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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Ahem... https://pennathletics.com/news/2018/7/11/wrestling-receives-1-million-gift-from-josh-harris-w-86.aspx
  5. Not an American, but Bilyal Makhov of Russia took bronze in both FS and GR at Worlds in 2015 in Vegas.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Hard to compare to 1984 given no Russians. 1995 in Atlanta was pretty solid: D. Schultz 5th at 74kg K. Jackson 1st at 82 M. Douglas 3rd at at 90 K. Angle 1st at 100 B. Baumgartner 1st at 130
  10. Penn: https://pennathletics.com/news/2018/9/5/wrestling-announces-2018-19-schedule.aspx
  11. On the bright side, so many top wrestlers are not ranked in the Top 4 it will be just like not seeding at all
  12. Next quote from this article from Lalovic. Note what he lists before what: “These improvements made are incredible for the sport of wrestling,” said United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic. “Our sport has never been stronger, and I believe that with the new categories and the improved competition format we will see continued growth in participation, support and viewership. I also believe these new rules will also encourage healthier wrestlers.” Money and TV make the Olympics, and Olympic sports, go around. If we also have healthier wrestlers, so be it.
  13. http://olympicwrestlingnz.com/newsarticle/46457 The two-day competition format will undergo testing at the Cadet European Championships in July and the Cadet World Championships in September. If the tests are a success then the format will be effective on January 1, 2018. The two-day format requires athletes to weigh-in on the morning of their competition, with a two-kilo allowance for the second day. Wrestlers currently weigh-in the day before they compete and finish their wrestling in one day. The two-day format will limit extreme weight loss and allow for improved promotion of the tournament finals.
  14. It was a confusing system, but at least it was double-elimination, unlike today. If you lost once, worst you could do was wrestle for 5th, and only if everyone in your final round robin went 1-1 against each other. 1996 actually saw a true bracket with double-elimination. This is the best system I've ever seen FILA utilize. Of course, they scrapped it. 2000 had the pod system, which created three and four wrestler pods from which only one wrestler would emerge from a round robin and be entered into a bracket at either the quarterfinals or semifinals. (Slay defeated Saitiev in the pod, thus Saitiev was eliminated with no opportunity to place.) Again, I'd much rather have the the 1992 system than the 2000 system given the extreme penalty of one loss. Ultimately, I think we're going to be stuck with the current setup so long as UWW only cares about declaring a winner and spreading the medals around. The new two-day format is only designed for promotion/TV.
  15. To this day, my brother and I (both DI wrestlers) love fighting in all of its forms: boxing, karate, judo, etc. We would have wrestled as kids if our mother let us; she finally relented in middle school because practices were held near our house. My son does not like sports, period. I cannot imagine making him wrestle given how much he would hate it. That being said, he is not exempt from learning what I call "life skills", and self-defense is a life skill. So, he's working on his youth black belt in jiujitsu. From my perspective, it's a more useful form of self-defense for someone like him, with its emphasis on neutralizing opponents. I also make him swim - again, life skills - and he's good enough at backstroke and breaststroke to compete at a higher level if he wanted to, but, I can't wish it for him. When he gets to high school, I will make him run track, because he's good at it and it will keep him off of Fortnite for a couple hours.
  16. Lot of privacy concerns in college, certainly more than there used to be and definitely more than pro sports where there are gambling concerns.
  17. We're going to need an elite bouncer to keep Kentucky Mudflap in check...
  18. And, as to why Flynn left Edinboro now... https://intermatwrestle.com/articles/20051 The key paragraph: A native of Pittsburgh, (new interim AD Katherine) Robbins attended North Allegheny High School. She was a 3-time All American and a member of three national water ski championship teams - in 1991 with the University of Central Florida and in 1993 and 1994 with the University of Louisiana, Monroe. Who knew? I need to go back in time and reconsider my athletic options.
  19. By traditional measures, his senior year was his 4th year at Rutgers, during which he earned his 3rd AA. He missed his 5th year, which we could also call his 2nd senior year. Now, he gets to have a 3rd senior year. We're approaching Blutarski territory, here.
  20. 6th years in all NCAA sports are getting ridiculous. Time to simplify... The average undergrad (not just student-athletes) takes five years to graduate. Give all D-1 athletes five years to compete, no redshirts, and let the clock start when they first step foot on campus. Let D-2 and D-3 have different clocks for kids who come and go. I can be talked into exceptions for religious missions, but that's about it.
  21. http://content.themat.com/usawrestling/news.php?page=showarticle&ArticleID=25283 It has been a little more than a year since USA Wrestling announced that some of the nation’s best high school graduates would hold off going to college in order to train full-time in freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The idea was to give these talented stars a year to focus completely on freestyle wrestling. They would train alongside the Olympic-level wrestlers, compete on the Senior and age-group levels, get a firm foundation in the international style, and win World medals for the United States on the FILA Junior level (ages 17-20). “We believe to develop our Cadet and Junior guys, they have to be wrestling Senior guys,” said Assistant National Freestyle Coach Brandon Slay. “It is a benefit to our Senior guys to be wrestling the younger guys, but it clearly a benefit to our Junior guys to wrestle the Senior guys.”
  22. Surely, you don't think one AA covers up the ills of either program... I live in DC. The U of Maryland athletic department is in a weird place. Major state university in a pro sports town, they can't draw fans to anything right now. I'm not sure the wrestling team is going to get any attention until they figure out how to get fans back to the football and men's basketball games.
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