The end is near. I always get a little sad around this time of year because I know the season is dwindling down and one of my favorite things in the whole wide world, collegiate wrestling will be over, not to start up again until the end of October. I've been working like mad preparing Qualifier previews for NAIA, DIII, DII & DI (in case you've been wondering why you haven't seen more out of me recently). Week 14 as always gave the wrestling community a lot to digest. Perhaps more than usual.
Boy oh boy, Penn made a statement this weekend didn't they? Huge win over Lehigh & they did so in style with individuals stepping it up a notch and delivering on the mat.
You know what else really bothered me about the Gomez Vs Vince Turk match? How much Turk was disrespected. Somewhat by some of his own people. I kept hearing and reading this weekend, "A 3-2 match with Iowa's backup" "Couldn't hardly beat Iowa's back up" "Squeaked by our backup." Seriously people? Do you have any idea how good Turk is? He's not just some "back up." He's a 2018 NCAA qualifier. A 2020 4th place Midland's finisher. He has wins over Ian Parker, Kanen Storr, Kizhan Clarke, Clay Carlson, Quinn Kinner, Kyle Shoop & Chad Red. Of the 80 teams or so we have in DI, he'd be a starter and he'd be an NCAA qualifier. He's a lot more than "just a backup."
This week I was a little more colorful and animated than usual. A little more opinionated. Just saw some things I felt needed addressed. Looking forward to week 15!