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  1. 18 points
    JasonBryant

    Giving PDIII props

    Man, Downey beats a 4x AA and a past NCAA Champion and now people are trying to downplay Martin's career so they can't give Downey credit. What is wrong with you people?
  2. 7 points
    headshuck

    Separated at birth?

  3. 7 points
    I completely agree. I think during his time in college because you had Snyder, Dake, and Taylor he was not recognized for his ability. Also if I'm not mistaking he never redshirted. Yet he was a 3x NCAA championship. His only losses if I'm not mistaking are to Snyder, Mclintosh, Wellington by DQ, and one other person his true freshman year. He had like 4-5 loses. He was also a sensational freestyler, beating Snyder in Fargo. He qualified the US for the Olympics when it had yet to be qualified, and won bronze. Then he beat Dake and Taylor. Went on to win world bronze. Then won world gold. So in essence he is the only person on team USA to have wins at some point over 3 of our other 4 current US world gold medalist. Cox is no joke. I don't get how so many people think he is so likely to get Beat. Yes, Bo dominated college. So did Dake, Taylor, Zain, and Ringer. It's not that easy to come in and knock off a world champ right out of the gates. Plus J'Den is what, 25? He is hitting his prime, not coming to the end of it.
  4. 7 points
    Coach_J

    UMD - Coach Announced - CLEMSEN

    Like the hire. Dude has paid his dues and learned the craft from the bottom up from some great mentors. You can get caught up in "star quality" (many seem to forget that McCoy was a star hire) or support a guy who is a workhorse with great ambition and integrity. Wishing him nothing but luck in raising this program from the scrap heap.
  5. 6 points
    Coach_J

    Helen Maroulis

    If she never wrestles another match, she has nothing to be ashamed of. She doesn't owe anybody anything. The future health of her brain (especially in light of all the long-term CTE damage being discovered in high-level athletes in contact sports) supersedes everything else. Thanks, Helen, for repping our country and sport so well.
  6. 6 points
    Mphillips

    Helen Maroulis

    I believe the, "concussion stuff" was pretty serious. Even if she never wrestles again, she was great for USA wrestling and she was great for Women's wrestling.
  7. 6 points
    Sparky

    2019/2020 NCAA Rule Proposals

    Just go to mat side weigh ins. Eliminates all the other stuff like times and certifications that have been adjusted forever. Step on the scale, show you made weight, then step on the mat and wrestle. Use a big digital display so everyone can see it. If you're cutting too much weight you won't be able to perform.
  8. 6 points
    olddirty

    Giving PDIII props

    Well, we watched him launch Hefflin for what would have been a touch fall if they existed and yet here you are, still talking trash because Martin "only won NCAA's in 2016". The dude just won the US open in spectacular fashion. Give him some credit.
  9. 6 points
    I think people are underestimating Green. He’s a two-time medalist. To put that into perspective, none of the NCAA stars who represented us at 65kg have medaled in 12 years. Life goes on. Many people improve even after college ends. Green is one of those guys. Nolf is a stud. But so is Green.
  10. 6 points
    BobDole

    Why is it called Final X?

    With that many X's, it should be called Larry King.
  11. 5 points
    Maybe this is stockholm syndrome since Flo essentially has a monopoly on wrestling coverage and I am captive, but I enjoy the whole crew.
  12. 5 points
    JasonBryant

    Quickest "breaking news" ?

    Randoms don’t have to vet their info. Blind squirrels. It’s a close-knit sport, so even those of us who legit cover it can get beat by a friend of a friend. Hearing something and posting it without any blowback doesn’t mean it’s consistently reliable. Especially when you live on social and can delete all the times you’re wrong. The social accounts for the usual suspects are faster than websites.
  13. 5 points
    Man what convoluted system for picking the World team. You need a flow chart to follow the process. I don't see the point for having a US Open and then a WTT and then a final X. One of those steps should be eliminated.
  14. 5 points
    I speculate he has more fun when he shoots.
  15. 4 points
    Coach_J

    Quickest "breaking news" ?

    KMF.
  16. 4 points
    It’s odd to even have to argue that the reigning world champ is the favorite to win Final X. Yet here we are.
  17. 4 points
    Always put out a strong program here in Arizona but I never knew anything of his personal background! Best of luck Jim! http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/sports/hall-of-famer-jim-martinez-resigns-as-cds-wrestling-coach/article_be3d97f2-65f6-11e9-b5c8-b30413baeeb7.html#tncms-source=article-nav-next Jim Martinez’s decision to resign as the head coach of the Corona del Sol wrestling program wasn’t easy, but it was one he felt had to be done. “Being a wrestling coach is pretty demanding,” Martinez said. “I had thought about how much longer I wanted to do this and if I had the ability to continue. With all of the volunteer time it took and working as a substitute teacher, I was hesitant to give a firm commitment.” Martinez discussed his future with Corona del Sol administrators in early April. It was then that he decided it was time to step away. “The Corona program is the first and only wrestling program where I was the head coach,” Martinez said. “Everything I did was so that we all could become better wrestlers and positive influences in our school and community. “I have loved the wrestlers and families for allowing me to be a part of their lives.” Martinez spent the last 10 years at the helm of the Corona wrestling program, winning two state titles during his tenure. His first championship came during his inaugural season in 2009-10. His second title came during the 2016-17 season. Corona quickly became one of the premier programs in the state under Martinez, consistently finishing in the top-10 rankings each year. “We appreciate the hard work and dedication of Coach Martinez over the last 10 years,” said Cory Nenaber, Corona del Sol’s athletic director. “He’s an exceptional wrestling coach and we wish him the best.” A native of Osseo, Minn., Martinez was a state-champion wrestler in high school before he went on to become a Big 10 Champion and two-time All-American for the University of Minnesota. His success in college earned him a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He won a bronze medal in lightweight Greco-Roman wrestling after defeating Romanian Stefan Negrisan. On Oct. 18, 2014, Martinez was inducted into the Alan and Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions, part of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The search for a new coach is already underway at Corona del Sol. Nenaber has begun screening applicants and is hopeful to begin interviews and make a hire before the end of the school year. Martinez hasn’t ruled out a return to coaching, but it would have to be under the right circumstance. For now, he remains thankful for the positive influence all of his former wrestlers had on him during his coaching career. “They made me remember what the sport did for me,” Martinez said. “I want them to remember that as much as winning matches and tournaments were great accomplishments, it is the journey of failures and successes that will be the important memories to take away. “You are champions by what you do every day, not by the singular win or championship you achieve. Show up, give your best and never stop trying.”
  18. 4 points
    Ragu

