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  1. Don't believe Ohio has ever had an undefeated high school wrestler.
  2. If I was the AD at Illinois, you'd better believe that Brian Smith and Pat Popolizio and others of that caliber would look strongly at Illinois. I'd offer them the best salary in the Big Ten and a promise of a state-of-the-art facility. There's a great coach out there that's the perfect fit. You've got to be more than a coach, though. You have to sell the program. Ryan did it at Ohio State.
  3. Nope, I don't want Tom Ryan to leave. On the contrary, there's no one else I'd rather have leading the Buckeyes. No one. I'm saying that Pat Popolizio is the kind of guy that could turn around a program like Illinois. If he was willing to take the Illinois job- and if it was offered to him, it would be the best thing that could happen to their wrestling program. A guy like Brian Smith fits the bill, too. Jason Borrelli is a good choice.
  4. Didn't see it, and it was right below. I will say that there are a lot of good names presented on the Illinois thread, but it's going to have to be someone really special to lift Illinois to the elite level where PSU, Iowa, Oklahoma State and Ohio State reside. (And don't grouse about Ohio State's 9th place this year...you know they'll be back on the podium soon enough.) Three of those four teams are coached by gold medalist legends, and one- Ohio State- is coached by a guy that knows how to lift programs without the advantage of a phenomenal personal wrestling background. So, who do you go for? I vote for a program builder. A J Robinson kind of guy. A Tom Ryan kind of guy. If I could steal Pat Popolizio away from NC State, I'd do it in a heartbeat. He's done it, and he can do it again.
  5. If Illinois wants to move to the next level, it's going to have to be a Mark Johnson, J Robinson or Tom Ryan kind of guy. Your thoughts.
  6. That is a crazy match. I agree about the pins. Shades of Churella/Hendricks.
  7. https://www.tribtoday.com/sports/sport-columns/2018/09/tony-j-takes-new-twist-in-wrestling/
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