Here we go - one step closer to the post season. The NCAA released its official conference allocations. The table below tells the full tale. Quick shout out to the MAC, who just missed squaring the 2nd most bids of any conference. Watch out, EIWA.
There weren't a ton of surprises. But let's dig into the Penn State and Big Ten side of things anyhow.
|2||2||92%||Nico Megaludis||Penn State|
|20||25||69%||Nick Roberts||Ohio State|
Seven bids for seven qualifiers - makes sense. The surprise here is that it's Thomas Gilman in the last Coaches' Poll / RPI for the Iowa Hawkeyes, and not recent pinfall machine Cory Clark.
|8||6||85%||Johnni DiJulius||Ohio State|
|15||12||52%||James Gulibon||Penn State|
Eight bids for the Big Ten at 133. But I count 7 guys with at least two of the three criteria. So how about that. Just when I thought I had autobid stuff figured out, Cashe Quiroga pulls down an autobid - I'm guessing. Because it wasn't Dom Malone, right? Whatever - 8 bids is good news for Jimmy Gulibon, who I think might just surprise a couple of folks at Big Tens.
|2||1||100%||Zain Retherford||Penn State|
|3||4||94%||Logan Stieber||Ohio State|
|11||NR||75%||Stephen Dutton III||Michigan|
Color me shocked. At 141, the Big Ten sports 8 - eight - wrestlers who square with at least two of the three criteria, and end up with 6 bids. I thought we'd get 7 or 8, but the injuries to Dutton and Rodrigues didn't help. Sabatello quietly had a heck of a last half of the season.
|18||17||64%||Ian Paddock||Ohio State|
|26||NR||James English||Penn State|
Six bids, just like we figured. And there's Jim English with the #26 Coaches rank, just like we figured (for the last 6 or 7 days, I mean; not the first 4 or 5 months). Jim's gonna have a tough, but doable, climb. He has to place 6th. He can do it. In reality, 7th is probably his absolute floor at Big Tens. Nobody's worked harder for this opportunity, that's for certain. Go take it, Jim.
|4||3||89%||Derek St. John||Iowa|
|11||6||88%||Dylan Alton||Penn State|
Eight bids for eight wrestlers, seven of whom are top 15. That's crazy deep. Dylan Alton, a past AA ranked as high as 4th this season, is now the 6th highest ranked wrestler in his own conference. The returning National Champion is 3rd. Sheer lunacy. From the quarterfinals on, the Big Ten tournament will look an awfully lot like the NCAAs.
|1||1||100%||David Taylor||Penn State|
Could I interest you in 8 more bids? Why yes, thank you very much. The crazy part here at 165, as opposed to 157, is that no one in the Big Ten has ever beaten David Taylor. Ever. I'm not even going to bother with a "knock on wood". Alright - maybe one. Knock on wood. But that's it.
|5||5||88%||Mathew Brown||Penn State|
|13||13||74%||Mark Martin||Ohio State|
There are nine wrestlers in the table, and 7 bring bids to Big Tens. But this looks like a 4-man race to me.
|2||3||96%||Ed Ruth||Penn State|
|12||8||80%||Kenny Courts||Ohio State|
|24||12||67%||John Rizqallah||Michigan State|
Here's another sneaky deep weight, with nine wrestlers earning consideration, even though only 7 bring a bid. But, uh, this weight lists Ed Ruth at the top. And he's pretty good.
|3||2||92%||Morgan McIntosh||Penn State|
|5||5||79%||Nick Heflin||Ohio State|
|33||27||65%||Nick McDiarmid||Michigan State|
Eight bids here at 197. At first blush, that might sound like more than you expected. But when Nick McDiarmid, the #8 guy in the conference, nearly brings a 3-for-3 Gold bid to the party, you realize that the Big Ten has some serious firepower at this weight.
|7||6||81%||Mike McClure||Michigan State|
|14||12||Good||Jonathan Gingrich||Penn State|
|32||32||56%||Nick Tavanello||Ohio State|
Speaking of firepower, the Big Ten lands 9 bids at heavy. Having 7 of the national top 10 doesn't hurt the weight's case. And yes, that's Jon Gingrich in the blue and white singlet for Penn State. Not a surprising move after seeing Jimmy Lawson against Clarion. Law Dog just couldn't beat the knee injury, and that sucks for him because he had really wrestled well prior to that. Get well soon, Law Dog. And here's your chance, Big Jon. We're behind you.
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