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    Jagger's Friday Mailbag - 2/3/2023

    Rutgers 125 lber Dean Peterson (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

    Well, the groundhog saw his shadow which means six more weeks of winter and that’s fine with me because there’s also six more weeks of wrestling left. I have no use for an early Spring when I’m sitting instead watching five televisions anyway. I’d feel like I’m wasting my weekends if it were nice out. It’s early Friday morning and it just looks cold out there right now. Don’t even bother making plans this weekend. It’s going to be freezing out and there’s 114 duals on to keep you warm. One of them is even on a baseball field. As usual, the streaming guide has you covered on where to watch so don’t forget to check that out. I was also asked some questions to answer so let’s check those out as well.

    If collegiate wrestling awarded a Jagger Trophy like they do with the Dan Hodge, what would it’s criteria be and who would you expect to be in the front-running for it this season? Ben Kenobi

    I’ve been saving this question for a rainy day and this seemed about the right time to bust it out. The only qualification is you gotta have that grit. We’re all about that grit here in New Jersey. What does it mean? Nobody really knows but it sounds cool. So, who has this mythical grit and how can you tell? You just can. Austin Gomez got that grit. Sam Latona got that grit. Marco Vespa definitely got that grit. Marcus Coleman? You know he’s got that grit. Dean Peterson got that Jersey grit, which is a whole different animal of grit. We won’t find out the real answer until March. Who’s the guy who fights his way through the backside of a bracket to finish on the podium. A Patrick McKee if you will. Those are the guys I like to see. One of my favorite things to do near the end of the NJ State tournament is find the guy who’s still alive after losing the earliest and see where he places. That’s where the grit thrives. Grit comes in various forms and I’ll be keeping my eye on all the contenders for the Gritty Hodge this year.

    What, if any, rule changes would you like to see happen at the NCAA level? Mat Jerms Media

    Trades. I want teams dealing backups and recruits for mid-season upgrades. Imagine Cael sending the Gibson brothers to Arizona State for Richie Figueroa. Alright, maybe it wouldn’t work. How about this; we immediately reward a point for riding time then reset it at neutral and the top guy can release without surrendering an escape. I don’t know. It makes sense in my head, but I’m an idiot.

    I’m a PSU grad ‘04, I’m going to the UNC-Pitt dual on Friday, I can’t wear Pitt gear even though I’m pulling for Pitt, right? Jkos11

    Yeah dude, you’re like 40 now. Wear whatever you want. Penn State fans have no knowledge of wrestling before 2010, so they don’t even remember you. Pitt is also looking like a sneaky trophy contender this March, so get on that bandwagon while there’s still room.

    Jersey Jerry, Jersey Jags, or Jersey Mike’s? Pelikan Head

    I'll let the Jagoffs and Jaggettes decide that one.

    On that note, I think we will wrap it up for this week. The dog needs a walk and I’m such a wimp that I need seven layers of clothing for one walk around the block. Maybe I was wrong about the groundhog. I could use an early Spring. Have a good weekend everyone!

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