I have to begin this by once again eating a piece of humble pie. I was wrong about Cody Brewer. There was a point last season where I was confident that he was overrated, and that his wins weren't anything all that impressive. Again, I was wrong though. His record was 16-1 going into Big 12's, his only loss was being pinned by Earl Hall. I failed to notice that he had pinned, tech'd, or majored all but 3 or his firsts 16 matches (the 17th was a tech) before the post season. Truthfully though, my most glaring error was not realizing that he has bad ass camo shoes.
Again, I was WRONG about him. It is one of those times that you are glad to be wrong though. I was blinded by the notion that he hadn't wrestled anyone of consequence, other than the loss to Hall. However, he is a great example of me overlooking him becuase of his strength of schedule. It's not his fault that he didn't wrestle the Big Ten schedule. Additionally, it doesn't mean that he isn't fully capable of beating those people. He dominated the competition that he faced, and continued conducting the pain train all the way through the NCAA Finals.
Brewer punished (he has a Punisher tattoo) his opponents to the tune of a first round pin, a second round Major (9-1 over Johnni DiJulius of Ohio State), a third round Major Decision (14-5 over Virginia's George DiCamillo), a forth round Major Decision (over #1 seed and undefeated Chris Dardanes of Minnesota), and capped it off with a dominant 11-8 win over Cory Clark. It was too easy for me to think that he was simply destroying worse competition, but when he dominates the Big Ten and one of the nations tough young wrestlers to win his first title, it becomes time for me to eat some crow.
I am very much looking forward to a full healthy season of beast mode dominance from a very entertaining wrestler. I fully regret not going out of my way to watch his dominance in action. A mistake I don't intend to replicate. Watch him go on a 15-1 run against the Big Ten's best.