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  1. Because of my continuing and mounting health problems, I will not be able to provide any future updates to wrestlingstats.com.


    I am looking for someone to provide backup, but it requires certain skills and my own specialized knowledge of the databases. I do not have the energy to devote to a search.

  2. Wittenberg was the best American wrestler of the first half of the 20th century. He might have won three gold medals if there were Olympics in 1940 and 1944.


    He was far ahead of his time in using weight training and wrote the book on Isometrics.

  3. I am dealing with Stage IV cancer. For the last 18 months I have gone through a variety of difficult treatments, which included chemo, radiation, and surgery.


    The cancer is gone from the original sites of stomach and esophagus, but I have three small lesions on my liver. Regular chemo is keeping the cancer at bay, but the major side effect is almost continuous fatigue. I have lost 50 pounds since my surgery, but I had it to lose.


    The situation has been difficult, but it can be dealt with. In two weeks I will be making my first trip in a long time when I attend Hall of Fame Honors Weekend in Stillwater.


    BTW, I have written just one book. I do publish an annual update which can be downloaded from my site. I missed last year, but will very soon have an update available through 2013. I hope that a second edition of the book will be published in an electronic only format (Kindle, iPad, etc.) I will be discussing that with the HOF while in Stillwater.

  4. Division I wrestling is unique in NCAA competition in terms of how few schools have won the team title - just 10 officially. I noticed ice hockey, which started in 1948 and is a regional sport, just crowned its 20 different school as champion.


    Wrestling is the second oldest sport in terms of team titles, yet much newer sports like soccer, lacrosse, etc. have had more different schools as champs. Moreover, I believe that Oklahoma State and Iowa are one and two in the list of schools with the most team titles for a single sport.


    Swimming and Diving, which started a few years after wrestling, has had nearly double the number of schools win a team title. Like wrestling it has both individual and team championships. An interesting fact is that far few schools have won individual titles in swimming than in wrestling - a strange contrast to that for the team title.

  5. At the 1971 NCAA tournament Schalles lost to top seeded 158-pounder Bruce Trammel of Ohio University in the quarter-finals for his only career loss in NCAA tournament competition. Trammel was upset in the next round, eliminating Schalles from the tournament.


    Schalles was eligible to wrestle in the regular season in 1974, but he could not participate in NCAA tournament. The circumstances were straight out of Kafka. Because Schalles had not wrestled as a freshman he had lost a year of NCAA tournament eligibility. However, he could not wrestle as a freshman, because the ECAC, which controlled regular season competition, deemed him a transfer. Years later Schalles regretted that he did not take the matter to court. Nevertheless, Schalles loved to compete and he went out in a blaze of glory. He moved up two weight classes and pinned Floyd Hitchcock of Bloomsburg in the 177-pound final of the Pennsylvania State Conference tournament. Hitchcock went on to win an NCAA title at Ames and was named the Outstanding Wrestler.


    Above paragraphs from the feature on Schalles in my book.

  6. I have been asked to check and see if brothers ever met in the NCAA tournament.


    I came up with 19 bouts were wrestlers with the same name. Hard to believe but no Smiths.


    Most likely meeting is Todd Seiler of Wisconsin versus Randy Seiler of Lake Superior at 275 back in 1988.


    Anybody know if these guys were brothers.

  7. The Big 10 has not always been dominant. It changed in the mid-70s, when Iowa with Gable became the top program. It became more so when Penn State joined the Big 10 in the early 90s.


    Prior to then it was the old Big 8 with Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Iowa State. They are three of the top four programs in all-time champs and AAs. Iowa of course being the other.

  8. Northern Colorado got their first with Gaithje (sp?) a few years back, along with Payam Zaranipour (sp?) from Sacred Heart. Millersville has only had 1 DI AA back in the 90s, but that point is moot since they are now DII.


    I would look at the Socon qualifiers to find a school that doesn't have one in their history.


    Northern Colorado had several in the '60's, including a National Champ. They were called Colorado State College back then.

  9. Tulsa Central had five in 1942 and three in 1941.


    In the post war era, Waterloo West had three in 1947 - Hauser and Lange for Cornell College and Russ Bush from Northern Iowa. They won the first three weights. Bush was a last minute replacement for Gerry Leeman, who was injured.


    A number of schools had two in one year. Anytime a pair of brothers win there will likely be two champions from the same school.

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