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It appears Condon is going 174 based on U20's.

That means a freshman would need to start at 184 unless Anderson moves up. If Anderson moves to 165 it creates an open spot at 184.

Based on the U23 result, Endene is the favorite to start at 197. If Russo stays there he is probably a backup.




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My Guess

125 Rivera 11-12
133 Fugitt 6-5
141 Bobzien 0-0
149 George 1-2
157 Mechler 6-19
165 Model 3-9
174 Anderson 5-5
184 Condon 3-2
197 Endene *
285 Cassioppi *

Last year's records are from wrestlestat so I can't vouch for the accuracy. 
FWIW I expect the team to finish much better than last year's records and the skeptics' forecasts.

125 If Nicolar can make 125 he's the guy.  His 11-12 record is deceiving.  He wrestled up a weight and took his lumps.  If he can't make/hold 125 then Skebba to the rescue and we have a log jam at some of the other weights when Nicolar bumps.
133 See previous note.  Zan is the man at 125 unless Nicolar is too big for 125.
141 Bucky has some talented guys on the roster who due to no fault of their own have suffered injuries.  Bobzien is one of those guys.  He will be fun to watch.  Crossing fingers that he can stay healthy.
149 George looked tough at U20's.  Appeared to have a good rapport with Coach Reader. Julian is going to be an important part of the program in coming years.  Developing this year is a huge step.  From what I hear Zargo is going to take a redshirt.  Giving Joe an opportunity to heal and improve while providing Julian a year's experience is the best thing for Joe and the program.  Both come back into the lineup next year healthy and ready to contribute.
157 Mechler is a Wisconsin raised guy who has a pedigree.  Similar to Bobzien with regard to injuries, if Luke can stay healthy he will be an asset to this team.  Great young man from a great family. 
165 Losing DJ would sting any team.  He is a great wrestler.  Model isn't likely to produce the points that we are accustomed to with DJ but don't write off Gavin Model!  Gavin's experience will keep him in the fight in some matches where outsiders don't give him much of a chance and he is the kind of wrestler to pull some upsets, score some points when it matters most.   
174 Like the previous weight, Cale has 4 years in the room and will surprise some people this year.  The negative is that DJ is gone, the positive is that Coaches Reader & Model will have even more time to focus on guys like George, Mechler, Gavin Model and Anderson.
184 Lucas is coming off of a good redshirt season.  Having Russo, Endene, Coach Garrett Model, and Reader in the room every day is going to increase Condon's trajectory.
197  The good news is that we have Russo and Endene.  The bad news is if Endene is wrestling 214 pounds at U@# World Championships in late October UW will need to make a decision on whether to burn Russo's redshirt for a few early season nonconference duals or forfeit some of those early matches in November while Endene gets back down to weight.  Russo redshirting this season and having a year of Endene, Cassioppi, and who knows who else in the practice room will set Dylan and Wisconsin up for future success at 197.   
285 Cassioppi coming to Madison is not exactly a secret anymore.  The NCAA recently gave a couple of the Iowa/Iowa State gambling guys a year of eligibility back.  The NCAA also expanded NIL to allow schools to pay athletes.  Is this the perfect storm to make Big Tony the first player/coach in modern day NCAA?  If not, insert Gannon Rosenfeld who was competitive in many matches last year (Nebraska comes to mind).  Similar to Zargo I look for Amos and Johnson to redshirt.  Shoulder injuries do not heal quickly, nothing good comes from rushing a shoulder, and sitting rehabbing the shoulder is not the same as lifting and practicing during the off season.   Johnson needs to figure out where he fits in on the gridiron.  If he is an NFL prospect then we won't see him on the mat. If he is a good player, we may see him second semester in the future. Coach Fickle will dictate the decision  I was disappointed when I saw the clip which suggested that Johnson is not wrestling.   

It is easy for me as a fan to say that this one or that one should redshirt.  If the contract extension is a sign that the coaches' jobs are safe then I hope they focus on building the program.  If the coaches are on the hotseat as many here have suggested then I understand that it may be very tempting to forget the long term good of the athletes and the program to instead focus on the immediate.     

Sudden Death

I think at 165 it will come down to Sheen and Model as Sheen was wrestling 165 near the end of last year and beat Model in OT.  I do ultimately believe Cale Anderson will make the drop to 165

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285 Cassioppi coming to Madison is not exactly a secret anymore.  The NCAA recently gave a couple of the Iowa/Iowa State gambling guys a year of eligibility back.  The NCAA also expanded NIL to allow schools to pay athletes.  Is this the perfect storm to make Big Tony the first player/coach in modern day NCAA?  If not, insert Gannon Rosenfeld who was competitive in many matches last year (Nebraska comes to mind).  Similar to Zargo I look for Amos and Johnson to redshirt.  Shoulder injuries do not heal quickly, nothing good comes from rushing a shoulder, and sitting rehabbing the shoulder is not the same as lifting and practicing during the off season.  Johnson needs to figure out where he fits in on the gridiron.  If he is an NFL prospect then we won't see him on the mat. If he is a good player, we may see him second semester in the future. Coach Fickle will dictate the decision  I was disappointed when I saw the clip which suggested that Johnson is not wrestling. 

Insert Gannon at HWT, if what you say is right about Braxton, which I could definitely see him RS.  Plus that will give him another year to settle into the Hwt roll.  I personally think we will never see Johnson on the mat. 

Nelson Brands was on FRL today and spoke about how those guys did not get their year back.  Asad and Tony, done! Nelson-Medical RS year.

Cassioppi in to Coach I would guess.  I guess all of the people who said we don't have a HWT Coach can now stop their complaining. 

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it used to be "wait until next year" but right now you can't even say that about the Badgers and the worse part is we all know nothing is going to change, sad