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High School & Lower / To Miss Alexis River
« on: March 20, 2014, 05:57:33 PM »
Dear Alexis,

Congratulations! blah blah blah, I saw that you were selected for the honorable mention all-area wrestling team. blah blah blah I just wanted to let you know that your achievement is an inspiration to others and how proud I am of you.

Your Senator,
Some Guy in Florida




My friend Alexis "A.J." Rivera posted a photo of this letter on facebook earlier today. Alexis was our 103 my senior year of high school who moved to compete in Florida because the army hates our wrestling team. The reason I am posting this here.... well he's a picture of AJ

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College / So I'm competing with my buddies for $250
« on: March 18, 2014, 11:30:11 PM »
This is my team, we use normal tournament scoring. It was 13 teams and I was like the 7th pick

125: Josh Martinez

133: Joe Roth

141: Ugi Ksomething

149: Eric "What was I thinking" Grajales

157: Brian "I wanted Taylor Walsh" Realbuto

165: Steven Monk

174: Andrew Howe

184: Timothy Dudley

197: J'den Cox

285: Conner Medberry

Wild Card (had to be unseeded): James English

Well that's $25 down the drain

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High School & Lower / Change in Finals format
« on: February 07, 2014, 10:02:00 PM »
Kentucky for as long as anyone could remember has always made a big deal of isolating the state fianls. Being a single division state we have always been able to give the finals the attention they deserve, we have the finalists do walk outs and stuff like that, and there is only one light in the stadium illuminating the single mat. Well this year for "safety reasons" the KHSAA decided that all 4 placing matches are to be wrestled at the same time, this is upsetting a lot of people in Kentucky. Since we are sharing Arizona's catastrophic skin disease outbreak figured I might as well share this development in Kentucky as well

http://www.kentuckywrestling.com/forums/index.php/topic/11959-state-tournament-time-table/

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Off-Topic / My High School's Finals Singlets
« on: February 02, 2014, 04:37:06 PM »
For those of you who don't know, I attended one of two on base schools in the Continental United States. For those clueless civilians amongst you that means I went to a high school made just for army brats. All of our parents were station at Fort Campbell, home of the 101st Airborne (the guys in Band of Brothers). Because of this our new finals singlets this year decided to give a shout out to the United States Army. The Singlet should be attached.

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College / Minnesota at OK State
« on: December 08, 2013, 03:00:08 PM »
As a crazy college student I am currently a little buzzed (good life choices right?) but I'm going to do my best to provide some commentary for this match since it's such a good. Personally I feel that 125, 149, and 174 are the key matches which will decide the dual barring bonus points

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College / We call it Bedlam
« on: December 01, 2013, 03:48:49 PM »
Already posted it but just wanted to say so again

KINDIG WINS 4-3 OVER MAPLE

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Off-Topic / Battle for the Beard
« on: November 24, 2013, 06:58:52 PM »
I had been growing out my facial hair on a whim (laziness) over the summer, fully planning to shave it come wrestling season. Well what followed was my heartbreaking discovery that my career was ending, but on the bright side I got to keep the beard. Where I find myself now is caught in the middle of a war between two parties, those for my beard and those against. On one end I have my very good friend who also happens to be a stripper along with some others, on the other end I have my good friends on the wrestling team and a handful of my other female friends. Thus I shall ask TOM's opinion on whether to continue to grow my beard for honor and glory. Pics of beard (which I still consider to be quite small) are available upon request, pics of my stripper friend require a longer process involving handwritten requests.

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College / Lindenwood Open
« on: November 23, 2013, 08:25:54 PM »
Results first then some thoughts on how the Cowboys did, if you want my opinion on other teams then go back in time and make my family attend a different school

125
1st Place - Thomas Gilman of Iowa
 2nd Place - Edward Klimara of Oklahoma State University
 3rd Place - Austin Miller of Oklahoma State University
 4th Place - Barlow McGhee of Missouri
 5th Place - Zach Synon of Missouri
 6th Place - Marcos Rios-Tamayo of Lindenwood University

