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  1. 5 hours ago, Major Kong said:

    Is an American the NZ team member?

    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.

  2. 40 minutes ago, pamela said:

    When George angrily quit his job and just showed up to work the next day like nothing happened. lol

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 14 hours ago, CoachWrestling said:

    So apparently Downey threatened to beat up Sarah Hildegrandt on Twitter, Downey apparently was asking for nude pictures from women, and Nomad was asking female wrestlers for bikini pics. This has been a crazy weekend for wrestling gossip. This is all allegations at this point. 

    Is that the sound of the sport feeding into stereotypes and eating itself alive? Ugh...

  5. Just now, cjc007 said:

    He left NU with his degree. That's impressive.

    Sent from my moto z3 using Tapatalk

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 11 hours ago, matts1w said:

    Serious question, why would you not want your kid to be the oldest in his or her class?   It seems to me the positives far, far outweight the negatives- physically, emotionally, socially...  Even if your kid isnt an athlete, doesn't it make more sense?  (That is a serious question.  Please tell me why it isnt.  I would love to understand more.)

    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.

  9. 6 hours ago, MDogg said:

    Dude...we’re talking about crazy wrestling parents (mostly dads)...specifically the one’s who make their middle school age kids repeat a grade so they can gain an advantage in wrestling. Guys like Kolat’s dad. How many of them do you think take those kids to places like Japan to broaden their cultural horizons?

    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.

  10. 5 minutes ago, Antitroll2828 said:

    Idk if you noticed but there have more then a few issues with his birth certificate and transcripts from Cuba,...Major league baseball has fallen for fake birth certificates out of Cuba but all of sudden Arizona high school sports association is the gold standard in these things? 

    your argument that some 16 years old are built differently then others well duh Sherlock but are you going to argue that AE isn’t built like an Olympic weight lifter? So if he’s built like that and 20 years old is doesn’t matter because one 16 year old from Tucson might be just as strong 

    weird to brag about your English degree and reading comprehension skills while arguing anonymously with strangers on a wrestling forum lol and at the same time misrepresenting the whole point i was making. 

    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.

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