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  1. 43 points

    The Littlest Hawkeye

    Personal announcement, a future world champion for the USA and Hawkeye Wrestling Club was born yesterday. My daughter is going to end Japanese stranglehold on women's wrestling. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  2. 22 points

    FS Credentials at Worlds-All Weights

    57KG - 38 Entries. 7 World/Olympic Medalists. 2 World/Olympic Champs Andreev (BLR) - World Bronze 14 Atli (TUR) - World Bronze 18 Atrinacharchi (IRI) - Asian Champ 19 Amiraslanov (AZE) - Junior Champ 15, Euro Games Champ 19 Erdenebat (MGL) - World Bronze 17 Fix (USA) - Junior Champ 17 Harutunyan (ARM) - 2 x Junior Bronze 17 and 18…Euro Champ 19 Micic (SRB) - Jr. Bronze 15, Euro Games Silver 19, Euro Bronze 18 Sanayev (KAZ) - World Silver 18 Takahashi (JPN) - World Champ 17, World Bronze 18 Uguev (RUS) - World Champ 18 Yatsenko (UKR) - World Bronze 17 61KG - 26 Entries. 4 World/Olympic Medalists. 1 World/Olympic Champ Bonne (CUB) - World Champ 18, World Bronze 17, World Bronze 14 Ehsanpoor (IRI) - Asian Champ 19 - 5th in worlds 17 Graff (USA) - Pan Am Champ 17 Gvarzatilov (AZE) - World Bronze 16 - Junior Champ 13 Idrisov (RUS) - U23 Champ 18 Lomtadze (GEO) - World Silver 16 Tumenbileg (MGL) - World Bronze 18 Topal (TUR) - Euro Bronze 18 and 19 Yamaguchi (JPN) - Junior Champ 19 65KG - 46 Entries. 7 World/Olympic Medalists. 3 World/Olympic champs Aliev (AZE) - World Champ 17, 15, 14, Olympic Bronze 16 Guidea (ROU) - Euro Bronze 16; 18 Khinchegashvili (GEO) - Olympic Silver 12, Gold 16, World Silver 14, Champ 15, Bronze 17 Kilicsallayan (TUR) - Euro Silver 19; Bronze 18, University Champ 14, Junior Champ 13 Muszukajev (HUN) - Junior Silver, Russian Runner Up in 2018 Niyazbekov (KAZ) - World Bronze - 2011 Otoguro (JPN) - World Champ 18 Punia, Bajrang (IND) - World Silver 18 Rashidov (RUS) - World Silver 17, 18 Retherford (USA) - Cadet Champ 12 Skryabin (BLR) - University Bronze 14, Russian Nationals Bronze 16 Tevanyan (ARM) - U23 Euro Champ 2019, Jr Bronze 18 Valdes Tobier (CUB) - World Bronze 17, 18 70KG - 30 Entries. 7 World/Olympic Medalists. 1 World/Olympic Champ Baev (RUS) - Jr Champ 17, U23 Silver 18 Batirov (BRN) - World Silver 18…HE’S 34! Junior Silver 03, Euro Silver 04; 09, Dogdurbek Uulu (KGZ) - World Bronze 16 Emamichoughuei (IRI) - U23 Bronze 17, Jr World Bronze 17 Gadzhiev (POL) - World Silver 17 Ganzorig (MGL) - World Bronze 13, 14 Green (USA) - World Bronze 15, Silver 17 Iakobishvili (GEO) - World Bronze 18, World Champ 17 Karpach (BLR) - Euro Bronze 18 Navruzov (UZB) - World Silver 15, Olympic Bronze 16, Radulov (UKR) - University Silver 12, University Bronze 13, Euro Bronze 16 Sava (MDA) - University Silver 16, University Bronze 14 74KG - 41 Entries. 10 World/Olympic Medalists. 4 World/Olympic Champs Abdurakhmanov (UZB) - World Bronze 14, 18 Afzali Paemami (IRI) - University Champ 12, 16 Bekzhanov (KAZ) - World Silver 16 Kaisanov (KAZ) - Asian Champ 19 Sakaev (KAZ) - University Bronze 16 Burroughs (USA) - World Champ 11, 13, 15, 17, Olympic Champ 12, World Bronze 14, 18 Chamizo (ITA) - World Bronze 10, World Champ 15, 17, Olympic Bronze 16 Demirtas (TUR) - Olympic Bronze 16, World Bronze 17, Gadzhiev (AZE) - Junior Champ 18, Junior Bronze 19, Sr. Euro Games Bronze 19 Garzon Caballero (CUB) - He’s 35! Junior world Champ IN 2003 (Andy Simmons was in this bracket)!!! World Bronze 05 (Chris Bono took 22), World Bronze 06 (Bill Zadick won!), World Silver 07 (Doug Schwab took 5th here), World Bronze 10 Gomez (PUR) - World Silver 11, Kentchadze (GEO) - World Silver 18, Khadjiev (FRA) - Euro Silver 17, 18, Junior Champ 14 Nurikau (BLR) - World 5th - 14, 15, 17 Sidakov (RUS) - World Champ 18 Kumar (IND) - He’s 36! Olympic Silver 12, Olympic Bronze 08, World Champ 10 Vasilioglu (ROU) - University Silver 18 79KG - 24 Entries. 