If Week 11 of College wrestling proved anything to you, I hope it's that being an NCAA /NAIA/NJCAA qualifier, getting yourself ranked, is freakin T-O-U-G-H. Look at all of the upsets that happened this weekend. Guys who weren't even ranked knocking off guys who were. The amount of parity is always an issue every season, but this year it's an Ocean compared to what is normally a great lake. I'm telling you right now, by season's end we are going to have A LOT of good wrestlers staying home. A LOT. In DI go through the weight classes. You'll easily find more than 33 qualified candidates. You'll find in many cases upwards of 40. That's 6 per weight. Do I think I'll be writing about 60 wrestlers in my yearly, "Best to Not Qualify" article? No, but I'll write about more this season than I ever have since first starting that article in 2002.
Seeding for conference tournaments this year is going to be a nightmare!
As to this week....
|The Portillo Brothers put on a Show!|
What a treat it was to see identical twin brothers Justin & Josh Portillo go head to head in dual action! They both put it all out there, leaving everything on the mat as Josh edged Justin in a 12-10 sudden victory classic. This is the type of action and atmosphere the sport of wrestling needs. NCAA DII and NAIA going head to head in a war to determine which division gets to call itself tougher. Everyone involved in this from the Portillos, to their coaches to the schools should all be given credit. Huge thumbs up to Grand View and Nebraska-Kearney.
Fabian Gutierrez (Chattanooga) earns a 16-1 technical fall over Patrick McCormick (Virginia)
Joey Prata (Oklahoma) earns a 6-4 decision over Jake Ferri (Kent State)
Ferri earns a 6-5 decision over Gutierrez
McCormick earns a 2-1 decision over Prata
Does your head hurt yet? Whoa.
Joe Manchio upsets Jaret Lane
Matt Kazimir turns what could have been only a decision into a major decision
Josh Ogunsanya wins a match that could have gone either way with Brian Meyer
Matt Fine who pulled off some upsets last weekend, pulls off another upset against Jake Logan
I was impressed with how hard they fought the Mountain Hawks and was hoping for a little better showing against Oklahoma State. A tougher team and I do take that into consideration. I do feel that Manchio could've wrestled Trevor Mastrogiovanni better though. Was impressed with how well Kazimir handled Carter Young in a mild upset and feel that Fine could have potentially upset Dustin Plott in a 4-3 loss.
It's obvious that the Mess hall at the University of Michigan serves their eggs but one way....scrambled. A collegiate wrestling match last 7 minutes and I guess wrestling all 420 seconds is obviously the daily sermon in the Wolverine wrestling room. Massa was down in the third period against Ethan Smith of Ohio State & he scrambles his way to a 10-4 decision. Then Amine....did you see the exchange between him and Romero? I've never seen so much action in such a short amount of time in my life. I've been watching wrestling for 30 years & that left me stunned.
Speaking of Northwestern, I was vastly disappointed to not see Ryan Deakin in action. Hope there's a good reason. This is the second weekend in a row. IMO he's one of the best wrestlers in the nation. Love watching him wrestle.
Well that wraps it up for this week. To those who have asked me about why there wasn't much content on JT#1 this week, it's simply been a busy week for me. Might be kinda slow this upcoming week too. Hope to have more content. This past week a snowstorm really slowed me down & then had some family issues come about that took away what would've been my free time for some writeups. Hope you all have a safe, fun and rewarding week! Onward more great collegiate wrestling!