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  1. She probably wouldn't win in PA or CA. The wrestling has improved, but you are in for a huge surprise if you think that they can take out the top boys. She wouldn't have had a chance against a middle school Logan Stieber, a terrible wrestler by world class standards.
  2. He's not wrong. I've witnessed HS boys, with 2-3 years of low level wrestling under their belt beat women Olympic medalists. On multiple occasions. Sure, they should be respected, but saying they are as good as the men is highly disrespectful to the men. It's a sport still on the upswing.
  3. He beat Cox with takedowns the last two times that they wrestled. The ncaa semifinal his true freshman year, and the freestyle match they wrestled a month or so later after the completion of that season. I'm not sure how he now has 0 chance of scoring takedowns against Cox.
  4. If "Best Ever" is only comparing statistics/results then results in other styles do not matter. If there is some subjectivity involved in "how good" wrestler X was then results in other styles can be relevant whether you want to arbitrarily dismiss them or not. Again, elite freestyle is not just "another style", it's another style, wrestled at a higher level with better athletes, wrestling with more at stake. This is why the common opinion amongst the elite coaches (Gable, Smith, Brands bros, Cael, JROB) is that Senior level freestyle guys are the best wrestlers in the world, and that winning a World or Olympic Gold is a greater accomplishment than winning an NCAA title. Remember, the NCAA D1 tournament isn't even a true national championship. If there were no eligibility restriction, how many of this year's winners at the NCAA tournament would still be "national champions"? Remember, most don't buy into the "the styles are soooooo completely different that results in one can never be used as a reliable indicator or predictor for what someone is capable of accomplishing in the other" argument. Many, including D1 coaches have been rejecting that argument for decades. It's not uncommon for a D1 coach predict what a wrestler is capable of after watching a HS wrestler compete in freestyle. Fargo results have convinced coaches of what a wrestler will likely do at the D1 folkstyle level. College scholarships have been won and lost at Fargo. You can confirm this with the Flowrestling employees, guys who regularly talk to D1 coaches, on this site. Back to the topic: I have Zain Retherford as #1 in the Cael era.
  5. I don't you will be disappointed with the result if you're rooting for Dake. Zahid has passed most every test the past year with flying colors, but I think this one will be different. Zahid hasn't faced anyone as explosive as Dake. The other top talents he has beaten haven been explosive at all. See Dieringer and Hall. If Dake doesn't get lackadaisical, he should be able to pick his spots and blow through Zahid's defense. I think young Zahid will have to go back to the drawing board after this series. This should be 2-0. That said, If Zahid manages to beat Dake, I would have to tip my hat to the kid. He would have to find a way to use his leverage advantage if he wants to win. Also, he would have to have to "trim the fat" on his neutral wrestling. At times he gets a little sloppy, but I think that is because he's so much better than the average kid (even the AA's) that he faces in college that he sometimes lets his technique slip due to boredom. He's very good, already better than Pendleton. Technically speaking, at his best, there's not many(if any) who have been as good as he is as a sophomore in college. You'd be hard pressed to name a guy clearly ahead of him at the same stage.
  6. No he isn't. Some of the best D1 wrestlers of all time have called far better wrestlers much worse.
  7. Mr. Gwiazdowski really struggled with his offense. He looked much better at the World championships.
  8. World championships following the Olympics are notoriously weak. Stieber doesn't consistently wrestle at a world champion level. I'm not disrespecting him, just stating that which is obvious. And he didn't represent "my country".
  9. Stieber getting teched is starting to become a regular occurrence at this level. That's a shame.
  10. Yep. There is only a few specific situations where it is okay to challenge the guy below you, and this isn't one of those situations. When you are more accomplished, the favorite in most people's minds in a hypothetical p4p match-up, and are the only sure-fire first ballot HOFer in the match, it's not very bold to challenge the smaller man. That's why the general, unwritten rule is to challenge the champion in the higher weight class. Challenging Yazdanicharati would have been significantly more bold than challenging Chamizo. Yazdanicharati won the title the last time the two were in the same weight.
  11. Did you watch the match? The easy answer is that he wasn't trying to. Keep in mind that Herbert literally took a deep shot one second into the match. Herbert was aggressive and made to pay for sloppy technique. Trying to go 1 to 1 into the 3rd against Snyder and Cael is a very different thing than it is against Askren, due to their world class offensive technique on their feet.
  12. That may be so, but Askren is not Snyder. Going 1-1 into the third is much more doable with Askren, who was not elite offensively on his feet. Doing it with guys like Kyle Snyder or Cael Sanderson is a very different story. It would be difficult to do even if the refs explicitly tell their opponents that they are allowed to stall.
  13. It's one piece in a cumulative case. He has shown this same flaw several times at the international level too. I'm not saying he's weak in the upper body ties, just that he isn't as strong in that area as he is in others. He also will engage lesser wrestlers in those positions when that's there only realistic chance of winning a match. The stalling for 6:30 is not a good strategy. The refs are going to hit them for multiple stalling calls (even if they aren't stalling), so they will give up points that way. They may even get stalled out of the match. Also, that late in the match, Snyder will have more left in the tank than any of those guys. He's more likely to get the takedown early, but even more likely to score the takedown late. Your strategy is good for losing close, but as far as winning goes, they have somewhat of a chance if they can hit a throw. I'm looking at Coon (#2 on the U.S. Greco ladder) and Stoll who also has some Greco experience.
  14. He probably also needs to avoid scrambles on the mat. It should be a good match.
  15. I believe it was at the Worlds last year, or maybe it was the World cup. Obviously, Snyder was able to make the comeback, but that's not the point.
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