4 World/Olympic Medalists. 1 World/Olympic Champ Dake (USA) - World Champ 18 Gaidarov (BLR) - HE’S 39! World Silver 03, Olympic Silver 08 Hasanov (AZE) - World Bronze 11, Silver 18, Olympic Bronze 16 Kurbanov (UZB) - World Bronze 13 Nabiev (RUS) - Junior Champ 15, U23 Silver 18 Nazhmudinov (ROU) - U23 Bronze 18 Salkazanov (SVK) - U23 Champ 18 Teymouri (IRI) - Asian Champ 19 86KG - 46 Entries. 9 World/Olympic Medalists. 1 World/Olympic Champ Aminashvili (GEO) - World Bronze 15 Dauletbekov (KAZ) - U23 Silver 17 Davlumbaev (KAZ) - U23 Bronze 16 Downey (USA) - Junior World Silver 12 Dudarov (GER) - Junior World Silver 12 Erdin (TUR) - World Silver 18 Espinal Fajardo (PUR) - Olympic Silver 12 Friev Naskideava (ESP) - World Bronze 18 Gostiev (AZE) - Euro Silver 16, 17, 18 Ianulov (MDA) - University Champ 10, University Bronze 13 Makoev (SVK) - World Silver 17 Naifonov (RUS) - Junior World Champ 17, U23 Silver 18, Euro Champ 18 Orazgylyov (TKM) - U23 Silver 18 Punia (IND) - Junior Champ 19, Junior silver 18 Shabanov (BLR) - World Bronze 13, 14, 17, 18 Takatani (JPN) - World Silver 2014 Torreblanca (CUB) - Pan Am Champ 19, 17, 15 Vereb (HUN) - World Bronze 13 Yazdani Charati (IRI) - World Champ 17, Olympic Champ 16, World Bronze 18, World Silver 15 92KG - 20 Entries. 3 World/Olympic Medalists. 1 World/Olympic Champ Cox (USA) - World Champ 18, World Bronze 17, Olympic Bronze 16 Karimimachiani (IRI) - World Bronze 15, 18 Mtsituri (GEO) - U23 Bronze 17, Euro Silver 19 Rubaev (MDA) - Junior Silver 2011 Toth (HUN) - University World Silver 18 Yankouski (BLR) - World Silver 18 Zhabrailov (RUS) - Russian Nationals Champ 19, Bronze 18 Zubairov (AZE) - U23 Champ 18 97KG - 28 Entries. 7 World/Olympic Medalists. 3 World/Olympic Champs Andriitsev (UKR) - Olympic Silver 2012, World Bronze 14 Hushtyn (BLR) - Euro Silver 17,18,19 Ibragimov (UZB) - Olympic Bronze 16 Odikadze (GEO) - World Bronze 18 Sadulaev (RUS) - World Champ 14, 15, 18, World Silver 17, Olympic Champ 16 Saritov (ROU) - World Bronze 11, Olympic Bronze 16 Shabanibengar (IRI) - U23 Bronze 18 Sharifov (AZE) - World Champ 11, Olympic Champ 12, World Bronze 09, Olympic Bronze 16 Snyder (USA) - World Champ, 15, 17, Olympic Champ 16, World Silver 18 Thiele (GER) - Junior Silver 16 125KG - 31 Entries. 6 World/Olympic Medalists. 2 World/Olympic Champs Akguel - (TUR) - World Champ 14, 15, World Silver 17 World Bronze 13, Olympic Champ 16 Berianidze (ARM) - World Bronze 10, 17 Deng (CHN) - World Silver 18 Gwiazdowski (USA) - World Bronze 17, 18 Khotsianivski (UKR) - University Silver 13, University Bronze 12 Khugaev (RUS) - Russian Champ 19 Ligeti (HUN) - University Bronze 10 Magomedov (AZE) - World Silver 15, World Bronze 11 Mohebbi (IRI) - Asian Champ 19 Petriashvili (GEO) - World Champ 17, 18, World Bronze 14, 15, Olympic Bronze 16 Rakhimov (UZB) - Junior Bronze 18 Romanov (MDA) - University Bronze 16
  3. 21 points

