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Sheerstress

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  1. For a long time Michigan had a solid pipeline to St. Eds in Ohio.  That was slightly upset by Tom Ryan as noted, but they still get good wrestlers from there.

    Blair has also been a good source of talent.

    More recently, St. John's has probably been the most consistent.


  2. 10 hours ago, dmm53 said:

    Wow, Louisiana State had three placers.  What happened to their program? 

    And the NCAA still used the term "Unlimited" (as opposed to Heavyweight or 285).   

    Funny to think guys could say "I'm wrestling Unlimited" or just "I'm Unlimited".   It's almost like being a cartoon superhero!

    It was discontinued following the 84-85 season.  Even though the program was successful, the AD said that it was costing the school too much for them to travel to competitions since there were not a lot of programs in their region of the country. 


  3. http://timpeeler.blogspot.com/2018/03/man-youre-bigger-than-i-am.html

    Good article on Thacker.  He actually was a 3-time AA, and not a 4-timer as the article says, but like other successful huge heavyweights, he was a very talented overall athlete who moved well (could dunk a basketball!), and knew how to use his weight against opponents.

    He is probably best known for his match in the 1982 NCAAs against Lou Banach, where there was probably close to a 200 pound difference in weight, but he lost by fall.

    Contrast to the 1983 meet, where he met Mitch Shelton of OSU in the quarterfinals, and had to try to pick on someone his own size :).  (Shelton won 5-0)

    Unfortunately, as was the case with some of the other big guys, such as Taylor, Yarborough, and probably Albright, his weight eventually caught up with him, and shortened his life.  

    I do miss seeing the biggest guys on the mat.  


  4. Really an amazing athlete when the guy's high school didn't have a wrestling team (his entire high school record was something like 10-0), and yet he goes on to win 3 Div I college titles, and then he didn't even play football in college, and yet goes on to be All-Pro in the NFL.  

    I always thought that if he hadn't chosen to go the football route, he could have been one of the greatest international wrestlers, and this was right in the middle of Bruce Baumgartner's prime.

    Following his retirement, it was discouraging to hear about his problems with substance abuse, although I thought that in his latter years, he had put most of that behind him.  

    RIP to one of the greatest.  


  5. Bonomo was a pretty large 118 pounder.

    This was his third title, and while he was hands down the best at his weigh; as I recall, motivation was a problem at this point in his career (basically HEW), and weight cutting was probably something he despised. 


  6. As for Big, he once posted that my screen name was making him feel somewhat agitated and wanted to know how I came up with it!  

    The reason for his was a little obvious.  I think there was actually a pic of him here when he was doing a beach wrestling tournament.  It fit him well!


  7. On 5/8/2020 at 6:20 AM, tightwaist said:

    Big was a character!  We’ve lost so many great contributors over the years. I wish I could remember them all.  But, a few were:

    Don Goodell, Allan Brown, Jay Hammond & Denny.  
     

     

     

    I remember all of them well.

    1.  Don passed away not that long after we met at a Michigan dual meet.  I attended his funeral; he was a man with a lot of different interests and a lot of knowledge about wrestling, and yet very humble.

    2.  Allan was another older gentleman with a tremendous wrestling knowledge and a willingness to share it.  I got a bunch of PMs from him on various topics posted in this forum - he knew a lot about many wrestlers and programs in amazing depth!.

    3.  I didn't know him as well as the first two, but obviously a great contributor.

    4.  It seemed Denny was sometimes an unofficial moderator in addition to being a regular poster.  Never actually met him but he seemed like a gentle giant.  The dealio!


  8. On 4/30/2020 at 9:28 AM, Jim L said:

    The story I heard was that Chris Campbell got his law degree from Syracuse after he initially retired from wrestling because of back injuries.  He was living in the area and his back healed, he was working out with the Syracuse team when he decided to make his comeback.  He was training partners with Kerr his senior season and Kerr went on to win a title and Campbell got Olympic Bronze

    Campbell actually got his law degree from Cornell in the 80s, and subsequently moved to the Syracuse area and was working for the Carrier Corporation there when he decided to make his comeback.

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