Meeks will still have a good career but it's definitely not fair to him the way it has started.
Except our Dakota Bauer beat Gilman. :smile:Quote:
Meeks should have been redshirted and he would have been had he gone to a school like Iowa, Penn St, Minnesota, etc. Iowa brought in Cory Clark and Thomas Gilman this year who had high school careers very similar to Meeks and they are both being redshirted but competing unattached. They will be solid next year after having that one year under their belt.
According to the Register, Iowa had 35 takedowns to ISU's 3 takedowns. Ouch. It sucks that this is the year the NCAA tourney will be in Des Moines. I was hoping that by year 4 of the Jackson regime we'd be able to be competitive in front of the hometown crowd, but this might be ugly.
After what happened this weekend, I really don't think KJ is going to survive this season. It's really too bad that the AD didn't support the program enough 5 years ago leading to CS leaving.
I'm not going to dump KJ now but if a change needs to be made we need a huge "jump start" to the program. If I couldn't get Gibby I would go for the "reverse Gable" and try to grab, Brands, Ryan, Steiner etc. Or..... give Reiland a chance to move into the college ranks. After being a Cyclone for 40 years I never thought I would say it but we need some Hawkeye mentality right now. :mad:
Has anyone watched Meeks wrestle in the past? I have always got the impression he wrestles not to lose and because of that I find it hard to see how he will have much success at this level. Atleast the success everyone on this board is expecting. Seems like he is scared on the mat which is odd because of his past successes, but I have a good idea as to why, and it is sad.
Way too early to be questioning John Meeks's ability. He is a tremendous talent who ideally would not be wrestling this year and just lost to an elite upperclassman. Don't give up on John Meeks two dual meets into his first year.
I have avoided this stuff until I was able to type unemotionally about what I saw the first two meets. The greatest fear that I had coming into this season has been confirmed. We are very undertalented compared to who we expect to compete against.
Now, I can live with being undertalented, it is going to take time to catch back up, and losing a kid that would have been the centerpiece of the team hurt immensely.
The problem that I have is not the dual meet losses, I am more of a tournament snob in that respect. It is that if you are going to be undertalented, you have to be relentless. The way that people talk about the kids in the program, they should be wrestling like slobbering dogs for 7 minutes. Instead, we are passive, and allow ourselves to be dominated.
That will ultimately be what pushes KJ out. The problem is that there is no money for wrestling at Iowa State, and the whiners in these threads that don't pay attention to wrestling are not the ones that are going to help with that. They see us getting beaten by schools that they have never heard of and go all ****** and bash bash bash.
The problem that most of us that actually understand what the program is facing see that if we are to compete, we have to invest in the program. KJ never got that chance here, but whoever comes in next will face the same thing unless all of the bitchers and whiners and pos like queso actually put their $$$ where their whiny mouths are.