    Dream On

    The smell of the wrestling mat, you all know it. That familiar combination of Polyethylene foam, disinfectant, human sweat. Laced with the smell of athletic tape and the aroma of popcorn. I'm about to step onto the mat against a salty opponent, but I'm not nervous at all, I'm calm/at peace...he's really good, but I'm better. I feel loose, bouncing lightly on the balls of my feet, doing the wrestler's version of the Twist dance. The crowd is making noise and birds are chirping, but then, that doesn't make sense, birds in the gymnasium? I hear a dog bark once, and the gym scene narrows and fades into a fog. I am slowly waking from a dream, still feeling good, ready to wrestle...my brain is rebooting from dream to reality with the speed of a Commodore 64...first I realize I'm not in the gym, but laying in bed, but that's ok because I can still get up and wrestle. But then my mind tells me it's not 1983, not even '93 when I was 36 and could still roll around... years click forward, through the 90's, 2000's, 2010's, like frames of film, until I reach the humble realization that it is 2020 and I'm 62 years old, not bouncing on deck at a wrestling meet. A notion sparks, that I could get back in shape! I've still got eligibility! Until my Commodore pulls up inventory: a knee that hurts every day, a busted shoulder, a wrist that hardly bends and broken, arthritic fingers, AND 25 pounds of emergency rations in a roll of fat around my belly. The spark is snuffed out. The sad fact settles in, that I'll never, ever, compete again. I've had vivid wrestling dreams where a guy shoots in and I'm countering so fast that my reaction beats the thought to my brain. I can do moves I've never done, like Vincenzo or Chandler, stuff I was never any good at. But then I wake up, spend a full minute working the pins and needles out of my left arm and limp to the kitchen for a cup of coffee. I rub my eyes, but can't clear the glaucoma. Sometimes they are anxiety dreams, where they call my name to the mat and I can't find my head gear, or my shoes anywhere. In those dreams I never get to step onto the mat. But after all my wrestling dreams I am left with one comforting thought; because of wrestling, I'm tough and resilient....and pretty sure I could still pin WillieBoy.
  4. 20 points

    The all about me thread

    Last night my girl, who I’ve lived with for about two years, threw a party for my 45th bday. When it game time to open presents....boy did I put a good one on everyone there. Opening what was supposed to be a gift from my oldest daughter, I instead pulled out the diamond, shocked the hell out of everybody, and got down on my knee. I called this the all about my post, but it’s really all about her. I am super excited that she will soon be my wife. Merry Christmas to everyone! We have some squabbles around here but that’s what family does. Wish you all the happiest of holidays. Mine has already been beyond blessed.
  5. 20 points

