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  1. I want to provide a testimonial for a great book authored by Mike Chapman -- Wrestling Tough. Second Edition. I personally think it's the best wrestling book I've ever read. I really enjoyed all the great advice in the book -- and agree with basically all of it. I think you can buy the book at any book store. Hope you enjoy it. DA
  2. Every time I saw Tom, I told him that it was time to pass the baton. At first I was diplomatic -- then I got confrontational. (E.g. "You're destroying a once proud program.") The last time I talked to him he said, "When I decide to leave, you will be the first to know." He hasn't contacted me yet -- so I assume he's still the Spartan coach.?? DA
  3. I have some strong feelings about this issue. What good does it do a kid to be beat up or ridden for an hour by his coach? I've seen some coaches do that. Also, if the kid beats the coach, does the kid lose respect? I had that happen to me with a potential state champion when I was coaching high school kids. He beat me once and changed his attitude. He lost respect and was cocky. From that moment on, I beat him up so badly that he totally lost his confidence and didn't even place. I'm mad at myself for possibly costing him a state championship, but I was young and was not going to let a high school kid think he could beat me --ego. My college coach beat up a fantastic / cocky wrestler for a year and the kid didn't place his junior year. The next year, the coach let the kid "win" -- and the kid won the NCAA's, clobbering his opponent in the finals. The kid was actually the best wrestler at the NCAA's that year. To this day, 50 years later, that "kid" believes he beat his coach his entire senior year. The coach I'm talking about was Doug Blubaugh, IMO the greatest college coach ever. I told Doug that I would never say I beat him -- but that if I did the move right, let me have it!! Teach me -- don't beat me up. That was one of the best / smartest things I ever did. I can say it now that Doug has passed -- I took Doug down hundreds of times! (And there was nothing he could do about it! :-) DA
  4. I couldn't help but respond to this post. I was a transfer in the '60s -- from ISU to MSU. We (and I) won an NCAA championship in '67 -- I wrote a book about it -- much of which was devoted to the (recruiting process and) transfer -- in celebration of our 50th anniversary. I hope it's not inappropriate for me to say that there have been numerous testimonials about the book that can be found at 67Spartanbook.com Best - DA
  5. I am replying to The Ohio State, above. I have written a book about our 1967 team. I told you a few years ago I would write it for the 50th year anniversary of our championship. (You said you would read it in a heartbeat.) It actually took 3 years and 10 drafts. It's called A Spartan Journey (and subtitled Michigan State's 1967 Miracle on the Mat). Writing the book was a very fun journey itself. The book is dedicated to Doug Blubaugh, with a lot of commentary about him and his relationship to Grady, our head coach, and all the wrestlers -- especially me. And it is written, more or less, autobiographically. It already has accumulated a lot of nice testimonials. You can go to my facebook page or 67Spartanbook.com to see some of the testimonials or to buy the book. You can also contact me at daa2000@aol.com if you have any questions. Also, If you want to know more about the book itself you can go to YouTube and write in my name -- Dale Anderson wrestler -- and you will see some interviews I have done about the book. Most of the major wrestling publications have discussed the book. Hopefully everyone who reads it will enjoy it! Best DA
  6. Yes -- the guy at the weight above me, Dale Carr, is given some credit for "creating" or at least improving the "shoulder roll" (as they called it). Carr could actually execute a great Granby from his feet. Also, Keith Lowrance used it alot. I picked it up from both of them. I talk about it quite a bit in the book probably because almost no one I wrestled had ever seen it really. The problem was that a lot of referees had never seen it either -- I think the ref in my '67 match stood there for a few seconds while Yatabe struggled on his back before he gave me even the two points for reversal. Frankly, I was not that good with the move -- but even Billy Martin allegedly said once that if an Iowan can learn the move, anybody can, so at least he gave me credit for trying! Best - DA
  7. Thanks for your kind words. I wanted to write a book about our team for our 50th year anniversary. It took me three years and ten drafts, but it ended up being a fun "journey" in itself. I don't know if I can say this on this site, but if you're interested in seeing testimonials or get the book, go to 67Spartanbook.com or check out my facebook. Best - DA
  8. I only checked on one championship -- 1967. McGuire, from Oklahoma, at 130 was not seeded according to wrestlingstats.com. He beat my teammate, Don Behm, in the finals. McGuire had beaten Peritore, from Lehigh earlier in the draw. I think Peritore was number #1 seed that year. If you check out wrestlingstats.com you will probably see many instances where an unseeded wrestler won the championship. Best - DA
  9. I would be interested in whether Gable would say his "lineage" comes through Nick or Siddens. I was at ISU right before Dan got there -- and frankly, Nick didn't do a lot of coaching, IMO. He did recruit some great wrestlers during that period. Every time I've heard Gable talk about it, he's said he didn't need a coach -- I think especially in college. I take his word about that. When we used to wrestle in Waterloo, it was pretty informal -- you just grabbed someone and worked out. We didn't need a lot of coaching -- and we could go for hours wrestling. As I mentioned above, I think Dan's lineage went much more through Siddens, as Siddens was his mentor during a time Dan needed him most -- and Siddens was very subtle in his ability to help and guide his wresters. Maybe Dan would give Nick more credit than I think he would. I'm kind of biased, though, as virtually everybody knows. Best - DA
  10. I say Gable traces his back to Siddens. DA
  11. "Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care." I looked the quote up on the internet -- it was attributed to Theodore Roosevelt. (I odn't think the internet can lie, can it?) DA
  12. Interesting thread and posts for me. My college coach was previously a high school coach who had two high school wrestlers who later won the the Olympics. He said when he became a college coach he had to be "1 / 2 psychologist and 1 / 2 son of a bitch" (pardon my French). Gable, who may be the greatest college coach, just took on the best attributes of his high school coach IMO. Frankly, I haven't seen or known that many college coaches who really really care about their kids -- at least not anything like high school coaches do. I'm not sure why that is as I think if they / coaches did really care more about the kids -- and less about how well they wrestle -- the kids would wrestle a lot better for the coach, for the team -- and for themselves. Best - DA
  13. I will say that I thought that when I wrestled in the Midlands it was tougher to win than the NCAA's. But I will also say that I thought there were some really fun championship matches last night. Best - DA
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