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Everything posted by Voice_of_the_Quakers

  1. What impresses me about Barraclough is what impresses me about PSU in general. We've seen very good teams, Iowa included, send out backups this year due to injuries and COVID who look unbelievably overmatched at the D-I level. PSU sits/loses a starter, up steps the next guy, and, no matter whether you've heard of him, he performs. It's a credit to their roster management, development of the kids on campus, the buy-in from his wrestlers into the mission of the program, and to whatever else you want to point.
  2. Wasn't commenting on the Massa match specifically. His patience against Massa worked, although I think he could've easily been hit for stalling once or twice in the 1st two periods. (Massa did seem to tire in the 3rd, and sure didn't seem to want to fight for that escape in the TB, thus the ill-advised roll through attempt.) My issue is that Starocci wrestles the same match against Massa as he would wrestle against me. It's why Fletcher's comment about his chances of being upset in R16 against a lower-seeded opponent is so prescient. He keeps lesser opponents in matches when he should be blowing them away. I think this will hurt him in the long run.
  3. I think Starocci's talent and technique are plus-plus, to borrow a term from baseball scouts. However, his risk-averse style keeps him in close matches with opponents of all skill levels. I wish he would just "get on with it" against overmatched opponents. I do think it would help him long term, particularly on top.
  4. I think most of Penn's team withdrew from school as well. Regardless of your athletic status at an Ivy League school, I would have a hard time justifying $65K-$70K for an entirely online year from a cost/benefit perspective. Much better in my mind to pick up some work experience with the connections the alumni base offers. Still would leave more than enough time to keep up your training. Hopefully, everyone has been taking full advantage of what became their "gap year".
  5. Color me stunned. Guessing the announcement about cancelling the Spring 2021 sports season is right around the corner. https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/30881880/ivy-league-allowing-one-waiver-grad-students-play-2021-22-due-pandemic
  6. I've always thought: 1) High school sports should be about participation 2) College sports should be about competition 3) Professional sports, including the Olympics, should be most simply about winning I would hope the coming correction in college sports does not impact the high schools, where the mission of sports should be very different.
  7. Morris' transitions from the reverse grip to the traditional wrestling headlock grip are cat-like and even better than I remember.
  8. Typically don't peruse Cornell's material, but had not seen them use the term "grayshirt" before. That's pretty "inside baseball" for a press release.
  9. Curious that the official release acknowledges match records during the grayshirt season.
  10. What has happened to NCAA men's gymnastics is a damn shame. U of M finished 2nd in the team championships as recently as 2018. The sport will be down to 13 teams after this season. Don't think this can't happen to wrestling with no SEC, small numbers from the Big XII, and dwindling numbers from the Pac 12.
  11. I'm still convinced Gene Mills could whip my ass, and I have him by 10 years and 50 pounds.
  12. https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/29600577/uconn-becomes-1st-fbs-team-cancel-football-season-due-coronavirus Not sure how meaningful this is. UConn football is a tire fire, and their return to the Big East for all other sports may ultimately lead the school to drop football altogether regardless of the pandemic. But...
  13. Add NY to the list: https://www.syracuse.com/highschoolsports/2020/07/new-york-state-cuts-2-wrestling-classes-from-high-school-lineups.html
  14. Lee Kemp is the best and most physically gifted wrestler I ever personally saw wrestle. But, as we continue this conversation, I would encourage participants to look beyond body type when describing "physically" gifted. Bruce Baumgartner was accurately described as a moving brick wall, but does not have the "look" of Alexander Karelin.
  15. Nice guy, but, wow... Can we just give guys five years and be done with this 6th year nonsense already?
  16. Yes, Jan was a prolific, open and thoughtful participant here. My condolences to his family. He will be missed.
  17. Blames COVID-19. Still sponsoring women's soccer: https://www.espn.com/college-sports/story/_/id/29034684/cincinnati-drops-men-soccer-program-amid-widespread-uncertainty
  18. Neutral was an option. Quisel of Boise State chose it at 157. I believe the announcers said Hand chose top in the 3rd because he had 54 seconds of riding time built up from the 2nd period when Lesnar chose down. Lesnar got out quick in the 3rd, and I believe the tying TD was at the buzzer, so he never did get riding time.
  19. Me, of course. Can't believe no other poster has chimed in with themselves yet. Alas, for all of the injuries... Freshman year: Sucked Sophomore year: Broken foot Junior year: Torn ACL (at least I got a season's worth of matches to earn my letter) Senior year: Broken jaw https://pennathletics.com/documents/2017/12/6//Wrestling_history_letterwinners.pdf?id=9007
  20. I'll add some props for Chauncy Wynn, who I believe was the last AA for an HBCU at Morgan State (6th at 158 in 1990). Crazy long arms. A great cradler. https://nwhof.org/NCAA-Brackets/PDF/NCAA 1990.pdf
  21. Ahem... https://pennathletics.com/news/2018/7/11/wrestling-receives-1-million-gift-from-josh-harris-w-86.aspx
  22. Not an American, but Bilyal Makhov of Russia took bronze in both FS and GR at Worlds in 2015 in Vegas.
  23. It has been my experience that if your son first figures out: 1) what he wants to study 2) how far away he is willing to live from home 3) what type of campus environment he wants - large or small school, big city/small town/something in between, etc. the wrestling will take care of itself.
  24. You’re going to get at least 2 points for the attempted technique (what used to be called “appreciation”), 4 if you complete the throw, and your opponent cannot score on a counter once he lands out of bounds. I hate it - it is within the rules, but terribly cynical.
  25. At some point, talent trumps technique. The problem with our Greco program is that it is not attracting enough elite talent. Obviously, our most talented wrestlers are competing in D-1. That being said, as a former Greco wrestler, I don’t know how we attract more elite talent to the discipline given how awful I think the on mat product currently is.
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