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Andy Vance 12th Warrior


Columbus, Ohio (via Hillsboro, Ohio)

Member since 22 October 2012 | Blog

Farm kid from Southern Ohio, writing about the WrestleBucks at the best sports site on the interwebz.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Taking my dad to The Shoe for the first time.
  • NFL TEAM: Pittsburgh Steelers
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: The Los Angeles Lakers of my youth
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds, I guess...?
  • SOCCER TEAM: Columbus Crew

Recent Activity

Comment 18 Jan 2018

Will he be wrestling the Russian tank at the next event in Russia?

He will not. Abdulrashid Sadulaev, "The Russian Tank," actually came up a class to 97kg specifically to wrestle Snyder at Worlds. After failing to defeat Captain America, Sadulaev has gone back to 92kg, where he will like wrestle for the foreseeable future. Asked about his one-time nemesis last week after the Minnesota match, Snyder said, "I don't think we'll wrestle each other again for a long time."

For those interested in the Yarygin, here's a look at the rosters for Team USA and the Russian delegation. In addition to Snyder, Team USA will also feature 4X NCAA champion Logan Steiber. Steiber missed the World Clubs Cup due to an injury, but it looks like he'll be back and ready to roll in Krasnoyarsk. 

Comment 17 Jan 2018

I think the only people in the world who seriously thought he was "ducking" Suriano were the Rutgers faithful. It seems like the rest of the wrestling universe saw the logic in not putting a guy fresh off knee surgery back in the lineup against the No. 2 man in the class.

Comment 16 Jan 2018

He and Tom Ryan have both made mention of that, on the physical aspect. In most cases, you expect a player/competitor to come back with some rust, or having missed the training/conditioning time, etc., but in his case, he's coming back stronger and in better condition.

Comment 13 Jan 2018

If I had to handicap it today, I agree with your assessment: 125, 133, 197 and HWT are gimmies for the Buckeyes, and I think McKenna will handle Lee just fine at 141. If you give Penn State 149 and 165 as chalk, split the Jordan Brothers matches as toss-ups, so one a piece, then really it comes down to Myles Martin handling Bo Nickal...

Then, of course, you have to look at the bonus points. The middleweights can't eat any pins, it goes without saying.

Comment 13 Jan 2018

You'll not find me betting against Nathan Tomasello. Ever. He's dropped some matches over his career, sure, but not many (he's something like 105-6 over the past four seasons). Lee is the hot new thing, but after watching Tomasello simply dominate Lizak last night, I have nothing but confidence in NaTo.

Comment 12 Jan 2018

"Unless a meteor hits The Schott, this meet is happening," sources tell 11W. Minnesota is already in town, the replay official is already in town, and the mat official is driving in from Cleveland, so he should be her just fine. I'll be shocked if they cancel it. Crowd may be non-existent, but I'd say there's a next-to-zero chance they cancel or postpone.

Comment 11 Jan 2018

I noticed that about the The Open Mat as well, and thought ti was interesting. I've used WrestleStat previously to look up a guy's record if a school's website (Ohio State's is one example) doesn't keep the wrestler's bio updated with current season stats. There simulations are... interesting... but without knowing more about their methodology, etc., I don't know how much confidence I'd put in their predictions.

Comment 09 Jan 2018

My man T-Dub hit the nail on the head. There are five ranking services that folks tend to use - your mileage may vary, as they say - with Ohio State tracking InterMat, FloWrestling, Trackwrestling and WIN, and some other folks also tracking The Open Mat. We also track the NWCA/USA Today coaches poll as the key ranking re: dual meets. In wrestling, we differentiate between team rankings in tournaments versus dual meets. For example, Ohio State was national runner-up to Penn State at last year's NCAA tournament, but the Coaches Poll ranked them No. 6 in the final poll, because Ohio State lost to Iowa, Penn State and Cornell in the dual meet season.

Comment 09 Jan 2018

Standtall put it well - BoJo would be the only guy I was "worried" about healthwise, and that's only for the reasons he mentioned (Bo's history) and because he's been held out of two duals (Indiana and Maryland) either because he was "dinged up" or just as a precaution. I think there's an effort to make sure he's got enough juice for the postseason because of his history.

Certainly with Tomasello there's just the concern that he had knee surgery, even if relatively minor, three months ago, so we'll see how he looks Friday night against a Top-10 opponent.

Re: Hayes and Campbell, Hayes looks like he's in great shape - no concern there at all. Campbell looked a little tender on one leg late in the last part of the Lewis match at Rutgers, so that's something I'm planning on asking Coach about at this week's media availability.

Comment 09 Jan 2018

Ironically, I asked Ke-Shawn Hayes a similar question earlier in the season, when he was racking up wins, 75% bonus rate, etc., etc., and he put it into perspective similarly: with a team this deep, fronted with superstars like Snyder, BoJo, Moore, Martin and Tomasello, you really have to do something to earn the spotlight.

Pletcher is legit, but he's the guy with the lowest bonus rate of anyone in the starting lineup... So I think people overlook him because a 4-2 decision is a pretty typical win for him. He's rarely going to lose that match, but he's also not likely to put up 10 tech falls between now and the end of the season, either.