InterMat Staff Predictions: Mike Riordan

125: Jesse Delgado (Illinois) over Jarrod Garnett (Virginia Tech)
A milestone for the Virginia Tech program as they earn a national finalist. Delgado proves too much for Garnett this time around as the result from the Midlands finals is reversed.

133: Logan Stieber (Ohio State) over Tony Ramos (Iowa)
I don't see this playing out much differently than the Big Ten finals. The two best guys at the weight, only Stieber is just a little bit better

141 Kendric Maple (Oklahoma) over Hunter Stieber (Ohio State)
This is potentially the match of the tournament. These two well be in deep plenty of times on one another. Expect fireworks.

149: Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State) over Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State)
Jordan beats Sakaguchi in workmanlike fashion here. Sakaguchi upsets his rival Jason Chamberlain and then faces a surprise Cinderella wrestler in the semis.

157: Derek St. John (Iowa) over Dylan Alton (Penn State)
Dylan Alton defeats Jason Welch and James Green again to make a surprise appearance in the finals. There, St. John beats him by five points.

165: Kyle Dake (Cornell) over David Taylor (Penn State)
This is the big one. Not much scoring here, but Dake pulls off the impossible and becomes four-for-four at four weights.

174: Dan Yates (Michigan) over Josh Asper (Maryland)
Maryland gets a finalist, but something weird happens. Michigan's Dan Yates and goes on an incredible run through his bracket, winning this wide open weight.

184: Ed Ruth (Penn State) over Ben Bennett (Central Michigan)
More of the same for Ruth, who ekes out a major in the final seconds of his final against Bennett.

197: Alphonso Hernandez (Wyoming) over Matt Wilps (Pitt)
Much like Nickerson/Escobedo a few years ago, the one versus two final everyone anticipates will occur in the consolation finals. Instead, the three and four seed meet in the finals. Wyoming's Hernandez barely edges Pitt's Wilps

285: Chad Hanke (Oregon State) over Jarod Trice (Central Michigan)
Chad Hanke notches the first national title of Jim Zalesky's tenure. Trice caps off a nice career with an impressive run to the finals.

1. Penn State
2. Iowa
3. Minnesota
4. Oklahoma State
5. Missouri


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DannyClarke (2) about 5 years ago
... For your sake I hope you didn't put any money on these predictions. At 174 neither of those guys will place higher than 7th maybe with a lucky upset one will get 6th. I doubt Yates even AA's and could see Asper falling off the podium as well.

Absolute ZERO chance Yates navigates through blanton, brown, storley/evans.. and thats just to get to the finals.
m_riordan (2) about 5 years ago
um no, no money

But hey, sometimes it's fun to take a risk, with no money on the line
DannyClarke (1) about 5 years ago
Well hey you never reallllly know.. like that year jarrod king won it as a 12 seed or when Branch had something like a 6-7 record and won it as a Freshman
trfoley (1) about 5 years ago
These are gawd awful selections, Mike. Just really, really bad.
DannyClarke (1) about 5 years ago
so the Yates pipe dream ends with him losing his first round match