125lbs Weight Class Overview: Prata or Myers

2018/2019 Season

Joey Prata (r-JR, Richmond VA) was the starter last year, compiling a record of 15-13 (3-2) in his first full season after coming off knee surgery. Prata showed that he was a capable wrestler, but showed how a wrestlers first year going against D-I competition can be tough. Unfortunately, Prata did not beat any top-20 ranked wrestlers in his weight class that year.

He will most likely wrestle unattached, but if Myers cannot make weight then he will get the spot. I do see a drastic improvement for Joey next year; once he gets more confidence in his knee and now having a year of collegiate experience.

2019/2020 Season

The likely starter will be former 133lb Korbin Myers (r-SR, Carlisle PA). Myers is a transfer from Edinboro, who amassed a record of 20-10 (3-1) last year with Virginia Tech. His overall record is 94-44 and is also a three time NCAA Qualifier. He qualified for the 2018-2019 NCAA Championship as the #14 ranked wrestler where he finished with a 2-2 record. His first lost came against eventual champion Nick Suriano (Rutgers) and suffered a minor hip injury that definitely affected his tournament. His best wins last year came against then #2 Micki Phillippi (Pitt), showing how volatile the 133lb weight class can be.

Korbin Myers is a good level changing, shot taker. He rarely gets in tie up situations in neutral, choosing to bang on the head. Myers likes his low, single leg shots and will sometimes sweep up the outside leg, on offensive re-shots. In referee's position, he isn't known to be an aggressive rider. He will occasionally throw in legs to try and spread his opponent out.

Areas of work for Myers this year is his top positioning and stalling. He has been prone to stall call due to not initiating lock ups. Also, his ability to ride out wrestlers should improve due to going against smaller competition

It will be interesting to see how the former 133lber handles the weight cut, as he is a r-SR and has never wrestled at this weight in his collegiate career He has shown to have a solid motor, but weight cuts are a tricky thing. He should be able to handle the quicker 125lbs, but will need to work on his funk situational awareness.

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Thanks for doing this write-up. (And presumably 9 more) I was shocked to see Myers penciled in to the 125 slot. He is a heck of a wrestler, but cutting down to 125 sounds awfully difficult for a guy who hasn't wrestled that light since high school. Do you think he can maintain that weight all season? Also, do you have any insight on why he's moved down? Is this because Prata had a disappointing season, or because Colin Gerardi is that much better at 133?

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Colin is way too good to be on the bench

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Also think Myers is a AA at 25

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I hope you're right. I just worry about guys changing weight classes this late in their careers. He's been good at 133 for his entire college career. Now we're asking him to drop a weight class without losing strength or endurance. Unless you're sub-5', I don't see a grown man at 133 lbs having any body fat to lose. Cutting 8 lb is going to require losing a lot of muscle or a limb.

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

If Sean Fausz could somehow do it, then Myers can find a way. But yeah it's going to be absolutely grueling.

I wonder if Myers saw a better path to a deep NCAA run at 125. It looked like 133 was a ridiculously loaded weight class with Suriano, Gross, Fix, and Micic at the top but we're in an Olympic redshirt year and Suriano and Fix may both take one.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

The thing about Fausz is, he did struggle with conditioning last year and didnt really challenge the top ranks. But he had wrestled 125 before so experience was on his side.

The difference in competition between 125 and 133 this year is definitely the decision. For 125, theres only one other ACC senior this year and that's Jack Mueller (UVA), who is an absolute stud. UNC and NC State are both sending out true freshmen this year, but they are highly touted. Looking at ACC seeding, its predicted that Myers would get the #2 seed and auto qualify for the NCAA again.

Once again 133 is a crap shoot and I'll get more into it when discussing Collin Gerardi. Micic (Mich), Fix (OK State), and Suriano (Rutgers), are all taking Olympic redshirts. But you still have to go through Gross (Wisconsin, favorite to win 133), Desanto (Iowa), Pletcher (anOhio State), Bravo-Young (PSU), Phillippi (Pitt) and Gomez (ISU)

Looking at ACC seeding, its predicted that Myers would get the #2 seed and auto qualify for the NCAA again.

Just for the sake of clarity, earning an auto qualify bid has nothing to do with what seed a wrestler gets in the ACC tournament. The conference could have 5 wrestler earn auto qualifier bids or it could earn just 1.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

You are right. should have been more clear., His CHANCES of qualifying for his 4th tournament are better if you look at his individual schedule and wrestles to seed

Hopefully he has been working on managing his weight all off-season. That'll help him feel better at that weight which will really affect how far he can go.

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Thought Joey wrestled really hard at the end of the year, and even when he was overmatched he was always fearless. Like you said though, if Korbin makes weight it's all him. However, if Korbin can't make weight I could also see where the true freshman from Alabama could be in there above Joey. He comes in with a high ranking and recently won a national tournament. I have no prob with Joey being the man, either. In a rare VT depth outlook, I'd be happy with any of the three

Sam latona would really benefit with a redshirt year

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Yep, this is the consensus inside the wrestling room. Latona is being seen as a next man up for 2020/2021. Also redshirting in wrestling is dependent on two things: the individual wrestlers ability to win a national championship and who is currently projected to start.

For Latona, he needs a year of development to get use to D1 competition (a la what Joey Prata really needed). Plus there is no reason to start Latona, when the coaches don't see it as a strong possibility for him to win it all. A wrestler only has four years. If there is a chance to start a more seasoned wrestler, with an equal shot at the title, they will choose that.

oh man, the lower weights are tough, hard to see anyone really dominating. I hope they both have a solid year.

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This kind of write up is great! Thanks for doing it. I hope you'll do more.