    34 yo wrestler at ASU

    Pretty good story. Crazy that he is almost as old as Mark Hall.
  6. 19 points

    Impressive Iowa

    Nice try. Lets look at the evidence. Your user name is "1032004". What letter does 1 COINCIDENTALLY resemble? A capital I. 0 is obviously similar to O. So we're at IO. What is a 3 but a sideways W? IOW. Finally, 2004. The UN designated the year 2004 as the "International Year of Rice." What State produces the most rice in the US? That's right, Arkansas. What is the first letter in Arkansas? Right again, it's A. Nice try, Coach Brands.
  7. 19 points

    Willie at Flo

    thanks for the mostly kind words guys. (also thanks for following some of my work over the years). i'll give an explanation sometime in the next couple days. still love the guys at flo and appreciate all the invaluable opportunities they've given me over the years. but also looking forward to doing my own thing and the excitement and challenges that come with it.
  8. 18 points

    David Carr Twitter

    Pretty Cool
  9. 18 points

    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?
  10. 17 points

    Just when I thought I was out....

    After three years of reffing and, (up until about 10–12 days ago), 100% confident my coaching days were days of the past.....not so much. Perfect situation has arose at a school well established in Athletics and plenty of resources, but never had wrestling. Starting one next year, they came calling....by the time we got done with talks it’s a scenario I can’t pass up. Super excited, but I can’t tell anyone yet, so you guys get to be my social media for the weekend. This is the third program in the area I live that I’ve started from scratch. I’m fired up for this one. ‘pray’ for me. Cheers!
  11. 17 points
    Iowa turned a guy, who was only a state runner up his senior year, into a 2 time ncaa champion, with 2 more years to go. How can you even compare the two.
  12. 16 points
    uncle bernard

    2022 Finals Detroit

    This just in: people who don't live in cities have no idea what cities are actually like.
  13. 16 points
    When Echemendia was 15, he allegedly defeated Thomas Gilman. By my calculation, Gilman was 12 at the time.
  14. 16 points

    No fans at NCAAs

    Every one is going to be mad about this after the fallout of coronavirus isn't too horrible, yet it will be likely that its not horrible because the country did things like this.
  15. 16 points
    Seriously though, if you think I'm going to partake before an NCAA session you are sorely mistaken. I won't sacrifice even a millisecond of the reaction time it takes for me to stand up out of my chair, point with my fist in the air, and yell "WHAT'S HE DOIN' REF?" "HE'S BACKIN' UP" "MAKE HIM WRESTLE!" The wrestlers have a job to do, and so do I.
  16. 15 points

    College wrestlers getting married

    Team Bar Lizards here
  17. 15 points

    Lee Kemp

    I just finished watching "Wrestled Away, the Lee Kemp Story" on Amazon Prime. If you grew up during that time, I think you will enjoy it. I know I did. I've met Mr Kemp once shortly after he came from behind at the buzzer to defeat my team mate Paul Martin in Stillwater. It was the disco era so a few guys from the team took a couple of the badgers down to the local place to dance, after the dual. I'm sure he wouldn't remember me, but I was one of the guys that pointed him toward the dance floor. I finished the video believing what I had thought since my first time I saw him live and shook his hand and met him. He is truly the kind of man that I believe we should all aspire to be. The class and dignity he exhibits in this movie is subtle, but it sure didn't go past me. I wrestled in his bracket at the 76 Olympic Trials in Cleveland. I was not even close to a factor, but a guy named Joe Wells pummeled me to within an inch of my life and Joe was 4th at the weight, behind Dziedzic, Schalles and Kemp. Lee and Jimmy Jackson were the two college champs from that year who finished in the top 4. Kudos to you Mr Lee Kemp. I've been around a lot of great wrestlers, and they are often, but not always great men too. You sir are the Gold Standard as far as I'm concerned. Lee if you read this I was the guy in Cleveland yelling "don't grab Schalles leg!" If you were there, you would understand. :--)
  18. 15 points

