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  1. Does anyone know what cost ISU incurred for the renovations they completed to the wrestling and weight room?
  2. I was going to post nearly this same thing, until I saw you say so, MrBurns. Look at what Sean did for Northwestern through the contract that Timmy C. negotiated with Overtime to have the OT coaches come in and offer extra training opportunities every week during the Herbert/Lange/Fox years. The influence that Sean and his guys had on NU's team cannot be understated, and that's not taking away from the amazing job that Tim, Drew and their crew have done during that time, too. At 4:50 of this video from five years ago, you see Floreani hand fighting with a young Andrew Howe: http://www.flowrestling.org/speaker/504-Sean-Bormet/video/5179-Team-Overtime. Right after that, he's hand fighting with Conrad Polz, now of the Illini, and the son of Sean's high school coach, Mike Polz. 5:50 is bits of a live match between Howe and Polz. One thing, Poeta isn't in Michigan anymore. He's back in Illinois and will be running his own club in Chicago's north shore, not far from where he grew up: http://www.poetatrainingcenter.com/
  3. Triton College - River Grove, Illinois [table][tr][td]Sat. Nov. 3[/td][td]Rochester Open[/td][td]Rochester, MN[/td][td]10:00 AM-ALL DAY[/td][/tr][tr][td]Fri. Nov. 9[/td][td]Muskegon Duals[/td][td]Muskegon, MI[/td][td]5:00 PM[/td][/tr][tr][td]Sat. Nov. 10[/td][td]Ben McMullen Open[/td][td]Muskegon, MI[/td][td]9:00 AM-ALL DAY[/td][/tr][tr][td]Fri. Nov. 16[/td][td]Concordia Dual[/td][td]Mequon, WI[/td][td]6:00 PM[/td][/tr][tr][td]Sat. Nov. 17[/td][td]Concordia Open[/td][td]Mequon, WI[/td][td]9 AM - ALL DAY[/td][/tr][tr][td]Sat. Dec. 1[/td][td]Wisconsin Open[/td][td]Kenosha, WI[/td][td]9 AM – ALL DAY[/td][/tr][tr][td]Sat. Dec. 8 [/td][td]23rd Art Kraft Memorial [/td][td]HOME [/td][td]9 AM – ALL DAY [/td][/tr][tr][td]Thur. - Fri. Dec 29-30[/td][td]Midlands[/td][td]Evanston, IL[/td][td]9 AM – ALL DAY[/td][/tr][tr][td]Fri. Jan. 5[/td][td]William Penn Open[/td][td]Oskaloosa, IA[/td][td]9 AM – ALL DAY[/td][/tr][tr][td]Sat. Jan. 12[/td][td]Flash Flanagan Open[/td][td]Dubuque, IA[/td][td]9 AM – ALL DAY[/td][/tr][tr][td]Sat. Jan. 19[/td][td]Al Hanke Invitational[/td][td]Elmhurst, IL[/td][td]9 AM – ALL DAY[/td][/tr][tr][td]Sat. Jan. 26[/td][td]Non-scholarship Nationals[/td][td]Palatine, IL[/td][td]9:00 AM - ALL DAY[/td][/tr][tr][td]Sat. Feb. 2[/td][td]Harper Open[/td][td]Palatine, IL[/td][td]9:00 AM[/td][/tr][tr][td]Sun. Feb. 10 [/td][td]Central Regional [/td][td]HOME [/td][td]10 AM– ALL DAY [/td][/tr][tr][td]Fri.-Sat. & Feb 22 & 23 [/td][td]NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT [/td][td] Des Moines, IA [/td][td]ALL DAY[/td][/tr][/table]
  4. 33, 41 and 84 are worth the price of admission alone. 141 is basically a mini all-star tournament all by itself. I'm excited for it to happen and excited to see how some of the non-D-I guys do, especially those from little D-III Elmhurst College in suburban Chicago.
  5. I haven't had cable in quite a few years, but does TUF continue to run on Spike? I would think that any place the UFC or other similar leagues are buying airtime, it would be a great place for the NCWA to run ads and have their event run live. The fan base, for the most part, is built in.
