You never want to get ahead of yourself, but it seems possible.
Then the quandary becomes, is this team better and growing because of the core 4, or has Chambers really turned the corner?
I don't really understand this line of thinking. Coaches can't win without players, if we have players that can lead us and are improving, then that's a positive reflection of Chambers.
Well, part of our issues in basketball for years were tied to Tim Curley, for sure. He had no interest in investing in the program. Pat has made huge in-roads into Philadelphia and the DMV, but he doesn't get to keep his job forever without some on court success.
I think it's going to be awfully tough to rationalize another non-postseason campaign from Chambers. He's got to do it now or he's out.
It certainly appears that our guys cut less weight than everyone else. You see the monsters they have at Ohio State, Bo Jordan looks like he could wrestle Bo Nickal without breaking a sweat. NaTo is a jacked 133-er too. But I also think you hit the nail on the head with re: to offensive wrestlers too. Cael just gets the most out of guys, Joseph/Kemerer were very much in the same tier coming into college, and look where they are now after the same period of time. He just gets these guys improving year to year, no matter who it is.
Thankfully weight cuts are a trend that has been declining, not just in wrestling, but in MMA as well. I've had to cut weight for jiujitsu tournaments (cutting from 170-175 to 155 is not hard, but it's not easy), and it's not a particularly fun process. I've been working to lower my walk around weight to 155-160 to make the cut much easier for me, even if I know it'll give me a size disadvantage.
It's all pretty quiet on that front so far, but that of course doesn't mean anything. It's still early, many more decisions for transfers will be made over the next week or two.
As far as your concerns for next season, we'll see! It all depends on how much our core guys improve, as it always was going to.
Having one recruit for the class ahead is not uncommon at this point for college programs. To my knowledge, we only had Nazeer Bostick going into the summer where we landed Lamar and Tony (and Joe too after he decommitted). Having one recruit, one who looks to be pretty good like Myles Dread, is a good thing. Obviously, the keys for us moving forward are keeping Dread, and building on the class.
To me, our best case scenario could very well be something like Dread, Cohill, Forrester, Littles (the absolute best case scenario). I don't expect us to land all of these kids, but if we did, then that's a huge win for the program.