133
1st Place - Jonathon Morrison of Oklahoma State University
 2nd Place - Brenden Murphy of McKendree University
 3rd Place - Eric Wilson of Missouri
 4th Place - Levi Wolfensperger of University Of Northern Iowa
 5th Place - Cole Baumgartner of Missouri
 6th Place - Patrick Myers of Southern Illinios Edwardsville

141
1st Place - Lavion Mayes of Missouri
 2nd Place - Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State University
 3rd Place - Topher Carton of Iowa
 4th Place - Tony DeAngelo of Missouri
 5th Place - Ethan Owens of Iowa
 6th Place - Walter Garrison of Oklahoma State University

149
1st Place - Drake Houdashelt of Missouri
 2nd Place - Joshua Kindig of Oklahoma State University
 3rd Place - Brody Grothus of Iowa
 4th Place - Tyler Patten of University Of Northern Iowa
 5th Place - Kyle Williams of McKendree University
 6th Place - Connor Ryan of Iowa

157
1st Place - Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State University
 2nd Place - Joseph LaVallee of Missouri
 3rd Place - Zach Witte of University Of Northern Iowa
 4th Place - Josh Ballard of McKendree University
 5th Place - Bobby Williams of Ouachita Baptist University
 6th Place - Francisco Ruiz of McKendree University

165
1st Place - Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma State University
 2nd Place - Zach Toal of Missouri
 3rd Place - Jordan Gagliano of Missouri
 4th Place - Dimitri Willis of Maryville University
 5th Place - Curt Maas of University Of Northern Iowa
 6th Place - Jordon Ward of Bethany College

174
1st Place - Chris Perry of Oklahoma State University
 2nd Place - Mike England of Missouri
 3rd Place - Jake Residori of Southern Illinios Edwardsville
 4th Place - Quinten Patterson of Oklahoma State University
 5th Place - Tyler Prazma of Missouri
 6th Place - Luis Alba of McKendree University

184
1st Place - Dallas Smith of Ouachita Baptist University
 2nd Place - Sam Brooks of Iowa
 3rd Place - Kyle Crutchmer of Oklahoma State University
 4th Place - Nolan Boyd of Oklahoma State University
 5th Place - Jordan Rogers of Oklahoma State University
 6th Place - John Eblen of Missouri

197
1st Place - J`Den Cox of Missouri
 2nd Place - Blake Rosholt of Oklahoma State University
 3rd Place - Willie Miklus of Missouri
 4th Place - Stephen Loosbrock of Benedictine College
 5th Place - Josh Manu of Missouri Valley College
 6th Place - Darnell Bortz of Oklahoma State University

285
1st Place - Austin Marsden of Oklahoma State University
 2nd Place - Donnell Walker of Maryville University
 3rd Place - Devon Mellon of Missouri
 4th Place - David Devine of Southern Illinios Edwardsville
 6th Place - Coltyn Pease of McKendree University
 6th Place - Ross Janney of McKendree University

125- Would feel a lot more comfortable if Eddie got the win, Austin Miller also wrestled pretty well, not sure what exactly the plan is there

133- Morrison had some couple matches that were closer then I'd like but it appears he did well

141- Collica got pinned really late, I'd have to see the match but that usually means he got caught on his back doing something stupid. I can guarantee you Feikert won't be starting again and it is getting more and more obvious that Collica is the best wrestler the Pokes have at that weight

149- Well couldn't ask for much more from Kindig

157- Dieringer makes me happy

165- Caldwell actually scored more then 10 points in a couple of his match

174- We won't know anything about Perry until he wrestles Howe

184- and the situation gets even more muddled, I could see either Boyd or Crutchmer starting at the next match, really up to the coaches on this one.

197- I think Cox has proven himself to all of his doubters, but the result doesn't surprise me in the slightest, Blake is still Blake.

285- Marsden had a couple close matches but he still seems to be doing pretty solid.

