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    DAA got a reaction from TobusRex in Blubaugh   
    I probably have as many Blubaugh stories as anybody.
     
    I have previously posted some -- but I will post some other when I get a chance.
     
    The last time I saw him, he was going home from the Big Tens and fell asleep -- and got into an accident -- in Southern Illinois. He called me -- and I went down there and picked him up. He stayed with me for a while (in the Chicago area) -- and we told each other a lot of stories about the good old days.
     
    What a great guy! And what a great coach! -- I think if there were a ranking of assistant coaches -- he would first -- all time. He told me he regretted every day when he left his job at MSU to become head coach at Indiana.
     
    In the next years, I'm going to (try to) write a book about Doug -- and our (mildly bizarre) '67 team.
     
    Thanks for posting this.
     
    Best -
     
    DA
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    DAA got a reaction from Gantry in Coaches Wrestling Their Wrestlers   
    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! :-)
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    DAA got a reaction from TheOhioState in Minkel wasted SO MUCH time. Ruled with an Indigo Parrot.   
    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.??
     
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    DAA reacted to iwrite in Question for you ex-college wrestlers   
    Dale Anderson's transfer to Michigan State in the late 1960s is one of the most important transfers in college history, as it was a huge factor in the Spartans winning the NCAA team title in 1967 -- the first Big Ten school with that distinction.. I highly recommend Dale's book about that magical year. By the way, this year marks the 50th anniversary of that important event. -- Mike Chapman, author of 29 books and creator of WIN magazine and the Dan Hodge Trophy
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    DAA got a reaction from Gantry in Coaches Wrestling Their Wrestlers   
    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
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    DAA got a reaction from Gantry in Coaches Wrestling Their Wrestlers   
    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
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    DAA reacted to JasonBryant in High School Numbers Down AGAIN   
    Let's also look at the number of high school coaches who aren't teaching in the school or the school system. There's something about having someone recruit you out of a classroom or hallway. We've seen success stories countless times where the science teacher/wrestling coach saw a kid who needed an outlet and got them into wrestling. 
     
    All we need is two new kids per program per year to set all-time highs, folks. 
     
    What happened to the teacher/coach? Is it a by-product of the helicopter parents, soft kids, budget, coaches coming through not wanting to work as hard as their coaches did? 
     
    A big part of athlete recruitment and retention, to me, is having a coach IN the school. There are plenty of examples of successful programs where the coach isn't in the school or the school system, but my own eyes have seen better numbers when there's someone walking the halls. 
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    DAA reacted to gowrestle in High School Numbers Down AGAIN   
    Absolutely agree and I will add keeping headgear on. Cauliflower ear is up there with weight cutting.
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    DAA reacted to patmilkovich in High School Numbers Down AGAIN   
    Wrote an article on "interest killers" over a year ago...you folks are finally catching on.  
     
    Length of Tournaments - Year Round Wrestling - Diminished Emphasis on Dual Meet Rivalries - Hard to Understand/Follow the Rules - Too Much Wrestling - Negative Perception of Weight Cutting...to name a few sub-titles.
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    DAA got a reaction from smcfee in Question for you ex-college wrestlers   
    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
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    DAA got a reaction from smcfee in Question for you ex-college wrestlers   
    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
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    DAA got a reaction from smcfee in Question for you ex-college wrestlers   
    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
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    DAA got a reaction from smcfee in Question for you ex-college wrestlers   
    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
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    DAA got a reaction from smcfee in Question for you ex-college wrestlers   
    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 
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    DA
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    DAA got a reaction from keoniluke in Blubaugh   
    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!
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    DA
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    DAA got a reaction from KTG119 in A Spartan Journey, by Dale Anderson...   
    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!
     
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    DA
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    DAA got a reaction from silver-medal in A Spartan Journey, by Dale Anderson...   
    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.
     
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    DA
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    DAA got a reaction from KTG119 in A Spartan Journey, by Dale Anderson...   
    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
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    DAA got a reaction from KTG119 in A Spartan Journey, by Dale Anderson...   
    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!
     
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