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    cbg reacted to oldcougar in Comparing dynasties   
    When I started wrestling, Yojiro Uetake was the greatest wrestler in the world.  50 years later I gotta include him in my top 3 of all time. (Feel free to speculate who the other 2 are.)
     
    Who couldn't be impressed with Okie State at that time, or Iowa a couple of decades later.  Both inspired programs.  I'm truly over the top about Penn State now because they are so much fun to watch.  Guys like Jason Nolf and Bo Nickal win style points for their creativity.  I guess today's style of wrestling is just more spectator friendly because of improvements in technique and coaching.  I can remember sounding/feeling like an old fogie because I always claimed that wrestlers from my time (read Okie State/Lehigh/Oklahoma/etc.) were every bit as good as those then currently wrestling.  
    I no longer make that claim.  Wrestling is the best it's ever been.  Period.  Thank goodness I'm still around to watch it.
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    cbg got a reaction from gowrestle in Penn State Freestyle?   
    IMO, all college wrestlers need to take some time off from being on the mat.  Not saying they should stop lifting and doing cardio but staying off the mat definitely has some advantages.
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    cbg reacted to LemonPie in Penn State Freestyle?   
    Taking a break like 98% of college wrestlers.
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    cbg got a reaction from pawrestler in Why Kids Not Wrestling   
    During off season K-8 tournaments we must find a way to get families in and out of the gym in no more than 2.5 hours on the weekends.  For parents to arrive at a tournament at 7:00am, not wrestle until 11:00am and not get out of the tournament until 6:00pm or later is unexcusable.  
     
    At the high school level I feel to grow the sport it would be nice to allow a single school the opportunity to enter 2 wrestlers in each weight classification for tournaments and the state tournament series.  If the result is one school goes 1 & 2 in 4 different weight classifications that is great.    
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    cbg got a reaction from BobDole in Why Kids Not Wrestling   
    As a former D1 wrestler I will not apologize for saying that wrestling is not for everyone.  As a 4" nothing 75lb athletic kid in the 7th grade it provided me with an opportunity to compete in a contact sport.  When a small 75lb kid try's to play football and tackle a mature 150lb kid it's far from being a fair fight but on the mat I had the opportunity to be successful.  Wrestling captivated me like nothing had ever done before or since.  With that being said I have two sons and a daughter and not one of them wrestled past the 8th grade.  My oldest son wrestled in middle school and went undefeated against some national level competition in the 8th grade but decided to focus on baseball (played NCAA D1) and football in high school.  Now in his 30's he admits that he wished that he had wrestled in high school and I have no doubt that he would have been successful.  Another son was on a team that won a state championship in hockey and my daughter was involved in dance.  My thoughts are that you must allow your children to select their own path to follow.  If you force them into wrestling or any other sport the chances of it being a great experience are not high.  One of my college teammates  was a national champion and both his son and daughter elected to play basketball and that's fine.  As a parent it is my job to educate and raise my children to be both good and productive citizens not to become an Olympic champion.  All I ever wanted is for all of my children to participate in a school sponsored after school activity that would occupy their free time.   I have yet to see a female get pregnant or a young man break into a home while they were in a smelly wrestling room, shooting hoops, running around the track or practicing a dance routine.  
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    cbg reacted to Ray_Brinzer in Why Kids Not Wrestling   
    I take one of my kids to a soccer game, and in two hours we leave. That includes a 1-hour practice before the game, and the game itself, where my kids spend most of their time playing.
     
    I take my son to a hockey game, and again, I'm out in about two hours. We often have to be there at the break of dawn; we haul a huge bag of gear; and a good deal of time is spent putting on the gear. Still, he gets to play for most of an hour.
     
    I take my kids to a wrestling tournament, we're there all day if it goes well, and about half of the day if it doesn't. When things go well, you may get 20 minutes of mat time. When they go badly, it can be very, very brief.
     
    When I was growing up, I accepted this without question. It didn't bother me to spend all day in a gym on Saturday, and then do it again in another gym on Sunday. I didn't feel I was sacrificing, because I wasn't going to do anything more interesting if I didn't go. I loved the freedom of tournaments; nobody told me what to do all day long.
     