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College / Ok State and Bucknell
« on: November 17, 2013, 11:12:52 AM »
Barring a computer glitch, highly likely because technology hates me, I will be watching my Cowboys finally answer the question of who is starting at 184. If there is interest I can provide some match by match commentary on here

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Off-Topic / Your Misogyny has no place in the classroom
« on: November 13, 2013, 03:08:08 PM »
I shouldn't be writing this since I am still in the middle of my rage and fury at the pretentious professor who just said this to me. I've never really expressed my personal life on here but I feel I should share a couple facts. I have always described myself politically as moderate with some strong socially liberal tendencies, I blame this fact on being raised in a racially diverse setting. I have counted two groups of people as friends my entire life, Islanders and Women. It wasn't until I reached high school that I realized how bad society is in its treatment of women, if a girl so much as kisses a boy who she isn't dating there is a sizable population who immediately decides to refer to her as a slut with no morals.

Cut to one of my classes that are required at my university to become a teacher. The professor I have is infamous as being one of the most pretentious and intellectual snobs in the  entire department. I take the class with a close friend of mine from when I was still on my school's wrestling team, we were making example surveys in the class for a project where we were to interview students. His practice survey was about a fishing trip and for one of my responses to him I jokingly said, "bring some slutty freshmen." This was on a private message between the two of us, but I of course had the luck of having the teacher walk over to my friend and begin reading the responses over his shoulder, and he of course reacted with shock and embarrassment after reading mine. Now this is where my teaching philosophy with the professor takes a sharp turn away. Instead of talking to me after class and informing me that said behavior would be unacceptable, something I understand, my friend and I don't act very professional in that class compared to my other education classes; he instead e-mails me in the middle of the night and demands that I have a private meeting with him on my own time. So I was forced to cancel an observation at a local high school in order to make time to see him. At the meeting he derides me for being a misogynist and demand that I write him paper on slut shaming so I can learn the error of my ways. He stated that if I did not have this paper before him by the next class then I shouldn't bother becoming a teacher.

I understand wishing to instill proper morals in us future teachers, but I entirely disagree with the way he chose to handle this and of course I disagree on his target. My private joke to a friend is apparently worse then this one kids project which glorified the objectification of women in advertisements. But of course I am expected to be angry and what not after being singled out for an ass chewing on an identity I have never been attached with before. Well thanks for reading my silly rant, I better get started on this paper.

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Sadly I was in the middle of a very important project for an entirely useless class (Educational Technology for those curious enough or stupid enough to read this completely useless sentence) so I was unable to see if I could possibly actually watch these matches. But at the very least I can offer you the results for this glorified wrestle-off

125: Eddie Klimara (Orange) def. Connor Cline (Black), 5-4
 133: Jon Morrison (Orange) def. Dean Heil (Orange), 6-4 SV1
 141: Anthony Collica (Orange) TF5 Michael Martin (Black),15-0; 5:10
 149: Josh Kindig (Black) def. Davey Dolan (Orange), 9-3
 157: Chris Koo (Orange) def. Matt White (Black), 11-5
 165: Tyler Caldwell (Black) TF5 Sam Mehan (Orange), 24-8; 6:09
 174: Chris Perry (Orange) MD Quinten Patterson (Black), 17-6
 184: Nolan Boyd (Orange) def. Jordan Rogers (Black), 8-4
 197: Blake Rosholt (Orange) def. Austin Schafer (Black), 4-2
 285: Austin Marsden (Orange) MD Ethan Driver (Black), 11-3

What follows are my thoughts

125- Cline kept it a lot closer then I thought he would, he has solidified himself as the #2 guy in open tournaments for the past two years but I thought Klimara was more ahead of him then this. Hopefully this just means Eddie will be pushed more this season as opposed to he is not as good as I hope and dream he is.

133- Almost certain that Heil will be redshirting but this speaks towards a promising future at 133/141

141- John isn't a fan of not letting kids redshirt but it's starting to look like Collica may be a serious upgrade over who we have at 141 right now. The only other names that have been thrown around are Case Garrison and Julian Feikart, not exactly names that make other teams tremble in fear.

149- Hope the redshirt season set Kindig back on track after his sophomore slump following his promising freshman season

157- Is Dieringer hurt? Hope it isn't serious, I suppose I could use my contacts to find out but I like to sit on favors to get such gems as Jordan Oliver's code for "my ankle hurts" (he would touch his ribs). Koo has had some promising results though, definitely a name to look out for.

