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  1. Texas does not allow extras in the postseason, so there has been at least one recent state championship match occur during wrestle offs. Texas does allow second teams and JV to compete during the season at tournaments, so long as the tournament allows it. One team's returning wrestler placed 3rd at state. He was the number 1 ranked kid all year long. Their backup at that wrestled a great season and finished the regular season as the number 2 kid in the state. They battled it out for the starting spot, and the JV wrestler won the wrestle off. He went on to win state. The loser of the wrestle off had no where to go since the next two weight classes also had the 3rd place and then 2nd place finishers in state that year.
  2. Don't forget to purchase this for the summer.
  3. For a fall to be called and confirmed, it has to be stopped, held, and controlled. Gone are the days of the touch fall or the bounce fall. Here is the rule directly from the UWW regulations: Article 43 – The Fall When the defensive wrestler is held by his opponent with his two shoulders against the mat for a sufficient time to allow the referee to observe the total control of the fall, the resulting hold is considered to be a fall. For a fall at the edge of the mat to be recognized, the competitor’s shoulders must be completely in the orange zone and the head must not touch the protection area. A fall in the protection area is not valid. If the wrestler is pinned on both shoulders as a consequence of a rule infringement or an illegal hold for which he is responsible, the fall will be considered valid for his opponent. The fall observed by the referee will be valid if confirmed by the mat chairman. If the referee does not indicate the fall, and if the fall is valid, it may be announced with the consent of the judge and mat chairman. Consequently, to be observed and recognized, the fall must be clearly maintained. The two shoulders of the wrestler in question must be simultaneously touching the mat during the short period of stoppage specified in the first paragraph, even in the case of a standing rear body lock and lift. In all cases, the referee will strike the mat only after he has obtained confirmation from the mat chairman. The referee will then blow his whistle in order to end the bout. It will not be possible to request any challenge in case of a fall, being understood that the fall must be validated by the mat chairman following the judge or the referee’s decision.
  4. My birthday is in September. I started college at 17 years old and tuned 18 during my Freshman year.
  5. Sprinkles, we are talking about sprinkles. 14 wrestlers got their cupcakes Saturday night for winning the tournament. They are 14 excellent wrestlers who worked hard, trained hard, believed in themselves, believed in their coaches, and went out and got their cupcake. At the end of the night, Bo got sprinkles added to his. That is what the OW award is, simply sprinkles on the cupcake. There have been some OWs that I thought were obvious and great choices, there are some that were not clear cut and other wrestlers were in the mix. Anyway, if you has asked all of these champions what their personal goal was Wednesday going into the tournament, I can almost guarantee that none of them was to be the OW of the tournament. They all simply wanted to be OW of their weight class, to be the champion. They wanted their cupcake. No one was really worried about the sprinkles the OW gets on his cupcake.
  6. One other dual I was coaching, we had resigned ourselves to the likelihood that our 189 was going to win and our 215 was going to lose by fall. We thought we could still win the dual with our lineup, but the middle of the lineup didn't fare so well. At that point we knew what the end result would be; that they were going to win the dual. We were down 33 - 12. Well, time to roll the proverbial dice. I looked for the best opportunity to shake things up, and decided to move in a sophomore to try to swing the match in our favor. We decided the 2nd to the last match we would insert our sophomore non-starter at 189, he barely weighed 165, and bump the 189 to 215. Well, it worked. Our sophomore stepped up and had a great match. He was leading by 9 or 10 when his opponent was penalized for the 4th time. We got the DQ in our favor. We would have gotten 4 team points but instead got 6. Our 189 then rose to the occasion and beat their stud 215 pounder by major decision. Our regular would have gotten pinned there. Instead we took 4 points. The dual meet final score was 36-33. With locked lineups and without the ability to shift, to evaluate during the dual, to roll the dice when needed, we would have lost that dual 39-32. While the head coach was working the kids on the mat, I was working the numbers in the score book. I threw the idea down for him to consider, he trusted in my judgment, we went for it, and we came roaring back for a big win, 36-33 It was one of the most intense dual meets I had ever been a part of and locked lineups would have made it just another day on the mat instead of an incredible bonding moment with our team and our guys.
