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  1. 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.
  2. 18 points

    David Carr Twitter

    Pretty Cool
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 15 points

    College wrestlers getting married

    Team Bar Lizards here
  6. 14 points
    Amine has dual citizenship in US and San Marino. Only difference is that over there, he goes by Kilometers Amine.
  7. 13 points

    Seabass to 125

    Can you ever pay your debts? That's really what people want to know.
  8. 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.
  9. 13 points

    Junior Workds

    2/3 Mizzou wrestlers in the finals. Imagine if they were athletic?????
  10. 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.
  11. 13 points

    Separated at birth?

    Kaleb Young looks a bit like a chocolatier we all know...
  12. 12 points

    Willie's Earth Shattering News

    My shock announcement was going to be that you were capable of writing an intelligible sentence. But I’ll have to cancel it for the time being.
  13. 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...
  14. 12 points
    The biggest difference is working with sildanefil is really hard.
  15. 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)
  16. 12 points

    Lack of nicknames

    Gable Steveson already has the name "Gable Steveson", so that doesn't work for Spencer...
  17. 12 points

    Tom Brands tests positive

    Ryan doesn't do vaccinations. OSU is immune. All prayed away.
  18. 11 points
    I have compared 2 time periods - 1960-1991 with 1993-2021 to estimate the impacts on medal counts for the former Soviet Union and Soviet bloc countries before and after the soviet union breakup. It is an excel workbook with 2 pages and would print on 4 printed pages. If you can't get excel and would like to look at, email me and I will paste it into Word or something else (timjoemcc@gmail.com). The information is shown by country for both time frames with total medal count and gold medal count. I found it pretty interesting to do but I am a nerd number type guy - not for everyone I know. The several key messages are: * The Soviet Union won 26% of all medals and 46% of gold medals in the 32 year period from 1960-1991. The former Soviet Union won 47% of all medals and 53% of gold medals in the 29 year period from 1993-2021. Russia performed much better in acquiring gold medals than did the other 10 countries in the former FSU that won wrestling medals. * The USA won 13% of all medals and 13% of gold medals in the 1960-1991 time frame. The Soviet Union won 113 more medals than the US and 100 of them were gold during this period. The USA won 11% of all medals and 16% of gold medals in the 1993-2021. The US medal count dropped overall but the % of gold medals increased. The US had 45 fewer gold medals than Russia and 85 fewer than FSU. * As everyone knew, the breakup of the Soviet Union led to the FSU countries dramatically increasing their total and gold medal counts. * I compared the Soviet Bloc countries to see what happened to them (Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Yugoslavia). Their total medal count went from 26% of all medals down to 6% after the Soviet breakup and the gold medal count went from 9% of all gold to 4% of all gold. So the change was dramatic and the opposite of the countries in the FSU. I had not realized this impact and don't know why it happened (eg. maybe the Soviet Union subsidized wrestling in these countries and the money dried up?, or ???). * The combination of the Soviet Union + Soviet Bloc won 51% of total medals and 55% of gold medals before the Soviet breakup and 52% of all medals and 57% of gold medals after the breakup. So the breakup of the Soviet Union made it harder for a non Soviet related someone to win a medal but not nearly as dramatic as when you look at the FSU numbers alone. * One other detail, the average number of weight classes was 9.4 for the 1960-1991 period and 8.0 for the 1993-2021 period. So the wrestling talent was more concentrated in the fewer weight classes in the post Soviet break up era (same number of wrestlers in ~85% of the weight classes). * Wrestling medals increased for Cuba, India, and Iran after the Soviet break up (as measured by % of total medals won). Turkey remained constant. Every other significant wrestling country had their overall medal count drop after the Soviet break up - including the US which went from 13% to 11% of the total medal count as mentioned previously. Japan had the biggest drop - they went from 9% of all medals to 3% of all medals.Soviet Breakup Info.xlsx I can send anyone a list of all the wrestlers names, medals, weights, countries that I used if you want the next level of detail. Just email me if you are a glutton for data.
  19. 11 points
    This post, the fake data it references and purports to summarize, and its flawed rationale and conclusions is a huge part of the problem in why we have not beaten the virus in the U.S. and solved 99% of the problem for wrestling rooms and programs. Smart and well-meaning people who think they know better than the incredible awesome community of scientists and medical experts that have come to the rescue. These internet vaccine questioners - true beleives that they have better judgment in evaluatuing the safety and effectiveness than the FDA, CDC and 99.99% of the medical doctors - decide to share their facebook and google "wisdom" on social media. All of this post and so many others like it represents false and baseless conclusions from someone with no expertise, but accomplished internet arguing skills. Airwaves from at least two channels regularly echo this vile nonesense and have indeed created a cult certain in their own "wisdom" that they know better than the experts with lifetimes of experience (a community of our brightest and most studied and accomplished people with knowledge and analysis that the world has never seen before). If they only harmed themselves, it would not be so bad. But they spread their fake data and arrogant expertless conclusions like a shadow virus through social media. This sad spectable has killed many innocents, including children and elderly in their families and communities. Every vaccine ever has had some risk, but there is an overwhelming amount of data that these Covid vaccines and every other one regularly adminisered in the U.S. with FDA approval is a safe and effective for over 99.9999% and is managing risk effectively for the broader community. The FDA approval processi s rigorous and sound and we are all in good hands. It is not a case of everyone should "do their own research" and balance the risks, because people - even reasonably smart people - do not have the training, tools, and education to make a sound judgment and analysis of the data on their own. For the same reason, a patient requiring major surgery would not "do their own research" on how their anesthesia should be administered and how each aspect of the surgery should be undertaken. Google and facebook are not getting us there on everyone "doing their own research" and sharing their wisdom on social media as puported experts.
  20. 11 points