165- Nothing to see here, we all know Caldwell is the 2nd best guy at his weight

174- Wow Chris Perry beating everyone else we have that weight, who could've seen that coming?

184- I have two thoughts here, One: I told you not to hold your breath on Jordan Rogers, Two: Where is Crutchmer?

197- Schafer should push Rosholt pretty well this year

285- The era of Austin Marsden begins, I've heard lots of good things about him and he didn't do to bad filling in for Z at the last second that one year.

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...and Kentucky homerism

SPECIAL TOM EDITION (with added content of dubious worth)

All TOM special edition extras will be in italics so you guys realize just how special you are.

I had to wake up several hours earlier then I'd prefer to take care of the freaking dog my mother got to replace my presence in the household, so with all these daylight hours now freed up and nothing better to do thought I might provide some of my thoughts for the upcoming season. Not doing full weight predictions again because that takes forever and I might cry this time if I have to put in that much work.

125

First off, Jesse Degaldo isn't repeating. He is one of my favorite wrestlers to watch and probably the most talented guy at this weight but this weight class is just too insane and has so many different ways it could pan out even if David Thorn can't make the cut again. Right now I want to say Nico gets it unless for some reason he is at 133 for whatever ridiculous reason. I'm also holding high expectations for Cory Clark and his massive shoes that need filling. Oklahoma State's 125 will be underwhelming. Alan Waters will NOT make the NCAA finals.

Kentucky Homerism- If Garth Yenter does not start for Michigan State I will be calling a massive conspiracy, and it may involve the Illuminati. Interesting tidbit about Garth I learned when we were both wrestling at Fargo. His father did not allow any grade lower then an A and if Garth ever had a B on his report card then he would be pulled from wrestling, but of course an A in Kentucky is equal to like a C in the normal world.

remember Jimmy Gulibon? I remember a lot of PA boys talking about how great he is, only saw him wrestle once or twice. I think he is going to be at around 133 but eh might as well bring him up.


133

First off I want to take all Ohio State fans aside here for a moment, have some tea and biscuits, enjoy the smooth jazz, and THAT WAS TWO POINTS AND YOU ARE BLIND IF YOU SAY OTHERWISE. From what I hear Logan will not be returning to this weight but any information on the contrary feel free to jump in and tell me I'm an ignorant fool. Personally I think that if he makes the weight Tyler Graff wins it, Stieber or no Stieber. I am really excited to see DiCamillo's development and I feel anything less then a Top 5 finish will break my heart. This weight can either be really good or really bad depending on who is there. Potentially moving up to my knowledge includes Stieber, Ramos, Graff, Morrison (why?), and Dardanes. If most guys return this will be a really tough weight come March and everybody already knew that. Oh ya and Logan is not winning 4 titles because I believe in a world where justice is served even if it never is.

Kentucky Homerism- I will be the best Kentucky D3 wrestler at 133 this year unless Will Bryant makes the cut. But no matter what happens I will be the second best Kentucky D3 wrestler, cause there is only Will and I...


141

When I tried to get my lovely and very sweet Romanian (yes she likes Gymnastics, no she is horrible at it) friend to watch the NCAA tournament with me I let her pick two favorite wrestlers so she could have someone to follow and keep her excited. One of these two was none other then Kendric Maple. As much as it pains me to say this and my great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather Frank Eaton (Pistol Pete) is turning over in his grave right now but Maple will win again if he is at 141. Hopefully Logan Stieber will be here too so my previous hope of a world without a 4 time winner after IT WAS TWO would come to fruition. I also hope that Richard Durso returns to this weight, I picked him up for my college team's fantasy wrestling challenge thingy (which they only do for the tournament, lame. I also got 2nd or 3rd I can't remember I wasn't uh sober when they told me the results) and I feel he was badly screwed out of an AA spot. Whoever Oklahoma State puts here will be terrible and I will be upset when Maple pins them, it's gonna be Case Garrison.

