December 26, 2014 at 3:10 am #17443
At this point in the season, a lineup conundrum is occurring with the return of Minotti and it appearing that he will be going at 157. With Milonas supposedly ready to return from his concussion, the question is where? Can he still redshirt having wrestled three matches into the third week of November? Would he be eligible for a medical RS, since I understand this is not his first concussion and more “time off” could be beneficial? So while this creates some difficult decisions it also starts one dreaming about the bright future for this program and the great job Santoro and his longtime assistants Dillon and Hughes have done.
Assuming one can get down to 149 would make a great “M & M ” combo. Milanos could also possibly go up to 165 and challenge Martinez (another M!)
Looking down the road consider next year the return of Darien Cruz and, likely, Parker redshirting. Beckman back at 133 for one more year, Randy Cruz at 141, Longo, who is showing a great upside for the future, at 149; Minotti at 157, Milonas at 165 or…Preitcsh who is currently redshirting at 165, but likely going up to 174 next year. Brown returns, again, at 184; and then we have the continued tandem at 197 of Riddick and Bolich followed by Vollaro and Wessel at 285. And at this time, we have a verbal from the #1 ranked 220 pounder in the country from Boyertown’s Jordan Wood.
With good health there is reason to think this team can make a nice run into the Top 10 at NCAA, this year. Next year, with the NCAA’s in Madison Square Garden, wouldn’t it be something to actually make a run into the Top 3, and some luck an NCAA team title? Far-fetched? I don’t think so. The pieces are there. Some ‘good fortune’ is always needed, but some say ‘good luck’ comes to those who are ready to take advantage of an opportunity when it arises.December 26, 2014 at 4:12 am #17444
I see one small difference in the lineup for next year. Laike Gardner will be the favorite at 149 but of course anything can happen. As for Top 3, we can dream but as the # of collegiate programs contact,most of the nation’s top HS talent are gravitating to a select 10-12 colleges. Penn State may be mortal this year but next year, they return Megaludis, Retherford and have Nolf as well as others coming off redshirt. We aren’t there yet IMHO. Minnesota, Ohio St, Iowa are all ahead of us.December 26, 2014 at 3:20 pm #17445
Is Max healthy yet?Why was everyone excited about Peppleman?December 26, 2014 at 6:21 pm #17449
who would wrestle 174 if Pep did not transfer?December 31, 2014 at 5:27 am #17491
Max should be ready to go…that is if he can beat Vollaro. Doug has improved significantly with technique. Needs to ‘get nasty’ imo.
Peppleman is up a weight, which is causing some problems, but Martinez beat him at 165. We have no one else due to redshirts. Season is still young and he could still be a factor in March.
Forgot about Gardner redshirting this year. I will be a force next year. He’s aggressive and willing to take risks to score.December 31, 2014 at 5:38 am #17492
Laike will be for sure. Doug has the size,athleticism and technique to be very good. Lacks… confidence,will? Dont know. Admit,love Max. Just cant seem to stay healthy enuf to develop. Hell,lotta yrs we didn’t have 1 good UNL,now we have 2
Status on Milonas ?January 5, 2015 at 1:43 pm #17521
Any analysis of recent results? Seems like a mixed bag, but I dunno anything.
I need something to think about that isn’t basketball…January 5, 2015 at 2:12 pm #17522
Posters on WrestlingReport seem pleased overall with results.January 5, 2015 at 3:08 pm #17526
team is on an upswing and may have a real shot at challenging Cornell for EIWAs, team depth is much better than recent yearsJanuary 5, 2015 at 4:08 pm #17528
Thanks Rich and van! I also bookmarked the Lehigh forum on wrestlingreport so I can continue to follow.January 5, 2015 at 9:42 pm #17531
Just to put the Southern Scuffle in perspective. Based on national rank,I believe we were picked to finish 10th and we finished 7th. It took a pin in the 184 finals by Gabe Dean to surpass us by .5 points. We actually had more place winners than Cornell.
Side note:The Senior Alumni Council is sponsoring a lunch at Rathbone Hall prior to the Cornell meet on January 25. They have an allotment of 50 tickets still available for the meet. The lunch is $12 and the tickets are $11. If anyone is interested you can register here
Sorry Todd: I need to re-read your instructions
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