Not sure if it has been discussed on the site but in an interview after Session 1 Brands said of Kemerer "the reason [he isn't wrestling] doesn't matter, if it was the B1Gs he'd be going"
So something minor, not serious or season ending, but a safe than sorry call.
Still kind of weird that he's not wrestling, but it doesn't sound like anything serious, which is a relief.
Big thanks to snowpork for his excellent work on keeping things updated yesterday! You did a great job, man.
Agreed read the whole thing late last night and I felt like I could see it all happening! Well done - thanks Snowpork!
"Everybody got distracted by last week's game. Last week's game doesn't mean crap. It's what you do today." — Kirk Ferentz
SF matches against national ranked wrestling (InterMat):
Announced as I was writing that DeAugustino FOR against Spencer Lee. Announced I was writing that Spencer Lee has MFF out of the tournament.
125--10 Michael DeAugustino, 133--9 Travis Piotrowski,141--17 Shakur Laney, 149--Turk against 1--Austin O'Connor, Pat Lugo against 7--Max Thomsen, 157--9 Kendall Coleman, 165--15 Zach Hartman, 184--UR, 197--16 Jay Aiello, HWT--15 Carter Isley
Marquee Match Ups--
Pat Lugo v Max Thomsen--Pat Lugo has wrestled much better with his aggressiveness and offense this tournament. He has one career meeting with Thomsen, where he lost a close DEC. I see this more as a trap match than a real real threat, but I want to see Lugo keep the BPs going.
Kaleb Young v Kendall Coleman--KY has looked pretty lackluster and not very confident so far, need to see him build up here.
Abe Assan v Everyone else--Marquee because we have a non-starter in the SFs as a freshman, pumped to see this kid.
Spencer Lee has MFF'd from the tournament
Did I read this backwards? I thought it was a MFF from his opponent?
You are correct.
Apparently Lee is forfeiting out of the tourney and won't be wrestling today.
That really sucks. I guess it's probably a "load management" thing, but it still sucks.
I was surprised he wrestled at all this weekend after wrestling last weekend. Guess he'll have to fight for that elusive Midlands Championship his Senior Year
Hopefully gives him the opportunity to be mat-side, our coaching staff is probably still pretty spread thin. Would love to see him hang with ADS who had some sort of issue with the Buffalo bench/wrestler yesterday. Seems like Lee is a big part of ADS' mental change/calmness. Great chance to still be a leader for this team even if he isn't out there scoring points.
Glory is gonna have a big chip on his shoulder re: Lee not facing him so far this year, and it won't exactly be undeserved. Be interesting to see if they meet up at NCAAs.
Is this maybe strategic in terms of limiting the number of times opponents get a chance to wrestle him?
I doubt it has anything to do with that--
1--Stay 100% healthy--Spencer has very little time to get health if something were to happen/a small tweak could derail his plans. He is going to go through an absolute gauntlet between the B1G, NCAAs, Olympic Trials. His conditioning is going to have to be on-point if he wants to show up at the Olympic Trials in tip top shape.
2--Load Mgmt--Exerting yourself at 100% can have waterfall effects that impact performance even weeks or months later. 100% load also increases the risk of injury.
3--Perfect Peaking--Related to both of the above, Spencer Lee (with the help of his training staff) seems to have his body completely figured out. He has peaked perfectly the last two years for the NCAA tournament, really leveling up in the process.
Heh. Join the club. Seabass has stated that he made himself a promise that Spencer Lee wouldn't win another title (only thing keeping him from committing to 133 fully). Mueller saying basically the same. Glory can join the club.
NaTo probably felt the same way. Oh well.
I spent half my life's earnings on wine, women, and song. The other half I wasted.
Actually, in the big scheme of things, Spencer has bigger fish to fry this year with 3x NCAA title and Olympic possibilities.
Great call to get him weighed in with 3-4 matches yesterday; now rest up and stay healthy. I assume he had no injury..at least I hope not.
Lee MFF out is disappointing, but understandable. Midlands means very little in the scheme of things for him.
Great day yesterday for the Hawkeyes. Some huge matches today. I am excited.
Glosser up 7-0 in the 3rd against Kent.
