DII and DIII were settled this past weekend. The 197 from Wabash University (Indiana), Riley LeFever, just completed his 4th year as a NCAA D3 National Champion. He has never lost to a D3 opponent, including my son who he pinned at 1:21 a few weeks ago in the Regional opening match. He had three sticks and a Major Decision on his way to his 4th.
This coming weekend is the NCAA D1 Championships. Television coverage of all rounds on ESPN and ESPNU, even during March Madness (gotta love that.) TV schedule and brackets located here: TV & Brackets . Live brackets during the tournament are on trackwrestling. Pretty jazzed to see how Ohio State does this year, considering how the B1G tournament ended.
OSU has a shot...but all will really have to wrestle very well! Bo has to have a great tourney, as does returning champ Myles Martin. Martin has been very inconsistent all year. I don't have any hope for Micah..the best he can do is third as Retherford has his (and everyone else's) number. Kollin Moore is in the same half of the bracket as the wrestler from Minn that he beat in the Big10 finals. the winner of that half will hve to face J`den Cox (MIZZ)... and Kyle Snyder should win...
If there's a 197 that has a shot against Cox, I would give that go ahead to Kollin Moore, but it's still slim. Moore scored late in the match against Cox earlier this season, but with his newfound success against Pfarr, he may just have a shot at Cox, albeit it far outside. Martin is scary, because just a couple of weeks before beating Nickal at the B1G tourney, he looked "not so hot" against him in the head to head dual. However, I think that upset in the B1G alone was part of the needed stimulus to push OSU over the top and win the B1G as a team. Obviously the NCAA's are another notch up yet, but I do think they have a legit shot, knowing that we should see Snyder and most likely Tomasello as champions again, with a possibilty of Martin or Bo Jordan on top that podium as well. Pretty exciting time to be a Bucks fan!
Ohio St. will have to get bonus points in these early round matches, because Penn St. will with Retherford, Nickal, Nolf and Hall. For OSU, at 125, Rodriquez will lose his first round match and may get one or two wins in the wrestlebacks. 133, NaTo should see Richards in the quarters (who he majored earlier), Clark in the semis, and probably Brock in the finals. 141 Pletcher wins first round and then loses to Ashnault and may pick up a win in the wrestlebacks. 149 Micah should get to Sorenson in the quarters and then get tech falled by Retherford in the semis. Should still AA. 157 None. 165 Burcher loses first round, may pick up a win or two in the wrestlebacks. 174 Bo gets a rematch with Realbuto in the semis and has a close match with Valencia in the finals. 184 Myles has the toughest road to hoe. If he gets by Brooks (got majored in the B1G finals), and Nickal, he would then face Dean in the finals. Not a very optimistic road to the championship. 197 I like a Moore/Cox rematch in the finals. J'den will be ready for him this time. HWT Snyder!! I think he'll see Medbury again in the finals, but the score will not be as close as the 8-5 score in the B1G finals.
I think Penn St. will be ready this week after the nose dive they took in the B1G championship. Wouldn't be surprised if OK St. winds up third with THE OSU pushing Penn St. for the title.
125 JRod gets majored 13-4 133 NaTo gets the major 13-4 141 Pletcher gets the Dec 8-5 149 Micah with the tech fall 22-6 157 Coaches son didn't qualify 165 Burcher gets majored 11-0 174 Bo with the major 10-1 184 MyMar follows with another major 23-10 197 True freshman Kollin Moore with another major 16-6 HWT Snyder with a workmen-like tech fall 25-10
OSU needs to keep pace with the bonus-scoring machine that is Penn St.
PSU is a juggernaut, but it's at least refreshing that the stupid questions from ESPN irritate the Poop out of Sanderson and his wrestlers. I don't care for Retherford, but can't deny the ability. Felt bad for Jordan, but he wasn't exactly wrestling offensively, so no excuses...and Hall held on. Oddly enough ESPN didn't mention that Hall did the 7th grade twice because he was second in the Kentucky HS tournament, before dad moved him to Apple Valley, MN where he could start over winning 6 HS State tournaments in a row as a 7th grader again. Mark is originally from the Davison area of Michigan. Penn State deserved it all, but I wasn't real thrilled with the way the NCAA laid out weights either for the finale, starting at 197 and finishing with 5 PSU matches.