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    Jagger's Friday Mailbag - 10/22/2021

    Drexel's national qualifier Mickey O'Malley (Photo/Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

    Mailbags. Ever since the birth of the newspaper, someone thought it was a good idea to have readers send in their questions about marriage advice, nosy neighbors, and favorite pot roast recipes. I can't help you with those things. But fear not, there's still plenty of useless knowledge in the old noggin to drop on anyone willing to listen. First off, I'd like to thank Willie and Earl for giving me the opportunity to take over this long-time staple of InterMat and I hope I can entertain you to the fullest of my capabilities along the way. I feel they are building something special here, while trying to bring you the best wrestling coverage in the country and I'm honored to be included in the growth.

    But enough about them, this is my time. If you're familiar with me on Twitter, then you probably know what I'm all about and if you're not familiar with me, well, get on Twitter, you fools! You're missing all the fun.

    To your questions!

    Fave Twitter rivalries? @gallardo_rachel

    A potentially epic feud is heating up between Jersey Hokie and the Hidlay brothers that might explode before March, if we're lucky. I'm also partial to Coach Green vs ranch dressing truthers, Coach Dom vs. Soprano's hate, and Pelican Head vs basically everyone. Speaking of which…

    Who is a Jersey guy that is under the radar this season that we should keep an eye on? Who is tweeting/writing about wrestling lately that has you laughing? @pelicanhead

    With the shortened and late NJ season, it was hard to get a read on the new blood in town. One guy I've kept my eye on for a few years is CBA sophomore Alex Nini. He tore through youth states year after year and placed eighth as a freshman last year. Now, at the always tough 120 lb weight class, look for him to make noise at the Super 32 this season, as he tunes up for what should be a breakout high school season.

    Wrestling is a very serious sport filled with men and women who train extremely hard to reach their goals and I do not appreciate you making light of it for your own amusement, good sir. Oldest and Greatest is pretty funny though, you should listen to his podcast.

    Favorite NJ wrestler who competes for a Philly program? @WrestlingPhilly

    What's your favorite thing about New Jersey wrestling? @irunwithdogs

    Best crowd you've been a part of? @oldestandgreatest

    Look folks, we're gonna get some Jersey questions here since the rest of the country is obsessed with us. Penn showed those Ivy League smarts and loaded up on Jersey guys like they were disco fries at the local diner, but my heart belongs to Drexel's Mickey O'Malley.

    The best crowd I've been to recently (crowds are sparse these days) was a St. Joe's-Bergen Catholic dual right before the world shut down in 2020 and the environment there is what my favorite thing about NJ wrestling is. You take a small state with big talent and you get a bunch of kids banging heads since the second they're out of diapers leading to some salty grandmother booing some kid because she remembers when he slammed her little Kaden ten years earlier. I could go on and on, but lets transition out of the Garden State for now before I get fired for being a homer.

    Who is most likely to pull a 2017 Thomas Gilman and gas someone from bottom? @jkos11

    Pick your favorite Buckeye who's impossible to turn.

    I think Nick Lee takes out Yianni to repeat as NCAA champ this year. Thoughts? @wrestlingjunki6

    We still don't know if Yianni stays at 141 to reclaim his crown or looks for new land to conquer at 149, but more importantly, I'm very intrigued to see how he responds after two years of high-level freestyle. Let's be real here. The guy is one late loss away from chasing Cael and my money is still on him to bang out two more chips, until something tells me otherwise. Nick is the one man I feel can knock him off as we've seen him jump levels like he found the warp zone in Super Mario Bros, not to mention having the master game planner in his corner; always looking bored as heck, yet always plotting how to get his next victory.

    Was Mike C. actually Foley burner? @codyOcho5

    We all know Foley is UWW Creative

    How much money would you say you've spent on dining out on grilled cheese sandwiches over the years? @BulldogTCOB

    My grilled cheese is always on the house. Marlboros, not so much!

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