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  1. From A Season on the Mat: Dan Gable and the Pursuit of Perfection: “…It was a carryover from his college days, when Gable scoured the wrestling room for workout partners of any size and weight. He wanted to improve his conditioning and technique, and he needed opposition and resistance. He wrestled man many times his size (5-9, 140), including his Iowa state and Olympic teammate Chris Taylor, who weighed more than 400 lb. (“I can do pretty good with him for about the 1st 30 minutes. After that, he tires me out and I can't do anything,” Said Taylor, who died in 1979.)”
  2. I couldn't say exactly how much he made, but Sean Bormet was doing very well financially with Overtime when he left to coach again at Michigan. The school, however, did not survive that long after he left. Ben Askren is much more famous than Sean, and is already pretty well known as a coach, but started his academies with Max Askren or John Mesenbrink, two of his closest confidants. If Ben were to leave his academies for a collegiate position, would they be able to continue to hold down the fort?
  3. I don't know if the PINNED part of the story is exaggerated in some way, but this isn't the first time a smaller world level competitor was said to be able to beat most or all of the remainder of his teammates. Dan Gable was able to beat everyone on his Olympic team at least up to 198 (Ben Peterson, who won gold, basically says that Gable was the one who raised him up to that level, and kicked his butt from the first time they wrestled together). He would even wrestle Chris Taylor, and would wear him out over time. I've heard similar stories about Tommy Evans; Wayne Baughman states that he could pin everyone on the world team, although Evans ended up with Olympic silver.
  4. He was on the roster for 4 years.
  5. Currently working as a financial representative for a Detroit firm.
  6. The first time I saw women's wrestling was at the 1989 World Cup in Toledo. I had gone there to watch the US battle the Soviets, and when they announced that there was going to be a women's wrestling session between duals, I wasn't sure what to think. Up till that point, there had been relatively few girl/women wrestlers here and there, and were by far more the exception than the rule. However, these gals quickly made known to the crowd that they were there to compete, with plenty of action and almost no passivity. I imagine their coaches impressed on them that this was their opportunity to show the world that they were serious and that they belonged there with all the male competitors. They succeeded in making a fan out of me that day. Since then, aside from my years as a high school official, most of my observing women's wrestling has been at the trials or the US Open when I've attended it. If there's a competitor who I'm familiar with, I'll follow her, although I still attend events primarily to watch the men's competition. So yes, if my team started a women's program, I'd definitely start watching it, although I'll probably always be first and foremost a fan of the men.
  7. Moore wins at 197 for OSU. Parris evens the score against Stencel at HWT.
  8. Ohio State got another title from Kharchla too.
  9. Pretty much. Mike Amine was AA back in the 1980s (second to Mike VanArsdale), and his sons are Myles and Malik. Sam Amine is Mike's younger brother, and also wrestled back in the late 1980s. His sons are Jordan and Cam.
  10. Cam is actually cousin to Miles and Malik.
  11. Embree edged Caffey in the 184 semis to even their personal series to 1-1. It will be fun to watch them over the next 3 years.
  12. They just changed the brackets to Stencil pinning Rebottaro. Looks like he'll be meeting Parris again in the finals.
  13. For Michigan: Of all most recent athletes, Adam Coon. For current rostered athletes, probably Myles Amine.
  14. I believe he's the only Div III wrestler to ever win a Div I title, before they ended the practice of allowing Div II and III champs to advance to the Div I tournament. https://archive.bloomu.edu/sports/wrst99/martuccibio.htm
  15. That was how it was until the early 1990s with Div 2 and Div 3 champs advancing to Div 1. Personally, I liked it, but Div 1 coaches put an end to it because of how it affected team races.
  16. Think the third time will be the charm? Or truly the end for his MMA career? http://intermatwrestle.com/articles/22366
  17. Does anyone know how things are shaping up for this program? In spite of his problems at Oklahoma, Cody was generally a solid coach who built the program at American up from almost nothing, and it seems that this is another chance for him to try to do the same thing. Their roster is very small, with it being the same 11 guys listed last year: http://www.gobluehose.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=18100&SPID=10729&SPSID=1171212 Hard to see how they will fill 10 weight classes with that. And the last news on any of them was on the six that wrestled at the US Open: http://www.gobluehose.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=1171210&SPID=10729&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=211801907&DB_OEM_ID=18100
  18. His profile at the Northwest Tech website doesn't say much: https://www.ntmavericks.com/sports/wrest/coaches/Wrestling_Head_Coach
  19. Great overall athlete, big, strong, and moved around very well for a heavyweight. His first year at Division I, there was something of an intimidation factor with him, as he was very muscular and scary looking.
  20. Yes, that may be the most black-and-white interpretation. Since Johnson's hair was not in its natural state at mat side, he should have had the 90 seconds to undo his dreadlocks and get his hair into its natural state so Mahoney could evaluate its length. Since that would have been just about impossible to do in 90 seconds, Johnson should have simply been disqualified, and not even given the opportunity to cut his hair. I wonder if all the people out there protesting the haircut would have been satisfied with this option? Would it have even become the national spectacle that it did?
  21. From last season's rules: Rule 4-2-1: During competition, all wrestlers shall be clean shaven with sideburns trimmed no lower than earlobe level and hair trimmed and well groomed. The hair, in its natural state, shall not extend below the top of an ordinary shirt collar in the back; and on the sides, the hair shall not extend below earlobe level; in the front, the hair shall not extend below the eyebrows. [emphasis mine] Source: 2018-19 NFHS Wrestling Rules Book 4.2.1 Situation E: Wrestler A appears at weigh-ins with hair in tight cornrows. After making the prescribed weight, the wrestler indicates no desire to undo the hair, as it takes time and is expensive to have performed. RULING: This is permissible if the hair is covered by a legal hair cover that is attached to the ear guards. COMMENT: A legal hair cover is intended to allow a wrestler to compete with hair longer than permitted by rule. A referee cannot assume the hairstyle meets the prescribed rule, therefore should a wrestler choose not to meet the rule, a legal hair cover attached to the ear guards shall be required and approved at weigh-ins. [emphasis mine] Source: 2018-19 NFHS Wrestling Case Book I hate to beat a dead horse, but It seems that the whole thing boils down to what the term "natural state" is supposed to mean. Up till now, I have assumed that it meant the hair could not be manipulated in a manner such as braiding or pinning or banding, and then gravity would determine whether the hair went below the collar, earlobe, or eyebrows. Per 4.2.1 Situation E, in the NFHS Wrestling Case Book, this seems to be the case, indicating that the hair had to be inspected WITHOUT it being manipulated, and that the cornrows described in Situation E had to be undone in order for proper inspection of hair length. Hence, according to the interpretation above, Andrew Johnson's hair was NOT in its natural state because it was braided/dredlocked, and therefore had to have a legal hair covering (which he did not have). And hence, Alan Mahoney's application of the rule was indeed correct. Yet the New Jersey DCR states that "In particular, they seek to eliminate any interpretation of Rule 4.2.1 that allowed wrestling officials to determine that traditionally black hairstyles were 'unnatural' or to subject wrestlers with traditionally black hairstyles to differential treatment as to when a haircover was required." But the above rule and its case book application, which were the rule at the time of last December's incident, make NO mention of the race of the wrestler, just that the hair was not in its natural, unmanipulated state! Does anyone here have any better insight as to what "natural state" refers to beyond what is stated in the rules? It seems they just threw the official under the bus for doing his job.
  22. In the interview, does anyone know what park it was they were walking though?
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