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  1. 16 points

    Suriano’s Dad

    On behalf of the southerners here ....why can't she be BOTH?
  2. 12 points

    Memories of hero wrestlers

    I grew up in Sheldon. It was 1996, the year that Tom Brands won. I was pretty young at the time, and I was out running the sidewalks of Sheldon mostly because I was naturally a chubby kid and I hated being fat. I never got over that until I hit my sophomore year of high school when I just matured and got muscles out of nowhere. Anyway I obviously wasn't going fast, and across the street I saw someone else running that morning. It was Tom Brands. The moment he saw me, he crossed the street and asked if I wanted to run with him. I dont remember saying anything. I think I was a bit awestruck, but next thing I know I am jogging alongside the future Olympic champ. I do remember trying soooooo hard to keep the pace. I am sure it was almost a walk for him, but he took me all the way back to my house, wished me good luck, and was on his way again. It seems like such a small thing, but it was a big moment for me at the time. Despite the things that get said about the Brands bros, they really are great guys.
  3. 10 points


    OP is going to lose his mind when he finds flowrestling.
  4. 9 points

    Memories of hero wrestlers

    I had just started wrestling and my coaches were Dave Schultz fans. They let me take VHS tapes of Dave to the school library (we didnt have a player at home) and I would skip class to watch them. Dave did a clinic near where I lived and I couldnt wait. I was anxious for weeks. He showed up and he chose me to show moves on. I had to have watched his matches more than anyone in that building combined. I dont know how or if he knew how influential he already was to me but he decided to choose an 85lb beginner wrestler to show moves on. I still think about it every couple of days. Somehow I felt as if we had been practice partners for years and it was another day on the mats together. I have heard other people say he made them feel like they were old friends, and I couldnt agree more. I would never put an athlete on a pedestal above me, but that day really did change my trajectory in wrestling.
  5. 8 points

    Shakur Got His 6th Year

    NCAA handing out 6th years like this is bad for the sport. We don’t need 24 year olds year olds wrestling college. Not having 4 seasons of competition should be the risk that comes with using your redshirt as a true freshman just to sit and train...you might actually get hurt and need that redshirt down the road. 10 scholarships are hard enough to spread with guys cycling through in 4 and 5 years.
  6. 8 points
    They called for stalling
  7. 8 points

    Memories of hero wrestlers

    The post about Mark Hall stopping to sign autographs for kids even after his loss in the finals had me reimincising of a moment that stood out to me when I was a youth wrestler. I started typing a reply about the story but didn't want to hijack the thread away and though it would be cool to share stories about when we were younger and a memory of a hero wrestler of ours. I still remember as a child at midlands walking up to Leroy Vega from MN (my favorite wrestler at the time) and asking for an autograph prior to his finals match with Jody strittmatter. He asked me if I could find him after the match. He ended up losing (I was heartbroken) and later in the concourse or whatever its called he actually saw me came up and said would you still like my autograph? and signed my program. I remember being floored by the fact that he came to me and remembered. It's something that stuck with me my entire life.
  8. 8 points
    Not making any attempt to mount a real offense in neutral stopped him more than the alleged headgear grab (and the non-existent hands to the face). And for the record, I wanted Fix to win.
  9. 7 points
    1. Which moment is more exciting, for you? The start of the tournament, OR the start of the Finals? Start of the finals, without a doubt. The start of the tournament is exciting but it's a morning session. The finals is Saturday night, there's been a long break between sessions and half the arena is at least a few drinks in by that point, so there's a different buzz about it in addition to the matches being more important. 2. For what was the LOUDEST applause or reaction that YOU have ever heard? In the past 10 years I remember Ness over Dennis as being exceptionally loud. Nickal over Martin last year was big as well, as was Martin over Nickal at MSG. 3. What is the one concession food item that you ALWAYS buy and eat? Peanuts? 4. What is the one high-priced food item that you really do want but hate to purchase? Dippin' Dots. Ice cream of the future. 5. If you’re willing to tell, has there ever been an undefeated top seed that you WANTED to see lose? But provided that he was not wrestling the wrestler for YOUR team. Depends on the round. Generally I'm all for chaos, but I'd also like to see the best possible matchups in the semis and finals. 6. What is the music like? Is it loud and overbearing like at a football game (domed stadium game)? Or is it real good and actually ADDS to the overall atmosphere? Varies somewhat by arena, but I think it's typically a non-issue and generally additive to the environment. 7. Excluding all consolation rounds, do you ever feel any LULLS in the action? Yes, but hardly any if you're a fan of wrestling and not just a fan of "your team." Bracket challenges, fantasy drafts, and gambling help as well. 8. You who sit up high, how well can you see the action on the floor? Are there TV monitors that you look at? Again, depends on the arena, but I've sat in the 5th row and the 5th from last row, and enjoyed both. Some arenas have TV monitors in the upper decks that are useful but generally you'll be able to see all of the action pretty well even from the upper upper deck. 9. What was the most pleasant conversation that you ever had with a stranger sitting next to you or nearby? On the contrary, you ever get close to fisticuffs with somebody sitting nearby? Or witness such? I met a Penn State fan from Oklahoma this year. He said he roots for them because he likes their singlet, and that he's been following them since 2016 so he's not one of those "fake fans." I called him a phony and we got pretty close to fisticuffs. I think I could have taken him, too. Granted, he looked pretty tough for an 11 year old, but I had justice and Jim Beam on my side. 10. Can you describe any moment that brought you to tears, or near tears? Tears no. Plenty of moments of absolute dejection or elation, though.
  10. 7 points

    Suriano has the last laugh

    Please, please God let that be the last laugh.
  11. 6 points
    Way to go out on a limb
  12. 6 points

