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Everything posted by Tofurky

  1. Maybe I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that JW is intimately involved with Blue Chip Wrestling's operations, which is located roughly where JW grew up.
  2. Absolutely! And with the All Blacks being one of the greatest sports dynasties of all-time, in any sport, wrestling doesn't get much traction.
  3. For last year's Oceanic Championships, New Zealand had three entries, all having competed for NZ during their entire (though two only have two tournaments under their proverbial belts) careers. That said, I just watched some YouTube videos from "Wrestling NZ Championships 2019" and it left a lot to be desired. It is what it is in a nation that doesn't embrace the sport.
  4. I'm aware of this, which makes it even more odd that he would start a film that way... I don't know. It's called "Clear History".
  5. I'll admit it, I was never a big fan of Seinfeld. I know, I know; go on, boo birds. That said, it sounds as though Larry took that same concept and opened a recent movie with that scenario. I know I didn't watch the whole thing, but I'll find it and post the name. The concept is hilarious.
  6. Haha! Wasn't that the premise of a Larry David movie?
  7. I'll say this about Flo: since Martin started the site as a really odd fanboy however long ago, their staff focus has been on only what they consider to be "elite" wrestling content. They provide excellent material, without question, but it's based on the fanboy arrogance of the staff (and there is enough fanboy arrogance within that staff to fill the University of Michigan football stadium). That said, I have experienced first hand that if you publicly call out specific staff members on forums or social media, but back it up with reasonable arguments, they do respond. I did this with Willie and NJCAA wrestling here a few years back. I will not claim that I was the only person proverbially beating that drum, but I know it didn't hurt. At that time, they were prioritizing pre-high school youth wrestling more than any level of college wrestling that wasn't Division I. Whether the people at Flo saw it as opportunity for more subscribers or just that it was the right thing to do, I don't know. What I do know os that they listened and adjusted. That said, I go to Flo's site once every few months anymore, as most of the personalities are self-absorbed (there and here), and the content is lacking, especially when they don't cover things that they don't come up with. As if wrestling isn't far enough on the fringe to start, we need the infighting, too? Rudis does a great job of making women a priority through their social media marketing, to include technique videos I faithfully watch when they post them. As a father of two girls, I don't know if I can ever back this enough.
  8. Is that the sound of the sport feeding into stereotypes and eating itself alive? Ugh...
  9. Tofurky


    Joe Williams' wing span is/was insane.
  10. Beneath all that, PD3 did apologize to Rau for coming off as disrespectful. Pat took responsibility for not knowing the rules, then bitching about them.
  11. What makes you say that?
  12. Agreed, but as someone who has spent 41 of his 45-plus years here in Chicagoland, and went to Midlands tournaments as far back as the late 1980s, I'm a fan of N.U. It would have been great to see him stick around for one more year, but I am thrilled for him that he has another year and will be able to use it.
  13. I don't like that he left NU, but I'm a HUGE fan of Sebastian Rivera. Great luck, kid!
  14. For those who aren't aware, BTS Chicago is now run by former Illinois high school state champ, Indiana U All-American, former high school state champion coach, Mike Powell. The organization has been putting on some bigger events to raise money for the inner-city youth programs for some time now.
  15. Unless Storniolo was playing it close to the vest, judging by his graduation video on NU wrestling's Instagram page, he was as caught off guard by this as anyone.
  16. Already? Here's to hoping the team pulls through this embarrassment.
  17. Those northern European immigrants really knew the sport!
  18. 2007 Worlds - Russia earns gold in seven of eight weight classes, and a bronze in the eighth weight class. Interestingly enough, the guy who won gold at 66 kilos that year represented Turkey, but defected there from... you guessed it, Dagestan! There is video of him in the run up to the '07 Worlds and '08 Olympics (where he won gold) of him still training in Dagestan with the likes of Adam Saitiev.
