Sure. Last minute flights to Hawaii are totes reasonable.
I'd agree with that, although I think her national profile has risen over the last few weeks. It's getting harder and harder to ignore her incredible stat lines. And -- just as importantly -- Iowa keeps winning, which pushes the profile of the program (and Gustafson) even higher. Whether or not team success should have a big impact on individual awards or not, it certainly does and this year Iowa's overall success should keep boosting Gustafson.
I thought Dochterman's article on Zach V (I'm already tired of typing that last name) at The Athletic ($) was interesting.
Several former Hawkeyes share similar stories as VanValkenburg. Josey Jewell nearly opted for Division III Luther College before Iowa offered him a scholarship. Jewell then became a first-team All-American. Perhaps the best comparison is with Hesse, a player whom VanValkenburg is brought in to replace.
Hesse was a 6-4, 205-pound high school quarterback with offers from three FCS programs before Iowa offered him a scholarship late. Hesse, a two-star prospect, waited until the end of his senior football season before committing. He shifted to linebacker, then defensive end, gained 60 pounds, became a four-year starter and was the unquestioned heartbeat of Iowa’s defense.
He also noted that Kyle Groenweg came from D-II last year; he didn't do a ton as a WR but did average 9.9 yards per punt return, which was pretty solid. Something like Hesse or (obviously) Jewell are the clear best case scenarios for a move like this; a totally under-the-radar kid who blossoms under Iowa's coaching into a hugely productive player. (Iowa only has two years with ZV vs four with Hesse and Jewell, but he's also not as raw upon arrival in Iowa City as they were.) If that happens, it would be super, but I don't think that has to be the measure of success, either. If ZV is able to provide some quality depth and rotation for Iowa's DL over the next two years, that's a win. Epy and Golston are slated to be starters at DE next year and I think they'll be very good starters -- but we know from experience that Iowa's starters there can't play every snap without getting run down and their performance suffering. We need to be able to sub them out at times and rotate in other guys. If ZV can help fill those rotation packages or come in on Iowa's third-down pass-rush package (I could see him lining up on the inside and rushing the QB from that look), that will make him a nice add for Iowa.
This is pretty much what's turned Stoll into a shell of the wrestler he was last year.
It's a shame knee/leg injuries have done such a number on his Iowa career. It's looking like he'll only have been able to finish one of four seasons reasonably healthy/strong.
Yeah, that result was an eyebrow-raiser for sure. Iowa might need a Murin upset to win the dual, though.
He hasn't officially decided anything yet (as far as I know), but it sounds like he plans to transfer to a school in Texas.
With that outfit, I'm thinking he might be Paul Bunyan.
This is a tough dual to project because Okie State is reportedly doing some shuffling around with some of their middle/upper weights, I believe. Hard to know how that's going to shake out.
There also could be a lot of close matches; several of the match-ups look very tight.
Wrestlestat projects a 16-16 tie right now that *I think* would go to Iowa on tiebreakers. Highly unlikely it unfolds just like that, but another projection to ponder at least.
I'll just add that all of Iowa's remaining regular season games are set to be on BTN, so there won't even be any need to track them down via a stream or anything. All three games can be pulled up on TV same as for a men's game or a football game. Easy peasy.
Huh? She shared B1G Player of the Year honors last year with Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell (who was very very good last year too, admittedly).
She's the overwhelming favorite to be B1G Player of the Year this year, though.
10,000+ in attendance, apparently, and they were definitely very loud and into the game.
One more regular season home game to go, plus (hopefully) two more home games in the NCAA Tournament, too.
Good point on Wick trying for a cradle -- he did that a few times, yeah.
Wick definitely seemed gassed toward the end of the third period and in OT, which was to Marinelli's benefit for sure. He didn't have a good idea of the score, either -- he thought the match was over at the end of the third (I'm not sure if he thought he'd won or lost, though).
Great win for Marinelli, although I hope he's able to get another takedown or two from neutral during regulation in their next match. Bottom position is always going to be tough for him against Wick, even if it was nice to see him get a reversal here (and have a shot at another one). The more damage he can do from his feet, the less Wick can hurt him on the mat.
Final score was 35-2 after team points were deducted from Iowa and Wiscosnin after the 285 lb match.
Hillger wins 1-0 on a riding time point. Stoll chose down in the 3rd, but couldn't get an escape. Getting escapes is a huge problem for him right now.
IOWA 36-3 is the final score.
Marinelli did get dinged for stalling a few times in that situation in the Midlands final -- unfairly, I thought. I was glad that didn't happen today. There's not much you can do when a guy like Wick wraps up your leg and is laying on you.
Marinelli needs to work on getting up to his feet quickly and making sudden movements to escape against Wick. He did get a reversal today (which was huge), but I don't think that's going to be a winning strategy for him overall.
Talk about a low single...!
That was slick as hell.