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  1. 16 points
    Mike Parrish

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Thank you all for your congratulations. I don't have the words to describe how grateful and proud I am right now. In lieu, I give you these pictures. https://lbsphoto.smugmug.com/Olympic-and-College-Wrestling/2022-World-Serbia/Women/Parrish/
  2. 16 points
    Mike Parrish

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    "Dominique Parrish is my favorite wrestler! Ask me why!"
  3. 14 points
    Hello everyone, I commented to someone yesterday who was wondering why we love Jordan in Iran and seemed like many of you liked it. For those who may be interested, I recorded a short video (10 min) explaining further why we love Jordan and J’den in Iran and why it concords with our cultural sensitivities of how one should behave in combat competition, particularly if winner. It has to do with their honorable and chivalrous behavior on the mat whether win or lose. This is also a bit why we don’t like David Taylor as much from a cultural perspective. Please keep in mind this is more highlighting the culture and cultural mentality. There is nothing per se wrong with what David does and I don’t blame him given how much sacrifice it takes to get to this stage. And I also don’t like it when Iranian wrestlers showboat (or any other nationality). Plus I believe if I am not wrong that in American culture there is some positive seen in showboating and being macho (I am thinking about how some American football players behave and celebrate). Maybe I am wrong on this final point, forgive me if I am wrong. Congratulations on a phenomenal world championship so far team USA. From me as an Iranian I send a particular congratulations to Jordan and J’den and say that we love you, and will always remember you.
  4. 14 points
    Jrr277

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Summary of US worlds
  5. 13 points
    Amplitude7

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Imagine though that Messi single-handedly beat Brazil every time, but was humble and cheered the Brazilian fans. Shows an appreciation for the sport, and the fans recognize skill, dedication and humility. Humility after winning is a critical part of the sports culture in one-on-one physical combat sports for me, and I would argue for most Iranians culturally. I think JB and DT are both phenomenal athletes, but as an Iranian I absolutely love JB whereas I can’t stand DT. I don’t like a winner chest thumping, or screaming, or acting like you’re putting on a crown, or all the other self-congratulatory stuff DT does (or says in his interviews). I didn’t like it when Iranian heavyweight Zare did it last year either. I don’t blame them for doing it at all. But Iranian culture in particular values humility and sees humility as a critical part of greatness, or the “pahlevan” we may be able to translate as a “hero champion”. To me, JB will always be that, whereas DT and many others are simply “winners of a wrestling competition” to me. There is something beyond the gold medal that you win dependent on *how* you win, and that is what attracts the hearts of people, and that is why we love JB.
  6. 12 points
    nom

    Reece Humphrey - as commentator

    Reece is awesome. I hope he keeps doing it. Great color commentary during 2022 worlds.
  7. 12 points
    Casper

    GOAT

    Six straight Titles for John Smith. Six in a row. No second places. Burroughs is excellent but John Smith is the Gold Standard.
  8. 11 points
    Can I be honest? You guys need to watch other sports. As an Iranian I absolutely loved the commentary and thought he’s as professional and excellent as they come. Any Iranian who lives abroad knows.. any other sport and literally 50-60% of the talk is about politics etc. Do you know what a massive breath of fresh air it is as an Iranian to listen to English commentary about your wrestlers and not hear about weapons or nuclear this or what each president said or etc etc?? I have absolutely LOVED the commentary and of course he is passionate about the American wrestlers but he’s actually in my opinion the least biased American commentator I have heard commentating sports involving Americans (and I watch a LOT of sports)!! Well done commentating team!
  9. 11 points
    Mike Parrish

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    This right here makes me more proud of her than for any of her wrestling accomplishments. https://lbsphoto.smugmug.com/Olympic-and-College-Wrestling/2022-World-Serbia/Women/Parrish/i-RkhT2k8/A
  10. 10 points
    gallison

