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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
  14. Sorry -- I guess you beat me to it by one minute -- great minds... DA
  15. Michigan State just won the "Cradle Gear" Tournament. Minkel is bragging about it on the MSU web site. If you want to finally really get excited about a Spartan accomplishment, read this -- it's a real treat. http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/m-wre ... -body.html So if the Midlands is now a 2nd rate tournament -- what is the Cradle Gear tournament? When the MSU AD tells me how great Minkel is doing by virtue of winning this major tournament, what do I tell him? Best - DA
  16. I shouldn't say this -- but I saw him wrestle when he was about 8 years old -- and I couldn't believe the skills. His dad (an MSU wrestler) asked me -- and I told him -- don't let him just rely on counters and defensive skills. Make him work on the bottom. A few years ago I watched him at the Midlands. I think he pinned everybody -- and was OW. What bothered me was that he couldn't get out on the bottom. I kind of blamed it on Minkel -- spending most his practices teaching Greco moves, I assumed. Anyway, here he was a junior or senior and he didn't even try to get out on bottom -- and it looked to me that he didn't know how to get out on the bottom. His dad asked me, so I told him -- NIck needs to bring in a really good coach to teach him skills on the bottom -- or he is NEVER going to win a national championship. The rest is history -- I think arguably -- Nick is the best wrestler who never won an NCAA championship (Ok -- I SAID ARGUABLY!!). I blame it on four things -- 1. Minkel 2. Never having to shoot when he was young -- always doing that spladle crap and front headlocks. 3. Did I mention Minkel? 4. Never being on the bottom enough to have to learn fundamentals of being down position. When you pin everybody in the first period for 10 years, why worry about being in the down position. DA
  17. You might be right -- but I don't know any pinning combinations that one can execute when one's foot is in one's butt. Do you? I just frankly agree with Big Apple -- after about 4 minutes of having your foot in your butt, one would think that it's time for a new plan, maybe?? That plan is plant that foot and rotate back as soon as the ref blows the whistle -- instead of lunging forward -- the worst thing he could possibly do. I learned that as a sophomore in high school. And I thought everybody knew that. DA
  18. Big Apple -- Again, let me say you are absolutely right. I was shocked that a finalist at the Midlands would have no idea what do when he's being ankle ridden like that. DA
  19. My old high school coach, Siddens, used to tell this story -- Over Christmas break all the college kids would come back from college to beat up the high schools kids -- and keep them humble at West High. it was a very humbling experience for us high school kids. Another thing they did was to explain to Siddens all the new moves they learned from their college coaches. Siddens used to laugh about it, as he would listen, knowing that he had shown the college wrestlers those same moves dozens of times in the West High school wrestling room for years and years. That brings me to transition to this thread -- ankle rides and countering them -- I was getting pretty good my sophomore year in high school -- and had beaten some highly ranked kids. In the districts, a kid who wasn't nearly as good I was, beat me by riding my ankle most of the match. I had no clue how to get out. (Again, I must have been daydreaming when Siddens showed how to counter an ankle ride.) So my year was over. I must admit that it was a minor relief and consolation to lose as now I was able to EAT -- anything I wanted! Yea! Siddens came into the library about two weeks later (after state) and talked to me while I was studying. He said he couldn't sleep thinking about how that kid rode my ankle -- and that we were going to fix that for next year. Frankly, his comment struck me like a lightning bolt -- and like this -- the guy cares more about me than I care about myself! (Siddens seemed to always know just the right thing to say to motivate.) Again, I must admit that I was shamed -- and ashamed. I felt like a jerk -- not really caring that I had lost. Anyway, both he and Blubaugh made sure I knew how to defeat an ankle ride. IMO, it's really not that hard. In general -- My strong feeling, after Siddens talked to me -- and Blubaugh worked with me -- was that if I moved first there was no way the guy was going to get my ankle -- and I can't really remember many who rode me for more than a few seconds from then on. I did learn to love escapes and reversals! As little as I cared for Sanders he did have a great quote that I totally agree with (which I will probably mangle) "When I'm on the bottom, I've got you right where I want you." (close enough.) I always felt the same way. And one thing that I thought was most important about getting really good in the "down" position was that I never had to hold back on my feet as I knew if I got taken down, I could get right out within 10 seconds or so -- and go after my opponent again. IMO being good in referee's position makes you better on your feet. That's also an incredible psychological advantage against all opponents as they know you are constantly coming after them. Enuf. And -- thanks Pat for the kind words. PS If I told this before, sorry -- I thought my prior comments disappeared into the either.? Best - DA
  20. Good Story -- Do you know any details -- who won -- etc. -- I heard (from Doug) that Habibi followed him around for a while -- wanting a re-match. Doug apparently said "NO way -- nobody's taking my Gold Medal away from ME!" Do you know any other details about Blubaugh in Indiana? He told me some things -- but I'm trying to get some others. Merry Christmas! Best - DA
  21. I was astounded this morning to read in the paper that MSU was ranked 4th for the Directors Cup -- This means that basically MSU MUST care about its many non-revenue sports./ I wonder if the administration knows how much the wrestling team drags down the athletic department in its attempts to win the Directors Cup? (No need to answer -- it's sort of rhetorical question.) DA
  22. Wrestling 158 -- and anyone else from MSU who wants to (try to) make a difference on this issue -- would you contact me at DAA2000@aol.com? I will get back to you in the next couple days if you contact me. Thanks. Merry Christmas -- DA
  23. One last thing (I think). In relation to the Oklahoma problem of getting a new coach. One other thing I did was talk to the sports editor of the Lansing paper. He gave me the impression for about a year that he was going to write an expose on the wrestling program. He talked to at least 50 people, had the story all ready. Then suddenly he said the story got cancelled. Apparently the paper got leaned on by the administration at MSU. So the sports editor said he had to chicken out. So you can see this is a really weird situation. An administration totally backing arguably one of the worst wrestling coaches in Amerca. I think I'm going to write a book -- and mention all of this. But for now, I think I'm done (unless I think of something else I think is important). Best - DA
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