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Everything posted by Flying-Tiger

  1. Pretty sure he beat Quentin Wright.
  2. MSU has a hard time dealing in facts and prefers to wallow in half truths and misleading statistics. Lee did in fact say that which does raise the question of what limitations Brands is putting on him in regard to international competition. Not redshirting flys in the face of Lee's own stated goals and puts him at a disadvantage at OTTs next year.
  3. Iowa will be too strong over the next two years however they will have a drop off in 2022 and that's the year ISU may pass them. If Iowa doesn't win a championship in the next two years with the talent they have, Brands may in fact get fired.
  4. He knows that and is just being obtuse since it's a losing argument if you only look at what convictions guys have had and still been allowed to wrestle.
  5. Numerous team penalty points; behavior was so bad your coaches had to run on the mat more then once to control DeSanto. Yea that's quite positive. Well at least he didn't pull a gun during a match, I guess that is a success story by Iowa standards.
  6. One key difference is that the gun incident is recent while Long was back in 2011. Another key difference is that the shooting is just one of many incidents by Iowa wrestlers since 2011. Why don't we compare the programs since Long? Iowa has quite the rap sheet, much more extensive than PSU or any other program. This is indisputable, or shall I make a list?
  7. And there is that duplicity. When Cael brought Long in, it was Cael treating him as expendable, never mind he knew the family and Andrew from when he was a child, yet with Brands bringing in Teasdale, who has a lot of serious issues, arguably more serious than Long, he is making an effort to rehabilitate him, lol. How can you not realize how ridiculous you sound.
  8. Long didn't wrestle for PSU after the rape charge so comparing it to Marion riding a moped drunk is disingenuous and shows you really can't refute what I said. You want to call someone out for that, look for a coach back in Iowa. The rap sheet under Brands is long and growing with almost no discipline (or intervention as you call it) for his wrestlers, so yes it is an excellent way to refute the duplicitous Iowa fans that continue to bring up a guy that hasn't wrestled for PSU since 2011. Maybe if Brands took his wrestlers (and coach's) previous gun charges more serious, he wouldn't of had to deal with one of his guys getting shot by a teammate. You don't have the higher ground here, it's not even close at this point. Iowa has annual off the mat issues with their wrestlers and has become a destination for transfers of guys with baggage in a desperate attempt to keep up with PSU and tOSU. You can say Andrew Long until you are blue in the face, isn't going to change that.
  9. Iowa fans at it again, thinking they have the high ground in these discussions. Lets see, you just had a guy shoot a teammate and he was wrestling the the first semester, competing for a starting spot. DeSanto tried to break another guys arm, was kicked off his former team for his conduct and was immediately inserted into the lineup; how many penalty points did he have this past season? How about the guy that plead guilty to theft and was in the starting lineup opening day for that big outdoor event against OSU? ...and of course, an oldie but goodie, Montell Marion's permanent suspension that lasted one semester, the same amount of time Long sat out. Is that enough?? Or should we get into all of Iowa's DUIs, Public Drunkenness, Disorderly Conducts and Gun Charges that didn't result in a single suspension.
  10. Agree, Cox is a great wrestler but I question wether he can maintain that level at 86kg under the current weight-in rules. Taylor now fits that weight very well and has a non stop motor so he will be a bigger challenge then last time. No matter what ultimately happens, it's a shame that one of Cox, Taylor or Snyder will not be able to compete in the Olympics.
  11. Lots of low post count guys appearing and defending Lee. Looks like the hawk fans are coming out from a long hibernation.
  12. Penn State has such a pool of quality guys with full eligibly waiting in the wings, I don't see how they can punt. Hall is the only guy that might take an Olympic redshirt and if so, they would put Brooks in at 174. If anything, it's going to be difficult for PSU to get some very good guys in the lineup, especially at the upper weights.
  13. With Fix making the World team this year and potentially taking an Olympic Redshirt next year, it would really put some pressure on Spencer Lee to redshirt as well. Seems like a rather big advantage to let your main competitor get all this experience while your focus is on folk and college classes. Obviously that would be a huge hit to Iowa's championship chances so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
  14. Geez, all this over a guy that probably will never make another world team. It will be interesting to see if he is picked up as a coach at some point considering his antics over the years. I know he prides himself on not caring what others think, but it will be a factor in the hiring process.
