The 195lb 8-Man Challenge Betting Odds

568. Bottom Half Of The 8-Man Bracket

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Nothing leverages the enjoyment of a spectator event like a wager. Having skin in the game makes everything that much more exhilarating. As such, we've drafted future odds to win the 195-pound 8-Man Challenge. 

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Now, unfortunately, we know of no sportsbook, legal or otherwise, that is actually carrying these lines. But that doesn't mean you can't put them to good use amongst your colleagues and acquaintances and create a little action the old school way. 

Because there's nothing wrong with placing a few bets amongst friends, is there? NCAA basketball pools are cool, fantasy sports are cool, 50/50 raffles are cool, so this should be cool too, right? We're just asking!

And if these odds were enough, you can play, for free, our bracket prediction pick em game for a chance to win a free t-shirt. Who doesn't love filling out brackets? No one, that's who. So check it out by CLICKING HERE.

Anyway, here are those odds. They're presented in fractional form, so for every 1 dollar bet (the denominator), you win the amount of the first number listed (the numerator). 

Gabe Dean 2/1

It's been too long since we've seen Gabe Dean on the mat. Well, it was too long, then we all watched him win Senior Nationals earlier this month. Yes, we did all watch, didn't we?? Gabe's finals match against fellow bracket challenger Nate Jackson was... well, it happened. A 1-1 criteria victory isn't that big of a margin, so perhaps these odds are titled too heavily in Dean's favor?

But then, Dean is also the most highly credentialed competitor when it comes to NCAA accomplishments. So which is it, overvalued or undervalued? You decide! That's why we made these odds, for you!

Keith Gavin 3/1

Some may have forgotten just how crafty Keith Gavin was. Perhaps a refresher of his world-class hit list will help jog your memory. And some of you younger types might have never known. In which case, this video below will serve as a crash course on coach Gavin's niftiness. 

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It for these reasons that the NCAA champ and USA world team member is the wrestler with the second-best odds to win the grand prize.

Myles Martin 5/1

There might be some value in MyMar's odds, as he's on the opposite of the bracket as Dean and Gavin, the two favorites. Working against that argument is that Martin's nemesis, Sammy Brooks, who beat Martin three times against zero losses in the 2017 NCAA season, is on the same side of the bracket. 

Martin is extremely dangerous in freestyle, however, as evidenced by the highlight video below, so pick against him at your own peril. And peril is generally avoided, fyi.

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Nate Jackson 7/1

How great is it that we are guaranteed another Jackson vs Brooks match? It's the delightful rivalry that we all know and love. 

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Well, Nate might not love it as much as we do, as Brooks has gotten the better of him more often than not. 

Jackson's been wrestling extremely well, though, so if he gets his double leg crams working for him, he may kick off the tournament with a revenge win and set himself self up nicely for a solid run at the bag. 

Sammy Brooks 7/1

We all miss Sammy's glorious mullet, but Brooks hasn't exactly been Samson since he chopped his locks. He racked up quite a few freestyle wins, competing seven times overseas since graduating from Iowa. 

Did you also know that Sammy has made three different age level world teams? Well, now you do! Brooks won a 2011 cadet world bronze medal and also made the 2013 junior and 2017 U23 world teams. He's got scads of freestyle experience. Scads we tell you. 

Drew Foster 11/1

Are the odds too low for the 2019 NCAA champion? They are if you think he'll make the adjustments Mike Mal thinks he can. You may also want to hear an argument from the man himself. Foster is confident and considering he proved the doubters wrong in 2019, there is plenty of evidence that he'll make fools of us all once again.

Taylor Lujan 19/1

The second of two Northern Iowans. We doubled up on the Panther Train! Lujan is the youngest wrestler in the bracket and the biggest wild card. An avowed Britney fan, Lujan was devastated by the cancelation of the NCAA tournament, where he had received the #1 seed at 184-pounds. Was Taylor as similarly devastated to hear the news that Britney is still under conservatorship since her public meltdown over a decade ago? We don't know, and we'll be perfectly honest, it would be incredibly weird if that was actually the case. 

Shakur Rasheed 19/1

Suga Shak's cross-face cradle is a lovely thing to behold. In fact, let's all behold some highlights featuring said finishing move right now. 

