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Everything posted by Tofurky

  1. Reread what I said. I'm talking about a real future for wrestling opportunities for many more athletes than we have now. The Olympic styles are not something to be afraid of. It's okay if you're not well versed in them. There's always opportunity to change that. No one said "throw away" U.S. scholastic/collegiate. However, it has been experiencing lean years in the last decade and the current financial crisis is only going to make things worse.
  2. The only person here being disingenuous is you, GockeS. You can't support your argument. "you know what i mean" does not bolster your claim.
  3. Have you ever tried to "just expose the guy" who has been training in the sport for a while? I'm not talking Olympic level competition, but competent high school kids. "you dont need control [sic]" is such an old, tired, invalid argument.
  4. I know what you asked, GockeS, and I answered your question.
  5. Allow me to paraphrase, "we've always done it this way." That's one hell of a motto and great for future sustainability of any business or program. I typically like your posts, TobusRex, but I'm baffled by your post. Please, allow me ask you this: do you think that if U.S. scholastic/collegiate added the international step out rule as it exists at that level, and/or had, say, a "15 second turn clock" before they put wrestlers back on their feet, 90% of participants currently would leave the sport because of the rule changes? You don't seriously believe that, do you? As to your assessment of why you didn't wrestle Free or Greco, that argument has more holes in it than Swiss cheese. I personally know more than a handful of former D1 NCAA champions/All-Americans who were world team members and medalists. Having conversed with them about this debate, they would wholly disagree with your assessment of Freestyle.
  6. In the U.S., we don't ask baseball players to grow up in that sport, then switch to cricket for professional opportunities. We don't ask football players to grow up and play rugby at after college. There's consistency all the way from youth to professional ranks for basketball, soccer, etc. Why would we do any different in wrestling? Professional leagues exist overseas in nations with far fewer citizens, far fewer participants, and, presumably, less money than exists in the United States. A seamless transition from youth through professional creates more opportunity for athletes, more fans, more viewership, and more investment from many sectors of society.
  7. We can go around and around about various "folkstyles" of wrestling the world over, but I have been very, very specific here about which one I am talking about, how it is tied to educational systems in the United States, how it has a delineating date with graduation from college (overwhelmingly undergraduate programs), and zero professional option for competitors. While Freestyle and Greco-Roman may be the "Lingua Franca of wrestling, RichB, they're global and offer professional options to the athletes who compete in those styles. I suspect that the IOC is (not-so-)secretly hoping and praying the U.S. adopts the two styles for greater revenue streams every four years. Aside from Boompa's semi-jingoistic assessment of why this country sticks to the scholastic/collegiate form of the sport (in which this nation alone competes), would it not make more sense for the future and growth of this sport to look at rule changes which allow for long-term sustainability, especially as the sport continues to lose participants and opportunities?
  8. @Boompa, do we know one another on a personal level? What's with the ad hominem arguments from you? Football is the grandson of rugby. It is what it is now thanks to rule changes, though some rules remain the same and many of the names do, too. That's not news. I don't believe that you can si.pky say Russian Nationals doesn't draw. If it was consistently held it Dagestan or Ossetia, the numbers would be different. Do the folks in St. Petersburg or Moscow care about wrestling as they do in the Caucasus? We already know the answer is no. NCAAs and state tournaments draw more because they are tied to schools and most people paying their property taxes. Far fewer kids are involved in Freestyle and Greco not because U.S. scholastic/collegiate is "superior", but because it is an additional cost to families and the vast majority of kids aren't dedicated to being year-round wrestlers. That's not a secret either. Worlds is not exactly a secret either: it's expensive to attend even when it is in your own country. The last Olympic team Trials in Iowa City had roughly 55,000 people attend the four sessions. A complete sellout would have been 62,000. Think about how few Hawkeyes were there and how many less athletes were competing than NCAAs and the numbers were almost the same. To your assessment that the answer was simple: lack of RTCs and $$$... okay. Now think of how dominant the U.S. would be and potential professional options available post-college if the system was Free and Greco. U.S. depth would be immense, more people would watch and more people would follow clubs because more people would be competing past college. It's not that difficult to understand. ConnorsDad is right, you can change the style and Iowa fans, PSU, The OSU, OSU, et al, will all support their teams and their guys just the same at the college level, and probably even more past college as there is a seamless transition from college to the senior level, not a style change many do not understand. Will U.S. collegiate/scholastic be more immune to what is ahead of ADs decisions? I guess we will find out.
