Yes, I feel the same way. These guys have been grinding for 10-15 years to be the best. Wrestling is like few other sports - just you and the other guy. Everything is measured and under a microscope. They put their heart and soul into this and, while on the edge of a Natty, got it taken away. Best of luck to them - we really enjoyed watching them.
We watched a few talented buckeyes go into the portal. I’m very interested on how they do and really wish them the best. The competition and level of talent on this team is crazy so putting some guys into the portal is probably a good option for us. I think it has been generally good with little sour grapes.
I wonder if weight class has any effect on decision. As a former wrestler. you know certain weight classes just have more competition. Not taking away from Lee, a great wrestler, I don’t think there are as many college kids who can wrestle at the lowest weight classes. True HW (over 225) tends to be like that too. Just more at the middle to about 195. With the bulk of wrestlers in the middle weights, the competition is tougher just by pure numbers. Although Lee probably would have still won his class up a class or 2. He is that good. JMHO
I think the issue was closing down the recruiting before he had public verbal or more. My understanding is that he told some other recruits that we had our guys and there was no room for them. Once the silent commits reneged, he had no where to go. But I still don’t know if it was his fault. But, as always, we don’t know the real facts. We do know that he missed on top guys for a couple of years.
Plus they had told other kids that they had their guys. How do you go back to them after you said you weren’t interested. It was just a nightmare situation.
What about Hamilton? Thought he had great hands and isn’t he a bit small for a D lineman? Anyone have any insight?
All I can say is - that was a great watch. So happy he is back.
I don’t know what they’re doing but they seem to have a very loyal team and players that really enjoy playing in their system. Say what you will, they got something working for them and it must be a family attitude there too. I’m guessing they tend to get a lot of very religious guys. And there is that supplement (drug) thing too.
Good thought. I’m sure the top recruits put a lot into the decision. Maybe a mid 3 star might jump at the hype if it’s their dream school and they want to grab a spot before they’re gone.
I think most top recruits would prefer the OSU approach, but do they have enough time to do this with 100 or so recruits to get the best 25 recruits? Is there a group that gets invited in on this basis and others that don’t make the cut for this treatment? Anyway, Coach Day’s approach seems to work fine. Obviously, the Clemson approach is working too.
Good match, some tough loses. Tough environment with Iowa wrestling the equal to Kentucky BB. Our lighter weights looked weak on their feet giving up easy tds. Our inexperience was clear. Iowa will be strong again next year with almost everyone back and we will lose our two #1s. I think the task for this team will be the 3,4 and 5 place at nationals. A 3rd would be a great finish. Need Sasso and Jordan to continue upward.
It seems like the competition for the top players gets tougher and tougher every year. These kids must get 100 texts a day.
The season is a shocker. After such a great start and totally overachieving expectations, the team fell off a cliff and are totally underachieving. This team is very bad and I’m totally confused how this could happen. Not the roller coaster I wanted. So disappointing.
What about Martinez at RB? Understand he was very good at this position. Don’t think we are short of people at safety with the 1 safety D we have been using.
Thanks - doesn’t sound like there will be any space for anyone on transfer portal. Just in case.
Does anyone know where we stand on scholarship positions? I know we have one more to sign, but are there any others available? Tks
Well an appropriate ending to this last week plus. We are a lucky and spoiled fan base, but it seems like the fates evened things out a bit this week. We will survive and come back. But I need some time off from football (and basketball). These kids will be fine.
This team was totally lost tonight, sleepwalking thru the game. Coach needed to get some energy in the game the last 10 minutes. Players didn’t play and coach H didn’t coach. They better get it together quick or this will be another disappointing season.
With all the BS, we should have still won. That last play - interception - was something we avoided all season. Mental mistake. I can’t even read this site today. It hurts.
We had so many chances to win but keep giving Clemson 2nd and third chances. They are too good for that esp when they get all the breaks. We played our worst game and were in the game to the end. Another year where we play great but come up 1 game short. Why do I follow OSU football?
So so disappointed. The targeting call changed the entire game. The overturned fumble hurt. But the Bucks had issues all night. FGs instead of TDS , no long balls all night ( where were our long routes?), a few dropped passes, O line didn’t dominate, injury to JK, no adjustments for C QB runs , poor open field tackling, and some questionable play call (including few quick hits over middle to slow rush). We played our worse game of the year and were in until the end. But another year of missing the championship. Why do we have one of the best programs With great records but feel like we under achieve for our talent - now in 4 of the last 6 seasons. I will always love the bucks but it hurts.
I saw the hands to the face a couple times not called. He was mugged and no call.
I have no issue with him leaving Ohio. I did for my career. But it seems to me he played up the tough decision when he never wanted to go to OSU. Wasted time and kept people believing he was going to pick the Bucks. That is my issue. For me, you can take the boy out of Ohio, but never Ohio out of the boy!
Bama had a bunch of injuries in their back 7 for that championship game and started a freshmen at DB who got beat often.
I’ve seen reviews that said most of Es break aways this year were after Clemson had the game won. Don’t know if that is true, but I certainly wouldn’t say that about JK since he was normally out in the second half - except against top 10 teams (Ttun was 10 when we played). I just can’t believe Clemsons running game can match Wisconsin.