2021 NCAA All-American Demetrius Romero (Photo/Larry Slater; LBSPhoto.smugmug.com)
*Also Dom Demas(Oklahoma) and Brock Mauller(Missouri) at the U23 World Championships on Friday and Saturday
What I'm Most Excited For: The open tournaments. I love this portion of the season as you get to see the future of your program and how guys are developing. As a guy who's covered Oklahoma State for years, this can be one of the only times you get to see a lot of the young guys, in these early season tournaments. For Oklahoma State fans it's the Trojan Open, WVU fans it's the Clarion Open, Oklahoma at Michigan State, etc… All of those are great follows for any die-hards wanting to see what they may have in a few years.
Best Dual: Utah Valley at Northern Colorado
It loses a little luster with Taylor LaMont not competing, as he's at the U23 tournament in Serbia currently, but this is a decent dual and I'm really intrigued to potentially see Andrew Alirez(141) and Demetrius Romero(165) at their new weight classes for the first time