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Old 10-23-2019
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CASINO NIGHT / IRTC FUNDRAISER: Scheduled for October 26 featuring IMAR versus Kamal Bey, and Emery Parker versus Jack Dechow, along with future ILLINI studs at the Poeta Training Center, Lake Forest, ILLINOIS.

MSU OPEN: The tournament is set for Saturday, November 2 in Jenison Field House in East Lansing, Michigan. By looking at some old brackets, I could tell that the organizers seeded wrestlers, and that some of the bigger-name schools sent only their "unattached" wrestlers.

The ILLINI could send their starters, their redshirts, or a mixture of both. In looking at the old brackets, there were some teams that sent their whole roster to the tournament, starters, reserves and redshirts. For example, in 2016, Notre Dame (Ohio) sent six wrestlers at 133! This could be our first chance to see Luffman, Byrd, Shannon, Sizemore and Zaccone in ILLINI singlets!

ROSTER OF TEAMS: Here's the lineup of teams that is scheduled to attend: Buffalo, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Oklahoma, Ohio, Central Michigan, Indiana, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Penn, Northern Illinois, Harvard, Findlay, Notre Dame (Ohio), and Davenport (Michigan).

Michigan. In the past, Michigan has sent their reserves and redshirts to the MSU Open. The question this year is whether the Olympic redshirts will be there, including Micic, Amine and others. Are they even training in Ann Arbor? Who knows.

Ohio State. Like Michigan, Ohio State usually sends their reserves and redshirts.

Buffalo. I expect Buffalo to send their starters, and they have a really nice team. In the top fifty for their weights as ranked by wrestlestat.com, they have Derek Spann (#18) at 133, Troy Keller (#15) at 165, and Laith Alsous at (#28) at heavyweight. Additionally, from 174 to 197, their starters are not far outside of the top fifty.

Central Michigan. CMU has four wrestlers in the top fifty, led by #3 Matt Stencel at heavyweight. Could we see a semifinals that includes Luffman, Stencel, Burns and Kerkvliet? The other Chippewa wrestlers of note are #13 Drew Hildebrandt at 125, #34 Dresden Simon at 149, and #26 Logan Parks at 157. Pio or Cardani or Byrd or Zaccone should have a good one with Hildebrandt. Logan Parks beat Barone last year 5-3, so that will be on the ILLINI bucket/revenge list for this tournament.

Harvard. The eggheads pretty much suck this year. Too much book! Not enough lift! They have Hunter Ladnier (#32) at 157 as their lone representative in the top fifty. Their 149 is just outside that benchmark at #57. Neither has wrestled Barone.

Indiana. The stupid Hoosiers have three wrestlers in the top fifty at wrestlestat.com: #47 Paul Konrath at 133, #45 Kyle Luigs at 141, and #35 Jake Covaciu at 174. I am going to pick whomever the ILLINI put on the mat at 174 to beat Covaciu. Not super impressed with this Hoosier roster. Fernie Silva made a splash in the middle of last season by wrestling to a 7-8 loss against Anthony Ashnault. Silva was a DII runnerup the year before, yet, he finished the year for Indiana with a 4-11 record.

Ohio. This team doesn't have any real AA challengers on it, but is very solid from top to bottom. They have seven wrestlers in the wrestlestat.com top fifty, and the other three are in the top one hundred. Nobody currently on the Ohio Bobcat squad has wrestled an ILLINI starter. Ever. They are the mystery team.

Oklahoma. The Sooners have a couple of AA threats, but they are otherwise about as deep as Ohio. Could we see #4 Dom Demas versus Mike Carr or Dylan Duncan? That might be one of the marque matchups of the tournament. The other top fifty wrestlers are #38 Christian Moody at 125, #38 Anthony Madrigal at 133, #19 Justin Thomas at 157, #32 Tony Mantanona at 174, and #13 Jake Woodley at 197. Woodley would be a real nice test for Wrobo-Cop. They've not met in college.

I'll finish this up tomorrow night!

GO ILLINI!!!

