Penn State's 197 lb national champion Max Dean (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
Worlds week is here and I predict an easy ten gold medals for the US of A in men's freestyle. Don't even worry about waking up in the middle of the night for the opening rounds. All the gold medal matches take place midday. But if you do decide on the graveyard shift, I admire you. The worst thing about Worlds besides repechage is the brutal start times. My offer to UWW is this. If America wins ten golds in MFS then the next ten World Championships take place on American soil, so I can watch at a normal time. If they don't, I'll never miss or be a day late with a mailbag again. Deal? Great. Let's get to the questions.
What possible individual matchup throughout the NCAA season are you most excited to see? What weight class has the most intrigue for you? Wiems19
Well, that's easy. Beard-Dean is the match that I think everyone is looking forward to seeing. We've seen this story play out before at Penn State with Bubba Jenkins and David Taylor. Well, I haven't seen it because I wasn't paying attention back then, but you know what I mean.
Finding good storylines in wrestling can be tough at times but a stud losing his spot and then leaving and getting a chance to prove his old team wrong is about as good as it gets. Throw in the match happening as the 928th Lehigh-PSU dual in history and it should have the makings of a fun event.
141 is the weight class I'm most interested in. No returning champs! Can Cole Matthews build on what he started last year and get Keith Gavin his first champ? How does the Black and Gold fit Real Woods? How does Sammy Alvarez, who at one point was going to overtime with RBY, look after settling into a new weight class? Same goes for Beau Bartlett. Does CJ Composto have a ceiling or does he "Slay" the entire weight class? Remember, he already has a win over the top-ranked Matthews. Andrew Alirez, besides being the coolest wrestler west of the Mississippi, is also very dangerous. Last year, Ryan Jack pushed Jaydin Eierman to the brink and nearly got a pin. Just a very intriguing weight class that will be fun to see shake out over the course of the season.
Who has the best haircut in wrestling and why is it Gerrit Nijenhuis? Jkos11
I admit he makes the mullet work, but that doesn't mean it's ok. Frankly, I don't understand why kids are bringing back this relic of a hairstyle. I lived through the legit mullet years and I thought we buried it for good in 1992 with the rise of grunge. If you're going to bring back this fashion then do it right. Get the denim jacket. Get the stone-washed jeans. Get a damn Camaro! Do you need cassette tapes? I still have some in the closet somewhere. You don't half-ass the style of my youth. It's full-ass or no-ass at all. I suggest you start sewing that giant KISS Army patch on the back of your jacket pronto.
If collegiate wrestling awarded a Jagger trophy as they do with the Dan Hodge, what would its criteria be and who would you expect to be the frontrunner for it this season? Ben Kenobi
I'm still working on this one but you will get an answer before the season starts
Alright you Jagoffs, it's Saturday so go get some chores done so you can enjoy all the wrestling and football this afternoon and tomorrow. Until next week, take it sleazy.