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Everything posted by Cradle2grave

  1. Both Ed & Lou Banach won gold in '84. Given their Olympic success and multiple national titles at Iowa they have the best overall resume's of any NY'ers I can think of.
  2. About six weeks from now, when folkstyle competition starts back, it always feels like a readjustment. A big downshift. A loss of momentum. Like when you are driving 75 on the highway and turn off onto a town and now have to stop for traffic lights, signs and pedestrians.
  3. Nearly every coach I've heard stresses maintaining inside head position when you've got an underhook. It's one of those unquestioned orthodoxies. The Iranians seem to prefer the head on the opposite side. Not only are they successful with pushing for the step out point from here, they work some great shots off this position. Taghavi and others hit a great double from there.
  4. I've always admired the way Gadisov controls the ties and gets to his shots. Snyder shut that down with working the head and constant snapping. Easy to say, hard to do. Gadisov just didn't have a real solution. Besides his great defense, Snyder's ability to instantly re-attack is one of those assets which keeps him dangerous at every moment. He beat the Iranian and the Russian. Can't ask for a more decisive statement than that.
  5. The USA Greco field at 98kg just got a lot deeper for the next decade.
  6. Kumar's ability to battle back from a deficit is impressive. Has a gas tank for sure.
  7. Alyosha, that is a great story. Thank you.
  8. Freestyle, absolutely. Go to the 1:00 mark. One of Sergei's go-to moves, often off the 2-on-1. Here it is off single defense like in the Gadson match. Sergei Beloglazov URS vs Dariusz Grzywinski POL Olympic 1988 Seoul https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CObhlgr7sMk
  9. It didn't help the odds of Manville being our Olympic GR rep in 2016.
  10. His "one side then the other" pick combo is really clicking. Training for Varner probably helped as well.
  11. Generally the officials in Greco are more lenient about offensive leg fouls than defensive. This seem particularly true internationally. There was a thread on here a couple of years ago regarding a similar scoring situation. In that case it was what appeared to be an inside trip that one wrestler was using on a regular basis.
  12. You bring up an interesting parallel here. The Iranians take the world cup team format very seriously, while the Russians don't, and choose to send a developmental squad each year.
  13. I just don't understand the mentality of those who want to protect the right to flee the mat. The officials - as a group - appear to be incredibly stubborn about penalizing it. These obligatory stalling situations (5 second return rule, etc) may have the unintended effect of discouraging officials from calling regular stalling as frequently.
  14. Perelli up now. Wrestling for bronze I believe.
  15. Heavy hands, pushing/shoving, and faking half shots are ways to set up your offense...they are not offense.
  16. Gilman more or less hit a full backarch. I don't see how this was anything besides an attempt to injure his opponent. Could have been very serious. Our sport isn't immune to the concussion problems that now plague football. This call demands an official statement.
  17. For those who are biased against the pushout because of its' FILA link it should be noted that Real Pro Wrestling - right here in the USA - implemented the pushout in 2004. FILA was smart enough to adopt it a year later. It just isn't true that the rule turns neutral wrestling into a Sumo match. International wrestlers have developed a strong skillset around the edge of the mat. It is no easy thing to shove an Iranian out of bounds. You think for sure he is going to get pushed out and he redirects the motion and the other guy goes out. The safest strategy is just to wrestle in the center. The pushout works like an electric fence does for livestock. We need it.
  18. There is no reason all of the collegiate divisions need to be folkstyle - DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, etc. Why not have a freestyle option? Give HS athletes the option to go the FS route and study full time. Such a program could also add a women's program to nullify any Title 9 ramifications. And heck yes to the pushout rule at all levels. By this time in the season I am completely fed up with whistle restarts - over and over again. Refs just refuse to penalize guys for playing the edge and taking the action out of bounds. It is part of the game and it shouldn't be. Time to take the discretion out of their hands and make it a firm rule.
  19. Shifting 197 up to around 210 makes sense. 97kg is always an exciting weight class at the international level - powerful but still agile. Makes sense to let the 197 college guys muscle up a bit and fill that gap (plus the smaller tweener HWT's). I can't see any downside.
  20. Gadisov has a nice Fireman's. Here is one of the traditional variety against Herbert at the Yarygin a few years ago (1:10): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnFA6KXBTaM And a couple of the version where the head is secured by holding the chin (2:58): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9em8WW3TTYA
  21. The Iranian, Yazdanicharati, looked great in his semi against the Russian, Rasul Arsanaliev. Arsanaliev is the one who pinned Pico in Turkey a few months back. Good match. Dartfish hasn't posted any freestyle yet. If anyone comes across it on Youtube please pass along the link.
  22. He is impressive. We can look forward to some great battles with Snyder down the road. Guys like this are why the college 197 lb class makes no sense. Why make these light heavies cut when it isn't necessary?
  23. I am also going to get a copy. Two more items that may be of interest: First, Mikhail Lermontov's novel A Hero of Our Time is a classic set in Ossetia and dating from 1840 which is worth a read. Second, here is a photographic collection dating from just over a century ago. What makes these remarkable is that they are in color and look like they were taken yesterday. Images are from south and central pre-revolution Russia. http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/0 ... y_ago.html
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