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    Midlands: 1st; Big XII: 1st; Nationals: ???

    Just wondering what everyone's thoughts on our shot at the Nationals Title?

    So far, we have proven to be a great tournament team, as we have won both stated in the title of this thread. That's no small feat. National Duals was a 2nd place finish, after a 24 - 11 loss to MN. Our other loss to them was closer: 19 - 13. Can we top them this time?

    Is Iowa still a factor?

    I haven't done any research, so I'm not sure who the other schools have going. I have heard that it's set up (somewhat) to favor a Big 10 school (11 wrestling teams, 6 bids). How do we stack up against Minnesota?



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    Re: Midlands: 1st; Big XII: 1st; Nationals: ???

    Minnesota has owned us twice in duals this year, but we won't be wrestling them head to head. I just want to have our freshman get some good nationals experience and have them advance some, and I would really like to see one or two of our seniors win a title. It'd be great to see somebody like Backes or the Paulsons go out on top.




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    Re: Midlands: 1st; Big XII: 1st; Nationals: ???

    Backes just has to hit the right groove and he can stick with anyone in the country.





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    Re: Midlands: 1st; Big XII: 1st; Nationals: ???

    Actually, we finished 3rd in the Duals. Mizzou got 2nd.
    Anyways, if we get lucky with some Minny upsets, and we wrestle to our seeds and/or better than our seeds, we have a good shot at obtaining the NC title. I'd like to see us finish in the top 5, because for some reason, I don't think we've finished up there in a while. I may be wrong because I didn't bother to look it up. Winning the NC is a possibility, but Minnesota is definately the team to beat this year. If, and that's a big if, we were to take the title, it would involve Minny being upset and us wrestling at least to our seeds. We still have another week to prepare, and I believe that Cael is gonna have us in prime position for wrestling.


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    Re: Midlands: 1st; Big XII: 1st; Nationals: ???

    It is exciting thinking that we have (at least an outside) shot at a national title.



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    Re: Midlands: 1st; Big XII: 1st; Nationals: ???

    One thing that can benefit us is the fact that we are deep and can score points by not only winning but placing, it would be nice to get 5 All-Americans. That is how Gable's Hawks won all those titles, teammates knew that they had better keep wrestling because that meant a national title. And Gable and Cael have a passion to win, something that has been instilled on their squads. Tradition is huge here and Cael wants to make it even greater! I hope that we get at least one Champion, but several AA's. That being said Minnesota is tough. And the Hawks will always be a factor. Duels are different than tourney teams, but we have a solid squad at both! Great job fellas.



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