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CasualObserver


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Comment 27 Mar 2019
The fewer programs there are, the less weight it carries... Synchronized swimming is on par with water polo and fencing. But yes. Although Fresno State and South Dakota State are in the Big XII and Missouri is the powerhouse of the MAC, wrestling is a more common sport and I think gaining traction nationally at the high school level.
Comment 26 Mar 2019
Kids go there because they know it's their best shot at a national title. Even if it's only one year. Cassar said it's the only reason he chose to walk-on. A lot of kids are also looking at college wrestling as a hobby before international competition. Mason Manville is a Greco guy (Jr Olympic Greco silver in 2014) and probably won't ever be anything more than a spot-start his whole career. He's also getting no scholarship money because he's in ROTC and competes with the Army.
Comment 25 Mar 2019
I think the NCAA is just getting a lot more lenient about granting eligibility anymore. Seth Gross is likely getting a 6th year at Wisconsin. Also Re: Penn State's roster management. You hit the nail on the head. In 2015, they had just lost David Taylor and Ed Ruth. Zain Retherford had just made his freshman debut and Nico Megaludis had two silvers and a bronze at NCAAs, but they both took a red shirt with Jason Nolf and Bo Nickal.
Comment 25 Mar 2019
I think the best chances of beating Penn State would be a group effort. It might be the first time in a since probably 2015 Penn State hasn't started the season with a #1 wrestler. Obviously that's different of Cassar comes back. But wherever beats them will need help from other schools to keep the top of the scoreboard even.
Comment 24 Mar 2019
Also, Kolat is a 4x AA and 2x champ at Lock Haven. (Do you love Lehigh, or just hate Lock Haven? LOL) Maybe one of the more underappreciated USA wrestlers. Took third at Midlands as a soph and jr in high school. Pinned an NCAA AA, lost to Olympian Ken Chertow 0-1 and beat an NCAA Champ there while he was a hs junior. Got robbed of world and Olympic golds by FILA.
Comment 23 Mar 2019
Kyle Conel announced this past week he's seeking a 6th year and will be a grad transfer to Penn State. Cassar will likely get a medical hardship. Even if they don't pan out, they have some good guys coming up. Beard, Brooks and Nevilles have all beaten NCAA qualifiers during their grayshirt this year if I'm not mistaken.
Comment 23 Mar 2019
Refs seem to go back and forth about this continuous action stuff. DeSanto "got taken down" by RBY in the quarters but wasn't called for it. Even got reviewed. Flo has a screen grab that looks almost identical on Twitter.