On a recruiting note, saw the Fox boys from Osage?? were here.
Also talked with Sawyer Bartlett from Florida & new verbal Herrera from California at social & saw them after the dual & chatted for a little bit. Welcome to Iowa weather
I sat by the bench and as Marcus was walking back to the locker room, he mentioned he was “really tired” so I think your points about it being a tough cut make sense. I know he was disappointed with himself after his match so hopefully this motivates him.Grades:
125: F. As Dresser said in the presser, Kysen needs to do the little things right off the mat to reach his potential. If he doesn't it will continue to be a roller coaster season.
133: F. Same comments as 125, except it is a tougher cut for him to make 133 which means he needs to be even more stringent with his habits outside of the practice room.
141: A-. Only reason it isn't an A is he gave up the first takedown and Dresser mentioned him post dual about also needing to make sure he is doing the right things outside of the room. Sounds like it was a bad cut for Casey, and he had the benefit of not being one of the first guys to wrestle on the mat.
149: A-. Once Paniro decided to use his blast double instead of trying to get a low single, he was able to finish much easier. Really encouraging post meet comments from Dresser saying that Paniro is buying in and doing everything right. Keep that up and he's going to keep becoming more and more dangerous. Also extremely encouraging that we haven't seen gas tank issues yet this season.
157: A+. Solid match from Kraisser and he even got a spladle in there! He's a funky guy and glad he finally got in the win column this year. Still going to be curious to see how the competition plays out between him and Judge.
165: A. Only reason it isn't an A+ is Carr let the guy get to his leg once and that is more than what should ever happen with that level of wrestler. Still a dominant performance from the leader of this team.
174: A. Nice to see some leg attacks from Julien that have been missing the early part of his career. Really solid match from him. With Gaitan likely going to redshirt, I am curious to see how the battle between Julien and Joel plays out in the coming months.
184: C-. Marcus should be teching or pinning that kid every match. Looked like he had a tough cut or something that affected his energy as well, but unlike 125 and 133, Marcus has proven he knows what it takes to be an elite college wrestler. He will be fine.
197: A+. Elite match from Yonger, and (even though Casey is pushing him) he continues to be the most exciting guy on the team to watch. If the ref was not the slowest backpoints counter I have ever seen, he might even have gotten some backpoints on tilts. His conditioning looks improved this year.
Hwt: A+. Really solid match from Sam and was just a much better wrestler than the Cal Baptist kid. Sam appears to have taken a step forward from last season which is needed if this team wants to contend for top 10 in March
Overall, get the weight and habits under control at 125, 133, and 141 and we will be just fine. As Crabs said, not going to over react to an early season bad cut and hopefully it is motivation for 125 and 133 moving forward.
I sat by the bench and as Marcus was walking back to the locker room, he mentioned he was “really tired” so I think your points about it being a tough cut make sense. I know he was disappointed with himself after his match so hopefully this motivates him.