    Willie's Earth Shattering News

    Its a strange choice of a hill to die on. From a risk management perspective, why allow a policy that could expose undergraduates participating as amateurs in a combat sport to direct personal and physical contact in a wrestling room with an unvaccinated coach in the time of a global pandemic? These coaches are not providing instruction over zoom.
  21. 11 points
    Perhaps you guys could repeat your arguments? I didn't catch them the first ten times.
  22. 11 points

    Connor's Dad

    Wow. What happened? He was such a nice guy, I mentioned on here two weeks ago that he just randomly messaged me to let me use his Peacock log in when I was complaining on one of the threads I couldn't get signed up to watch OTTs. He did not know me at all, so it was just an act of true kindness. Rest well, sir.
  23. 11 points

    Nolf Question

    Dake taught him a refresher course in physics. Nolf passed with flying colors.
  24. 11 points
    In 1966, a high school sophomore named Siddidi Finch, an adopted Iranian-born foster child from Oak Park, Illinois, whose parents died in a plane crash near Nepal, entered the Tbilisi tournament in Georgia and won... defeating 5-time world champ Ali Aliyev. He was denied the championship' however, when it was discovered he did not meet the minimum age requirement of 18 years. He never wrestled in high school folk style matches and only pursued freestyle. The majority of his training during his teen years occurred in Japan, where he was coached by the father of Yojiro Uetake Obata, and accompanied the elder Uetake on many trips to Tibet to learn yogic mastery of mind-body under the great poet-saint Lama Milaraspa. The elder Uetake when asked about the wrestling skills of the teenage Finch, stated: "Siddidi has taught my son, Yojiro, many skills." He did however, after graduating high school, walk on at Portland State university, where he twice defeated Rick Sanders in wrestle offs, but was denied a starting spot in the line up because of "academic performance"... The truth is, Finch rarely attended classes, other than to take exams, and in fact his GPA was a 4.0, but the University staff frowned on his absences from the classroom. After the debacle at Portland State, Finch decided not to pursue a wrestling career, instead choosing to play the French horn or golf or something. What if.... Imagine how great he would have been. Perhaps better than Cael... Below is the only known photo of Finch, sparring with Yojo, taken by his father:
  25. 11 points
    Now that Cael and Penn State went 4 for 4 on Saturday night can they stop ruining Greg Kerkvliet and Brady Berge...Greg was already wrestling on one torn acl for years and now he’s pushing through a second, and while I appreciate his dedication to the team, someone needs to be an adult in this program and tell him to get healed up.. it’s ridiculous, the man has Olympic gold potential but at this rate he ll have arthritis in both knees by the time he’s 25 . Not to mention the long term effects of the concussions suffered by Berge and now the undetermined leg injury. Greg really has the potential to do something few wrestlers have ever done for team usa but Cael couldn’t seem to care less. He have complete tunnel vision on the the college program , probably to the fault of their wrestlers health .. I would much rather see Greg win 2-3 world titles and Olympic gold than watch his undersized and chronically injured body get pounded by brutes like Cassiopi and Schultz, and then be medically screwed the rest of his life Does anyone from Penn State administration, or athletic department , or John Fritz himself see that Lee interview last night and ask Cael “what the hell are you doing”, ruining one of the best team USA prospects in a long time , just so PSU can maybe go 5 for 5 once a decade? With injuries like this someone needs to be an adult and tell Greg and Brady to take care of their bodie, they only get one, but from the interview last night I’m guessing Cael's whole attitude being passed to his wrestlers is win at all costs to get "more point scorers." hope Greg and Brady can finally get their bodies right before long term damage starts to set in
  26. 11 points
    I saw this first and thought it was your predicted score. I also thought it was reasonable.
  27. 10 points