  9. Why do most wrestling fans in the United States cling so tightly to our singular scholastic/collegiate style of wrestling? This style isn't wrestled anywhere else on earth, is strictly tied to educational institutions (if you want to compete in it, you have to be registered in school at any level), and has zero competitive option beyond college. Given that many of the board members here can see the obvious danger of what a shaky economic market due to a pandemic is foreshadowing for non-revenue collegiate sports, why are we as a sports community not looking for more suitable options for the longevity of wrestling in this country?
  10. You are correct and thank you for catching my mistake. I was thinking of Rivera vs. Lee at the same time. Again, thanks for catching that.
  11. No mention of TJ Williams? Isn't his record for the Hawkeyes a whopping 99-1 or something very close to that? Duane Goldman was pretty okay. Chris Campbell was alright.
  12. I was certain this was going to be a PSA against marriage. Rats!
  13. Nice to see you here, seanlove22. I hope the family is well and that the Mustangs are thriving. Darrion Caldwell vs. Ryan Lang (2007 NCAA Quarters) Darrion Caldwell vs. Brent Metcalf (2009 NCAA Finals) Steve Marianetti vs. Lincoln McIlravy (1995 NCAA Finals) Joe Gilbert vs. Tom Brands (1991 B10 Finals) Jim Gibbons vs. Randy Lewis (dual meet) Cael Sanderson vs. Paul Jenn (dual meet) - completely lopsided, but Sanderson show what it is like when someone works 100% of the match. Michael Kemerer vs. Mark Lee (dual meet)
  14. Thank you, sir. I am aware of this. I was coaching on a team that went from being a D III team for its first 50 years, to being a D I program starting with the 2014-15 season. That said, NJCAA Division I programs are eligible to give up to 20 scholarships each season.
  15. Tofurky


    https://iowa.forums.rivals.com/threads/mark-perry-leaving.311781/ - the news has been swirling over there for the last two days.
  16. Bronze in 2004 at 66, Gold in 2005 at 66, Gold in 2007 at 74, but didn't make it in 2008 when Buvaisar Saitiev won his third Olympics. By then, Makhach was no longer Russian's man at 74. He won gold at Yarygin in 2009 and Aliev in 2011, but that's it. It's insane to think about how deep that weight class has been for Russia since... ever.
  17. Definitely Big10s (2011!!! I had to look it up) and I sold it to you. If you were an Ebay buyer, I'd give you five stars and A+++++++++++++ in the comments section.
  18. Absolutely true and why I am wondering if wrestling, among nearly a dozen other non-revenue collegiate sports, becomes a club sport and is supported by alumni. I see a lot of pros and cons to it. That said, I wonder if it's time for USSW starting to lobby the NCAA wrestling rules committee to start making necessary rule changes to embrace the Olympic styles? If the United States (read as money) had Free and Greco from kids through college, I wonder if the IOC would change their tunes about the reduced number of weight classes, as more fans would understand the sport and watch/support it?
  19. Speaking of memory loss, I am quite certain it was Big 10s, sir. ;) Was that 2012?
  20. Of which all of those are, as being outgrowths of the college teams they support. Without the college teams, which are 100% parts of the universities, the clubs I mentioned probably do not exist, regardless if they are financially independent of IHLs.
  21. 1. Lee Kemp 2. Besik Kudukhov 3. Reza Yazdani I also loved Murtazaliev and Sazhidov from Russia for this list.
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