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Everything posted by Sheerstress

  1. I thought he summed it up nicely with the phrase: "With Joe as a freestyle coach, it was never about himself. It was all about helping athletes." Seay always struck me as a guy who made things happen at all levels because he was so good at connecting with athletes and convincing them that they could win under him, regardless of the circumstances. https://www.si.com/vault/1982/05/03/624314/gonzo-man-on-the-go "Seay, 42, a former national 149.5-pound champ from Wellington, Kans., started the school's wrestling program in 1972 with such limited funds that his team had to train in a science lab and his wife had to do all the wrestlers' laundry. Even now the school lacks a weight room and has a pitifully tiny wrestling room and so few wrestling scholarships that Seay, an exceptional coach, has to recruit athletes impoverished enough to qualify for general scholarships, which is what Gonzales had. "The school thinks they could throw us out onto the grass and we'd still win," says 158-pound senior Perry Shea, who's one of the four Division II champions on this year's team. "They're probably right." Cal State Bakersfield has won six of the last seven Division II team titles and finished in the top 10 of Division I for five years in a row." In his book Foxcatcher, Mark Schultz notes that after things didn't work out for him and Dave at Oklahoma State and UCLA, they considered wrestling for Seay at CSB: "...on the way [to Oklahoma], we stopped at California State Bakersfield, where a friend of ours, Joe Seay, was the coach. Joe tried to talk us into ending our trip and wrestling for him. Joe was building one of the best teams in the country and his offer was enticing, but the wrestling room was the smallest I had seen, with room for only one mat. I could not imagine how an entire team trained in there." It was unfortunate how things ended for him at Oklahoma State, for a man who loved the sport as much as anyone out there. I think that the rivalry between OSU and Iowa back in the 80s and 90s was as good as it was largely because of his efforts.
  2. Pretty impressive resume for his education and time in corporate America. It would probably take a lot to add a brand new wrestling program at a small, expensive Texas university with world class academics, but who knows, maybe he can do it.
  3. https://kfor.com/2019/07/11/former-osu-wrestling-coach-joe-seay-dies/
  4. Still can't find any external links to an obituary. Anybody know?
  5. Brutal KO. Tried to get the leg, and ended up getting the knee flush!
  6. I recall that Cornell used compression tops back in the 2003-04 season. I don't think I've seen much of them since them.
  7. Why did Snyder not recommend his course? Too much focus on wrestling alone and not enough time preparing for one's life/career after wrestling?
  8. At 1:17, the newscast mentions someone being the victim of a "sex crime with an object," which could mean a lot of different things.
  9. More specifically, he walked on to Michigan State after never qualifying for the state meet in high school, almost got cut from the team that first year, but hung in there and went on to place twice in Div. I.
  10. Just one: he won it his first year, and then finished third the next year before transferring to ISU.
  11. Chris Taylor was a JUCO national champ before transferring to Iowa State where he won two Div. I titles.
  12. JRob actually left after the '83-'84 season, a few years before they missed 10, which was '86-'87.
  13. Iowa fans are probably as impatient as ever, but if they were to get rid of Brands, who is the replacement?
  14. Wow - what a story. Hope the next few days goes well for him!
  15. https://bigten.org/documents/2019/3/9//2019_Big_Tens_Brackets_After_Session_1.pdf?id=6335
  16. Try uploading them to a third party site (e.g. google) and then posting a link to that picture; see if that works.
  17. http://intermatwrestle.com/articles/21560
  18. Ben did enroll at Muskegon Community College back in Fall of 2014, and competed for them for at least part of that season. So I would think that would have started his Div. I clock back then. I don't know the exact NCAA rules for this situation, but at this point he might have part of one season left.
  19. While I can recall a bunch of 197 pounders who had much greater success after they moved up to HWT, it's hard to think of one who actually displaced an AA. Pretty rare aside from the two examples mentioned so far (Banach and Cassar).
  20. One thing that Bobby Douglas noted in one of the Gable documentaries was that Gable had no qualms about taking on wrestlers who were much bigger in size than he was. He would sometimes go with Chris Taylor when they were at Iowa State. Lou Banach admitted that when he wrestled for Iowa, Gable could beat him. As amazing as those feats sounded, they came with a price.
  21. Always enjoyed his posts. RIP.
  22. Gable was 48 when he stepped down. But his body was breaking down as a result so many years of putting it through physical hell long after his competitive career was over. I think most coaches out there avoid that kind of activity as a result.
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