    Sanderson: the artist

    These days, all he does is lock himself in his studio for hours on end and creates the same art over and over..... nudes of Bubba Jenkins. Sometimes it's paintings, sometimes sculptures, but it's always Bubba and he's always nude. I hope this answers your question.
  28. 10 points
    I regret nothing.
  29. 10 points
    Yeah. Look carefully at my avatar. Honestly. I’m just literally a big time fan.
  30. 10 points

    Simone Biles = Zain Retherford

    What a terrible thread....two tremendous athletes getting "ragged" on.
  31. 10 points

    Roman Vlasov

    i would like to point out that after losing in the semis, Vlasov actually wrestled in repechage and took home the bronze... imagine that... actually wrestling in repechage... 2 olympic gold medals... 2 world gold medals and another silver... still wrestles all of his matches... respect...
  32. 10 points
    Oily Bohunk

    65kg qualification

    It kills me to feel a vibe on here that JO owes US wrestling fans something for this result. Having been a part of someone else's journey to an Olympic spot, previously, I have always felt that there could be room for criticism for athletes who show a lack of dedication around preparation for an event like this (I don't think that's the case here with JO) but any disappointment in their actual performance is FOR them and not WITH them. From my spot on the couch, JO doesn't owe anyone of us anything regarding his performance. He went on the mat looking to do the best he could to achieve his dream to wrestle in the Olympics and came up short. No doubt he has disappointment, and will second guess what he did, but he doesn't owe me anything. I feel terrible for him.
  33. 10 points
    Is it possible some of the women got the deadline for submitting the W-9 from KJ?
  34. 10 points

    JO on Baschmania

    JO barely knows me but knew I was a big fan of his. In 2015, I was diagnosed with the “Big C”; apparently the same flavor that took out his grandfather years ago. When he learned of my situation, he texted me just about every day checking on my status until I was out of the woods......A guy old enough to be his father who he hardly knew.. People who question his character don’t know him. And yeah, when it comes to a technical master of the sport, you won’t find many sharper. Sucks what happened in Canada and he isn’t already locked into Tokyo. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  35. 10 points