  19. I'm having trouble with the Oliver vs. Nolf comparison to Chamizo vs. Dake. Two of those dudes are domestic names with not much senior level international experience, and zero world or Olympic medals. By contrast, the other two guys have two world titles a piece, one having another silver and two bronze medals, one from Worlds and one from the Olympic Games. They're not the same things.
  20. My ex- and I should have done that for our 10-year-old son. He's was diagnosed as being dyslexic, along with other developmental bench marks he was constantly missing. We knew something was off when he was a toddler, but the push was made to have him in school as quickly as possible. He is one of the youngest kids in his grade, where not enrolling him right away, making him one of the oldest boys in his grade. That decision would have helped him tremendously and I regret not doing it when we had the chance. Giving boys an extra year to develop emotionally is backed by a ton of great science. I'm all for it for them, but not as a thin veil for athletic success at age group level.
  21. Something similar happened to Pat McCaffrey when he was supposed to be in eighth grade. His dad sent him to live and train with a coach in an eastern European nation for six to eight months. There was another local kid I used to coach whose dad was so obsessed with his kid winning a state title before high school that he took his son and moved to a different club after we got the kid to place fifth in state as a seventh grader. At the other club, his son placed sixth as an eighth grader. Not satisfied enough, the dad took his son, a straight A student at the public school, and enrolled the boy in Catholic school to repeat eighth grade. Not only did the kid not win the state title in his second eighth grade year, but he then had a very public blowout with his old man at the state tournament about how much the kid hated wrestling and hated his dad. That young man never stepped foot on the mat again.
  22. Hey, Trip, great to see you here. Does anyone have visual proof of this young man's age or not?
  23. I do not have access to Echemendia's birth certificate, passport or transcripts, so I have no idea what are the issues you're claiming here. You're posting here as if you're an insider and have viewed these documents yourself. You keep defaulting to his opponents being 16-years-old. What about 17-, 18-, and 19-year-olds he faced? By your logic, they're all stronger than the 16-year-olds you keep harping on about. Were the boys older than 16 not allowed to compete, but somehow the IAI allowed some "20-year-old" Cuban refugee in for $#!+$ and giggles? You're upset because you do not know how to support your argument with any facts whatsoever, so here you are changing the topic. Stop posting in this thread, dude. You're embarrassing yourself each and every time you do.
  24. I've not seen or heard about his birth date. Is/was he 20-years-old and winning a state title? According to the Arizona Interscholastic Association by-laws: AGE LIMIT / BIRTH RECORD RULE 15.6.1 Age Limits – If a student becomes 19 years of age after September 1, he/she is eligible to compete for the remainder of that school year. If he/she becomes 19 years of age on or before September 1, he/she is not eligible for any part of that school year. 15.6.2 Birth Records – Acceptable record of birth shall be submitted before a student’s name is placed on an eligibility list for varsity participation. Acceptable records shall be: Certified Birth Certificate – One certified by the appropriate state agency. Acceptable Substitutes – Hospital Certificate of Birth with seal or appropriate signature; a Department of Commerce Certificate; a Bureau of Immigration Certificate; a Department of Justice Certificate; a Certificate of Indian Blood signed and sealed by the Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs; a birth registration card issued by the State of Arizona Department of Health Services with seal; or a passport issued to a United States citizen (born in the United States or a naturalized citizen) by the State Department of the United States. Verification of Birth – Verification of birth may also be established when three reputable sources of information acceptable to the AIA Executive Board all agree as to the date of birth (i.e., school records, immunization records, etc.). Such documents must demonstrate utilization of the birth date over an extended period of time (i.e., each document should reflect issue dates encompassing a number of years). How could he have competed for a state title in Arizona with that being the case, especially if you continue to suggest he was already 20-years-old come Fargo after his senior year in high school? It doesn't add up. Every single 16-year-old is at X level of physical maturity and strength, while every single 20-year-old is at a higher level of physical maturity and strength, simply because of age? Is that what you're selling here? Was he being turned to his back at frosh/soph tournaments? I have only an English degree, but it served me well enough in reading and comprehension for my science requirements to earn As, and realize that your story isn't adding up here.
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