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  1. If Dresser tries to climb atop some moral soap box and defend what he did, he should still be shamed / punished. There are far more appropriate and professional ways to address what he may perceive to be a "loophole". If he thinks this is some cute / creative way to expose a bad rule, he's still wrong. The 184 bracket is just a sham. You don't put a bunch of 165/174 backups in a bracket so they can injury default to your top 184. How did the ISU ten feel on the bus down to Mizzou? "Hey guys, I really don't care too much about this dual vs. a top 25 opponent. So Brent and I are just gonna stay back and go to this Last Chance Open at the local HS. Good luck, boys!" What Dresser did was terrible for the sport, unethical, and inexcusable.
  2. I find what Dresser did to be a despicable act of unsportsmanlike conduct. The NCAA established a qualification system in an effort to ensure the best / most qualified wrestlers reach the NCAAs. Having backup wrestlers intentionally injury default is simply cheating. Sending 5 backups to dual vs. a top 25 Mizzou team is insulting to the sport, especially the fans. The penalties on ISU and Dresser should be severe. Blatant attempts to cheat the system should not be tolerated. The 184 lb bracket is exhibit A of how a coach tries to cheat the system. Here are the relevant people to contact. I plan to contact all of them. ISU AD Jamie Pollard jbp@iastate.edu NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee http://web1.ncaa.org/committees/committees_roster.jsp?CommitteeName=MWRRULES NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Committee http://web1.ncaa.org/committees/committees_roster.jsp?CommitteeName=1MWR
  3. Agree. I drove hour and 15 up to Evanston to see the dual, but more specifically to see the two best matchups at 125 and 157. It was disappointing and sad to see Iowa sit their starters at those two weights. If both guys are legitimately injured or sick, that's fine. However, I wish the coaches were more transparent. If Mike Krzyzewski sat Zion Williamson vs. North Carolina, fans would be rightfully upset at Coach K, unless he came out and publicly stated Zion was dealing with an injury. Coach Saban discusses players' injuries (or says it's a "personal issue") at nearly every press conference. For some reason, wrestling coaches (some are worse than others) tend to sit good wrestlers when they face tough(er) opponents. It's bad for the sport. I don't blame Flo as I don't think they had any idea Brands would sit Lee and Young. However, listening to Brands' comments after the dual, it seemed as if the Lee move was discussed and planned days/weeks ago. Personally, I would not have driven to Evanston if I knew Lee was not going to wrestle. The outcome of the dual was never in doubt.
  4. I'm with Cletus. I'm willing to travel to almost anywhere in the US for all the freestyle weight classes. I'm not willing to travel to three different locations or to one location for 1/3 of the weight classes. I'm sure USA Wrestling and Flo will add the attendance figures from all three locations and call it a success, but for me, I'd prefer one location.
  5. Nope. Not enough. Dake will never win by one take down. He will have to win by a more decisive margin.
  6. Dake will never win by 1. If he ever beats Burroughs, it will be because it was not even close enough for the officials to make it close.
  7. It's sad to say but Dake will need to beat Burroughs by 4+ points to win a match. If the match is close, the officials will find a way to give it to Burroughs. Burroughs is still USA's Golden Boy and you can be assured USA Wrestling (and its officiating crew) is protecting Burroughs.
  8. Yes he did. Maybe more interesting, the #1 seed (Kutler) from Lehigh failed to make weight. Palacio's path to the finals (as the 4 seed) much easier now. How does a guy miss weight for his conference tourney?
  9. I'm pretty sure I'm in the minority but I loved this event when it was in Cedar Falls at the UNI Dome. Lots of great wrestling in a dual match environment, great seats, cheap beer. It was my favorite wrestling trip every year. I enjoyed chatting with wrestling fans of the smaller D2 and D3 schools.
  10. Righteous? Punishing 37 student athletes for the sins of X is righteous? At this point, there's zero evidence the entire Columbia wrestling team is guilty of any wrongdoing. I read all the alleged text messages. Can you tell me what Columbia wrestler(s) wrote any of them?
  11. I've read that, carp. I'm confused as to what you thing most on this thread do not get. What exactly does this statement tell us that we do not get?
  12. So 8/37 athletes listed on the roster are seniors, yet the entire team and season is suspended until further notice. Given how NCAA allocates slots to NCAA tourney, it's likely some of these Columbia athletes (and the EIWA) will be at a disadvantage come March for NCAA allocation purposes. My fear is it may be 8 weeks before the University concludes it's investigation and finds no wrongdoing by the majority of students on the wrestling team. Suspending the team's seasons seems to be misplaced punishment, based on what we know right now.
  13. Are you sure the GroupMe chat was the entire team? If everything you write above is true, then it all makes sense. However, I'm not sure all wrestlers were on the chat. I've read (can't find it now, but will continue looking) as few as four current wrestlers (and two former wrestlers) were on this GroupMe chat. If that's the case, the University's punishment is out of line. I despise "group punishments", and this just seems like another example of punishing the lot for the sins of the few. We will all learn more later I'm sure.
  14. I definitely thing both Snyder and Burroughs deserve an easier path to making the Olympic team. The bye to the finals is fair, but not when the finals are the same day as the qualifying tourney. I suggest USA Wrestling hold the qualifying mini-tournament one day, then the best of three finals the next day. It would give the challenger a 18-24 hour break between wrestling his/her last match of the qualifier before challenging the returning world medalist.
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