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It's really hard to say how big a class this could be; The 2018 class was 13 guys (some of whom have already moved on to greener pastures), the 2019 class was 6, and both were considered top 2 classes in the country. Then 2020 was basically two guys.
Since there are only 9.9 scholarships for the wrestling program, it's not quite so cut and dry as it is with football where you have more or less a scholarship for every guy on the team plus walk-ons... with wrestling you don't even have a whole scholarship for every starter, let alone the two or three guys you'd like to have on hand for depth and development.
But it's safe to say that the staff would like to get at least one more guy to go with Gallagher on the 2021 haul and would take two if they could get Figueroa and Van Ness, for example (hey, there's nothing wrong with having big dreams, right?). For 2022 it probably depends on how they finish '21 with regard to the lightweights, but it seems like they are definitely in the market for at least one or two upperweights among 2022 prospects.
With sophomores and juniors there is plenty of time for them to grow into 125 typically, particularly if you assume that in most cases there's a redshirt year before they crack the starting lineup. As it stands, someone like Figueroa could conceivably start as a true freshman, depending.
Heres a question that might be impossible to answer... are we going to have wrestling this year?
Man, that's the $64m question. If football happens, then I believe everything else happens, too, it's just a matter of fans or not, and then managing the health of the athletes and coaches. USA Wrestling, which is the governing body for freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling (Team USA, the Olympics, etc.), has a set of "Return to the Mat Guidelines" that probably provide some insight into how leaders in the sport are thinking about what meets might look like.
How the NCAA handles its business, of course, may be another matter entirely.
Bold suggestion. I like it.
I keep wanting Ramzy and Chris to publish "an idiot's guide to starting a home bar" or something to that effect. I had one or two bottles in the cupboard prior to the quarantine. That number has gone up precipitously (DRINK!) in recent weeks.
Quick question... what are you drinking? I want to make sure I understand my potential liability for your safety and wellbeing here...
Sadly, Andy is currently all out of bourbon. Thankfully this post reminded me to rectify that situation post haste.
Ooof, that has to be the worst. Thoughts and prayers, amigo.
It's a helluva note to think you have four different guys who could legitimately start at 141. I'm hoping that Decatur is able to master the weight - there's another guy with incredible upside if he can get his body right at the weight. I'd love to see Kinner in the lineup - he's a fun guy to cover, and just has that "brawler" attitude, which is fun to watch when it works.
I was certain Echemendia would come in and be our 157 this year, until I realized the challenges of getting him admitted and through the clearinghouse and such. He's just incredible to watch on tape - really wild to think about his potential given the training and the system.
I've been pegging Kharchla at 165, too. It feels like Smith is the odd man out there given the season Romero had at 174, which is a shame given Smith's talent and guts. But I'm pretty excited to see Kharchla in the lineup, too.
They have a logjam of talent in a couple of spots. I don't know what his "walking around" weight is, so I don't know if he'd work at 157. Echemendia is going to be the man at 141, so my assumption is it goes Echemendia, Sasso, and then either Kinner or Cleary, although there's also Isaac Wilcox, a Top-100 recruit in the class of 2019 who came in projected at 165, but who I think will bump down and try to take the 157 spot because 165 will either be Ethan Smith or Cason Kharchla.
Seems like 149 was a pretty good fit for him this year, so if it ain’t broke...
Sorry Friend - I have sausages for fingers. I got it right on second reference, tho, so at least give a Brother half credit, huh?
They earned is in my book. Well-deserved recognition.
Oh, believe it or not this was not a universally-supported outcome. I saw a number of comments and tweets over the past several weeks suggesting that no AA status be awarded this year since it wouldn't be "earned" in the traditional way by placing in the Top 8 of the NCAA tournament.
My understanding is that his time on the Ohio State roster has come to an end. I thought at one point last season that the scenario you outlined was a possibility, I also thought we'd see him take a crack at 157 at some point this year and that didn't happen either. That he participated in Senior Day activities and is not listed on the 2020-2021 roster would suggest we have in fact seen the last of one of my favorite guys on the roster in an Ohio State singlet. And I totally agree with your assessment - he was a fantastic talent who got totally derailed by an injury and then not being able to wrestle at his ideal weight.
Amen on the need for all 10 classes. So frustrating.
I believe that to be the case, yes.
That seems like a reasonable analogy.
That School Up North actually has a pretty decent list of what Volunteer Assistants can and can't do here.
Bo Jordan currently fills the volunteer assistant position on Ohio State's staff.