Could Gavin Teasdale's undefeated streak be in trouble?
Ranked third at 126 pounds, Teasdale is a three-time Powerade tournament champ with wins over Patrick Glory, whom Teasdale wrestled in back-to-back finals, and Logan Macri, whom he beat last year to claim his third straight title. This year, top-ranked 132-pounder Joey Silva is coming to town to see if he can become the first to derail Teasdale.
Silva just had a pretty spirited and controversial ending to his title run at Ironman, where he took on Real Woods in the finals [Watch #Shoegate Here]. And his next big test is right around the corner, as the three-time Pennsylvania state champ Teasdale could be waiting across the mat from the Florida hammer in the 132-pound bracket at Powerade in Pittsburgh on Dec. 29-30.
While Teasdale has tallied wins over Glory and Macri to claim his titles, Silva is a different animal. The multiple-time state champ out of Lake Highland Prep can stand in Teasdale's way of remaining undefeated, not just at Powerade but also in his high school career.
So what can we expect when (and if) these two meet?
Both guys have some serious bullets in the chamber when it comes to doing work on their feet. Teasdale possesses an elbow duck that can catch just about anybody slipping. But that's not the only thing he's got from the elbow tie. When you're worried about a duck, he uses the same tie to set up a dump. [Example below]
And Silva has a cat-like quickness that he uses to create angles as he’s shooting. [Watch below]
Turning defense into offense
Although both guys have the “you shoot, I score” mentality, they go about it in two very different ways. First, there’s Teasdale. It's difficult for opponents to get to his leg and convert on the takedown, because as soon as you get to his leg he’s already looking to pass yours and funk his way to a takedown.
Next there’s Silva. His cat-like quickness makes a second appearance here too. Silva isn’t the type to pass a leg and funk his way out of things. He will just disappear and turn your attack into his own.
In all honesty, this matchup really needs to happen. A pair of future Big Ten studs putting on a show will be fun for everyone to watch.