    2023 Iowa vs PSU dual...who wins?

    I don't want to rain on this parade, but Wrestle Stat simulation has Mizzou beating both Iowa and Penn State in dual meets this year. Should be a pretty good year for the Mizzou Tigers.
  11. 9 points
    To be fair, Dake was like 87 years old at the time of this match.
  12. 9 points
    Amplitude7

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    As an Iranian I’d like to say it is such a pleasure to have been born in an era to be able to watch JB. JORDAN WE LOVE YOU!
  13. 9 points
    nom

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    A big big big congratulations to @Mike Parrish!!! Wow. What a feeling this must be. Must be so freaking proud.
  14. 8 points
    2td3nf

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    As I'm going through the videos of the World Championships, I'm noticing more and more how good Jason Bryant is as PA announcer. I'm no expert on PA announcers but we have talked about this before and imo he is fantastic at it. MSG material.
  15. 8 points
    Amplitude7

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Absolutely mad scenes at the airport in Tehran welcoming the team back, and in particular Yazdani. Wish wrestling was this big everywhere in the world!! https://video.varzesh3.com/video/260687 Loool they catch ghassempour off guard and dude just carries him off https://video.varzesh3.com/video/260695
  16. 8 points
    AnklePicker

    GOAT

    Are you kidding? Winning weights at non Olympic weights? Every year Smith competed there were 10 weights. Nearly every year Burroughs competed there were 7 weights. Burroughs also dealt with 3 Russians nearly every tournament. I can’t believe this is even a question after winning his 7th. JB = GOAT.
  17. 7 points
    jross

    GOAT

    Jordan Burroughs is the GOAT over John Smith BECAUSE Jordan Burroughs BEAT Ryan Churella AND Ryan Churella BEAT Matt Lackey AND Matt Lackey BEAT Brad Pike AND Brad Pike BEAT Matt Petsinger AND Matt Petsinger BEAT Lazaro Reinoso AND Lazaro Reinoso BEAT John Smith
  18. 7 points
    Amplitude7

    Iran Wrestling News

    Second on reconsidering! The online community is small enough as it is. I have much to learn from your expertise.
  19. 7 points
    spladle08

    Yianni Article/Interview

    Intermat has this little write up on him. Cool to see him addressing all the things we complain about, diving in, getting out of position, yadda yadda .... It'd be cool if he just came out an entirely more solid dude, but man he's been a funkmaster for so long . https://intermatwrestle.com/articles/26085
  20. 7 points
    Dake destroys it from within.
  21. 7 points
    oldschool

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    JB with his 7th Gold medal! 4-2 man I freaking love watching JB wrestle
  22. 7 points
    oldschool

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Found this on the twitters
  23. 6 points
    Mike Parrish

