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    Wire reacted to TobusRex in 1999 Stephen Neal vs 2017 Kyle Snyder   
    Neal.
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    Wire reacted to Stove_Pipe in old time bouts   
    ^^^Mike Johnson was an interesting wrestler - one of the best in PA high school history. Johnson was about 84-0 in high school, a 4X PIAA champ, and was never taken down his entire hs career. His signature move was a lightning quick duck under. Johnson used to say, "Put a quarter down behind you and I'll pick it up before you can."As I recall, the first folkstyle bout Johnson lost was in Dec of 1961 in the Wilkes Open finals, losing a close bout at 123 pounds to Pitt's excellent lower weight Dick Martin. Back then, big NCAA schools, as you all know, had to hold their true frosh out a year before they could compete. The Wilkes, however, was open, and Pitt coach Rex Peery would enter his varsity team and also other Panthers would enter unattached. Cliff Keen used to bring his powerful Michigan teams into the Wilkes Open back then, and excellent post-grads would enter, out of the New York Athletic Club. Ahh, the old days, Gone With the Wind.
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    Wire reacted to Gambatte in Were any of us actually there in attendance?   
    What was interesting to my recollection and I think this has been written about before but for the first few minutes the crowd was in denial not fully cognizant of what was happening. Gable's stunned expression mid way through the bout was a reflection of the crowd's reaction. Reality kicked in and the rest is history.
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    Wire got a reaction from Witherman in Were any of us actually there in attendance?   
    My Dad and I were at the MATCH in the OLDE  Hec Edmundson Pavilion !!  Dad and I got there early and had 4th row seats.
     
    It was crazy !!! I was a JR in High school at the time. We lived East of Seattle in a little town of Maple Valley. Tahoma High School, and WSU .... 
     
     
    PS... For those of you that I have followed over the years .. I am signing off ...
     
    Stage One Alzheimer's is kicking my ass !!  
     
    ​Time to put my shoes away, and go fishing ....
     
     
     
     
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    Wire got a reaction from Peso in Were any of us actually there in attendance?   
    My Dad and I were at the MATCH in the OLDE  Hec Edmundson Pavilion !!  Dad and I got there early and had 4th row seats.
     
    It was crazy !!! I was a JR in High school at the time. We lived East of Seattle in a little town of Maple Valley. Tahoma High School, and WSU .... 
     
     
    PS... For those of you that I have followed over the years .. I am signing off ...
     
    Stage One Alzheimer's is kicking my ass !!  
     
    ​Time to put my shoes away, and go fishing ....
     
     
     
     
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    Wire got a reaction from pamela in Were any of us actually there in attendance?   
    My Dad and I were at the MATCH in the OLDE  Hec Edmundson Pavilion !!  Dad and I got there early and had 4th row seats.
     
    It was crazy !!! I was a JR in High school at the time. We lived East of Seattle in a little town of Maple Valley. Tahoma High School, and WSU .... 
     
     
    PS... For those of you that I have followed over the years .. I am signing off ...
     
    Stage One Alzheimer's is kicking my ass !!  
     
    ​Time to put my shoes away, and go fishing ....
     
     
     
     
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    Wire got a reaction from Buckeyebison in Were any of us actually there in attendance?   
    My Dad and I were at the MATCH in the OLDE  Hec Edmundson Pavilion !!  Dad and I got there early and had 4th row seats.
     
    It was crazy !!! I was a JR in High school at the time. We lived East of Seattle in a little town of Maple Valley. Tahoma High School, and WSU .... 
     
     
    PS... For those of you that I have followed over the years .. I am signing off ...
     
    Stage One Alzheimer's is kicking my ass !!  
     
    ​Time to put my shoes away, and go fishing ....
     
     
     
     
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    Wire got a reaction from xander in Were any of us actually there in attendance?   
    My Dad and I were at the MATCH in the OLDE  Hec Edmundson Pavilion !!  Dad and I got there early and had 4th row seats.
     
    It was crazy !!! I was a JR in High school at the time. We lived East of Seattle in a little town of Maple Valley. Tahoma High School, and WSU .... 
     
     
    PS... For those of you that I have followed over the years .. I am signing off ...
     
    Stage One Alzheimer's is kicking my ass !!  
     
    ​Time to put my shoes away, and go fishing ....
     
     
     
     
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    Wire reacted to BigTenFanboy in Reasons to Hate Penn State   
    They remind us of our own shortcomings and inadequacies?
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    Wire reacted to Frank_Rizzo in Have we ever seen a period like this before?   
    Top kids these days have probably wrestled 500 matches by the time they're in high school and have trained extensively with elite regional clubs on a year round basis.  Very, very few of the best even play other sports anymore.  It's no surprise that we're seeing better, earlier returns from the cream of the crop.   
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    Wire reacted to Frank_Rizzo in Mark Cody steps down as coach at Oklahoma   
    Should have stayed at American.  He had a really good thing going there. 
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    Wire reacted to tightwaist in HS Numbers Dropping   
    I think this trend will continue, due to the fact that most families are now having their kids specialize in one sport.  The days of playing football/running cross country in the fall, wrestling in the winter and doing another sport in the spring are pretty much gone for most kids.  Clubs now run year round, and the serious wrestlers are seeking out year round training.  As a result, the disparity between part time wrestlers and full time wrestlers is greater than ever.  On top of that, every state has certain programs that are recruiting bases for top level kids.  So, not only do the year round wrestlers get much better than the part timers...they then transfer & create these mega teams.  As a result, who wants to wrestle for a program where the top kids end up transferring out?  Cody Wiercoch won a state title (or maybe was a runner-up?) at Charleroi High School before transferring to Canon Mac.  Well, Charleroi just dropped their program.  Maybe they only had 10 or 11 kids, but it kills the spirit when you lose a talent like that.  He could have been a beacon for younger kids. 
     