Kentucky Homerism- John Fahy has an above average shot at starting for Illinois here. I recently made a list of Top Kentucky Wrestlers in the past 5 years over at kentuckywrestling (released to horrid reviews, seriously I got my first ever downvote because of them) and I had John easily at number one. To show just how dominant this kid was in Kentucky, his sophomore year he had one of the most ridiculously insane brackets I have ever seen, from round 2 on he had a state placer in all of his matches. He teched his way into the finals where he would've gotten another tech if the other kid hadn't gotten hurt from the sheer insanity that was John Fahy and his MASSIVE ears, seriously look at them, they have their own gravitational pull.

I forgot about Devin Carter, he won't win nationals


149

Is anyone even returning to this weight? My god this thing is going to be wide open. The favorite if he returns is of course Dylan "lost to a Kentucky boy" Ness. But my money is on, if he returns, Scott Sakaguchi who I had predicted to make the national finals mostly because my friend wouldn't shut up about Jason Chamberlain. Even though Jordan Oliver wasn't even my favorite Oklahoma State wrestler (I'm gonna miss you Z) my team likes to act like I am madly in love with him just because he is the only Ok State guy they know and when it was two I got so mad I screamed at the tv and threw a pillow at it, I had to cool off in another room for a couple minutes. In my defense my father walked out of the house with a pack of cigarettes and didn't return until the 184 finals. But there is not much else I can say about this weight unless people bump up like oh I don't know Hunter "I dated a Porn Star" Stieber, and if T-shirt is at this weight he is making the finals.

Kentucky Homerism- Hopefully Caleb returns to 149, him and John's place in the lineup also depends on where Zane Richards ends up. I have tons of stories concerning Caleb, he attended a school that was in the same region as mine. His family is absolutely massive he has one older brother who wrestled at SIUE for a year (also where his father went) and he has I think four younger brothers, three of whom could possibly be even better then he was. His five male cousins outside of one were all state champs (they currently have 13 titles between all of them), Brock is a senior this year and will also wrestle D1 (my guess is Missouri, where I thought Caleb would go). In other words his family is a big deal in my part of Kentucky, he is also AAing this year because I said so.

People have asked me about the Hunter Stieber/Porn Star relation. Basically Hunter and I share a mutual friend who dropped out of college and is currently starring in Porn. If you are really curious I could tell you her porn name, but it still weirds me out thinking about it.


157

Another weight that graduated a lot of talent. First off my prediction is that Alex Dieringer is winning it this year, and he came thisssss close to winning it last year. Yes this prediction stands even if DSJ aka Morningstar 2.0 is at the weight. This is also the year I expect James Green to really hit it off and really live up to the massive potential he has. He is not going to be the next Jordan Burroughs of course, but there are a lot of similarities between the two. If Penn State wants to win yet another title and make my father (who went to Central Dauphin) go on a massive rant about how much he hates that part of the state again then whichever Alton brother resides here has to place inside the top 4, or they can just ride Ed Ruth to victory like they did last year.

Kentucky Homerism- You won't see him this year, and if somehow you do he will be at 149, but keep an eye out for Kevin Cooper. He was I believe 3rd on my before mentioned list and outside of a loss to Stephen Myers (remember him... or his dad, Ohio boys?) his senior year was flawless. He was also my roommate at Fargo and I remember him awkwardly asking me to take a picture of him for his girlfriend he had started dating while at Fargo and it was one of the oddest experiences I had there, along with the fact I was able to get a Team California singlet and a juice box for only $20 (those babies were going for $80 that year, the singlet not the juice box).

Kevin Cooper was actually 5th I think


165

So word on TOM lately is that David Taylor is looking at moving up to 174, this is of course a horrid and terrifying move from the Penn State camp. This could quite possibly be the worst and most confusing weight change to happen to the Big 10 since Kurt Kinser dropped to 149, good times eh Russ? If this does happen this launches Tyler Caldwell, and the Cowboys as a whole to number one in my predictions. Hopefully this doesn't go down because like I said at TOM a world where David Taylor only has one national title by the end of his career is a world I do NOT want to live in. But this move also sets up a world where RJ Pena potentially makes the national finals assuming he bumps up to 165 and Taylor goes up to 174, and fantasy wrestling owners everywhere rejoice in the Oregon pinning machine. If DT does move up it doesn't take a wise man to predict multiple wrestlers rushing to this weight to snag up all the opened up AA slots.