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Something pretty cool. Final standings for the year.
  24. 6 points
    It is in fact Wilfried Deitrich..... A competitor at five Olympic Games (1956-1972), West German Wilfried Dietrich, who was nicknamed “Kran von Schifferstadt” (Crane of Schifferstadt), competed in seven Olympic tournaments (four freestyle and three Greco-Roman) and won five medals (one gold, two silver, two bronze), a record for an Olympic wrestler. All of his medals came in the unlimited class and unusually included gold in the freestyle and silver in Greco-Roman in 1960. His first Olympic medal came in 1956 when he won silver in Greco. In 1964 and 1968 he earned bronze medals, in Greco in 1964 and freestyle in 1968. Dietrich also won five medals in the World Championships between 1957 and 1969. Three of these were in freestyle and two in Greco-Roman. His only World Championship title came in 1961 when he won the unlimited freestyle championship. In 1967 he also won that division in the European championships. Dietrich was unbeaten in the unlimited freestyle from 1955 to 1962. At the World Championships he also won two silver and two bronze medals between 1957 and 1969. Dietrich was the best ever wrestler from Germany as well as one of the best in the world in both styles after World War II. In 1972 at München, he won a legendary victory against the 187 kg US-wrestler Chris Taylor with the later so-called "Jahrhundertwurf" (Century Grip). In West Germany he won 30 national titles during his career. He later immigrated to South Africa, because he could not find any employment in West Germany. He returned several times because the language barrier was a problem for him. Before his final return to Germany, he died from a heart attack in 1992 in Durbanville. In 2008 he was inducted to the Hall of Fame of German Sports and in 2014 inducted to the International Wrestling Hall of Fame. https://medium.com/five-guys-facts/10-12-16-brian-d2711dc552b2 The best wrestling throw of all time This FFOTD comes from the 1972 Munich Olympic games. A wrestling match between American Chris Taylor and West German Wilfred Dietrich provided perhaps the most iconic throw in wrestling history. For background, Dietrich is the most decorated Olympian in wrestling history, medaling in 5 separate Olympics. There is freestyle and Greco-Roman, both of which he competed in (almost impossible to do both today). Dietrich never lost in freestyle from 1955 to 1972. However, this streak was broke. By 22 year old Chris Taylor at the Munich games. Dietrich weighed in at a humble 287, while Taylor tipped the scale at 444. After Taylor broke Dietrich’s historic streak in freestyle, they meet again in the Greco-Roman tournament. They ran into each other about 10 minutes before the match. Dietrich walked up to Taylor and said “Chris! It’s so nice to see you!” and gave him a big old hug. Taylor’s coach tried to stop the hug, but it was too late. What Dietrich was trying to do was figure out if he would be physically able to reach around Taylor lock his hands. He was only able to get his first two fingers interlocked, but he decided that was enough to attempt the move that had given him so much success and glory — the belly to belly suplay. Fast forward to the match. At the start of the second period, Dietrich dug under Taylor’s arms and managed to get a grip. Dietrich launched the beast directly backwards, over his head, and onto his back to pin him. Neither medaled in the Greco-Roman portion, but Dietrich’s throw is on posters across the world and remembered as one of the greatest moments in wrestling history. Olympic Games1956 MelbourneGreco-Roman +87 kg1960 RomeFreestyle +87 kg1960 RomeGreco-Roman +87 kg1964 TokyoGreco-Roman +97 kgRepresenting West GermanyOlympic Games1968 Mexico CityFreestyle +97 kg World Championships1957 IstanbulFreestyle +87 kg1961 YokohamaFreestyle +87 kg1962 ToledoFreestyle +97 kg1962 ToledoGreco-Roman +97 kg1969 Mar del PlataGreco-Roman +100 kgEuropean Championships1967 MinskFreestyle +97 kg
  25. 6 points
    JasonBryant

    GOAT

    They have the same level of competition, the Worlds has more fluff, but also has more depth. The concentration of talent at the Olympics is greater, but that isn't the same as "higher level of competition" There were a number of world medalists who didn't qualify for the Olympics. Comparing Smith's era and the Burroughs era is completely different. Smith wouldn't have had a chance for a gold in today's era. Burroughs also negotiated the worst rules in the modern era of the sport. Burroughs had about what, a 4 hour stretch that was the worst in his career. Smith took a L in the Olympics and still was able to win gold, something that couldn't have happened past the pool era. The Olympics in Smith's era also had few, if any, limitations for qualification. Burroughs' was in a six-weight era, which I will concede that part of your Olympic level point, HIS Olympic weights were more concentrated that Smiths. There might be double bronzes today, but there were also 10 weights and talent distributed across more weights AND one Soviet vs. double digits. You also didn't have as many Russian ex-pats competing. There were 25 former Russians in men's freestyle alone, 3 in JB's bracket and two of them competing for countries that weren't former Soviet republics. Dismissing the non-Olympic weights as not as viable in the era where there are 10 worlds weights is more disrespectful than it is anything else. Smith happened to be in an era with different rules, more weights, a pool system vs. what is basically a knockout style of bracket (with a goofy repechage). His Olympic weight was 62kg. The closest is 61kg, a non-Olympic weight today. I think the Smith-JB-Bruce debate is a good one, but Smith and Bruce didn't have to deal with all the extra stuff wrestlers in the recent era have. The weight class shifts, drastic rule changes, etc. The rule change that benefitted JB the most, IMO, though was going to a two-point takedown. The sheer fact John has an Olympic loss and still has a gold should toss out any apples-to-apples comparisons of the Olympics. While Burroughs is better funded than the U.S. wrestlers of the past were, so are the wrestlers around the world. Olympics are more concentrated, no doubt, but they aren't a higher level of competition. It's the same guys. In Rio, JB had a bad DAY. I'm not saying that makes JB the goat over Smith, but a number of modern era wrestlers have said the Worlds are tougher to win than the Olympics. I'll take their word for it.
  26. 6 points
    oldschool

