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  1. Not exactly accurate: Josh D'Silviera - NJCAA champ at 197 for Ellsworth CC by way of Miami, FL in 2013. I feel as though there is one more guy there from the Zeke era from the NJCAA. Before that: Ricardo Serment via Triton College (River Grove, IL) in about 2004 Cain Velasquez via Iowa Central CC in 2002 Dana Holland via Iowa Central CC in 2000 NJCAA guys can move on after one year, provided they passed the NCAA clearing house coming out of high school. If not, I know the rule used to read that they were to stay through earning their associate's degrees. Zeke should be calling Josh at Clackamas CC about his guys and Joe at North East Oklahoma about his guys. You just never know who will hit.
  2. Leno putting Robin Williams on his back. That was great.
  3. Correct! I'm sorry for the mistakes, and thank you for correcting them. Yes to Midlands! Wasn't hosts last title the one surrounded by controversy against one of his own student-athletes?
  4. When a young Pat McCaffrey was leaving Iowa (after his freshman year in Illinois) to chase his third high school title in PA, wasn't he going to attend a private school in PA while living with Cary in Maryland?
  5. Tofurky

    Lee Kemp

    Not gonna lie, I geeked out when he friended me on Facebook a few years back. I saw the request and went into junior high girl mode, "HE wants to be (Facebook) friends with ME?" Giggle-giggle-giggle! Nice dude and really solid movie. I'm happy more people are seeing it.
  6. Mike Zadick? How long does Donny Pritzlaff stay an assistant coach? Jon Reader? Scott Moore?
  7. If I am not mistaken, Cary remains close with Bruce Burnett, former HC at Navy from 2000-2013. Kolat may have had a leg (or two) up on that job opportunity in more ways than one. I wonder if he will be able to get some of these top end academic studs who consider the Ivies, Northwestern, Standford, Michigan, as options to shift their mindsets to a service academy. As a veteran, I hope he can. Psyched for Cary and Navy; bummed for Campbell.
  8. I may have that wrong, but I remember hearing a number of times that TC and the Williams boys are cousins. I could very well be mixing up relationships between Harvey Twisters, but that is what I am remembering. Great additions!
  9. Low single Cheap tilt and Guillotine I sucked on bottom, so... sit out? I've watched Megaludis and Suriano do it to perfection and think, "so that's what that is supposed to resemble. Huh..." As a dude in his mid-40s, 100 percent different game plan.
  10. This is a weird list indeed. Joe Williams - 4x HS champ, 7, 1, 1, 1 in college, then a 2004 Olympian, a two-time world silver medalist, and five-time World Team member at two different weights. TJ Williams (Joe's younger brother) - 4x HS champ, NJCAA runner-up, then 1, 3, 1 at Iowa, finishing with a 99-1 record for the Hawkeyes. TC Dantzler (cousin of Steve, Joe, and TJ Williams) - one-time HS state finalist, 4x D1 NQ for Northern Illinois U., five-time World team rep and 2008 Olympian in Greco-Roman. Steve Marianetti - one-time HS state finalist, in college at University of Illinois, Steve went NQ, 4, 5, 1, stopping Lincoln McIlravy from becoming the second 4x NC in D1 history, then he was the 1998 World team rep at 76 kilos. Not bad for a kid who was a preferred walk-on and didn't receive wrestling scholarship money until his RS sophomore season. He turned into an pretty darn good coach, too. Some other decent kids: Joe Rau, Sean Bormet, Mark Massery, Jimmy Kennedy, Tommy Erikson, Mike Mena, Scott and Mark Trizzino, Eric Tannenbaum...
  11. I'm with you. I sincerely appreciate what the young man is doing, but the delivery is not my cup of tea.
  12. Yep, that's the one! Ryan O'Neill's kid looks all of 16, while the he guy he wrestled looks like a 39-year-old plumber from that era.
  13. Hadley's Rebellion, is somewhere between Vision Quest and Beyond The Mat, preceding Vision Quest by a year or two in filming, but wasnt released until 1987. You can tell by the rules surrounding the wrestling sequences. It features some folks who later gained notoriety in Hollywood. I found the whole thing through a Google search, but it's on a Russian site. I have it somewhere on VHS, but I'm not looking for it or paying to digitize it.
