Of note is that Sebastian Rivera wrestled at 133 this weekend. He could just be on a descent plan to 125 after this off-season, but there were also murmurs in the off-season of him going up. It'll be interesting to see how that plays out.
If he does move up to 133, that makes Spencer's path much smoother IMO.
His toughest B1G opponent would be, uh, Foley? Or McKee? He could absolutely romp through the Big Ten Tournament this year.
And at NCAAs that could put Picc and Glory at 2/3, which would mean he'd only have to wrestle one of them, rather than both of them (or one of them and Rivera).
My money is still on Rivera being at 125 for the second half of the season, but we'll have to wait and see.
No bold prediction on Lee's potential Olympics future?
I think it's been almost 3 years since he's wrestled freestyle, so I'm not really sure what to expect. I'm VERY curious to see how he looks at Senior Nationals or wherever he ends up competing this winter.
Plus he's about to snag a new Pokemon game, so watch out.
It was a bummer that he had to wrestle Spencer last Thursday, if only for the fact that we didn't actually get to see what he can really do.
But that's the Spencer Lee effect, I guess lol. A takedown and some turns in the first, and again in the second after Cashman (smartly) chose neutral.
I'm very interested to see how he looks when he does step into the lineup this year though. Via his media day comments he sounded very much prepared for the fact that he'll be called upon, as well incredibly introspective and humble about his current role given the presence of Lee ahead of him. So I'll definitely be rooting for the kid big time this season.
As Ross listed in Cashman's bio, he's a longer, leaner 25'er than Lee at 5'6, and when you watch him seems to be quite athletic and quick-twitch for the weight as well.
So yeah, Sunday can't get here soon enough.
New phone, who dis?
Looking forward to this series.
Also, here's a plug for the beginning of freestyle season. It's an Olympic year, so there's fewer weight classes, and competition is much fiercer to get into the Olympic Trials. First qualifying event is Bill Farrell on November 15-16, and an event that usually has a one or two studs per weight class is chock loaded, including some great former Hawkeyes like Sam Brooks, Cory Clark, and Brandon Sorensen, as well as future Hawk Jaydin Eierman.
Looking at the weight classes, there's a ton of familiar names from current and recent NCAAs. For instance 57kg (Spencer's weight) includes:
57kg Nick Suriano NJ
57kg Seth Gross MN Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club
57kg Nahshon Garrett AZ Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
57kg Nathan Tomasello OH Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
57kg Darian Cruz PA New York Athletic Club
57kg Cory Clark IA Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Consider that you add at least Daton Fix, Gilman, and Spencer, and you can see how tough making the Olympic team is this year.
Or take a look at 74kg:
74kg Isaiah Martinez IL Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
74kg Mekhi Lewis VA Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
74kg Jason Nolf PA Nittany Lion Wrestling Club
74kg Vincenzo Joseph PA Nittany Lion Wrestling Club
74kg Chance Marsteller PA Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
74kg Logan Massa MI New York Athletic Club
74kg Nazar Kulchytskyy MN Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
74kg Thomas Gantt NC Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
74kg Dan Vallimont PA New York Athletic Club
74kg Tyler Berger NE Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club
74kg Brandon Sorensen IA Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
74kg Dylan Ness MN Gopher Wrestling Club - RTC
That's the Ferrell lineup. That does not include Burroughs, Dake, or James Green. Ridiculous.
It's going to be a banner year for USA wrestling. I don't ever remember the talent pool being this deep to make the team. Guys like Burroughs, Dake, Kyle Snyder, and J'Den Cox are all in danger of not making it. Crazy.
74kg looks like a quite a gauntlet. Whoever makes it out of that more than deserves a spot on the Olympic team.
It's still tough to fathom how Gross makes 57kg.
74kg is basically the top 4 from every NCAAs at 165 over the last 4-5 years, plus Nolf, JB (who may have the most impressive freestyle career in US history), freakin' Dake, and a 2016 Oly medalist in Green. At least two of JB, Dake, and Green will not even be going to the Olympics, and there's a decent chance that none of them make it.
Forgive me if I missed it earlier, but why would Lee not take an Olympic redshirt? It seems like you’d have to be laser focused on that goal given the competition, especially with the reduced number of weight classes.
Because he wants to help Iowa win a team national title. That goal is a non-starter without Lee.
Depends on the wrestler, but with Lee I think the question is always his gas tank. It's better to get out there and be in proven wrestling shape.
The Oly RS is kind of a funny thing. There's a lot of guys without a legit shot taking one, and then guys like Kyle Snyder and Lee who don't. No one right way to do it.
Wish I lived in Iowa City (for many reasons, sigh), but for purposes of Iowa sports, so I could watch Iowa wrestling live and learn about it. Iowa's awesomeness at wrestling is wasted on me (and many fans).
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