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Still a great showing by Yianni. Finally proved that he can hang with anyone in the world at the senior level. Amouzad is the real deal. I hope he has a long and very successful career.
  27. 6 points
    I had noticed a lot less negativity toward Dake on the board. Makes more sense now - Penn State fans are biting their tongue.
  28. 6 points
    hammerlockthree

    Yianni is going to medal

    bump ok i got one right.
  29. 6 points
    JasonBryant

    Nittany Lion Wrestling Club

    Wait, two guys get second in the world and that's not a good tournament for them? I mean, they've got a high bar, but wrestling is hard.
  30. 6 points
    This is, unfortunately, a fair assessment. Yazdani's route to victory has always been to be defensively sound and shut down DT's offence, which others (Dake, Cox, Yazdani last year) have shown is possible. Yaz going behind in the first period meant he had to chase points against DT, which throws that strategy out of the window. DT made great adjustments to negate Yaz's ability to use the underhook to control the first period and Yaz didn't have an answer for it. Being forced into scrambles is never going to go well for him. Yaz can probably make some counter adjustments so their next match will probably be closer again but for now DT is without doubt the man at 86kg and at the peak of his powers.
  31. 6 points
    Thanks Captain Hindsight
  32. 6 points
    The Genius

    Iran Wrestling News

    Nokhodi did well to make his second final in a row at 21 years old. No shame in losing to the American GOAT. At his age he has huge potential to win many more medals.
  33. 6 points
    nom

    NWCA All-Star Classic is back!!

    Starocci vs Lewis Kerk vs Cass The big headliners so far. Nice!!!!
  34. 5 points
    newuser69

    Dake ever discuss the Olympic loss?

    I read it as he underestimated his opponent who clearly scouted him very well. I think he thought he was going to Dakebomb the guy based on his opponents first match. Then he panicked when he got down and pressed. All things he literally never does, but perhaps the pressure got to him, that along with looking ahead to Chamizo and Sidakov. I truly don't think he was expecting someone to physically match him and counter his usual stuff.
  35. 5 points
  36. 5 points
    Uwwdoc

    Iran Wrestling News

    To be honest, apart from their level of English, I'm not sure about other foreign languages. Most have very basic level of English. But not too great. They know how to say Blue Passive and Red Passive though :D
  37. 5 points
    Uwwdoc

    Iran Wrestling News

    Yeah. Me too. One touching moment during Belgrade was when I was with Amir Mohammad and the Japanese who won gold at 70kg came up to him and presented his medal and said "this is your medal I have in my hands".
  38. 5 points
    jchapman

    Suriano to Michigan RTC

    Which country will he be representing?
  39. 5 points
    headshuck

    Separated at birth?