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Also a lovely thing? $20,000 up for grabs for the winner of this tournament and over $40,000 in total payouts. That's a lot of cash money!

We can't wait to make like Teddy KGB and pay dat myan heez maney, whoever dat myan ends up being!


Quick side note: if everyone in the bracket were exactly identical in wrestling ability and had equal chances to win (i.e. every match in the bracket was a 50/50 toss-up), then the exact odds for each to win would be 7/1. 

Our odds add up to a total of more than 100% because whoever is operating as the 'house' and accepting the bets is also taking the biggest risk and has to factor in a little cushion for their efforts. And if they want to wet their beaks a bit by taking a rake, or a percentage of all the bets placed regardless of the outcome, well that's up to them. We're not trying to stick our nose in anyone else's business and tell them how to run their book. 

The Prince Of Providence: Johnson & Wales Assistant Coach Brian Allen

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The Johnson & Wales University wrestling program has been around since 1997 and has become one of the top programs in Division III. The JWU program had small beginnings, Head Coach Lonnie Morris started with just four wrestlers in the inaugural season. It didn’t take long for Coach Morris to build a roster and start to create buzz around the Wildcat program but he knew he needed help to make his vision a reality. Coach Morris didn’t just find help, he found his right-hand man in Brian Allen.

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Post Junior & U23 Nationals Division III Wrestling Round-up

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It was a busy weekend in the wrestling world and Division III programs around the country were taking advantage of the opportunity to compete. Multiple DIII wrestlers made the trek to Omaha, Nebraska to compete in freestyle and Greco-Roman at UWW Juniors and Universities. #19 Adrian College also hosted a competitive invitational this past weekend, this was the first NCAA competition that took place this season. The field included DIII Trine University, #7 NAIA-Indiana Institute of Technology, and NAIA-Thomas More University.

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The Iowa Hawkeyes Are Preparing For 2021 However They Can

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For schools across the country, college wrestling is going to look a little different this year. The kicker is, however, even as basketball schedules are expected to be released soon and the calendar ticks down to the holidays, no one knows for sure just how different it will be.

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How The Hawkeyes Can Gain Momentum For The NCAA Season After Omaha

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For Iowa wrestling, finishing the 2020-21 season on the NCAA team leaderboard starts now.

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The Top 6 Uncommitted Michigan High School Wrestlers In The Class Of 2021

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Led by one of the nation's best wrestlers, Davison's Alex Facundo, Michigan will be sending at least eight Class of 2021 grapplers to the NCAA Division 1 ranks next season.

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Complete Preview - FloWrestling: RTC Cup Presented By Titan Mercury

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The pools are set for next week's RTC Cup Presented by Titan Mercury where we'll see two days of incredible action. Here's a breakdown of the matches we expect to see during pool competition and how they could set up Saturday's bracket.

Darian Cruz To Represent Wolfpack WC At RTC Cup!

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In the last couple of days, Nahshon Garrett and Seth Gross have been added to the field at 57kg for the RTC Cup. Wolfpack Wrestling Club has added its own NCAA champion at the weight in Darian Cruz.

Bader Show: Nahshon Garrett

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On this episode of the Bader Show, Bray goes solo with Nahshon Garrett, the newest member of the Southeast RTC.

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FRL 579 - How RTC Cup Came To Be & Oklahoma State On Fire Recruiting

579. How The RTC Cup Came To Be

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On episode 579 of FRL, the boys are joined by Jonny Ruggiano of TMWC to talk all about the RTC Cup, and then Ben and Bratke talk about the day one matchups they are most excited for at the RTC Cup, Oklahoma State's hot streak on the recruiting trail, some transfer news, and Ben goes to war on Thanksgiving food again.

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All Rosters Set For FloWrestling: 2020 RTC Cup Pres. by TMWC On Dec. 4-5

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The RTC Clubs Cup rosters were already incredible, but 57kg has gotten even crazier in the last couple of days. On Sunday, The Southeast RTC announced the addition of Nahshon Garret, and yesterday on The Bader Show, Sean Bormet announced that Seth Gross would be competing for the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club next weekend. Check out full rosters below.