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oldcougar last won the day on May 29 2018

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  1. When I was in college, wrestling 123, I wrestled a guy that was 6'3" tall. Talk about skinny! And every time I made a move he had about 6 to 8 inches of body left over. I finally decked him, but it took me a couple periods to figure him out. That guy was skinny! Another one: 4x PIAA champ Bob Crawford. He looked and wrestled like a spider.
  2. You got the Nickal vs Martin part right. You just missed the year. 2018 with the team title on the line, Nickal appears to go to his back, tOSU fans go nuts. Nickal elevates. tOSU fans crash. It was a thing of beauty.
  3. Spencer Lee has wrestled at the NCAA champships twice. He's a 2x National champ and still has 2 years to go. He's a 3x World champ. And yet, he's lost his desire. He isn't tough enough. He's not one of the better college wrestlers. Yes, he is seriously letting down his side, because.... why was that again?
  4. most are getting it right. He wrestles like he has multiple brains controlling different parts of his body. I cannot recall anyone with more mat sense that Markie, and I've been watching wrestling for 60 years. It's uncanny how he can seem to be in an untenable situation when he moves a knee or subtly shifts his weight and suddenly he's on top! It's inspiring to watch.
  5. Two of the most awesome wrestlers ever. And i'm old enough to have seen most of them. Nolf's constant pressure kind of revolutionized a lot of people's thinking about how to approach a match. The 'play defense and win by a point' style of an Iowa, Nolf has thrown out the window. Bo knows throws. And Bo seems to wrestle best on the biggest stage, at the most important moments. It's inspiring to see. I mostly feel sadness that their college careers are over. Both have given me some of my favorite wrestling highlights, and I've been watching since 1958. For people to say definitvely that one's career was 'better' than the other is specious. Their numbers were close enough to be almost identical, but their paths were different enough to make each totally unique. What an honor, what a pleasure it was to see them perform their very special talents for four years. Each should be considered on his own merits, without some artificial comparison by people who couldn't hold their wrestling shoes.
  6. My high school coach never wrestled in high school, started as a freshman in college and never made the team again. By the time he was a senior he was the team manager. He could barely play tennis and was too small for football. When I was in school, his wrestling team was undeated, his football team was undefeated, and his tennis team was un-scored on. That means all singles and doubles were undefeated in matches, and he had the doubles state champs. He is in the PIAA wrestling hall of fame. A coach needs to communicate and inspire, regardless of the sport. Another coach I was a camp councilor for, was the most successful coach in Long Island history. He never wrestled, but he kinda founded the sport in New York State. National Wrestling Hall of Fame member. So, no, a coach doesn't have to have been a star wrestler. But he better be knowledegable.
  7. I was at that first Shields-Marstellar dual match. They wrestled for it seemed like 8 periods and neither of them made an offensive move. Shields finally won, but it seemed neither of them wanted it. I've been watching Chance for many years. His performance this weekend was inspirational. It's great to see a turn-around like that. It's good to see him go out on a real high. And it's good to see Lock Haven making a little noise at the national level.
  8. I've always liked McKenna, even when he moved from Stanford to Ohio State. And I think right now, he's slightly better than Lee. But Lee has an unlimited upside, imo. Last year he seemed to have brain farts from time to time and do mindless things. But he seems to have that demon under control. His gas tank will win him a lot of close bouts like last night's. And his steady improvement makes him better and better against the big guns. He's going to be in the national finals eventually. This year? Maybe.
  9. you're like those trump people who can't let Hillary go. Dake and Taylor are both world champs at different weights. Give it up.
  10. seems to me last year in mid-January, Penn State looked sluggish and bored. There was probably a thread at that time asking, 'is the PSU bubble bursting'? How'd that work out.
  11. In this case, the ref should not have hit Stoker, because he was off the mat. At the HS match, the meet was over, the two teams had shaken hands, and were walking off the mat when two wrestlers lowered their straps. The rule says you can't do that while still 'on the mat'. Following the rules is one thing. Being reasonable about enforcing the rules is something entirely different. Was the infraction these kids did so horrific that it should cost their teams the meet? I'm guessing the ref was the only person in the gym who knew he could impose that penalty. And he proved that he was the man! Pathetic.
  12. Lock Haven HS in 1961. They had 4 PIAA champs, and 5 of their team placed 9 times at NCAA's. Two of those Lock Haven teammates met in the NCAA consolation finals one year. They were pretty good.
  13. unbiased: so your theory is, if Zain didn't wrestle last year, Sorenson wouldn't have lost to Ronnie Perry. Interesting.
  14. I've been following Cenzo since he was a HS freshman. At PA states that year he placed 7th at 106 - a pretty tough weight class with Ethan Lizak, Michael Kemmerer, and Scottie Parker in the bracket. I liked Cenzo then because he was so small but with so much poise and determination. As a soph, Cenzo was 3rd at 120. Cenzo kept growing. Junior Cenzo was state champ at 138, with a bracket including Mike Kemmerer, Hayden Hidlay, and Kaleb Young. Senior Cenzo was state champ at 152, with a bracket including Young, Josh Maruca, and Mikey Labriola. It ain't easy winning states in Pennsylvania. But the more Vincenzo Joseph grew, the more he won. Joseph has extraordinary core strength. And he wrestles with uncanny calmness. He's lost a couple of matches when he just decided to get into a shoot out. But it looks like he learned from indulging in his excesses. Because when he wrestles within himself and under control, Cenzo looks to be pretty unbeatable.
  15. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I didn't notice one offensive point scored by Lehigh, just neutral points: No takedowns, no backs, no reversals. If so, it's the first meet I ever saw with one team being held to no offensive points. I remember a high school dual meet in 1961 that our team won 67-0. Can't remember any offensive points then, either, but that was a looong time ago.
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