    David and Goliath
  40. 5 points
    killdozer

    University of Michigan - 2022-23

    Here is the outlook for Mizzou 125- Noah Surtin, So. returning round of 12, 2x NCAA Qualifier. Good wins in the past over Mastro, Camacho, and Latona. Should be borderline AA. Two true frosh that will redshirt in Preston Spray out of Wisconsin and Peyton Moore of Missouri. 133- Connor Brown is the likely starter. Former qualifier for South Dakota State in '18. Had a losing record last year after getting put into the lineup after losing to Surtin in the 125 lbs. wrestle off. He missed part of the season and came back during the tougher part of the schedule losing to McGee, Madrigal, Carter Young(@ 141) and Ramazan in late duals. He beat Kellyn March anad Gabe Tagg (twice) at the Big 12. So he should be a qualifier with 1-2 or 2-2 record at nationals. The others include Korbin Shepard who was 10-2 last year in redshirt also Eric Lovelace was 13-4 as well during redshirt. Trey Crawford was the starter for the first half and had some good wins (beat former qualifers in Sean Carter, Codi Russell, Richie Koehler) and placed 5th at the scuffle. But will probably redshirt this year. The furure is Zeke Seltzer and he is probably going to red shirt this year. But he will maybe see a dual or two. Kade Moore will redshirt 141- Allen Hart 3x Qualifier, Round of 12. Hart should finally get that AA honor this year. Joel Mylin and Jeremy Jakowitsch will be the backups. They could possibly have four redshirts here with Josh Edmonds (NCAA Qualifier @ 149) and Ethan Turner finally taking their redshirts. True Freshman Owen Uhls and Easton Hilton will redshirt this year and provide depth. 149- 3x AA Brock Mauller is back after a redshirt and has two years left. He could be in the finals against Yanni. He wrestled once last year at Scuffle at 157. His backups will be two redshirt freshman in Logan Gioffre who has a career record 22-9 and beat Alek martin, Kevon Davenport and Jesse Vasquez. The other is Nathan Pulliam who was injured most of the year. He was 4-1 his redshirt year with his only loss being a injury default. Pulliam is a former Fargo and Super 32 placer and maybe the future starter. Freshman 4x Ok state Champion Cameron Steed will redshirt and could possibly go 157. 157- Jarrett Jacques enters his senior season and is a 4x NCAA qualifier making the round of 12 in 2021. The backup is Mitchell Bohlken who spot started last year at 165 while O'Toole was out. The interesting fight will be with the freshman who are redshirting. They are basically fighting for the 2023 starting job. They would be 2x IN champ, Fargo AA J. Conway, 3x KS State Champion Jerrdon Fisher, Fl State Champ Rafeal Romero and the afore mention Steed. This should and interesting open season for the Tigers at this weight and I wouldn't be surprised to see one of these in a dual to give Jacques a rest. 165- Keegan O'Toole, national Champion and 2x AA. I can't wait to see the O'Toole vs. Carr match. 165 is so loaded with O'Toole, Griffith, Carr, Hamiti, Amine, Kharcula, Monday and Peyton Hall. It should be fun to watch. The backup will be Brant Whitaker an NC State transfer who went 4-1 during red shirt. 174- Peyton Mocco, 3x Qualifier Round of 12. Mocco suffered a first round loss last year and then battled back to round of 12. He lost to Mekhi Lewis in Sudden Victory. Mocco is on the cusp and could be 4-8 AA this year. Backing him up is red shirt freshman Ellis Pfleger who has a career record of 13-9. 184- This is where the battle is going to be. Sean Harman moves up from 174 where he beat AA Dustin Plott and Hayden Hastings while filling in for the injured Mocco. He will be challenged by former Junior World team member Colton Hawks. Hawks redshirted last year and has a career record of 13-6 and 4 of those loses are to AA (Keckheisen, Loew and Britt Wilson). He has beat Tate Samuelson and should really challenge for the spot. I could see both these guys starting and trading off duals. Also in the mix is true freshman Clayton Whiting who is a 4x WI state champ and beat 2x NCAA Qualifier Abe Assad at the Luther Open. Unless Whiting wins the starting job. I don't see him wrestling in duals with Hawks and Harman both there. But it should be exciting. The other is redshirt freshman Jesse Cassat who went 13-6 during redshirt. 197- 2x AA and Junior World Champ Rocky Elam holds down this starting job entering his Sophomore season. He had some strange loses last year. But wrestled well at nationals for a 4th place finish. Evidently he was injured half way through the season which might explain the losses. But the big 12 with Buchanan, Elam, Bastida, Sloan. Last year Elam beat 7 different All-Americans. He should contend for AA honor and possibly a National title. His backup is red shirt freshman Jonathan Wertz. True Freshman Tommy Hagan should be an interesting recruit he was an undefeated MO State Champion after finishing 3rd and 2nd previously. He was also first team all-state DE and now he can focus on one sport. He could turn out to be a very good recruit. 285- Rocky's older brother Zach Elam is back for his junior season, He is 2x Round of 12 finisher. He has been on the edge of being an AA in a loaded 285. The backups this year are Steven Kolcheff who went 19-7 as a redshirt and Cole Gripke. Seth Nitzell filled in for Elam in a couple duals and finished the year 21-5. Nitzell is eligible to red shirt so they will probably do that. But the other is True Frosh Ryan Boersma who was a former Fargo Greco Champ, Free style placer and Junior world team runner up to Feldman. He is 2x IL state champ and could be the future at 285 for Mizzou. The outlook is huge for Mizzou. They have a lot of talent that all can score points at the NCAA's. They have finished in the top 10 each of the last 7 NCAA's that should continue and I wouldn't be surprised if they earned their 3rd team trophy. That would mean those former round of 12 wrestlers finish on the podium this time. If that would happen Mizzou would have 8 AA's. But there are other loaded teams in Penn St, Iowa, Ok State, Arizona St, Cornell, Ohio State. Mizzou could earn a trophy or finish as low as 8th.
  41. 5 points
    * NEWS BREAK* Penn State wrestler once upset heavily favored wrestler, Penn State fan would enjoy that happening again with two different wrestlers
  42. 5 points
    Le duke