Rides him out for the win. Was looking to turn until the end. Glosser has looked great this tourney.
Kenny Monday's boys are going to be brutal draws in the NCAAs. They are relatively inexperienced wrestlers, and too inconsistent to be considered title contenders, but they are both so talented that they could beat nearly anyone in their class if given the chance.
The Wrestle-off at 184, woot woot.
Nelson vs Cash on now.
Both guys hesitant to pull the trigger halfway through the first.
First period ends. Nelson was more aggressive. But not much from either.
Cash starts down in the 2nd. Cash out after 16 seconds.
Cash's athleticism and defense is tough for Brands. No action after 2. Brands starts down.
Brands out after 5 seconds. 1-1. Let's see who can do something.
both doing enough to avoid stalling, but not much more.
minute left and both are still looking for something. Brands taking more shots.
Brick's out for Cash. Looking for 2 on his single leg. I didn't see a TD, but was not watching super close.
No TD on review. 10 seconds left in 3rd.
1-1 in SV
Wilke almost gets him on the reattack, but they go out of bounds. SV period ends scoreless. Brands has blood on the forehead.
Cash down first.
Quick stand for Cash, but Brnads drives him out. Wilke almost reverses, but Brands lets him go. Escape Cash. 2-1.
Brands now down. Brands out after one mat return. 2-2. SV 2 period coming up.
Nice shot from Wilke. Scrambling. Brands locking the crotch to avoid 2, but eventually Cash gets it. 4-2 final. Cash takes the win.
Would like to see someone commit.
Cash gets a low single, Brands funks through it. Both back on their feet. Cash throws the brick looking for 2 there.
Exciting for a 1-1 OT. Brands heavy clubs, lots of snaps. Cash has had a couple slick moves, almost scoring twice.
Costello up on mat 2. No score 30 secs into it.
Costello's a tank, but his offense is limited because he's short, has short arms, and isn't really fast enough to attack the legs. Lots of push pull.
Missed it but Costello's opponent got a point at the end of the 1st. May be hands to the face or something.
Costello chooses down and gets up within 5 secs. 1-1 early in the second.
Costello destroys his man out of bounds, but ref calls stalling on Costello for pushing. BS.
Costello defends a deep shot, able to fend it off with hips. Stalemate.
Still 1-1 in the 3rd. Harvard is bleeding from the nose. He'll be down to start.
Harvard out in about 15 seconds. 2-1. Costello needs something here, but he doesn't really have any offense. Aggressive handfighting though.
Costello loses 2-1
Illegal hold, then a ref said hands to the face, then Brands said there was no warning about hands to the face, then the ref said illegal hold again.
There are a lot of ranked wrestlers at 184 for Iowa wrestlers to still go against. 4 overall, and two in the top 10 (per InterMat). With Cash's win I think you could see them split the matches and whoever looks better gets the nod. Very exciting weight for Iowa, and that's not even including our true-freshman in the SFs. Jacob W only a sophmore so these guys gotta figure it out, lots of quality guys, only so much space.
Edit--Cash is a Senior I suppose that thins it slightly.
Warner looked aggressive yesterday, don’t usually see that out of him. Maybe he’s finally kicking it into gear.
Anyone want to take a shot at explaining how Harvard wasn't hit with even a stall warning in the third against Castello?
*Is constantly clearing hands without improving your position not a stalling offense?
ADS has made cutting people an art. I don't think I've ever seen a guy stalling in the FIRST PERIOD while getting cut.
ADS wins 10-4, I believe.
Murin wins 4-0. Had a TD with two seconds left in 2nd. Then rode Laney the entire 3rd.
Gross was down 6-2 then went feet to back with Rivera to go up 8-6. Gross dinged for stalling then reversed by Rivera in the final 20 seconds to lose 9-8. Seemed like Rivera was well in control of the match until the 3rd.
Negative, no reversal.
The reversal was challenged and overturned so Gross wins 8-7.
Some issues in Rivera V Seth Gross. Gross was hit twice for stalling then maybe got reversed on by Rivera. Gross is the most boring "dominant" top position wrestler.
