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Posts posted by Fletcher

  1. 21 hours ago, Bardamu911 said:

    Nick Suriano has a reputation as being difficult or having an attitude or whatever. Where does this come from? Sure he's bounced thru B1G programs but all he does is win, doesn't get in trouble, has virtually no social media presence whatsoever and therefore isn't saying or posting dumb stuff like many champs are....is this just plain old fashioned player hating or is there stuff about him I'm missing? bad teammate? what?

    I approached him after he won his last title and he refused to give me an autograph until I put some pants on.

  2. 20 hours ago, NJDan said:

    Is the fact that he has gone pro any barrier to this plan? And what about the fact that he is not enrolled in school?

    You and JohnnyThompson#1 are the last holdouts that think pro wrestling is real. God bless!

  3. 6 hours ago, TheHeel said:

    How many former 2 time hodge winner/olympians are coaching at regionals? hint: not a lot. Instead of being glad and welcoming, we have douches like this, calling one of the greats of our sport a hobo. Pretty weak. You seem to be a jealous man. Taking joy in your perceived financial downturn for someone else is pathetic. 

    Say what you want, but I definitely could've taken him down when he was facing in the other direction coaching one of his club kids.

  4. 56 minutes ago, Jim L said:

    I think Brown's best case scenario is to get where Harvard has been recently.  Every once in a great while they get a top wrestler has can get a high AA even challenge for a title, with most years their best guys can threaten to win an EIWA title and have an outside chance at AA. Brown has a way to go to even achieve that.

    With Cornell, Princeton and UPenn all having much better situations and competing for the same potential recruits, I don't see how Brown competes


    They should start an Ag school.

  5. 54 minutes ago, NJDan said:

    Does Brown care at all about winning at wrestling. I know they have no tradition and Rhode Island is not wrestling country. But would they fire the coach for having just one AA in nine years?

    I doubt Brown cares about wrestling, but we've lost too many Ivy wrestling programs and I hope this isn't a sign we may lose another.

    RIP Yale & Dartmouth

  6. People who prefer folkstyle and those that prefer freestyle all seem to agree on the same pain points. We all also seem to agree on the appropriate ways to fix them or at least meet in the middle (push out rule, fewer stalling calls to decide matches, get rid of riding time/discourage riding without offense, etc.). If we all agree that these modifications would improve the product, why don't the rule-makers do anything?

    At the very least, couldn't someone pilot these changes in an exhibition tourney so we can see how they shake out on the real world?

  7. 1 hour ago, Le duke said:

    Beard had good enough grades and test scores to be admitted to Northwestern. Looking around at WrestleStat, he could have plenty of opportunities at great schools. Stanford's 197 is ranked #51, Davison at NU is #27. 

    Unless he's been making no progress towards his degree, which I doubt, he's near graduating, which likely eliminates Penn, as he'd only have ~1 year left there.

    Beard already decommitted from Northwestern once. It's also not a school that recruits over its current guys, so even if Beard had more potential than Davison, they'll still stick with their guy.

  8. 4 hours ago, jackwebster said:

    Seems like the best hotel in the area is Tulsa's Aloft* offering. I'm not sure of its exact name, but it's right across the street from BOK. I've stayed in a few Aloft hotels (Flatbush, Richmond, DC(?)), and Tulsa's is weird/cool like the other ones. It must have been an office building in a previous life. The modular furniture in the room made it feel like a bank or a lawyer's office, like I was going in to haggle about a loan, close on a house, or sign a property settlement agreement. But, as with everything else in Tulsa, there was space. It had a cool bar with ping pong tables (?) and a terrace with a view (of what? It's Tulsa in March, so the bleached skeleton of an oil boom town built atop brown prairie stippled with blackjacks and festooned by red cedars along the fence lines). It is walking distance (Tulsa walking distance, i.e. kinda a hike, see "space" comment) to other downtown stuff, e.g. a retro video-game bar, a decent ramen/fusion place, Cains (absolutely worthless as a live-music venue but kinda a trip to imagine being in the audience for Bob Wills or the Sex Pistols), that fish building, etc.).

    But, what you wanna check out in Tulsa are the oil mansions (in Maple Ridge, I think), a walking audio tour of Black Wall St and the 1921 race massacre, the Frank Loyd Wright house somewhere on Lewis (?), and the Gilcrease and Philbrook collections of Remingtons. 

    Re eats: In Tulsa, I guess you eat steak and avoid sushi. If you're in the mood for gentrification, try Cherry Street and Brookside. But, I would give North Tulsa / Greenwood a go (esp, El Rio Verde ... you can see the "Outsiders" house while you're at it). 

    *from what I gather, Aloft is a chain of boutique hotels, like Kimpton but cheaper.

    Good idea. The more people you can get out and about exploring the town, the closer I can seat-hop to matside during the consolation rounds. 

    Everybody - follow Jack Webster to the oil mansions during the wrestlebacks. Nothing to see here.

  9. 2 hours ago, Plasmodium said:

    I don't remember any of these guys being disrespected.  Maybe Mark Schultz, but different kettle of fish.

    People were very rude to Brinzer and he stopped posting. McGinnis went so far as to note that anonymity is what made this board such a cesspool. The responses to Schultz reflected genuine concern for his mental health - I hope he's doing well, because he's one of my favorite wrestlers.

    I think @olddirty is a college coach and he still posts here, which is something we all should appreciate. I recall when he was a college kid one of our posters (Backpoints) called his coach on the phone to complain about something he said here. Thankfully that experience did not scare him off, because he's one of the few "insiders" we have left.

  10. 3 hours ago, Mr. Poopy butthole said:

    who were the offenders? and if you don't want to get into all that, are they still active at least?

    It's been years - I honestly don't remember. I just remember how cool it was to get an insider's perspective on college wrestling, just for one brief moment.

    People may not have gone after Tirapelle as much. But I remember some inappropriate stuff at Brinzer (who was an absolute goldmine of wrestling info.) - I think McGinnis' dad used to post too, as Old Salt.

  11. 22 hours ago, Konquest said:

    Working out multiple times a day, and being strung out on huge amounts of amphetamines.

    All college wrestlers work out multiple times per day but still struggle with making weight. You might be on to something with the amphetamines though - probably jacks up your metabolism and suppresses appetite too. Scary that it started with a legal script for ADD medication.

  12. The more I read about this, it sounds like Lee's dad may have been reaching out to friends & acquaintances to check their kid's interest level in Iowa, but was also careful to tell them that before he could make any formal introductions, their kid had to be in the portal first. In this context, it sounds OK to me.

    At what point does a conversation between friends become recruiting? Who knows.

  13. We like to think NIL is changing the college wrestling landscape, but the truth is that whatever impact it's having on wrestling is magnified 10X in football and basketball. Honestly, what are the top wrestling guys getting as NIL payments - 10K? 50K? Whatever it is, it's probably not enough to even cover just tuition - scholarships at the top programs typically are less half the tuition (and some give up their scholarship their last year so the program can recruit new kids).

    Any rule changes will be driven by football and basketball; wrestling will just have to wait and see how this all shakes out.

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