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Old 10-24-2019
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Since I'm unsure about whether Michigan and Ohio State will wrestle their starters or their reserves, I checked their official schedules. They both have the MSU Open listed. This could be a pretty tough tournament! So, in that light, I'm going to do a deeper dive into their rosters:

Michigan. The stupid Wolverines have eight guys on their roster in the wrestlestat.com top fifty. The highest ranked starter is Mason Parris at #6. (The most exciting bracket at this tournament could be 285). Austin Assad is at #26, and that should be a good match for whomever the ILLINI puts on the mat at 125.

Ohio State. The stupid Buckeyes have nine wrestlers in the top fifty of the rankings, and I think the tenth, Jordan Decatur, will be there very soon. OSU could bring #8 Chase Singletary to wrestle at heavyweight and also include Greg Kerkvliet in that bracket. They have four wrestlers in the top five, including #2 Sammy Sasso at 149, #5 Luke Pletcher at 141, #1 Kolin Moore at 197 and #4 Jaden Mattox at 157. I think Mattox is over-rated there, but still a very tough lineup.

Purdue. The stupid Boilermakers have seven wrestlers ranked by wrestlestat.com in the top fifty. Of those, I think only #16 Dylan Lydy and #10 Christian Brunner are AA threats.

Michigan State. The host team has eight starters ranked in the top fifty, although that would be nine if you include Indiana transfer Garrett Pepple, who is ranked #51. Their main AA threat is #7 Rayvon Foley at 125. Cameron Caffey is at #22.

Penn. The Quakers should have kept their ILLINI-related coach. They only have two wrestlers in the top fifty. One of them, #5 Anthony Artalona, will make 157 one of the best weights at the tournament.

Pittsburgh. The neighboring Pitt team has eight wrestlers in the top fifty, including #5 Demetrius Thomas at heavyweight. (That could be a great bracket!). Other standouts include #9 Mickey Phillippi at 133, #9 Nino Bonnacorsi at 184, and adding to a tough weight, #15 Taleb Rahmani at 157.

Here's how some of the weights could stack up as far as seeded wrestlers:

125 Piotrowski, Cardani, Byrd, Zaccone for the ILLINI, #7 Rayvon Foley (MSU), #13 Drew Hildebrandt (CMU), #26 Austin Assad (UM), #28 Devin Schroder (PU), #35 Gio Disabato (Ohio), #36 Bryce West (NIU), #38 Christian Moody (OK), #46 Malik Heinselman (OSU).

157 Barone for the ILLINI, #4 Jaden Mattox (OSU), #5 Anthony Artalona (Penn), #15 Taleb Rahmani (Pitt), #18 Will Lewan (UM), #19 Justin Thomas (OU), #26 Logan Parks (CMU), #45 Zac Carson (Ohio), #46 Jacob Tucker (MSU).

285 Burns and Luffman for the ILLINI, #3 Matt Stencel (CMU), #5 Demetrius Thomas (Pitt), #6 Mason Parris (UM), #8 Chase Singletary (OSU), unranked Greg Kerkvliet (OSU), #28 Laith Alsous (Buf), #43 Chase Beard (MSU).

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Old 10-24-2019
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Great to see your previews back Chief, thanks for putting in the time!
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agreed! good stuff Chief. Thanks
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I doubt we will see singletary or kerkvliet since both will be wrestling at U23s.
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I doubt we will see singletary or kerkvliet since both will be wrestling at U23s.
Thanks for the correction! I bet you are right. With Singletary and Kerkvliet wrestling, I think this might have been the best heavyweight bracket in the country before the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. Still, a pretty killer bracket, and who'd'a thunk it at the MSU Open?

Thanks, jay31 and Tuff on Top!

Other than the whole team popping up at the tournament, which would you rather see, the reserves including the redshirts, or the starters? I go back and forth on this. I can't wait to find out who will be at the various weights for the starters, but I also really, really want to see the new pledges wrestle. I would love to see some pledge pins.

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Old 10-31-2019
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Trackwrestling shows possible 35 Illini in the open (but last year at opens that didnt necessarily mean anything) while MSU only has 30, Michigan and Ohio State in the mid-20s. 2 more days!
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Old 11-01-2019
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Trackwrestling shows possible 35 Illini in the open (but last year at opens that didnt necessarily mean anything) while MSU only has 30, Michigan and Ohio State in the mid-20s. 2 more days!
Great news! Hope everybody is healthy and can make it. I couldn't find any lists on Trackwrestling, the message I got was something like "not released to public yet." It seems that Track has a "purchase" option for the tournament, though. Cheers!