Sorry for ducking out. At work and people think they have the right to interrupt me.
Lugo and Thomson 3-1 with 35 secs left on a late TD from Lugo.
Lugo wins it.
Turk and #1 O'Connor tied at 1-1 late in the 3rd.
Going to SV.
OConnor gets in a shot early. Turk trying to defend the high single. One the edge, and a close 2, but out of bounds. Going to review. Review confirms 2. Turk loses.
Lugo vs. O'Connor for the finals.
Pat Lugo with a good win over a guy he hasn't beaten yet. Lugo looks like he is making progress and starting to find some offense in his own way.
Turk in OT against O'Connor.
Young vs. Kendall Coleman. Tough match. Young aggressive early, but gets shrugged to the ground. Young escapes. 2-1 bad guys.
Young in deep on a shot, but Coleman gets out of it. Young almost falls victim to another slide by, but avoids it. Young is pushing to much and getting taken on slide bys.
2-1 after one. Young on bottom. Young gets out within 5 secs. Still have trouble with Coleman's size and athleticism.
Young defends a shot, almost reattacks, but both guys get back on feet.
Still 2-2. Young is getting to his offense, but Coleman is FAST and Young can't catch him.
Coleman starts down. Gets up on a roll through. 3-2 in the 3rd.
Young gets in on the legs and is able to finish this one. 4-3 Young.
Coleman escapes 4-4. minute left. Nothing. And they go to SV.
Kaleb with early shot. Extended out on the defense by coleman. Young shooting again. He's deep, but Coleman locks the crotch. Slick. Butyoung gets around back. Huge scrable. And Young comes out on top for the fall. Crazy!
Don't scramble against Kaleb Young, just don't. Holy shit a statement win after a pretty lackluster day 1. Kaleb Young wins by pin with 3 seconds left in overtime!
Marinelli up 2-0 against Hartman in the 1st. Riding heavy with nearly 2 minutes of riding time. about 30 secs left.
1st period ends with Marinelli on top. 2-0 with 2:30 riding time. Hartman starts down.
don't have the ability to see the stream but starting down after being ridden for 2:30 isn't a great idea.
Punting is a bold strategy, let's see if it pays off for them.
Hartman up. 2-1. Marinelli with the post double for 2. 4-1.
Marinelli on top working the cross face and cross wrist, but having trouble getting Hartman to his belly. Now looking for a cow catcher. To hHarman's credit he is immovable on bottom. Not trying to do much though.
3rd starts in neutral. 4-1
Marinelli is looking for a pin here in the 3rd. Not taking an easy 2 to look for a tilt. Doesn't get it. Hartman with a deep shot. Gets the TD. 4-3.
Marinelli is working to his feet and is out. 5-3.
30 secs left. Marinelli is defending shots. Tries a reinforced half, but then smartly slides around for 2. 7-3 and that's how it ends.
McFadden beats Wick in the last second. Marinelli vs. McFadden tonight will be a good one.
Wow the scramble at the end of Young's match!
Neil Peart stands alone
Here, have some of these smelling salts.
Ooooh did Wick get beat?
Yup! (The scoreboard can be hard to follow, matches disappear pretty quickly.)
Wilke at 1-1 in the 3rd. Zero offense. And then Wilke gets one late! 3-1 with under a minute left, and Wilke riding hard
Out with 27 secs left. 3-2. Wilke on the shot. Hanging on the leg. And that will do it. 3-2 for Wilke.
Joey Guns down 8-0 to Brock Steiert late. Gunther's looking the same as always. Tough, but doesn't really have takedowns so he is in trouble when he falls behind. Glad to see him still wrestling though. Seems like he's been around forever now.
Abe Assad just pinned his way into the Finals!!! Holy shit am I pumped for this kid.
Tru Fresh Abe Assad up next. Wrestling Illinois kid. Abe's unattached. But you got to figure if he wins this and tnoight, he may get his shirt pulled.
Starts with Assad looking for leg attacks. Illini is noticably bigger, and his head hands is creating problems for Assad. Illini working the underhook and looking for something. Assad content to lock up. ASSAD with a huge headlock TD straight to the back. Adjusting . . .
