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Everything posted by BadgerMon

  1. He's obviously an excellent coach/recruiter and shaper of young men. That being said, he has the added bonus of having Ben/Max Askren selling some of the best Wisconsin high school wrestlers on his program.
  2. Smith was already assured of a spot in the title match before he wrestled that match. Could have something to do with it.
  3. Is NJ wrestling telling us that the Sooners have landed more AA's than Okie State? Or is NJ just mixing both teams in saying OKLAHOMA? Is this Bizzaro World?
  4. I'm rather ashamed of myself not immediately recalling the Mills-Gonzales match....enjoy! Sneaky Mills and his front headlock arm drag counter...while he made Gonzales tired early by countering his leg attacks and riding. Gonzales was about 50-0 going into the match, with an All Star victory over Mills previously. For you young whippersnappers who don't know Gene Mills: GENE MILLS, Syracuse ’81 can uniquely share his lifetime record since Day 1 as “1356-46-1 with 886 falls,” thereby earning his nickname of “Mean Gene, The Pinning Machine.” His camps and email address are labeled Pin2Win. Gene was NJ State and HS National champion, Syracuse’s first 4-time wrestling All American and second 2-time NCAA Champion (also 3,4), voted OW in ’81. He ranks Top 2 in career college falls, won three World Cups and was voted OW as World Super Champion and Tbilisi, then Athlete-of-the-Year by the US Olympic Committee, all in the 1980 boycott year. He’s in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. As one of the sport’s most exciting ever, the OW awards were no accident. In 10 bouts to win NCAAs, Mills had seven falls and won, 17-2; 16-13; 28-4. His 1979 finals win came vs. Joe Gonzalez, the 1980 champion who won five National Opens and was a 3-time World Top 5. The win avenged a 9-8 loss to Gonzalez in the ’79 All-Star Classic. Gene’s last EIWA championship came by fall over Lehigh’s Bobby Weaver in the only known collegiate battle between Olympic teammates. After assisting mentor, Ed Carlin, as coach for many years, Mills resides in nearby Liverpool, NY, where he runs the Pin2Win Club and camps.
  5. Those two freshman would have been an excellent match. I'd take Mocco by a footsweep.
  6. Mike Mann had defeated Banach at least twice previous to the NCAA tournament- and deserved the 1st seed. The dual meet win by Mann vs Banach is one of the great matches in NCAA history, in my opinion.
  7. Wisconsin is also doing the masks. The masks are considered to be part of the uniform. Also, no hand shaking before or after match. But touch each other constantly during the match. LOL Wonder how many matches I'll whistle-stop because the mask slides down to a wrestler's throat while he is getting pinned? To add to that misery, the refs also wear the masks. Refs also to raise color of the winning wrestler, no lifting of arms. If you think I'm being lassizfaire about Covid, I'm not. Wife and I had it, and it was brutal. But I see the masks ( for the wrestlers at least) as a problem.
  8. Us refs in Wisconsin are urged to buy the electronic whistle. Need to open the Amazon box and give it a tweet.
  9. Gelogaev was pretty good on his feet.
  10. Wondering if MMA has been the financially awarding thing that Pico thought it would be?
  11. Sadly, another great Wisconsin kid boogies out of state.
  12. Schultz was already world champ
  13. We also brought in John Hurlock at heavyweight, who had wrestled for U of Colorado til they dropped their program. He had pinned Big Ten champ and #3 seed John Bowlsby first round of the NCAAs in '79 before becoming a Badger.
  14. Howe did a great job considering his Achilles injury. He did reach 4 NCAA semis. Not sure what happened in the Jarrod King final. Perry was a beast, also. No shame there- that guy could bring it- brutal rider. But yeah, I wanted him to win a few too.
  15. I should have double-checked. He was a starter on a 3 time Super Bowl winner, however. I shall edit. Haselrig- Amazing!
  16. VO2 can be important- depending upon your style of wrestling. My teammate/same weight/opponent on the Badgers- the late Jeff Charland and a 3 time state champ, could run all day and had a VO2 of 5.0 L. He was lean and mean. He wrestled very controlled matches and could take breaks by riding with the legs. Mine was 3.5 L and could not run all day, but was stocky (stockier now). I wrestled chaotically and was constantly winded. Apparently 3.5 is the low side of the average for SEDENTARY ADULT MALES. Yay. Somehow we went 4-4 with each other in matches. So how important is VO2, and does it outweigh other "gifts"? I understand that Jack Cuvo could run all day, was a college AA in XC, and a two time NCAA champ.THAT's physically gifted in my humble opinion.
  17. But what IS physically gifted? A great physique, or ability other than wrestling? Randy Lewis could do phenomenal things on a trampoline/diving board, not to mention throw from any position. Ryan Lord, who wrestled for the Badgers won the 100 and 200 at State in high school track. Laurent Soucie and Sgt Gibson made World Teams in both Freestyle and Greco. Russ Hellickson could freakin run ALL DAY- amazing at 220 lbs, and beat at least half of us in the 5 mile run. Curley Culp and Steven Neal won the NCAAs AND played NFL. Neal decided to tack on a WC while he was at it.
  18. I remember him singing the Anthem to start the Northern Open back about 1979
  19. Erland would sing the National Anthem before tournaments started.
  20. The Great One got pinned by grad assistant and most excellent wrestler Timmy Cysewski in the finals of the Northern Iowa Open in December of his junior year. Wicked Headlock. Lewis went on to win at Corvallis NCAAs that year.
  21. Not to nit-pick, but Sgt Gibson won a World MILITARY Championship in Greco ( just being clear), and 2nd in the Olympics in Greco. But yes, he was feared throughout the land with his unstoppable gut-wrench. A true specimen of a man.
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