    Co Hodge Winners

    When Willie wakes up at noon he is not going to like this.
  13. 6 points
    I never wrestled, and was never around wrestling growing up...my high school started wrestling the year after I graduated (and has since dropped it), my college dropped the sport a couple of years before I made it there, so I was never around it. Ran into it by accident channel-surfing one night and was instantly hooked. Ironically, my dad wrestled for Franklin & Marshall when he was in college, but he passed away while I was in HS, so I never got to share the sport with him. Funny story: the AD at Cornell (current NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Committee member Andy Noel) was my dad's workout partner.
  14. 6 points

    HUGE Upset....spoiler

    In his racing debut, excellently named Medicine Man runs third in Oklahoma. The owner of Medicine Man and I were elk hunting in the Colorado Wilderness a many years ago, a horse packing expedition deep into the mountains. The owner got injured, broke three ribs when he got kicked by a mule. I administered a healthy dose of equine anti-inflammatory drugs to my sidekick (pun intended), and he was then able to ride out of the mountains in tolerable pain, on a travois I fashioned. He dubbed me Medicine Man. He named that colt after me. And he wrestled in college, hence the post on college forum.
  15. 6 points


    (I'll play nice guy) Yeah! It's a great site! Most of us already know about it, and use it quite frequently to brush up on our stats for our petty arguments! It's a great site! Welcome to the Forum, good luck, and godspeed (because with the cast of crazy characters we have around here, you'll need it)! Cheers!
  16. 6 points
    Brands could get last and the Iowa fans would still blame something and someone else.
  17. 6 points


    you know its bad when even the cinnamonrollguy gets to poke fun at you...
  18. 6 points
    As jubilant as I was last year when Bo stuck Myles, I was honestly kind of equally miserable that he lost against Dean. It's all fun to have rivalries and hate other teams, but there was something about Myles that surpassed where he went to school. This interview that was posted on Flowrestling captures why I think I might have become a fan of his. And while I was relieved that Nolf got away with one in the semis, the look on Hidlay's face when it was done stole any happiness that I could feel that the better wrestler prevailed. Both Hidlay and Martin are the wrestlers that I've been thinking about the most post-tournament. As long as Myles never wrestles another Penn State wrestler ever again, I hope he becomes a world champion in his future. I also hope that those of you who hate PSU can feel similar thoughts about some of our guys as well.
  19. 6 points
    I'm not a Penn State fan and have never particularly liked (or disliked) Mark Hall. Have followed his career for many years and he is obviously an amazing wrestler. but I have never considered him to be one of my favorites. With that said, he has now become quite possibly my favorite wrestler in the entire country. Last Saturday night I watched him walk off the elevated mat after his loss to Valencia, take his singlet straps down, and immediately begin signing autographs for a line of eager young fans. The sweat was still running and I doubt he even had time for water. Rather than run to the locker room to deal with this emotional loss by himself (which, btw, is what I likely would have done) he held his head high, smiled, and signed autographs like a true champion. Quite the impressive display. Although I am an avid themat.com viewer, I don't really post. For whatever reason, after seeing Hall's display on Saturday night I felt compelled to share.
  20. 6 points

    Suriano’s Dad

    yes, looked like he was screaming "Hey John,.....!!!." in the direction of the OK State corner...the camera cut away before you could lip read the rest. I'm guessing it was something like"...you are a living legend, and I bow down before you"
  21. 5 points
    I was waiting for DF to start a topic on the matter, but I guess he may have missed watching the NCAAs this year. Did anyone else immediately think about how antiheroic Fix was in his NCAA finals match? Consider the fact that he did a masterful job with his neutral defense for most of the match. And of course he would have won in overtime thanks to some really tactical leg riding, which has to be considered the cousin of the cheap tilt, if not for the intervention of a referee who decided he wanted to insert himself into the match. To top it all off though, in truly an outstanding display of antiheroicism, was the moment when Fix started complaining about Suriano grabbing his headgear midway through the takedown attempt in overtime instead of actually trying to defend the shot. When that happened, I immediately thought that DF would be proud, as the "try hard" wrestler thing to do would have been to go for a scramble/Hail Mary defense. A true tactician knows that statistically his odds were better going for the headgear penalty point than a takedown defense. I only wish the ref would have awarded Fix the match upon review though, like they did for Mark Hall against Valencia a couple of years ago.
  22. 5 points

    Is Yianni the Second Best Ever?

    The opening question is an insult to more wrestling greats than I can possibly name. In my opinion, he actually was lucky he had the ref he had against McKenna in the NCAA 2019 finals. That being said, I have a lot of respect for Yianni, and he's one of my favorite active NCAA wrestlers, but please, he hasn't earned the status. Frankly, I think his competition has yet to avail itself. It takes more than two years of college wrestling to assess the opening statement of "best ever".
  23. 5 points

    Acknowledging Mark Hall

    I was in Pittsburgh and had seats in sec 122, right by one of the tunnels onto the floor. When popular wrestlers finished wrestling, several kids would wait in the stands near the tunnel entrance to get autographs. I observed dozens of wrestlers stop by after wins throughout the tournament. When Mark Hall came off the mat after losing in the finals, several kids were waiting and Mark walked out of his way to give them autographs and high fives. I haven’t seen this mentioned yet or documented in pictures, but I thought it was worth acknowledging. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. 5 points
    Officials do not award an escape until the top wrestler's hand passes the midpoint of the bottom wrestler's back. By that standard, Gable did not earn an escape prior to Cassar earning over 1 minute of riding time.
  25. 5 points

    Not a takedown

    We're now at a point where freestyle is better than folkstyle in almost every way.