  14. Choke on this one for a bit. If nothing else, it stars Lorenzo Lamas and "Flounder" from Animal House.
  15. Written by, produced by, and starring a bunch of former D1 wrestlers. Partly filmed on the campus of my alma mater (and Gantry), Northern Illinois University.
  16. Medicine Man for the win... again!
  17. No way! That fantasy film is the the fictionalized version of the 2016 documentary, "The 24-Hour War". The latter is far superior story about those events, featuring the people who were involved in those historic events. Also, how about the following?: "Win Win" "Reversal" "Karate Kid" (original) "Cobra Kai" (YouTube follow-up to the original "Karate Kid") "Breaking Away" (cycling) "Wrestle" (streaming on some platform; there'sa thread here about it) Amazon has a documentary about Lee Kemp. "The Sandlot" "Bull Durham" The Netflix series "Losers" - REALLY good! ESPN "30 for 30" shows are usually good.
  18. I'm not a very big at all of this channel, but I admit I fell for the clickbait. Does anyone else know more or have anything to add about this story? I watched the video, then thought, "huh..." and here we are.
  19. I saw the film back in the fall and I echo most of what is stated here: nice film, the level of wrestling left a lot to be desired, the coach was a throwback to an era that we all thought was gone, and the film maker could have made qualifying a little less confusing to the viewer. All in all, good human interest stories with wrestling as the vehicle.
  20. If I might ask, how old are you? It's a serious question.
  21. To your point about Cornell and UNI (I said Mark Scwab, when obviously I meant Doug), that is why I said "recent". Like you, I'm aware of that past success, but it was long ago in both cases. About Cornell and Princeton, they certainly do have the Ivy side of the university with unquestioned academic prestige. It's only been within the last 25 years that we've seen the Ivies, Stanfords, Northwesterns, really thrive. That is why I would think a place such as NIU would be able to attract a coach who would be able to leverage to multiple top 100 recruits each year, most of whom are not admissible to those top end academic institutions of higher learning, the ability to not only be admitted to and compete for a Division I university and program, but earn great, competitive degrees in many different fields such as education, business, journalism, computer science, engineering, etc. I can't argue with NIU not having the prestige of being an Ivy or being in the B10/B12, but that hasn't stopped places like Edinboro, Central Michigan, NC State, and another 10 or so programs from not being those very things. Hofstra in the Tom Ryan days would be another good example to add to the list of, "Yeah, it can be done and it can be done here!" As to Kolat, he's a force, but coaching success hasn't been a guarantee for him at every step of his coaching career. He was named in a few program head coach opportunities before Campbell, if I remember correctly. One other aspect that I've talked about for many years is NIU's inability to produce homegrown talent. They haven't had an All-American from Illinois since 1975, let alone an All-American in the program since 2004, when Scott Owen (New Mexico, fifth) and Ben Heizer (Texas. Runner-up) made the stand and finals, respectively. Here is my last statement and question: if none of his guys make the stand this year, that will make all nine seasons with Ludwig as head coach (15 total with the program) with zero All-Americans in his time there. When is it okay to say that the same old same old is not okay anymore and it's time for change?
  22. Coach J, as someone who lived there, you're correct in that NIU/DeKalb not being a destination. However, that didn't deter Rob Koll at Cornell, Mark Scwab at UNI, Tony Ersland at Purdue, Mark Branch at Wyoming, Cary Kolat at Campbell, Chris Ayers at Princeton, among quite a few others, who took programs with no real recent history of sustained success in areas (except Princeton; Cedar Falls is slightly smaller than DeKalb, population-wise) and turned them into perennial top 25 mainstays. DeKalb is roughly an hour directly west from where I am sitting right now in Oak Park, and I am 15 minutes off of Lake Michigan with zero traffic (so we're talking 3:30 a.m.). DeKalb isn't the middle of nowhere. It's now being considered a far suburb of the third largest city in the United States; one that was vying for the Summer Olympic Games only a decade ago. This isn't a university in rural Mississippi. It has a ton going for it, except leadership. As to the success of the guys who leave, there are too many reasons to know why they didn't pan out, but it could be that NIU was the right size for their abilities, as has been eluded.
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