    No fans at NCAAs

    How will the refs know when to call stalling on Iowa’s opponents?
  19. 15 points

    Jason Tsirtsis

    Hell yeah! If he can rub off on those middleweights, there could be some serious 1-1 double overtime battles in their future. Huge get for Indiana
  20. 14 points
    Amine has dual citizenship in US and San Marino. Only difference is that over there, he goes by Kilometers Amine.
  21. 14 points

    Really bad press for NCWA

    And this is the problem we have right now in America, a bunch of bozos think they know better than scientists and epidemiologists that have spent their entire life studying viruses.
  22. 14 points

    My wish for each wrestling country

    I know none of these will happen in the near future, but here is one thing I wish each wrestling country would do differently. Russia - Get hard vigilant against juicing, and get rid of it once and for all. Russian wrestlers are already very good, no need for juicing USA - Get rid of folkstyle wrestling at the college and high school levels (at least college levels) , and replace it with Freestyle wrestling. I guarantee US would do much better in world championships and olympics Iran - Stop the stupid policy of avoiding athletes from Israel. Go back to the days before the revolution where Iranian wrestlers pinned Israeli wrestlers left and and right Countries that suck in wrestling (e.g. Bahrain) . Instead of paying good wrestlers from other countries to change their citizenship to yours and wrestler for you, do what India did, invest in some good foreign coaches, and turn your program around.
  23. 14 points

    Suriano’s Dad

    On behalf of the southerners here ....why can't she be BOTH?
  24. 13 points

    Seabass to 125

    Can you ever pay your debts? That's really what people want to know.
  25. 13 points
    Absolute beast of an athlete. Gentlemen and ambassador. We’re lucky to have him. This guy needs his own thread. How long till we see another like him? *note* It was 23 years between him and John Smith.
  26. 13 points

    Junior Workds

    2/3 Mizzou wrestlers in the finals. Imagine if they were athletic?????
  27. 13 points

    Connor's Dad

    Rusty was a longtime contributor to my network and this is heart-breaking. Parents like him make fans out of a lot of people - his support of his son and the path to college made me want to follow Connor and his career. This is never easy, but this one is a gut punch.
  28. 13 points

    Separated at birth?

    Kaleb Young looks a bit like a chocolatier we all know...
  29. 13 points
    I previously posted about the website I created, FreestyleWrestling.org. This contains all of the matches I've compiled for the top 20 Men's Freestyle guys in the world at each Olympic weight since 2018. So, there are roughly 8-10 thousand match results. Goal is to add non-Olympic weights by next Spring. I have updated the site and added the results for the 2019 US Men's and Women's National teams since 2018. Felt like you all would be interested in that and could use it as a resource for the upcoming Olympic Trials and beyond. Because there are so many results, I've noticed a few errors here and there. I'm doing my best to clean them up. If you do use the site and find an error, let me know by sending an me an email at JonathanJKozak@Gmail.com.
  30. 13 points

    Purdue Suspends 13

    Too many boilermakers at this party?
  31. 13 points

    My Son

    So I know this isn’t wresting related but, hopefully, my boys will want to at least try out wrestling in a few years. My oldest, just turned 3 two weeks ago and My wife and I would never force them into anything, so I guess we will see. Today, at daycare, they started “fitness time”. I was sent this pic shortly after, and thought I’d share as I almost pissed myself seeing it. When I picked him up, as usual, he told me about his day... Him: “I cried today Daddy” Me: “why’s that bub?” Him: “Daddy...jumping jacks make me sad....” Me: “same buddy, same....”
  32. 13 points
    ******Breaking News******* New variation of gut wrench discovered off of the coast of Italy!
  33. 13 points
    I do not know what he does full time, but I’m told on weekends he tends to bring his hips to the party.
  34. 13 points
    steamboat_charlie v2

