InterMat Staff Predictions: Steve Elwood

125: Jesse Delgado (Illinois) over Alan Waters (Missouri)
There will be no fairytale ending for Matt McDonough. I think Matt probably has the second best chance for Iowa to win a title, but I don't think he can beat the man from Illinois. Jesse Delgado is on a mission after cruising through Big Tens. I like him over Waters in a wide open final.

133: Logan Stieber (Ohio State) over Tony Ramos (Iowa)
Like 165, this is a weight I can't imagine anyone not named Stieber or Ramos (Iowa's best chance for a champion) making the finals. Can the beast from Glenbard North finally figure out the returning national champion? I don't think so. This one should be more fun than the slow pace of the Big Tens. Logan wins in Overtime.

141: Hunter Stieber (Ohio State) over Kendric Maple (Oklahoma)
I think Hunter Stieber may be the most underrated wrestler in the tournament. I like him to overwhelm his way to the finals where he should get the much anticipated match with Kendric Maple. I like Stieber going away.

149: Dylan Ness (Minnesota) over Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State)
A month ago very few fans thought Jordan Oliver could be beaten by anyone at this weight. He simply overwhelmed all his opponents, that is… until the National Duals finals. Minnesota's Dylan Ness came pretty close to pulling off the upset. I like these two to meet again in the finals, and with a major upset I like Ness in a wild one.

157: Joey Napoli (Lehigh) over Jason Welch (Northwestern)
Oh boy … Is there a more wide open weight than this one? I have picked several different guys to win it over the last two weeks. I like the No. 3 seed Joey Napoli in a close match over Jason Welch.

165: David Taylor (Penn State) over Kyle Dake (Cornell)
Not much more can be said about the two biggest stars in our sport. If Dake wins, he has to be linked with the very best of all time. If Taylor wins, he's known as the giant slayer. I am picking David Taylor in a match to remember.

174: Matt Brown (Penn State) over Robert Kokesh (Nebraska)
This is another crazy weight with several talented guys. I really like the way Matt Brown is wrestling right now. The momentum from the Big Tens carries him to a close decision over Nebraska's only finalists, Robert Kokesh.

184: Ed Ruth (Penn State) over Robert Hamlin (Lehigh)
The next two weights seem way too easy. I wonder if Kevin Steinhaus can find a way to get some offense against Ed Ruth in the semis. I doubt it. I like Ed Ruth to roll into the finals and take the crown with a win over Robert Hamlin.

197: Dustin Kilgore (Kent State) over Quentin Wright (Penn State)
Can anyone stop the Dustin Kilgore train? Nope. This man isn't losing. I like him to tear his way to the finals and shouldn't have much trouble defeating Quentin Wright.

285: Tony Nelson (Minnesota) over Mike McMullan (Northwestern)
Many people think this is Tony Nelson's title to lose. He's the returning champion and just capped off a great season. I like him here to make the finals and look for a rematch with Big Ten runner-up McMullan. I'm staying with the champ in a one-point decision.

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


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