MA_Wrestler wrote:A lot can happen between now and the summer of 2016, but I think a few current college stars will be on the next Olympic team.
At 55 I really don't know what to think. We have had a different world/Olympic wrestler at this weight every year since 2008 and none of them since Cejudo have done much. I don't see us having any medal threats at this weight at the moment. I'd love to say McDonough could be the future here, but I can't imagine him being able to make 121 for another 4 years. Maybe Megaludis, Delgado has the speed, Alan Waters has Sammie Henson as his mentor now, so hopefully someone will emerge for us. Right now I see this as our weakest weight.
At 60kg I thnk Coleman Scott is still our world teamed for the next year, maybe two, but by 2015 I definitely see Steiber as our guy here. Steiber has already had success at the senior level and wasn't that far behind Scott last April. Scott developed into a world class wrestler, but he is getting older and Steiber hasn't even come close to his prime.
At 66 I think it will be a similar situation with Metcalf and Oliver. Metcalf will be our guy this, maybe next year, but by 15 or 16 Oliver will be the guy. He is one of the best technicians we have, he needs to bulk up to be a solid 66 and it may take a year or so of focusing on freestyle, but with John Smith and Coleman Scott to work with, he will be our Olympian by 2016.
At 74 it's hard to see anyone beating Burroughs if he stays healthy and focused. Neither of those things seem like a problem for him. He will be pushed by Howe, Dake and maybe Taylor, but I wouldn't bet on anyone other than Burroughs until I see him stay to slow down or show signs of losing interest.
At 84, I say wide open. Herbert will be too old by 2016 and I don't think he is fully healthy anyway. Not sure how many world teams he has left, but then again I don't see anyone on our Senior Circuit at this level yet that would be a serious threat. Quentin Wright has a nice style that could translate to freestyle, or Ed Ruth, just flat out phenom talent wise. Ruth would need to become more of a student of the sport, wouldn't be able to rely on natural ability and would have to make a serious commitment to freestyle, but with Cael as a mentor anything is possible. As a fan, I'm hoping Ruth decides he wants it.
96, Kilgore took the Olympic redshirt, spent time at OTC and got a good amount of international experience. Kid is a beast, and seems to want to continue at this level. I don't see him beating Varner for the 2013 world team, but I wouldn't rule it out for 2016.
120 I think we have two collegiately with a real chance in Dom Bradley and Tony Nelson. Bradley is already a junior world champ so he has the freestyle experience. Nelson reminds me of some of our better international heavyweights, he can move, attack legs and has a nice style that I think could transition well, if he decides to. Dlagnev is still our guy, and if he is fully healthy I think he could be world champ this year, but 2016 is a ways away, we'll see how long his health holds out. I could see Dlagnev as our guy all through 2016, or one of these college guys taking his spot before 2016.
coach4title wrote:Another young name at 184 would be Perry. He beat Wright off one world team already I believe... but oculd be wrong there.
DuckFor2 wrote:how much FS does Ramos wrestle? suprised it too so long for him to be mentioned....i have a feeling some names that will be in the mix have not even been mentioned. we're still a long way away from 2016.
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