3x NCAA All-American Hayden Hidlay of NC State (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
Plenty of questions poured into the mailbox this week, so why not do a super-sized bag for the big weekend. Before we get to that, shame on the NJSIAA for taking the girls state tournament out of Atlantic City. I realize there's nothing you can do about it now, but let's not make this mistake again; then we can forget this whole blunder even happened. Enough about them, let's get to you. It's the readers that make this little corner on internet work and I thank you all for that.
Which matchup are you most excited to see over the next month and a half? Both Wrestling & Wrestling Twitter matchups. @KyleDNixon
Without a doubt, it's Patrick Glory and Nick Suriano. Two of the top-five New Jersey wrestlers of the past decade seem to be on a collision course for the right to be crowned champion in March. A two-year overlap in high school, at separate weights, kept them from ever meeting and through an unlikely series of events, we may finally get it in 2022 of all years. Nick looks as good as ever and Pat seems to never level off and just keeps improving. The stingy defense and calculated shots of Suriano vs the high-octane offense and wild scrambling of Glory. Give me the damn match already.
For Wrestling Twitter? Perhaps I'm hypocritical in saying this, but it's getting a little too hostile out there and we need to settle down and show some love. Especially this close to Valentine's Day.
You wanna join a cult? @BulldogTCOB
I kind of feel like I joined about four already in the last few years, but if you got something better, then I'm all ears. Are we doing religion? Little-known movies? 80's metal? Whatever it is, I'm easy to brainwash.
Should Hayden Hidlay tear a shirt off prior to every dual and then do a flex show after every win? @Rhino184
Yes and yes. I first nicknamed HH the human muscle because he looks like one fully formed muscle in perfect proportion. Now he goes up two classes keeping the same form, only bigger! His brother ate a hoagie on the mat once, so the prop gags run in the family. Perhaps we see something in the grudge match against Virginia Tech coming up, though I'm not sure HH is up for messing around before facing Mekhi Lewis. Speaking of the Raleigh Wolf....
What is the official Jagger Bag Super Bowl prediction? @Hidlaymania
The Big Game! I almost forgot it was this Sunday after all the commotion of the week. My heart is with the Bengals, as I've always liked them and love seeing a franchise get their first ring. That being said, I think the Rams have too much firepower on offense and a defense that can rattle the young superstar, Joe Burrow, into making some mistakes.
Give me Los Angeles 27-20 with Cincy possessing the ball at the end for maximum drama.
Are you taking heads in the coin toss? @BvillaD2Wrestle
I'm a tails man and yes, I'll be betting on the coin toss as I do every year.
What teams are gonna finish 3-5 at NCAAs (in order)? @PelikanHead
Oklahoma State with Ferrari; Cornell if no Ferrari
What matches or rematches are you most looking forward to at the B1G tourney and what is your favorite deli in Jersey??? Bagel @MrPatMineo
Sebastian Rivera vs the field at 141. We all know the story. All the big guns evaded him one way or another and he bonused the hell out of everyone else. Will he beat these guys? I don't know. Can he beat these guys absolutely? All I know is, he looks full-sized for the weight now and wrestling the best he's ever wrestled. Final season with no free-year safety net, plus the fire that's burning inside Seabass, make him one of the most intriguing guys to watch next month.
My favorite deli, hands down, is Ted's North in Paramus. Best fries you'll ever have. Real ones know.
What fits should I pull this weekend? @gallardo_rachel
You're asking a guy whose current fit went out of style in 1989. Denim forever.
The girls on my team are consistently among the hardest-working kids in the room. Why do high school athletic associations continue to treat them as an underclass? @endorob
Because things take time. We know the sport is growing on the girl's side. I predict that by the end of the decade, it will explode on a global level, judging by the foundation of talent being built right now. Keep working.
There's a sectional semifinal between two of the top ten teams in your home stateâ€¦why, or how, are there forfeits? @wrestlingbypir8
Your guess is as good as mine, matey. When these teams load up on the best talent in the state, I sort of expect to see a full lineup, but I'm not privy to the inner workings so I'm sure there's a valid reason for it.
If I'm ballin on a budget, what're the go-to cigs? @muddy_noah
Is Basic still a thing? Merit maybe?
Who is the @umichwrestling athletic trainer and why is his hair the greatest thing I've ever seen? @Kirbolajuwon
I don't know, but you've piqued my interest and I will keep my eyes peeled for this mane.
Well, that's it for this super-sized bag. Enjoy the game formerly known as the NFL-AFL Championship Game.
I may hit the Jersey Mike's Arena for some Rutgers-Maryland action, you know, just for an appetizer.