Kentucky Homerism- Unless Lampe drops a ton of weight, which is only possible if he went to Indiana, the closest thing the wrestling world has to a Nazi concentration camp, you will not see a D1 Kentucky boy at this weight. If you can't get enough of me and want to go watch some more Kentucky boys wrestle there are tons of them in NAIA just look for Camplesville, Lindsey Wilson, and University of the Cumberlands. My old high school teammate was supposed to come to John Carroll and wrestle this weight but he chickened out and is doing ROTC at Austin "not in Texas" Peay the school whose motto once was "Show your Peayness" (say it out loud, but not at work or around minors)

Their chant is now "Let's go Peay"

174

My favorite line from the Kyle Dake/Andrew Howe match at WTT, "Howe can I Dake this anymore?" But ya the famed Andrew Howe returns and helps OU set up for a run at the national title alongside the return of Jarrod Patterson at 125 and the Sooner debut of Rutt at what 184? Quick sidetrack for all of you non Oklahoma born History majors out there, the Boomers were a group of settlers who, while mad at the U.S. government, illegally settled into the Indian territory because they wanted the rich land (HA) that they felt was being wasted on all the massive group of people who had already been dragged across the country to live in the middle of nowhere (my original home). I myself descend from Boomers. They had NO relation with a separate group of people called the Sooners, who during the great land rush (basically a race to the best land when the territory was opened up for settlement) snuck out before the starting gun and staked their claims at the best spots. Oklahoma, where the state and its most well-known University are named after cheaters. If Taylor does move up to 174 then this weight may end up to be one of the greatest weights in NCAA history, and it was damn good last year, just imagine Howe, Taylor, Perry, Kokesh, Storley, Heflin, and Evans all at one weight. That of course isn't going to happen but let's take a moment to fantasize about that.

Kentucky Homerism- Potentially we could see John Lampe of UTC compete at this weight, he has kinda been their flex guy and could end up anywhere. I think he was all the way at 197 last year, or something crazy like that. This guy wrestled 160 his senior year of high school. I first met him at the Indiana wrestling camp alongside Hunter French, who Russ recognizes as another victim of Goldman and company. Lampe is kind of boring, quiet guy, likes to do his homework, and his family was on Extreme Home Makeover or whatever you call that show. French on the other hand was a trip, and his dad was hilarious. Indiana in its impressive foresight scheduled the wrestling camp the same time as a cheerleading camp. Me and the rest of the Kentucky boys of course made the best we could of the situation and got in SERIOUS trouble for sitting with the very pretty girls at lunch, but in our defense it was Mr. French's idea.


184

I just realized that I haven't been making enough crazy predictions so I'm gonna start this weight off with a doozy, Ed Ruth wins again. Didn't see that coming right? Now some of you may be speaking, "but Falcon, if DT moves up what of Matt Brown?" Well foolish wrestling fan who thinks I know anything, the rumor mill at TOM says that if DT moves up to 174 then Matt Brown will drop to 165. Poor Brown will of course be not important at 165 and I predict him finishing at like 4th if the worst weight change in history does happen. The rest of this weight is a joke that Ruth will steamroll through. This would be the point I stupidly try to say Tony Dallago finally gets his act together but I'm not THAT stupid. My pick to make the finals you ask? the answer is simple, I pick Kevin Castle. Who is that you might ask? That was Kevin Steinhaus with me being pretentious and showing off my very limited skills at German, Steinhaus translates as Stone House which I am pretty sure meant Castle. Also I nearly forgot to mention, I don't think Jordan Rogers is going to be as good as Ok State needs him to be, I see him as a two-time AA or so, but I really hope he proves me wrong.

Kentucky Homerism- Not much left for my good ol Kentucky boys, Lampe is the biggest guy we have at D1. This is of course because heavier weights, like most of wrestling in Kentucky, is an absolute joke. We pulled a random fat kid off the football team and he is ranked around 4th in the state right now. In unrelated news he was also a good friend of my younger sister and dated one of her best friends, I only mention this to bring up the fact that my sister is dating a black guy and our semi-racist grandmother nearly had a heart attack.