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Old 11-02-2019
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Illini wrestlers competing in East Lansing:

Fresh/Soph Division 133
Nate Cotroneo's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Thomas Maddox (Buffalo) won by decision over Nate Cotroneo (Illinois) (Dec 6-1)
Cons. Round 1 - Nate Cotroneo (Illinois) received a bye () (Bye)
Fresh/Soph Division 133
Lucas Byrd's place is unknown and has scored 5.5 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Lucas Byrd (Illinois) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 - Lucas Byrd (Illinois) won by tech fall over Robbie Altland (Davenport) (TF 15-0)
Fresh/Soph Division 141
Michael Gunther's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Michael Gunther (Illinois) received a bye () (Bye)
Fresh/Soph Division 141
Trey Piotrowski's place is unknown and has scored 1.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Trey Piotrowski (Illinois) won by decision over Matthew Zuckerman (Tiffin) (Dec 10-6)
Fresh/Soph Division 157
Jake Reicin's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Coltin Jezioro (Ohio) won by decision over Jake Reicin (Illinois) (Dec 3-1)
Fresh/Soph Division 174
Trey Sizemore's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Fresh/Soph Division 197
Richard Ryu's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Fresh/Soph Division 285
Luke Luffman's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Luke Luffman (Illinois) received a bye () (Bye)
Open 125
Josh Contreras's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Michael Colaiocco (Penn) won by tech fall over Josh Contreras (Illinois) (TF 17-2)
Cons. Round 1 - Josh Contreras (Illinois) received a bye () (Bye)
Open 125
Justin Cardani's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Justin Cardani (Illinois) received a bye () (Bye)
Open 125
Dane Durlacher's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Dane Durlacher (Illinois) received a bye () (Bye)
Open 133
We Rachal's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - We Rachal (Illinois) received a bye () (Bye)
Open 133
Travis Piotrowski's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Travis Piotrowski (Illinois) received a bye () (Bye)
Open 141
Dylan Duncan's place is unknown and has scored 2.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Dylan Duncan (Illinois) won by major decision over Alfonso Vindici (Penn) (Maj 14-2)
Open 149
Mousa Jodeh's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Trevor Chumbley (Northwestern) won by major decision over Mousa Jodeh (Illinois) (Maj 12-0)
Open 157
Eddie Ordonez's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Open 157
John Mologousis's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Taleb Rahmani (Pitt) won by decision over John Mologousis (Illinois) (Dec 11-7)
Open 157
Baan Rachel's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Jake Tucker (Michigan State) won by major decision over Baan Rachel (Illinois) (Maj 11-2)
Open 157
Eric Barone's place is unknown and has scored 1.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Eric Barone (Illinois) won by decision over Tristin Guaman (Northern Illinois) (Dec 2-0)
Open 165
Danny Braunagel's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Open 174
Dj Shannon's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Dj Shannon (Illinois) received a bye () (Bye)
Open 174
David Riojas's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Open 174
Garett Rich's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Open 174
Joey Gunther's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Open 174
Jake Dibenedetto's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Open 184
Nikita Nepomnyashchiy's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Open 184
Zac Braunagel's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Open 184
Seamus O`Donnell's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Open 197
Matt Wroblewski's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.
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Old 11-02-2019
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Weekend observations:
Byrd and Luffman dominating the Fr/Soph so far, interesting that DJ Shannon in the open bracket but those 2 in the easier group. Sizemore also looks good.
Travis Pio leaving open the redshirt option but if so why go to 133? Seems like it would make sense for him to finish his last year then have Byrd for 4 years after.
Barone loss couldnt tell if the opponent was just good or EB had a bad match.
No Illini at 285 in the open bracket. Who shot Mr. Burns?
Why no Carr? Hoping he will be at 149 because otherwise that looks like a big hole in the lineup.
Mologousis had a close match with Rahmani of Pitt.
Why does Track always mess up the Rachal family names?
Cardani is still tough on top.
So far Wroblewski not looking like the Polish Andre Lee. I still miss the comforting predictability of an Andre Lee match though.
Braunagels look they are on a mission. Especially at 165 DB is cutting guys right after the TD then taking them down again. Like to see the later rounds to see if they keep it up.
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