AND THERE'S THE FALL. Huge win for Assad.
Watching UNI, they are a fun team of guys. They don't dominate from top, but man can they scramble. Tons of action.
Looks like Assad will go against Lujan tonight in the finals.
Cass and Warner going to go next. Will try to follow both here.
Warner up on mat 3. He has fancy shoes on.
Warner working for position with aggression. Gets the high single and drops him for 2. Trying to isolate the right arm on top. Heavy ride. Warner looking confident in his demeanor. But a reversal on the restart and its 2-2.
Warner escapes and its 3-2. Warner still aggressive. Another high single off a reattach. They go out of bounds, but Warner tells the corner to throw the brick for 2.
Reversed on review. TD for Warner 5-2.
Brands giving the officials hell for clock issues.
Grace is saying on the radio that this is the first year they're using some new timing/scoring system.
Cass is up. against Carter Isley of UNI.
Couple big dudes. Isley in on a low single and sucks it in for 2. He's out. 2-1
Warner gets reversed. 5-4. Going into the 3rd.
Warner is out. 6-4. Then Aiello in on a shot. They stall out.
6-4 1:35 left.
Cass taken down again, and back up. 4-2.
Cass gets the TD late, and its 4-4 after 1. Gets right out to start the second.
Warner almost gets around for 2, but stalls out. Starting to get tired but hangs on. 6-4 after 2. Warner has about 45 secs in riding time.
Cass with the Big TD after the escape. 7-4.
Warner rides out to get his minute in riding time. They give him the escape. 1:30 left. 6-5.
Aiello with a shot. WRapped on each other legs. Gets the better of the scramble. Aiello rides out out for under the RT.
27 secs left. Warner needs an escape. But looks tired. Warner escapes. 7-7.
Cass up 9-5 now. Looking in control.
Warner gets the stall warning in SV. Aiello gets the TD on the scramble.
Warner upset. Yelling at himself "Why am I like this"
He was gassed and was outhustled in the scrambles.
Warner very upset at himself. He looked really tired though and it might be a combination of how tired he is plus the pressure he puts on himself. He did not look good late in the match.
He looked really confident early, and then he got reversed and you could see it evaporate. He was tired, and just was outhustled on those late scrambles.
The good thing is it seems he knows there's an issue.
He's still young, plenty of time to build and become a champion. It is not a talent issue for him, still excited to see what he can do.
Desanto, Murin, Lugo, Young, Marinelli, Assad, and Cass in the finals.
Warner, Turk, and Wilke still alive in the consos.
Glosser's still alive as well.
Finals will go 141, 149, 157, 165, 174, 184, 197, 285, 125, 133. Should be fun.
ADS vs Gross II the Main Event
Turk will wrestle for 3rd, Glosser got hurt during his match, had to medical forfeit, tried to wrestle through it. Would assume he doesn't wrestle for 5th tonight.
Radio broadcast said that maybe his foot got caught in-between the mats, is that right? Shitty way to have your tournament end, if so.
Lot of guys getting hurt; especially during scrambles. Becoming a sport of who has the best or worse ligaments. Old days they would stop many of these positions as we know the knee joint is a hinge. Today they let it go until they hear a "pop".
Injury rates going sky high in wrestling with many of the scrambles left unchecked. Brands is smart to pace many of these guys as they could be one twist away from out for the season..
A big part of this is that wrestlers are giving the leg up in scrambles. So many times, the only reason there's a potentially dangerous position is because the defender is putting himself there. They are relying on the refs calling the potentially dangerous to get stood up again, but really, potentially dangerous is not supposed to be a defensive move, and I can see why the refs are hesitant to call it.
Also quicker stalemate calls are leading to the same exact thing. In a general sense it is better to give up your legs than your body because you can, in a lot of cases, jump on an ankle/leg and force a stalemate. It seemed to be that whizzerds were what led to stalemates (which would be pretty hard to get the call), but now that stalemates are coming quicker, so guys are just happy to grab an ankle/leg, hang on for 15 seconds, get a reset.
Turk has knee injury to but wrestling through it.
Wilke holds on for the win, will wrestle for 3rd tonight.