    Let’s begin the Cox/Nickal discussion now

    Not enough people are giving Cox, world champion, enough respect. He beat Dake and DT to make teams in the past and they had years of FS experience in them already. Maybe the next time they meet, if they ever do, Bo could get him but the advantage is Cox's 100% this go around
  19. 4 points
    steamboat_charlie v2

    Giving PDIII props

    Props to Downey on a great weekend. Also want to give a shout out to Reece Humphrey and the job he's doing at the NJRTC--I knew he'd make a great coach whenever he decided to hang 'em up, exciting to see what they're building over there in such a short period.
  20. 4 points
    KingK0ng

    Giving PDIII props

    You new around here?
  21. 4 points
    Yianni is the second coming of Houdini. His defensive contortions are crazy.
  22. 4 points
    The naysayers seem like the same crowd that complained about NYC and how it was going to be a terrible spot because it was too expensive, there was no where to park, you had to stay further away to find places that weren't busy, crime, (insert excuse here) ... et al. Basically, if anything is different from the way you like it, you're going to complain. I personally welcome the thousands of first-timers who will then become multi-timers because they have the opportunity to get a ticket and attend this coming season. Plus, the food and beer and music scene in Minneapolis is outstanding. If you don't come, then you're going to miss out, and that's on the naysayers, not the venue.
  23. 4 points
    mostTD

    Why is it called Final X?

    Imagine in 25 years having to explain why 2019 WTT was called Final X. Sounds dumb
  24. 4 points
    scramble

    UMD - Coach Announced - CLEMSEN

    I can tell you that there was not much positive reaction. The message boards lit up with negative comments when he got the job. "Who in the heck is Brian Smith" was about the normal statement. This was in part because Terry Brands was rumored to be a candidate. I never heard it confirmed he was, but I do know that was the talk. I was just getting started in my coaching career in Missouri about the time Smith went to Missouri. I can also tell you I was one of maybe a handful of people who said give it time. Because I had known of Smith before he went to Missouri I was confident he would turn the program around and make it a consistent top 20 and occasional top 10 team. He has surpassed that. As negative as it was when he came in it was even worse when he booted Scott Barker, the defending national runner-up, 2 years into the job. A lot of people went ballistic. However, there was a core of fans and coaches that respected how he was insistent at changing the culture. About 2-years after that the rest is history. He began producing a few All-Americans, then a national champ in Askren and so on. Not only did he change the culture at Mizzou, but I believe he had a hand in changing the culture of wrestling in Missouri as a state. He was great with PR. He got involved with people at the State High School Association and began connecting with coaches. He advocated for the sport with the High School Association and got involved with wrestling at all levels in the state. Camp numbers exploded, teams from all over the state were going to the camps, and some of the state rules for high school started to shift and loosen up a little with how coaches could work with kids in FS/GR and teams traveling during season. He was not responsible for it, but I do think his involvement helped with shift and changes. Missouri is now producing several nationally ranked kids, and having success at the D1 level. The one thing that the good coaches who turn programs around have in common is that they can change the culture. Sure it is a little easier at a powerhouse program. However, look at Lock Haven, Wyoming, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Iowa State as of recent, and even Northern Colorado, Tom Ryan when he was at Hofstra. Yes, a few have bigger college wrestling names, but in the end, all of them were able to shift the culture. Heck, Dresser has done it twice. Nothing can change in a down program unless you change the culture. If Clemson does that at MD they will be a top 20 team within 4 years. Maybe sooner. Once that happens you can build into a top 10.
  25. 4 points
    Old Corps

    UMD - Coach Announced - CLEMSEN

    Several years ago, I was waiting for the same flight home from the NCAA’s as Clemson and the UVA wrestlers. I watched and listened to him interact with his athletes for a couple of hours total and I must say that I was impressed. One of his wrestlers had been injured and another was sick, and he was providing superb leadership to them and the rest of the team. I remember being impressed by this, because he was only a few years out of college and was carrying himself very professionally. Now, this may not mean anything to some here, but I saw enough to know that this guy is a leader. He’s going into a situation in which leadership is critical. I say let’s give him a chance to take the mess he’s being handed and improve it. Clearly, much of Clemson’s success will depend on how serious the administration is about restoring the program to what it once was. Good Luck, Alex Clemson!
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