    74KG Olympic trials bracket

    This is how I would draw the bracket.
  36. 10 points


    I just wanted to give a shout out to Pitt who had 2 finalists. Neither won obviously but I hope this helps them mine the ridiculous talent-rich area they reside in.
  37. 10 points
    BMon, In the body of my response, being on your stomach is one of the prime reasons one gets "ridden," or turned. Why is he on his stomach to begin with? There are a multitude of methods to prevent that. Virtually everything in wrestling has a stimulus/response mechanism involved, called "setups." There are setups to takedowns, setups for riding, mat returns, breakdowns, pinning, escaping, and reversals, etc. Once a wrestler understands those processes, it rarely matters whether he is on top, bottom, or neutral. The S/R methods all share commonalities between humans and they are predictable. Trying to adequately explain, verbally, the techniques of riding is extremely challenging. Top and bottom wrestling are the most difficult aspects of wrestling to learn and to teach. It's becoming a lost art and I understand why so many coaches and wrestlers like freestyle. It’s way easier. Consequently, it's why I love folkstyle, a wrestler can't be good in just one facet, he has to exhibit comprehension and competency in all three facets. On bottom, one of the important techniques is to keep your hands/wrists free. Watch the NCAA's and notice how many wrestlers break down to an elbow while on bottom. Big NO, NO. Wrists are begging to be controlled. Stay off your elbows, keep your hands/wrists free, stay off your belly, and you've just gotten light years better from bottom. Riding or controlling the bottom man doesn't mean you grow roots on his ankle or stay stuck in one position. The true art of top wrestling is learning to change off, switch sides, and work the bottom man from head to ankles, while making him carry your weight, keeping him out of balance, and creating pressures and torques to make him use more of his strength and energy to neutralize or counteract all the forces. You and others may call it stalling, but it isn't. It has a cumulative effect on the bottom man's stamina and psyche. He's not scoring points, times ticking down, he's frustrated, fighting hard wasting energy and getting tired, top guy is gaining a point, and you're in his head because he knows he can't get out unless you let him out. If/when he does get out, his reactions may be slower because he wasted so much energy on bottom...and your'e still in his head with riding time. Many times in close matches with quality kids, the determining factor its RT. That's why RT is an asset to the sport. No one should be given a free out or up, just because he can't do it himself. If he doesn't like being on bottom, learn to get out and you are now in your desired "neutral." If someone can dominate you on top, he deserves some reward. Appropriately, that is riding time, control time, you suck on bottom time... call it whatever, but the top guy should not be penalized and taken out of a position of dominance/control and put on his feet just because the bottom man is inept. That's actually a form of "income inequality." There are plenty of lousy bottom wrestlers who can't get out but are difficult to turn because they've spent so much time there. So RT is his penalty and top's reward.
  38. 10 points
    Vak / TBar LJB / 'The Field' Jimmy Cinna / ATM machine
  39. 10 points

    Ferrari Predictions

    He called him AJ Ford Focus which is objectively funny. Great way to win the internet. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  40. 10 points

    American University wrestling?

    I sent an email to the AD, Dr. Billy Walker, to ask him several questions myself and others had about the wrestling team. I was pleasantly surprised when he called me in less than 5 minutes. The first thing we talked about was dropping the program. He told me in no uncertain terms that topic of dropping the program was never even brought up by the president & he should have been more forceful in his email to make sure nobody got that impression. Other points he mentioned are that the season will DEFINITELY go on & there will be a national search for a head coach beginning ASAP. He also said he and others in the athletic dept. are giving Jason and Jeric all the support they can so that the season can go on with as few problems as possible and they are trying to reschedule with Navy (would have been this weekend I believe) in addition to their other matches they have. I really appreciated the phone call which he had no obligation to make. Dr. Walker, who wrestled at Air Force and does not know me from Adam, was concerned that people were thinking the program might be dropped. He did not say why Coach Moore is no longer there which I expected. As for all of us who are fans of Teague we will miss him and hope he succeds in his next job. I personally wish Coach was still there coaching & I really hate to see him go. But, if he can't be the coach, then we all are going to be rooting like crazy for a great hire. While I read here on this board where people were saying AU is no Ivy league school, that may be true. But it is WAY above the level of most colleges including what it takes to get in there, succeed while you are there and how graduates are perceived in the work force especially in politics, business and law just to name a few. I know my kid is getting a hell of a lot better education than he would have almost anywhere else. If I hear anything else I will let everybody know.
  41. 10 points

    Carson Karchla

    It's the disease of the internet. Some people are so eager to correct others and pick fights that their brain alters everything they read.
  42. 10 points