    No fans at NCAAs

    Largest NCAA tournament venue ever... lowest attendance ever. Can't wait to hear Terry berating officials, echoing across a silent, empty football stadium.
  35. 13 points
    Ed Ruth pouring one out
  36. 13 points
  37. 13 points
    Choosing to post this year, due to venue, and the impact of said venue. This past weekend, I was able to experience (for me), what I would call an "experience of a lifetime". Let me qualify and explain: I wrestled folk, free, and a tiny bit of greco in "my day" I was self-admittedly, a mediocre wrestler at best. Although I had utmost aspirations, they were met with adversity after adversity, challenge after challenge. At no time did my love the sport wane, but, my ability to compete did. Given the above, my 8 year-old son has decided, on his own, to give wrestling a try. We live in CO, and had the opportunity over the weekend to receive a tour of the Olympic Training Center. Now, most tours, you get a chance to walk into buildings/areas, snap some pics (with no flash of course), and create some memories. However, my son's coach was cleared to take us ALL on the mats at the OTC. While there, he provided about 20-25 minutes of instruction to the kiddos that were there, and also involved the parents. So... what was my experience of a lifetime? My son and I were able to receive instruction from a VERY highly regarded coach, while ON the mats where our Olympic Stars train, while "drilling" and bonding with my son. As a mediocre wrestler, the notion of ever stepping into the room, let alone on the mat, and with my son, will be an experience that I will NEVER forget.
  38. 13 points

    Cox in 86 Kg?

    جی دن کاکس، حریف آمریکایی علیرضا کریمی اخیرا گفته برای حضور در المپیک تصمیم به تغییر وزن دارد و می‌خواهد از ۹۲ به ۸۶ کیلوگرم وزن شما بیاید و در این صروت قطعا رقابت سنگینتر خواهد شد؟ یزدانی: بله، من هم شنیده‌ام؛ کاکس شخصیت بسیار خوبی دارد و با یکدیگر دوست هستیم و هر وقت در مسابقات یکدیگر را می‌بینیم احترام زیادی می‌گذاریم. جند بار هم به من گفته که می‌خواهد برای المپیک تغییر وزن دهد که من با خنده پاسخش را داده‌ام. برای من فرقی نمی‌کند با چه حریفی کشتی بگیرم، اگر نماینده ایران در المپیک باشم تمام تلاشم را برای موفقیت و اهتزاز پرچم کشورم و شادی دل مردم ایران انجام می‌دهم. به عنوان یک سرباز وظیفه من جنگیدن در میدان مبارزه است. Transtaion Yazdani: Yes, I have heard that too. Cox has very good character and we are friends. We show respect to each other every time that we see each other in tournaments. He has told me a few times that he wants to change weight for the Olympics, and I respond with a laugh. For me it does not matter who my opponent is. If I am Iran's representative in the Olympics, I will do my best for success and raising the flag of my country, and to bring joy to people of Iran. As a competitor, it is my duty t fight in the field
  39. 13 points

    Been a long time coming

    This has been coming for some time but since I’ve been around for a long time I thought I drop one last line. I have no connection to wrestling anymore beyond this message board and what my DVR records. I have not been to an event at any level in 3 years and quite honestly don’t see anything changing soon. Last year #1 and #2 were wrestling within an hour of me and I never even considered going. Other than a limp which is progressively getting worse, boxes of old medals and trophies I no longer look at, and a lot of memories good and bad there is nothing for me. My life has changed too much and while wrestling was a huge part of my life (40+ years) it’s the past, not the future. I guess for almost all of us this time comes. I have other priorities and new goals. To those of you I’ve loved and hated for the past 15 years, I wish you all well.
  40. 13 points
  41. 12 points
    Here we go again with the "waste of talent" and "what he wants to do with his life is judged based solely on what I want him to do with his life" Yeesh...
  42. 12 points
    The biggest difference is working with sildanefil is really hard.
  43. 12 points

    Best Colleges for each weight.