  6. Thinking of NCAA finals matches (in no particular order): Mocco/Rowlands Caldwell/Metcalf Schultz/Banach Kolat/Jaworski Fried/Brands Kolat/Chandler - rematch of 1992 NHSCA finals
  7. Here are some more for those lurkers who might be interested: Saturday, November 3 - Rochester Open (Minnesota) Saturday, November 10 - Ben McMullen Open (Muskegon, Michigan) Saturday, November 17 - Concordia Wisconsin Open (Mequon, Wisconsin) Saturday, December 1 - Wisconsin Open (Kenosha, Wisconsin) Saturday, December 8 - 23rd Annual Art Kraft Memorial Open (River Grove, Illnois) Friday, January 5 - William Penn Open (Oskalossa, Iowa) Saturday, January 12 - Flash Flanagan Open (Dubuque, Iowa)
  8. Well, you can't argue with Mark Schultz himself coming on and replying to a thread regarding a movie about his brother. Thanks for the info, Mark. Also, for those who didn't see it on the homepage and want to tryout for a roll in the film: http://www.themat.com/section.php?secti ... leID=25524.
  9. I'd pay to see this one, but I'd give the very slight edge to Lee.
  10. Ring, Ring. Dana: Hello? Ken: Hi, Dana! It's Ken Kraft! Dana: Who the f*** are you? Ken: Ken Kraft. Legendary wrestler, coach, and organizer of the most prestigious open wrestling tournament in the country. It's where the Elite Meet to Compete. Dana: What the f*** are you talking about? Ken: The Midlands, of course! We'd love it if a few of your boys could come up and wrestle in our tournament this year. We host it in Evanston, IL in the middle of winter! It's fantastic! Dana: How the f*** did you get this number? Ken: It would be a great chance for some of the guys to give back to the sport that made them the fighers they are now. We can't pay them anything, of course. But it's where the Elite Meet to ... Dana: If you call this number again, I will f***ing rip your f*** head off. Click. Maybe, but I have to believe that UFC scouts are well aware of the Midlands, its reputation and the quality of athletes that take part in it. Hell, I was hanging with Clay Guida and his dad on the railing closest to mat 6 last year at Midlands. I'm not saying he was actively scouting anyone (rather, he was there watching/supporting some former Montini and Izzy Style guys), but we did talk a little bit about what he saw in some of the guys that were competing and how their skills could transition to MMA. My guess is that if he saw someone who was talented enough, he'd put a bug in the ear of the folks at UFC and other folks, like at Greg Jackson's place, to keep an eye out for how they progress.
  11. Is that because Dana White has it written into their contracts that they can't compete or that they've basically put wrestling--a singular combat sport discipline--behind them to focus on their blend training that feeds them and puts roofs over their respective heads more so than wrestling alone really ever could? Outside of UFC, but with Bellator, Ben Askren (defeating Herbert at Midlands and I believe one other) and Joe Warren (2012 OTT) have made "come backs" to wrestling. Will Shawn Bunch be giving up wrestling now that he's a Bellator fighter? As a savvy businessman, I would think that White would endear himself to collegiate wrestling even more, since so many of those guys have made and will continue to make him a very well-off individual.
  12. Jon Jones (or someone in his camp) must read these boards: http://www.flowrestling.org/coverage/24 ... ands-champ at 1:20.
  13. With all of that orange skin, I was sure it was about the Ohio State team, circa the J. Jaggers years, no?
  14. If I were Ken Kraft, I would have been on the phone with Dana White the moment Iowa said they weren't coming. Having the likes of Jones, Velasquez, Faber, Evans, Munoz, Edgar and many others filling out some of those brackets would be a beneficial boost to both the tournament and the UFC. Hell, throw other "old timers" like Henderson, Sonnen, Mendes, Carwin, Lesnar, Hendricks, Koshcheck, Maynard, et al and the tournament would be an absolute blast.
  15. The Midlands needs to take some drastic steps to boost attendance for their 50th Anniversary tournament, especially in the face of Iowa not coming this year.
  16. I posted this on another thread, but maybe it deserves its own? Are we currently down to 76 DI teams now? Why not block out a three week span in the "middle" of the season (I realize this would be difficult for schools that aren't relying on the quarter system) and run a bracket of 64 teams a la March Madness? Use intermat or another source to help rank the top 64 teams (you could reasonably use the team strength based on returning AAs/qualifiers and some other factors) for the bracket. The 12 teams that are outside of the top 64 (teams 65-76 in the rankings) would dual teams ranked 53-64 in "pigtail" matches and then feed into the top 12 teams in the bracket. For example, teams ranked 53rd and 76th, respectively, would dual one another and feed into Penn State (at least for this year). This could be thought out better, to be honest. I'm sure that the b-ball bracket could provide some guidance. The top four teams in the bracket would then meet at a "finals" location and on day one, dual one another for a chance at the finals. On day two, the winners face off in the championships, while the teams that lost the night before face off for third place. I'd suggest scrapping the regional idea and allowing the lower ranked teams to host duals in their home venues. In theory, teams such as Utah Valley could dual eastern teams such as Penn State or Cornell they might not ever see in a dual format, while a south eastern school such as Gardner-Webb could potentially dual teams such as Iowa, Oklahoma State or Minnesota. Currently, GW goes no further west than Indianapolis before Nationals, while UVU goes no further east than Evanston for Midlands and Cedar Falls for one dual with UNI. A few problems could/would be scheduling (I would guess the NCAA would have to have this done before the start of the fall semester to prepare teams for travel) and cost for teams/Athletic Departments, but not always more than they already do with duals and tournaments. Also, it might do a major number on tournaments like Midlands and the Scuffle if it were to pass by the NCAA. However, from a fan perspective it might be pretty cool and ADs (that give a $#!*) may see it as a chance to breathe new life into their wrestling programs if they host some of the top programs in the nation a few times a year, year after year. It's a lot of wrestling in a relatively short amount of time, but every team in DI wrestling is included. Also, if team 76 magically won the whole thing, they would wrestle no more than seven duals in three weeks. Depth would be key here and it would most certainly be a team showcase in that respect. Have at it, men.
