2021 NCAA All-American Jacori Teemer (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one that they had, but so did another man.
As I rained blows upon him I realized there had to be another way!
[The doll] was destroyed. But out of that, a new holiday was born!
A Festivus For The Rest Of Us!
Every holiday season, I go into the utility closet and pull out the ol' aluminum pole to put next to the christmas tree. It's soon after doing this that my wife yells at me to not put trash next to the tree and put it somewhere else (which usually means in the basement office).
For This intro, I decided to use one of the several traditions of the holiday: The airing of grievances. I've got a lot of problems with you people, and now you're going to hear about it!
1) Wrestlers Taking Medical Forfeits- I'm all for the protection of injured wrestlers, but when a rule is abused to the point where it is now commonplace to use it as a "cheat the system" trick, then I have a problem with it. My stance, if you weigh in to compete and you don't wrestle in the match you're supposed to wrestle in, then it counts as a loss. If you're worried about losses (which technically don't/shouldn't count in the seeding process), then you might be in the wrong sport.
2) Ducking aka Selective Wrestling- What happened to the day of having pride of winning tournaments or having a 30+ win season? Nowadays we are lucky to get the top wrestlers to have even the minimum match requirement for RPI. Is it too hard to ask for the regularly scheduled matches to actually happen? Especially when you promote the match with a wrestler who ends up sitting.
3) People Hating on Riding Time- You remember wrestling, right? Back when you were in shape and could run a mile under 10 min? Remember how hard it was to keep someone down? Especially when you were not allowed to lock hands? Remember how in high school there was almost no reason to take top or be on top other than to prevent the bottom wrestler from getting out? Riding time, like many things, needs tweaking but actually rewards someone for controlling another person. Crazy concept in folkstyle wrestling.
4) People Who Want to Get Rid Of Overtime- No matter what rules are in place, there will be some sort of stalling. Prevent Defense, parking the bus, pushing away and circling the center of the mat. To me, Criteria also promotes stalling with one wrestler not engaging. Just because there's arms flailing and errant shots are being fired in the waning seconds doesn't mean it's "more activity." Give me the walkoff homerun, the golden goal, the sudden death takedown.
There's more I could go into, but like my cubicle mate Jagger, I actually burned my hand so the writing will be a little less than usual (you're probably happy about that).
If you're like me, you'll start your day off right with watching the inspiration episode, (which is titled "The Strike" and is episode 10 in Season 9 of Seinfeld, streaming on Netflix) and may we see many pins this week.
How about YOU give me some of your season's grievances? Let me know in the comments section.
Now that I've got that off my chest, On to Week 8â€¦
This scoring week is front-loaded with the Collegian Wrestling Duals on Monday and Tuesday, as well as the last dual of the week ending on Wednesday.
The gem of the week is the Collegiate Wrestling Duals where each team is guaranteed three matches, and as you know we fantasy coaches LOVE guaranteed matches. The one frustrating part for fantasy coaches, is that the groups are pretty even which make a lot of the matches toss-ups. As a fan, it's freaking wonderful.
Some wrestlers listed under the Collegiate Wrestling Duals may even lose a match, but can still net positive for the week.
As a reminder for the Collegiate Wrestling Duals:
From: Collegiate Wrestling Duals on Rokfin
Wrestlers I Like This Week
Wrestler (School)- competition for the week [Proj Score]
*organized by projected score first, then by school name*
Jakob Camacho (NC State)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Fabian Gutierrez (Chattanooga)- Vs Cleveland State, Vs West Virginia [+6]
Joey Fischer (Clarion)- @ Buffalo [+3]
Jake Ferri (Kent State)- @ Edinboro [+3]
Austin DeSanto (Iowa)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Derek Spann (Buffalo)- Vs Clarion [+4]
Brendon Fenton (Kent State)- @ Edinboro [+4]
Daton Fix (Oklahoma State)- Vs Utah Valley [+4]
Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Jaydin Eierman (Iowa)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Nick Lee (Penn State)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Seth Koleno (Clarion)- @ Buffalo [+3]
Carter Young (Oklahoma State)- Vs Utah Valley [+3]
Kaden Gfeller (Oklahoma State)- Vs Utah Valley [+4]
Brent Moore (Clarion)- @ Buffalo
Jacori Teemer (Arizona State)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Enrique Munguia (Kent State)- @ Edinboro [+3]
Wyatt Sheets (Oklahoma State)- Vs Utah Valley [+3]
Anthony Valencia (Arizona State)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Julian Ramirez (Cornell)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Alex Marinelli (Iowa)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Keegan O'Toole (Missouri)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Travis Wittlake (Oklahoma State)- Vs Utah Valley [+4]
Peyton Hall (West Virginia)- Vs Chattanooga, Vs Cleveland State (@CHAT) [+3]
Cameron Pine (Clarion)- @ Buffalo [+3]
Hayden Hidlay (NC State)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Carter Starocci (Penn State)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Dustin Plott (Oklahoma State)- Vs Utah Valley [+3]
Trent Hidlay (NC State)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Aaron Brooks (Penn State)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Dakota Geer (Oklahoma State)- Vs Utah Valley [+4]
Kordell Norfleet (Arizona State)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Max Dean (Penn State)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Ben Smith (Cleveland State)- Vs Chattanooga, Vs West Virginia (@CHAT) [+6]
AJ Ferrari (Oklahoma State)- Vs Utah Valley [+4]
Tony Cassioppi (Iowa)- Collegiate Wrestling Duals
Think I missed someone? Disagree with someone on the list or their projection? Want to know our thoughts on a matchup? Let me know!
Win the week!