  7. As a coach, i am not a fan of locked lineups, especially if they are blind submissions to the lineups. There is some strategy involved in who you send out and when. We were wrestling our region dual opening match. The draw came out at 160. We were going to send our state champion out against their one of the best wrestlers who was also at 160. We sent our wrestler and then they forfeited. Before our wrestler stepped on the mat, yes he had checked in, I withdrew him and threw in a freshman to accept the forfeit. How does this happen? Knowledge of the rules. I had every intention of my 160 competing and no thought of bumping him up to 170 until they forfeited to him. I then realized they had the odd matches and they had to send first. Once they were checked in, in correct order, the wrestlers could not be withdrawn. Even though my guy was sent first, it was not in correct order. Once they "sent" in a forfeit, I could withdraw my kid and send in the freshman per the case book and NFHS rules. We spent 10 minutes at the table because the referees hadn't ever seen that done before. I showed them the case book where it says you can. The called the head referee over. They called the state rules interpreter. It was perfectly legal to do what I had done. Again, I had no intention of baiting them into forfeiting. We genuinely believed with their lineup that the match would happen at 160 and they were better off keeping their lineup in place instead of bumping. A blind locked in lineup would have swung the dual meet in their favor. On the fly strategy, knowledge of the rules, and last second line up adjustments swung the dual in our favor.
  8. My only question, and call it sour grapes or whatever you want to call it, is do these "club teams" with all of these international studs really compete as a club? Easy Pipe is an Iranian club with the following athletes: Easy Pipe was represented by 2017 World champion Geno Petriashvilli of Georgia at heavyweight Next up, Easy Pipe’s Vladimir Khinchegashvili, a 2016 Olympic champion and 2015 World champion for Georgia Vladislav Baitsaev of Russia, a Russian National runner-up and past Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix champion Do these guys train in Iran? All of he USA guys train do.
  9. Guerrero is now the head coach of the Oklahoma RTC in Norman. http://www.flowrestling.org/article/59099-eric-guerrero-named-head-coach-of-oklahoma-rtc
  10. I fully understand when a club funds an athlete all year they are truly members of that club. What this sounds like, and in reading the article on the link, is a club is going out and buying some hired guns from all over the world for this one event. IMO, that does not keep in line with the idea of a team for a club championships, but if it is allowed in the rules of the event so be it.
  11. The coaches we heard in Fargo and other high level events such as the trials were complaining because their athletes were being called for passivity even when they were "holding the center". They thought that was the most important thing to consider or equally important to taking holds, hooking, not blocking, or making a legitimate scoring attempt. Actually, "holding the center" is the lowest criterion that refs look for when determining passivity. 1st indicator - is either athlete making more of a legitimate scoring attempt with an attack such as an arm throw, slide by, duck under, high dive, head throw, or any other type of legitimate attack, not just a fake attack? If so but no scoring is occurring, give the passive call to the wrestler taking fewer attempts to legitimately try to score. If perceived as equal, move on the 2nd indicator. 2nd indicator - is either athlete taking holds and hooks more than the other? If so, call the wrestler not taking holds and hooks as the passive wrestler. If perceived as equal, move on to 3rd indicator. 3rd indicator - is either athlete blocking out or pushing the other athlete away more than the other athlete to not allow them to attack? If so, call that wrestler that is blocking out and pushing away more as the passive wrestler. If perceived as equal, move on the 4th indicator. 4th indicator - if 1st, 2nd, or 3rd indicator does not give you a determination for who is passive, then and only then do we look at which wrestler is holding the center. The wrestler holding the center more should be the one that benefits from the passive call and his opponent should be called for passive.
  12. 2013 The crowds were good in Stillwater, but the video board was extremely small and old time resolution. It was useless for fans to truly give an evaluation of the replay. Until Jordan moves on, and maybe James, Lincoln is an ideal venue for this event. They set the standard high. I have been to OKC, Stillwater, Las Vegas, and Lincoln for WTT events.
  13. I too was wondering if there would be a backlash from UWW from Flo's criticism of them last year. When you challenge the authority figures, when you bite the hand that feed you, sometimes you end up left out in the cold. Number crunching trying to reveal corruption, corruption that we all new was there without having to spit in the face of UWW, might have gotten them in hot water with UWW. It was the IOC and subsequently NBC Sports, not UWW, that disallowed them from streaming the Olympics last year.
  14. The scene was set up fictionally. The guy watching was not there in real life. DuPont went to the Schultz home all alone and killed Dave.
  15. It is in the UWW guidelines that you are not allowed to tread on the feet of your opponent. It was the correct call to nullify the score from an illegal action. Here is the short list of general prohibitions: Article 49 – General Prohibitions Wrestlers are forbidden to: - Pull the hair, ears, genitals, pinch the skin, bite, twist fingers or toes, etc. and generally, to perform actions, gestures or holds with the intention of torturing the opponent or making him suffer to force him to withdraw. - Kick, head-butt, strangle, push, apply holds that may endanger the opponent’s life or cause a fracture or dislocation of limbs, tread on the feet of the opponent or touch his face between the eyebrows and the line of the mouth. - Thrust the elbow or knee into the opponent's abdomen or stomach, carry out any twisting action which is likely to cause suffering, or hold the opponent by his singlet. - Cling to or grasp the mat. - Talk during the bout. - Seize the sole of the opponent’s foot (only seizing the upper part of the foot or the heel is permitted). - Agree with the match result between themselves.
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