  17. Are we currently down to 76 DI teams now? Why not block out a three week span in the "middle" of the season (I realize this would be difficult for schools that aren't relying on the quarter system) and run a bracket of 64 teams a la March Madness? Use intermat or another source to help rank the top 64 teams (you could reasonably use the team strength based on returning AAs/qualifiers and some other factors) for the bracket. The 12 teams that are outside of the top 64 (teams 65-76 in the rankings) would dual teams ranked 53-64 in "pigtail" matches and then feed into the top 12 teams in the bracket. For example, teams ranked 53rd and 76th, respectively, would dual one another and feed into Penn State (at least for this year). The top four teams in the bracket would then meet at a "finals" location and on day one, dual one another for a chance at the finals. On day two, the winners face off in the championships, while the teams that lost the night before face off for third place. I'd suggest scrapping the regional idea and allowing the teams to host duals in their home venues. In theory, teams such as Utah Valley could dual eastern teams such as Penn State or Iowa, while a school such as Gardner-Webb could dual teams such as Cornell, Oklahoma State or Minnesota. A few problems would be scheduling and cost. However, from a fan perspective it might be pretty cool and ADs may see it as a chance to breathe new life into programs if they host some of the top programs in the nation a few times a year. Have at it, men.
  18. Sandy epitomizes everything that is great about wrestling. She works hard on knowing "did you know" information about athletes, even at small tournaments. She is passionate and enthusiastic about it and her love of wrestling is apparent in her announcing. I don't know if she could be more humble if she tried. She deserves to be honored as much as anyone else involved with this sport.
  19. As much as I wish it would come here, Chicago would never work. First, Chicago Stadium, the only place to reasonably hold Nationals, borders the 'hood (Garfield Park). Thus, the closest hotels are a minimum 15 minute walk east on Halsted. Second, cost; thanks to the way unions run this city, the cost of this event would be astronomical. Add to that the hotel ticket prices would be outrageous. Third, the food in areas where you'd want to eat is not always cost-effective either. Fourth, traffic. Basically, there's plenty to do if you're coming from out of town and plan on dropping $1,500-$2,000 for the weekend. For me, I could drive my car five minutes to the green line, spend $2.75 for a 20 minute train ride and then a five minute walk and be at the front doors of the joint. Out-of-towners would be hating life, especially if the weather were bad.
  20. Today: Mike Lieberman (Lehigh) vs. Kevin Randleman (THE Ohio State)- Randleman in a major. This time next week: Ron Ray (Oklahoma State) vs. Ray Miller (Arizona State) - Miller by a major.
  21. JT, Mike is a very good guy and I truly hope this pans out for him, most specifically in terms of his education. Elmhurst is his older brother's alma mater, so I am not very surprised that he landed there. One thing I am interested in is to see how he finishes. As a top 12 guy at the DI tournament, if he goes in healthy, finishes healthy, but doesn't win it all, what does that say about parity in collegiate wrestling at all levels these days? On the DIII level this season, if the recruit I spoke with last night pulls it together and does manage to transfer in mid-year, Elmhurst College is going to have an absolute bear of a team.
  22. Ouch! I wouldn't have seen that one coming, especially one month out from Nationals.
  23. Mike Benefiel - Elmhurst College (DIII)
  24. That would be hard to rate for dudes back in the day, given that they weren't allowed to compete their freshmen years. People here would be having an absolute stroke with a guy like Jake Rosholt being listed equal to or higher than Dan Gable, for example.
  25. Triton College in suburban Chicago will be vastly improved, even after graduating their lone All-American.
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