    RIP Dan Hodge

    Dan and I met for the first time in 1975 when I drove to Perry to interview him for my book "Two Guys Named Dan". He and his wife Dolores became very dear friends with my wife Bev and me. They were our guests many times at the WIN Memorabilia Show during the NCAA tournament and the fans loved him. I never knew a celebrity that was more patient and kind to all those who came to meet him and get an autograph. Some were even brave enough to shake his hand, and once in a great while someone would say "Give me a shot, Dan!" and in seconds they were begging him to let go! While Dan was entertaining the fans, Dolores was working with Bev behind the tables. They were an incredible team for over 60 years! In 1995, I created "The Heisman Trophy of wrestling" and named it for Dan. In 2009, I wrote his biography entitled "Oklahoma Shooter: The Dan Hodge Story" and it sold out within a year. Dan and Dolores stayed with us many times in our home in Newton, Iowa, and we have stayed with them in Perry. I have never known anyone like him and today there is a big hole in my heart. -- Mike Chapman
  43. 9 points
    (All times are Eastern.) Saturday, 10/2/21 4:30 AM to 8:30 AM: 61-74-86-125kg Qual. Rds. 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM: 61-74-86-125kg Semis Sunday, 10/3/21 4:30 AM to 8:30 AM: 57-65-79-92kg Qual. Rds. 4:30 AM to 8:30 AM: 61-74-86-125kg Repechage 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM: 57-65-79-92kg Semis 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM: 61-74-86-125kg Finals Monday, 10/4/21 4:30 AM to 8:30 AM: 70-97kg Qual. Rds. 4:30 AM to 8:30 AM: 57-65-79-92kg Repechage 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM: 70-97kg Semis 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM: 57-65-79-92kg Finals Tuesday, 10/5/21 4:30 AM to 8:30 AM: 70-97kg Repechage 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM: 70-97kg Finals
  44. 9 points

    Vaccination retirement

    https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/minnesota/articles/2021-05-04/drug-overdose-deaths-up-27-in-minnesota-in-2020 Minnesota has bigger issues then 13 people dying from the flu , and I would bet that out of the 13 atleast 10 were probably 75 + yrs old . ...meanwhile kids are ODing at records number and people like you bug out over 13 people dying out of a population of 5.8 million ...you seem to lack persecutive of how many people really die every year and everyday in America and comparing 12 young men killed by cowards 3000 miles away In absolute clusterf**k of a situation to 13 people dying of COVID is absolutely ridiculous, you should just go back and erase that post
  45. 9 points
    Yes, Georgia requested that matches now be 5:59 instead of 6:00. They want this rule change applied retroactively though.
  46. 9 points
    Maybe he meant Snyder...
  47. 9 points

    2022 Finals Detroit

    The crime rate in St. Louis is comparable to that of Detroit, and the NCAAs is there all the time. I'm grateful for your survival during any trips to those tournaments.
  48. 9 points

    Jumping ship / Turncoats

    Became a wrestling orphan on April 2, 2020. School turned its back on me over the next month and continues to shun any and all inquiries. That school in Norfolk is no longer part of my life in any way. Degree is off the wall and somewhere in storage, everything that bears its name is gone and thrown away or donated (except the wrestling stuff). The school turned on us, so I jumped ship from EVERYTHING else associated with it.
  49. 9 points
    There are a few points here that seem very clear to me. I know that the original post had a joke about Vak and Mallard Drake, but this is a serious issue. Tom Brands took action to sanction DeSanto; this was a calculated move designed to preempt any more severe NCAA action on this infraction. He moved to control the ultimate outcome. I cannot fault Brands in any way; if I were the coach, I would have acted the same. To sit on one's hands and do otherwise could have led NCAA officials to come to the conclusion expressed by Force118 above, namely that threatening any NCAA personnel at the NCAA tournament should result in an automatic disqualification and loss of team points. My own personal point is that, as a PSU wrestling fan, I would not want Iowa to lose DeSanto's team points. This would be an empty victory, one that wasn't earned, but resulted from a penalty for bad behavior after the fact. This opinion shows that I am a traditional, somewhat conservative American, and I believe that Cael Sanderson and his squad, if given the power to decide whether to deduct the points from Iowa, would pass. You have to earn it. Finally, mental health is an issue here, and Austin DeSanto, although he has made significant progress in dealing with losing, anger, and emotion, still has some ways to go. Mental health issues are not like throwing a switch; Tom Brands threw the switch and now Austin is okay. It's a long process, and we, Coach Brands, Iowa, and the NCAA, should encourage DeSanto to continue his progress. I look forward to seeing him next year. He's a competitor; he's entertaining, and he's an excellent wrestler. He brought a full 7 minutes to the match with Fix. Although it was a shortened season, the NCAA big dance was pretty exciting, all in all. Congratulations to Iowa on the team title. Congratulations to PSU for four individual championships. Looking forward to next year.
  50. 9 points

    Willie Trials

    Who is going to make a movie out of this saga? Also, what does Danny DeVito's schedule look like?
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