When I was a senior in high school, our conference tournament (GBC) was at Sandusky High School. It was pretty awesome to see Randleman's pictures on the wall in the wrestling room. He was a beast even as a teenager.
He was an MMA pioneer and threw down against some of the true legends of the sport. I'd imagine he'll be recognized tonight at Ohio State's home match against Wisconsin.
My mother-in-law was offered corporate tickets to Raw in Cleveland a few years ago and asked if I'd like to go. The only catch was that she would have to go with me because she's an employee of the company purchasing the tickets. She asked me to explain WWE to her because she knows that I lived my childhood as a tiny version of the Ultimate Warrior. I described pro wrestling as a live version of stuntmen performing action scenes from movies, which I still feel is accurate.
Daniel Bryan was one of my favorites. He was athletic and fun to watch while wrestling, and his on-the-mic skills were great.
Always Sunny has been pretty hit or miss for me for the past several seasons. The Wade Boggs episode is one of my favorites, but I can't stand when they refer to things that happened in previous story lines or when they bring characters like the McPoyles or Maureen Ponderosa back.
The latest episode where Mac and Dennis move to the suburbs had me laughing throughout. Here's hoping for more like that one.
I thought the same, though Coon moves better than Mocco did. Big Ten and NCAA tournaments are going to have some great matchups for Kyle.
I don't recall if he was warned, but I liked that the referee had a microphone. It alerted me to him saying "don't grab the fingers" every six seconds or so. Bo didn't look his best, but Morelli had him frustrated.
Morelli is a tough opponent, but he was focused on keeping Bo from scoring bonus points in the neutral position. Morelli rode tough when he was on top, but he engaged in the same stall tactics Jake Ryan employed on the feet. The difference is that Morelli was cheered for his efforts while Ryan was heartily booed and given several stalling warnings.
125, 133, & 184 are all key toss-ups in my opinion.
The Buckeyes need to win the matches they should win (Bo, Micah, Snyder), minimize Penn State's bonus points (if possible against Zain), and score an upset or two. Tomasello winning wouldn't be an upset, but JDJ and Kenny can really help the team in winnable matches if they can get the W.
Myles Martin took Nickal to the brink the first time they met, so that one will be fun, too.
Anthony Gonzalez (Mr. Reliable!), AJ Hawk, Eddie, Zeke, Braxton, John Simon, Michael Wiley, Bobby Carpenter, Mike Doss.
Can't forget Rob Kelly.
glad to see Tavanello STILL producing!
Fixed that for you. Tav has been Mr. Clutch in his career for the Buckeyes. I can remember a few duals with the same situation and he went out and won his match to clinch the dual. I've spoken with Tav on a number of occasions and he seems like the definition of a good teammate.
I'm looking at them for the preview of this weekend's dual. They are really, really good. The Buckeyes will match up fairly well against Penn State, but it may take an upset or two to get the win for Ohio State.
That tends to be a hallmark of Tom Ryan's teams. Even last year, the Buckeyes lost in the opening round of the National Duals to Lehigh and then won the Big Ten and NCAA titles in their next two events. They'll be fine if they're able to get healthy.
According to Kyle when he announced his return, he'll be in the lineup against Penn State. Their heavyweight isn't Big Ten-caliber, so Kyle should win by major at the very least.
Regarding his freestyle tournament over the weekend, he looked like a beast in his opening match! Kyle is fun to watch and he's only going to improve.
Hunter has wrestled for his entire life, so I don't think he's uncomfortable. Wrestling at a high level involves a degree of timing and requires your body to be at the same speed as your mind. I think Hunter's timing is still off. He's going to have a tough go of it against Zain Retherford of Penn State next Friday if his timing is still not where it needs to be.
Kyle will return to the Buckeyes and compete at heavyweight. It is more sensible for him since he wrestles internationally at 97 kg (214 lbs). He's not going to be strong at 97 kg if he's taking off weight and putting it back on with regularity.
Being off of the mat for so long seems to be hurting Hunter. Timing, cardio, strength, and confidence in your body (2 surgically-repaired elbows probably takes some time to trust) are all hampered by sitting out. Prior to the injuries, Hunter could beat anyone, but now he's got 2 more months to get back to his peak. It's going to be a rough road for Hunter, and I know I'm not alone in hoping he succeeds. That kid has not had an easy go of it, but you can't measure his toughness or heart.
Kyle Snyder is only likely to wrestle against Penn State and at the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. Stepping in against Nebraska was a surprise. He should either pin or tech fall the kid from Penn State, providing huge team points in what may (if the chips fall the Buckeyes' way) be a close match.
Kyle and Logan Stieber are currently in Siberia, wrestling at one of the toughest international tournaments in the world of wrestling. They're at the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
Kyle is likely to return to the Buckeye lineup next Friday night when the Buckeyes travel to Penn State.