  15. That's a nice photo.
  16. There are plenty of knowledgeable wrestling fans that believe wining Jr. Gold is extremely difficult and certainly harder then making a USA world team final. Then factor in how Pico essentially got a bye in the semis against a severely injured wrestler that tossed him around like a rag doll the previous time they met and I believe your opinion is rather dubious. But hey you keep hanging from Pico's jock because he beat Zain a few times back when Pico was essentially training as a professional while Zain was splitting time with folk style and going to college classes.
  17. ...and how did Safaryan do at Worlds that year or any of the years after? Did he even make another world team? Beating a guy that clearly checked out mentally after winning his Gold doesn't count for much in my book. MSU, you spend an awful lot of time responding to my posts considering my grasp of wrestling is so weak. Ultimately, this is a subjective argument that can go on indefinitely so each fan has to decide on their own. Personally, I feel that Pico was not a phenom because, yes, placing 1st in something of note is necessary to be considered essentially an elite of the elite. If we look at the last several years, we can review what some Americans have accomplished at a young age and play a game of which guy doesn't belong with the others? Kyle Snyder: World Gold; Jr. World Champion; NCAA Champion all by the age of 19 J'Den Cox: Olympic Bronze; 2x NCAA Champion by the age of 21. Dayton Fix: Jr. World Champion; World Team member Spencer Lee: 2x Jr. World Champion; 2x NCAA Champion Mark Hall: 2x Jr. World Champion; NCAA Champion Mekhi Lewis: Jr. World Champion; NCAA Champion Gable Steveson: Jr. World Champion Aaron Pico: 0 Jr. World Championships; 0 world teams, didn't compete in college
  18. It is truly amazing to me how you and Mdog throw around a word like phenom for a guy that hasn't won anything since he was a cadet. Perhaps you guys should look up the definition. At least we can all agree Pico is clearly not a phenom in MMA despite all the hype over his Jr. Golden Gloves championship he won when he was 12.
  19. Except Yianni is also going to college at an Ivy League school and winning NCAA championships, much more impressive to do both at the same time and much closer to the definition of a phenom than Pico was or ever will be.
  20. Referencing Reece as a non ncaa champ makes perfect sense since you (not me) try to use folk results to elevate Picos standing in freestyle which just shows how hard up you are to come up with results to justify the phenom status. Keep in mind Pico was supposed to be phenom in MMA and looked how that has worked out. Reality can be a bitch, that's why you have to prove it in sport.
  21. Pico also won Cade Gold and then dropped out of school and was training freestyle exclusively while Zain was primarily training folk and dealing with a college curriculum. Furthermore, despite Zain's folk accomplishments, he wasn't a real threat to make a world team back then so why is Pico's win even note worthy? The fact you go on to say in another post that Pico only lost to two wrestlers shows how you are engaged in confirmation bias and refuse to acknowledge the Pico wasn't the phenom you make it out to be. Here is video of Pico getting taken apart by a non NCAA champion. Pico caught a huge break by getting a seriously injured Reece in the OTT's Semis or we wouldn't even be talking about how he almost made the world team.
  22. Fundamental flaw in your logic is saying he beat Zain was Zain was very much Zain. Zain in freestyle was much different than Zain in folk back then. The results prove this out.
  23. Agree, in fact I'll take it one step further and say Pico was not nearly at the same level, it wasn't even close. The year he made world team finals, it was the soft side of the bracket and his semi opponent, who had defeated him handily before, was seriously injured. Aside from that, Cejuda was huge for the weight and did not have do deal with same day weigh-ins like Pico is going to have to do. No way Pico is coming back and beating Retherford or Yianni, isn't going to happen, but I hope he tries.
  24. His camp has rushed him his entire career. One bad decision after another. This might get him back into wrestling but he isn't going to pick up where he left off and I question whether they'll totally commit to getting him competitive again. I suspect he'll wrestle just long enough to make a run at the Olympics (Mexico) before heading back to MMA with the mantra of a new and improved Pico.
  25. He's right, you are consistent in that every off season you line up a team against Penn State predicting the highest possible outcome for each wrestler and then argue how each result is possible, completely ignoring the law of averages. Your "purely individual basis" fails to take into account that teams never finish with everyone reaching their highest potential and that some will actually finish at the low end of their potential. In this case, it's unrealistic to think that every single guy in Iowa's lineup will be an All American. A few of those "AA Caliber" wrestlers won't AA and a few more will finish as low scoring AAs. Also, if history is any indication, they will have at least one starter out or adversely affected by injury.
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