words “God isn’t done with America yet,” a substantial number of Americans “have begun seriously questioning the existence of God,” said Carol Foyler, the executive director of the American Society of Atheists.

“It’s been amazing,” Foyler said. “We’re getting calls from people who are curious about atheism for the first time in their lives. And when we ask them what got them thinking about it, they all say the same thing: ‘I just heard Ted Cruz talk.’ ”

Foyler said that her group often notices a surge in atheism after natural disasters or other traumatic events that rattle people’s faith, but, she added, “We’ve never seen anything like Ted Cruz.”

After Cruz aired an Easter weekend campaign ad in which he spoke of the transformative power of Christ, Foyler said, “Our phones were ringing off the hook.”

“As an atheist, I naturally don’t believe in the power of Christ to transform people,” she said. “But I definitely believe in the power of Ted Cruz to transform people into atheists.”

Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and outspoken atheist, said that Cruz’s ability to convert millions to atheism was “nothing short of extraordinary.”

“Ted Cruz has created more atheists in two weeks than I have in decades,” Dawkins said.

College / 15/16 Rankings
« on: March 24, 2015, 11:25:54 PM »
I don't follow the redshirts as closely as some of you, so I'm sure I'll be missing some.  Here is my top 5 per weight.

1. Megaludis
2. Tomasello
3. Moisey
4. Gilman
5. Garrett

1. Clark
2. Taylor
3. Guilibon
4. DiJulius
5. Beckman

1. Brewer
2. Retherford
3. Mayes
4. Heil
5. Ashnault

1. Tsirtsis
2. Sorensen
3. Stieber
4. Richardson
5. Clagon

1. Martinez
2. Miller
3. Realbuto
4. Brascetta
5. Murphy

1. Dieringer
2. I. Jordan
3. Palacio
4. Wilson
5. Moore

1. B. Jordan
2. Crutchmer
3. Epperly
4. Meyer
5. Brunson

1. Dean
2. Brown
3. Stauffer
4. Avery
5. Courts

1. Snyder
2. McIntosh
3. Cox
4. Burak
5. Hartmann

1. Gwiazdowski
2. Coon
3. Medbery
4. Marsden
5. Whoever goes for PSU

College / AGON V
« on: March 24, 2015, 10:58:37 PM »
Alright.  College season is over, but we've got a pretty big event coming up next week with former and upcoming college stars.  Who do you guys have in these matches?  I'm not sure if this fits on this board, but it doesn't really fit in International or high school either.

Ex-Hawkeyes on the left:
Brent Metcalf vs Aaron Pico
Tony Ramos vs Henry Cejudo
Matt McDonough vs Angel Escobedo
Derek St. John vs Jason Welch
Phil Keddy vs Deron Winn

Future Hawkeyes on the left:
#1 Justin Mejia (California) vs #2 Austin Gomez (Illinois) – 113
#1 Mike Kemerer (Pennsylvania ) vs #2 Fredy Stroker (Iowa) – 145
#1 Alex Marinelli (Ohio) vs #2 Josh Shields (Pennsylvania) – 160

I don't believe in being objective, so I'm going with a Hawkeye sweep.

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