    Since the weight changes, most titles by weight (1999-2019, 2021) 125: Iowa (5) 133: Oklahoma State (5) 141: Ohio State, Oklahoma (4) 149: Penn State (4) 157: Penn State (3) 165: Penn Sate, Oklahoma State (4) 174: Penn State (5) 184: Penn State (6) 197: Oklahoma State, Iowa State (4) 285: Minnesota (6) Most placewinners by weight (1999-2021) 125: Iowa, Minnesota (15) 133: Iowa (16) 141: Oklahoma (14) 149: Iowa (14) 157: Iowa (13) 165: Oklahoma State (13) 174: Penn State (13) 184: Cornell (14) 197: Minnesota (13) 285: Minnesota (17)
  44. 12 points

    2020 D1 All-Americans.

    It's not great, but its not nothing either. We got lemons and somebody made some lemonade.
  45. 12 points
    drag it


    Wanted to give some separate-thread props to these two guys. That was fabulous. The first half of the dual had a close score but no competitive matches and with the injury at 133 everything seemed a little off (watching by TV anyway). Then the top marquee match of the top dual of the year if not years leads off the second half and the 2x nat'l champ and the guy who was undefeated against him put on a show. Great ties all match, particularly multiple extended stretches with the best double unders guy and the best double overs guy getting their holds in and ending up in a titanic throw that went the other way from prior matches. Marinelli battling back and hitting his own throw which with more time in the period might have made it a nail biter to the end. Blood all over both wrestlers faces for half the match. Boom! Great stuff.
  46. 12 points

    Iowa Fashion

    It’s just an extension of the underwear rotation, i.e. front day 1, back day 2, inside out front day 3, inside out back day 4, then hamper thing.
  47. 12 points