    SHP is dead on when he talks about the all day Saturday dual tournaments.  Coaches want more matches, but the toll on the average wrestler and his family is brutal.  The dual meet used to be a pretty good draw at my local HS (300-400 people) when they wrestled a rival school.  Now, I don't even know if they have individual duals.  If so, it is just parents at the meets.  All day events kill the morale of your average wrestler.  I hate attending these, even as a fan of the sport.  We are our own worst enemy when it comes to making the sport attractive to the average kid.  Take a young boy to a dual meet that is crowded, boisterous and exciting and you create a potential wrestler.  Take that same boy to a 10 hour dual meet tournament on a Saturday, and you just created a new Lacrosse player. 
     
    Up until about 4 years ago, my local HS would have between 30 and 40 kids on the team (enrollment is about 1700).  They had wrestle-offs for the JV team, and even the JV kids would get 15-20 matches in.  They weren't a power wrestling school, but they would send 1 or 2 kids to states every year and occasionally produce a state place winner.  They've had some coaching changes, and the start of a new Lacrosse program in the past few years.  Last year, the team had 11 kids.  The coach was a D1 National Champ who stepped in to help keep the program from completely folding.  I don't think uniforms or cauliflower ear are major factors in keeping kids from the sport.   Wrestling will always be there, but I see a future where it is similar to gymnastics.  Clubs will be the primary area where kids develop their skills.  The number of kids participating will decrease, but the quality of the wrestler will increase.  My concern is that this will ultimately trickle over to the college programs, and we will end up with 30 or 40 programs that keep the sport. 
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    Wire got a reaction from zander in Boise State Coach.....any word?   
    A long time ago .... The UW in Seattle was a top 3-5 team. Poof .... and they were gone. Thanks to Title 9.
     
      However .... Washington, Oregon, Northern Ca., Idaho, Montana still produce those guys that could compete, and compete well if only there were those "lost" opportunities still alive, for our West Coast guys.
     
     
    Evidently .. there are still AD's and Administration that support West Coast wrestling. I suggest we rise up and support those teams, and not degrade them, just because you may or may not like the new coach. It's a done deal. If ... more of us attend the matches, it's more $$ in their pockets.
     
    I drive 5 plus hours to see a D1 match.... 
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    Wire reacted to pamela in "Inevitable" Penn State dynasty nipped in the bud?   
    Parity would be Lee and Teasdale (and Hall and Manville and...) going somewhere like Stanford or UNC, not Iowa or PSU.
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    Wire reacted to Cletus_Tucker in Cael Sanderson wins Intermat Wrestlings COTY award   
    No Brands to be seen anywhere on that list?   
     
    Cael clearly deserves the award for his magnificent season, despite big injuries.   Didn't miss a beat.   
     
    I really like what Dresser accomplished and look forward to his team's continued development.  
     
    Very cool. 
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    Wire got a reaction from CoachWrestling in $1.2 Million Donated to Brown Wrestling   
    Brown Wrestling began informally in 1898 and has been a varsity sport at Brown since the early 1900s.
     
    WOW .. just a bit of history ...
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    Wire reacted to Medicine_Man in The Faces of College Wrestlers...   
    I figured any anomaly to your ear was caused by hooking yerself while flyfishing for steelhead.
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    Wire reacted to JasonBryant in The Faces of College Wrestlers...   
    Right, because none of these wrestlers ever had cauliflower ear before they got to college. Shame on them coaches ignoring the NCAA rule!
     
    And for the record, I don't have cauliflower ear. I too wore my head gear, as did all of my teammates and that didn't stop some of them from getting it. 
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    Wire got a reaction from SC_Wrestling in So what does Iowa do now?   
    "Their antics and pathological behavior limit the recruiting field.​"
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    Wire got a reaction from Cletus_Tucker in So what does Iowa do now?   
    "Their antics and pathological behavior limit the recruiting field.​"
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    Wire got a reaction from Ari Gold in Cool Moment ...   
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    Wire got a reaction from HurricaneWrestling in Cool Moment ...   
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    Wire reacted to mpm180 in Bubba Jenkins on PSU   
    Just posted the below on twitter. Happy to see it.
     
    Someone asked if I was sad that PSU was going to win it this year? Hell no! I was apart of somethin great & continues 2b magnificent...
     
    If I was older maybe things would have turned out differently, I but hope @caelsanderson has forgiven me for the past & continues to reign!
     
    When I was @PennState I made history & its history, Im proud 2B alumni of such great wrestling but my jersey hangs in @ASUWrestling rafters
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    Wire reacted to NotReady in Multiple Screens on ESPN - Any Issues   
    Same, but I've had Comcast for a long time and been able to use multi-screen before. Bummer.
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