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Posts posted by silver-medal

  1. There are currently three collegiate wrestling capitals in America:  State College, Iowa City and Columbus.  The competition among these three for top recruits is ridiculous.  If the Bucks land Kharchla, they will be a year away from having the deepest roster in college wrestling and be in a position to win several team titles.  Or so I think....

  2. PSU has put astonishing talents on the mat in recent years.  Joseph, Hall, Nickal and Nolf will all be returning and not one of them had more than a couple close matches last season.  Retherford just finished up one of the most dominant careers in NCAA history.  Ruth and Taylor were equally spectacular.  I don't have a clue who to pick as best of that bunch although Joseph can "win" the argument if he ends up a four timer.  


    Cael does amazing work with his prize recruits.  He's as impressive as a coach as he was as a competitor.  

  3. Logan beat Romanov and has some other big wins for sure. He justs needs to wrestle like the Logie bear we saw those time as well as the clutch ability he showed throughout his NCAA career at NCAA's.  I'm never giving up on that cat. I mean bear.  

    Personally, I'd love to see him get one more world level medal and hang em up while he's on top.  


    Of course, he's welcome to win Olympic Gold too if he chooses to continue.  I just think he's a bit tired.  He's been going hard for a long time.

  4. It was beyond super weird and creepy. He was accused of sexual advances against metzger and then fired him when he didn't allow it. It was widely known that John had a drug problem and later having hallucinations. Yet everyone seemed to be OK with it bc of money. Not just that, he was pretty much the face of USA wrestling and people enabled it all without question. There are the veterans matches that were thrown to him and everyone went along. On the farm he is being called coach? What mentally stable person who has zero history in the sport as an athlete or coach thinks he can coach Olympic level athletes? But everyone is cool with that because of money. Honestly, you watch the documentary and one wrestlersays something like,"we thought we were helping him." Well why? Because you care? No, because if you do then you get money. The guy didn't have a friend in the world. I doubt that guy is making friends with poor mentally ill people. As terrible of a person that John Dupont is, and I truly believe he is, the wrestling community at the time seems guilty for engaging with someone who was obviously very sick, just for money.

    Dupont then and Trump now.

  5. Karen Carpenter tops this list.  She loved drumming and only reluctantly agreed to be the lead singer for the Carpenters.  Her death from anorexia shocked the country as it took place when eating disorders were almost unheard of as a medical issue.  Personally, I think she's one of the greatest American pop singers of all time.  


    Here she is singing my fave Carpenters song:  

  6. Assuming the online audience comprises more folks than those in attendance, I liked Final X.  It went fast and each one featured a couple matchups I really wanted to see.  It also gave me a better perspective on the women's sport as I'd normally skip some of the women's matches if they were 15 matchups to view.  Plus no wrestler got the insurmountable advantage of waiting until the finals to wrestler the winner of a mini tourney.  Count me as a fan of Final X.  

  7. I think the mistake that a lot of people are making and have been making for some time is thinking that wrestling a match where the score is close with Dake is the same thing as being close to beating Dake. People kept saying that about Taylor until it became obvious that Dake just had his number. People said it about Howe. Now they are saying it about Ringer and Zahid. KD is really good at winning when the score is close and winning ugly. It may feel like you are right there, so close to beating him, but he will beat you 9 out of 10 or 10 out of 10 times.


    JB is better than Dake. Cox was just too big for him. But outside of that, there is a huge field of US wrestlers who have wrestled matches with Dake where the score was close, but who are not close to beating Dake.

    I mostly agree although I think it's too soon to say with certainty that Zahid won't figure out a way past Dake.  While I probably sound like every Taylor fan in history, it just seems too soon to expect that outcome.  But your point about the long list of American wrestlers who have come close but not beaten Dake is understood.  

  8. Tom Ryan likes to put his best lineup on the mat and finish as high as possible.  He knows how dmn good PSU is.  He may simply want to beat everyone else and be satisfied with it.  I don't know whether or not that's the right strategy but it's how he thinks and I can't argue with his results.

  9. As much as I detest arrogant PSU fan, the smart money is always on Cael.  There is almost always a wrestler ready to step in and win and usually at a very high level by season's end.  They will have ten AA candidates in their lineup next season and Hall, Joseph and Nickal are near unstoppable (will help if they avoid Valencia).  They will win the team title comfortably because they will have the best prepared wrestlers by season's end.  Iowa might elbow their way in for second and feel good about it.  

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