    Broader Impact of Dake to NLWC

    FWIW, I'm not a fan of DT on a personal level. Quite the opposite. I'm simply not willing to ignore the fact that he's a 3x World/Olympic gold medalist, with all of those wins over Yazdani. Also, Yazdani beat Geduev, who was the guy who knocked JB into repechage in Rio. Yazdani didn't luck into that win. He was better than any else at 74kg in Rio. Yazdani has one of the best resumes in the world. He's got wins over Sharifov, Yasar, Ghasempour, Espinal, Amine, Tsabalov, Geduev, etc. He's literally the person who made Ghasempour "run away" to 92kg, where he's now beaten Cox twice.
  43. 5 points
    CoachWrestling

    Dake vs Taylor

    Taylor is undefeated in this matchup.
  44. 5 points
    Le duke

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Egg meet face.
  45. 5 points
    maligned

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    I know it's sad that Steveson didn't stick around, but, man, how special is it to have so many guys age 26 to 34 still grinding every year? This sport globally has always been such a shooting star affair--burn brightly from age 21 to 24, start fading, gone by 26 or 27. We've got Burroughs, Cox, Snyder, Dake, Taylor, Gilman all going strong with no end in sight if they don't want there to be. It's really such a special era to have all this quality with guys that love to do it and that choose to keep doing it.
  46. 5 points
    The Genius

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Congrats to JB. Great to see the Iranian fans cheer for him at the end.
  47. 5 points
    Jaroslav Hasek

    Iran Wrestling News

    Was told this morning Amir missed weight. thus Josh Finesilver automatically advances. I would also like to say that this thread is the best thing on the message board imo and I would be very sad to see it locked. I don't think it's the political discussion in and of itself that would cause it to be locked, but if the discussion degenerates into insults and ad hominems that stop any meaningful wrestling conversations from continuing. anyway, just wanted reiterate my appreciation for the insights the Iranian fans contribute here. sorry to see the situation at 70kg unfold as it did. good luck to everyone.
  48. 5 points
    Mike Parrish

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Can I ask why? Please expound, at length, on the obvious superiority of this wrestler. Feel free to use all your superlatives.
  49. 5 points
    Mike Parrish

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Thank you for the well wishes. I am beyond grateful and proud. This medal match sequence nearly took the life from me. Hildebrandt, Winchester, Miracle all losing. Brutal. ****ing brutal.
  50. 5 points
    GreatWhiteNorth

    NWCA All-Star Classic is back!!

    O'Toole is crazy good, but I might be willing to put a Cinnabon $5 on Hamiti here.
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