197

Going all out here, the finals will be Kyven Gadson and Blake Rosholt, and Gadson wins it. Gadson is in my top 5 favorite wrestlers competing right now, along with Jesse Degaldo, David Taylor, Alex Dieringer, and George DiCamillo. Really interesting to see is how Mario Gonzalez does in his last year, this guy literally makes no sense to me, how the hell did he win a B10 title? Our friends up north are probably still steaming over my finals prediction and it is about time we addressed the fact I am skipping over two wrestlers by the names of Taylor Meeks and Scott Schiller. You might wonder why I feel two wrestlers who finished below these talented young men (who are older then me) will be in the finals and not them. My answer is because I said so. I learned long ago to try not to explain my reasoning because I don't even know. I just follow my gut and roll with it, hence a lot of these predictions are rambling nonsense, so far I would say actual predicting consisted of maybe 10% of what I have said so far, let's try to keep that ratio going.

Kentucky Homerism- The year I went to Fargo we had 5 guys on Kentucky's junior freestyle team (Kentucky's Greco team? HA that's funny). We were a fine bunch and all of us ended up wrestling in college, 3 of whom even made D1. The biggest guy we had on our team was Caleb Ervin at 152 pounds, our head coach was John Fahy's dad, one of the finest gentlemen I have met, a very easy-going and kind man who raised his kids right. But all praise aside, the guy freaking ordered just about all of our gear in LARGE, yes LARGE. I can't wear any of my old gear because I am a small guy and I look like an 8 year trying to dress like a gangsta when I put it on. Thankfully John Fahy gave me his Singlet because he felt bad that I couldn't fit in mine (John's was a medium, mine was a large). So now I can one day show my kids my old Team Kentucky singlet worn by one of the finest wrestlers Kentucky ever saw, and I can pretend I am talking about me.


285

With Z now gone I find myself caring about this weight.... not at all. It has now grown extremely boring and I might yet again skip the heavyweight finals. Tony Nelson finds himself virtually untouched this year as he makes his way into the Minnesota history books as maybe a better heavyweight then even Cole Konrad. My guess is he will be facing J.T. Felix in the finals because I want to be mean to McMullan. But no matter who makes it into the finals with him I predict Nelson to cruise through this weight all year, and could possibly even when a few matches with his arm behind his back. As for Ok State, I am very excited by Austin Marsden, I think he is going to be very good. But that is literally the extent of care I can give the fatboys right now, to all current and former heavyweight wrestlers watching this right now, I'm sorry, but I will never forgive you guys for being able to eat in front of me during the season. Unless you are like the heavyweight we had my freshman year of college who usually left practice at around 300 pounds, but at least he was tan, like seriously the guy went to tanning beds before practice.

Kentucky Homerism- I was going to tell you a boring story about my high school heavyweights who fulfill a proud tradition of extreme laziness and choking at the state tournament. Like seriously, one should've been a state champ but he didn't care enough to go for a freaking takedown, ended up playing football at WKU for a year though so props to him D1 baby. Instead for my grand finale I will share the story of Big Pat and the lunchroom brawl. Now a general rule of thumb I live by, if a dealer goes by the name of Big Pat you shouldn't mess with him. But nobody told this 100 pound kid with an afro who stole money out of the weed locker. What's a weed locker you ask? The less you know the better, God bless my high school. But come lunch that day Big Pat and his equally massive brother decide to confront the thief. Now thankfully I was checking my weight at this time, but right next to our table at lunch they started a massive fight. It grew to encompass around half of the cafeteria, my table was the one with the tiny white girls who had no business being at this school, they sat on top of the table enjoying the view. Around four staff members, including an ex-sergeant rumored to have wiped out an entire enemy Platoon in Vietnam and a sassy black woman who could probably beat me up tried to stop the fight but it grew far too out of control. The military police had to be called in to end the fight. While being escorted out Big Pat saw the thief being taken to the nurse's office for first aid, he proceeded to break free from the guards, whip off his belt and try to choke the kid to death. Later that year, Big Pat returned to school, and I am planning on applying to my old school upon graduation. Thank you for sticking with me throughout this underwhelming and nonsensical rant with a couple predictions, I love you.

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