    What we learned at Dogu

    65 KG - Yianni, if he is the world team member (could be with either the appeal or Zain injury) has an outside shot at gold. His craziness works against world medalist threats. We didn’t learn anything about Zain unfortunately. Hope he is alright. 70 KG - Green is pretty unlikely to medal it seems. He has taken losses to guys he shouldn’t. Hoping he turns it around, but I went from pencilling him in for 5th or 3rd place points to DNP. We need him to score some points to win worlds. The good news is the weight is a bit weaker than expected. 74 KG - JB looked like he has for a couple years. He doesn’t have the same pop but he keeps improving. He will be on the same side as Sidakov. If he wins that, he wins worlds I think. I think he wins a bronze at worst. 79 KG - Ringer looked excellent. Whoever our world team rep is has a good shot at gold, especially with Russia falling apart here and it being a non Olympic weight. It would be crazy for Ringer to win gold...we would then have another world gold trying to win the 86 kg spot in 2020 86 KG - I thinking downey has improved. He has two tough matches against guys he could see at worlds. While neither is likely to medal, I wouldn’t be shocked if either of those matches were a bronze match if he gets the right draw. It is still very unlikely for Downey to medal, and he is probably out 4th or 5th best guy at 86, but a lot can happen for a talented athlete like Downey being focused for the first time in his career. We need at least 1 win from him to stay in title contention. Going 0-1 isn’t an option 92 KG - wow. Killed everyone and didn’t give up a point. This weight is also not great this year. Jden I expect will win gold, which would be incredibly impressive, putting him at 4 medals in a row. There is a fairly large drop off from 3 to 4 medals and from 1 to 2 gold. 97 KG - Snyder always gets challenged at these tournaments. His weight was fairly good and he wasn’t at much risk of losing, although he was challenged. I’m skeptical anyone can beat Sadulaev if Sadulaev is at his best, but if he is not Snyder is the guy to beat him (cardio for days, big strength advantage, quick finishes...if he can tire Sadulaev he can win) 125 KG - Gwiz was outclassed but he performed way better than the last time he wrestled Aghul. Taha is absolutely amazing. His reattacks for a guy his size are mind blowing. I think Gwiz has dramatically improved his late match tactics and is all but a lock for world bronze unless he gets a terrible draw. I think there are only 2 guys who beat him most of the time.
  48. 12 points
    Over the last few years, the US has dramatically improved it's junior world success. I looked at the last 10 years to try and understand how we can use this larger data set to help predict future college success. There is way more you can do with this data. I kind of wish I was still in college so I could spend way more time on this, but I still think this info is interesting. I'm specifically looking at Men's Freestyle. Facts From 2009-2018, there have been 27 junior world medalists, including 5 who have at least 2 medals. I'm removing Pico from the rest of this as he gave up his college eligibility without wrestling, so I'll be using the 26 number for the rest of this. The USA has won 9 golds from 7 wrestlers (Mark Hall (2x), Spencer Lee (2x), Mekhi Lewis, Daton Fix, Gable Steveson, Kyle Snyder, Dom Bradley) Only 1 of the gold medalists who has competed in college hasn't won an NCAA title (Dom Bradley). That included Hall and Lee, both of whom won titles as true freshman. Medalists with completed eligibility average 2.8 AAs over the course of their career. That means that a medalist is more likely to AA than not in any given year. 20 junior world medalists have competed at least 1 year in college. Only 3 haven't AAd and only 1 is out of eligibility (Butler). 13 of the 26 medalists have used up their NCAA eligibility and 12 AAd at least once. That suggests that junior world medalists have a 92% chance of AAing Only 1 of those 12 out of eligibility AAers AAd once (Pat Downey), wihch suggests junior world medalists have an 85% chance of AAing at least twice. 11 of the 22 wrestlers who have competed in college at least for 1 year were finalists. 9 of the 13 guys without eligibility left AAd at least 3 times! (69%) 10 of the 13 guys without eligibility left AAd at least twice Ryan Deakin and Mitch McKee are at risk of throwing off these numbers, as they are both junior world medalists (and finalist) who haven't AAd. Each still has eligibility, so it is likely they AA. 7 out of 12 guys without eligibility remaining won an NCAA title. This suggests that 58% of medalists will win a title. What is even crazier is if we include those still with eligibility (excluding those that haven't competed yet), 50% have won an NCAA title! The guys added here include Zahid Valencia, Mark Hall and Spencer Lee. 6 out of those 12 won multiple titles! There are all kinds of interesting extrapolations that can be made from the data, but it is pretty clear that being a junior world medalist means it is highly likely you will AA multiple times and you have about a 50/50 chance of winning more than 1 title. For a gold medalist, the likelihood of winning a national title is 75%. If we take this way too far... Gable Steveson, Mekhi Lewis and Daton Fix each have a 75% of winning a national title at some point Both Mitch McKee and Ryan Deakin are very likely to AA Joey McKenna has at least a 69% likelihood of AAing this year (although if we account for it being his senior year, nobody who has AAd previously and won a junior world medal didn't AA their senior year, so 100%) Micic is extremely likely to AA and likely to win a title in the next two seasons Aaron Brooks, Zach Elam and Brady Berge have a 76% chance to AA at least twice and a 58% chance of winning a national title. Mark Hall, Zahid Valencia and Spencer Lee are likely to win at least 1 more title I can't wait for the season to start
  49. 12 points
    We aren't talking about Valencia because TBar/BTFB/Cinnabon don't hate ASU as much as they hate Iowa.
  50. 12 points

    Bobby Knight

    Just watched the 30 For 30 - "The last Days of Knight". It's amazing how much physical abuse and bullying he got away with at Indiana (and Texas Tech) without anyone standing up to him. It led me to Knight's wikipedia page to read through a list of all his incidents dating back to the 70s and came across this: "1960 Olympic gold medalist Douglas Blubaugh was head wrestling coach at IU from 1973 to 1984. Early in his tenure while he jogged in the practice facility during basketball practice, Knight yelled at him to leave, using more than one expletive. Blubaugh pinned Knight to a wall, and told him never to repeat his performance. He never did." I thought this crowd might appreciate this.
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