    As a parent, who values his own time and his kids', I realize how awful it is. I'm about as devoted to the sport as anyone I know, and I love sharing it with my kids, but I really have to weigh what we're getting versus what we're giving up. And the frustrating thing is, it's unnecessary. Time spent wrestling is great, but time wasted so you can spend time wrestling is just time wasted. We need to do better than this.
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    cbg reacted to HokieHWT in Hoffman takes over The Hill School   
    http://www.thehill.org/RelId/5712199/ISvars/default/Dave_Hoffman_01_Named_Head_Wrestling_Coach.htm
     
    Look out PA and beyond!
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    cbg reacted to stonerd7 in Poverty   
    Compared to other sports growing up, I always thought my parents shelled out a lot more money for me to play baseball and football.
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    cbg got a reaction from whyme25 in Congrats to Chris Bono for getting paid   
    Would $150,000.00 more per year have equated into more wins for Wisconsin?  It has been my experience that most universities get what they pay for when in comes to coaches.  JMO, but if a school wants to have an opportunity to be a Top 10 program they should pay the head coach $200,000+, number 1 assistant coach $100,000 and the number 2 assistant coach $75,000.  This does not include perks and monies made from camps.
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    cbg got a reaction from herma48852 in Desanto to Iowa   
    Folks this is pretty simple:
    1.  DeSanto was not happy at Drexel and Drexel was not happy with him so it was time to part ways and move on
    2.  I am confident that Tom and Terry told him that they would not tolerate him trying to injure anyone during a match or practice
    3.  If the young man needs professional help it would not be difficult for him to receive that help at a major Big10 university
    4.  Everyone matures both mentally and physically at their own pace.  DeSanto is probably a good young man that just needs some space to grow up all the while he is being held accountable for his actions. 
    5.  From personal experience I have noticed that students who elect to attend an out of state college that is several hours from home on average grow up much quicker than the local kid that walks across the street to the school
    6.  My suggestion for DeSanto would be to leave for Iowa the day after completing classes at Drexel.  Enroll in summer school and begin training with the Iowa team.  Attending school in Iowa City, IA will be a much different experience than anything he is accustomed to in Philadelphia and he should experience everything that both the University Of Iowa and the State Of Iowa have to offer.  
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    cbg reacted to hammerlockthree in Congrats to Chris Bono for getting paid   
    explains how he kept the job....
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    cbg got a reaction from BigTimeFan in Desanto to Iowa   
    Folks this is pretty simple:
    1.  DeSanto was not happy at Drexel and Drexel was not happy with him so it was time to part ways and move on
    2.  I am confident that Tom and Terry told him that they would not tolerate him trying to injure anyone during a match or practice
    3.  If the young man needs professional help it would not be difficult for him to receive that help at a major Big10 university
    4.  Everyone matures both mentally and physically at their own pace.  DeSanto is probably a good young man that just needs some space to grow up all the while he is being held accountable for his actions. 
    5.  From personal experience I have noticed that students who elect to attend an out of state college that is several hours from home on average grow up much quicker than the local kid that walks across the street to the school
    6.  My suggestion for DeSanto would be to leave for Iowa the day after completing classes at Drexel.  Enroll in summer school and begin training with the Iowa team.  Attending school in Iowa City, IA will be a much different experience than anything he is accustomed to in Philadelphia and he should experience everything that both the University Of Iowa and the State Of Iowa have to offer.  
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    cbg reacted to wrestlingnerd in Iowa Lineup   
    He is sloppy and a bit of a one-trick pony, but his enormous gas tank and physicality are tailormade for the Brands. It's a very good pickup.
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    cbg reacted to WillieBoy in How Can ASU Compete?   
    On Baseball I am in a State where one of the three most promoted names is Roger Maris. (Lawrence Welk and Teddy Roosevelt are the other two).
    Two seasons here: Winter... and winter is coming.
     
    HS baseball games cancelled the past two weeks because the field was still frozen. 31 degrees at game time with winter storm predictions cancelled the games two weeks ago. The local team was finally able to get on the field this past Friday - the only field open in the State so far and due to the hard work of two main volunteers who cleared snow early and did a lot of infield work so even though the ground is still frozen the warm weather(50's and even 63 one day) had the top layer ready to play. Only playable field in the State.
     
    On the other hand, North Dakota produces more ice Hockey players than Texas or Arizona.
     
    Contrast these kids who have 4-6 months total each year to play baseball outside with full year access. A lot like wrestling where in Pennsylvania compared to Alabama. Different mindset and different emphasis.
     
    ASU should compete well if the coaching staff can build on their star as the draw for now. The campus is beautiful. Winter weather is non-existent. It is close enough to drive to if you want it. A lot of reasons for a kid to attend.
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    cbg reacted to potentiallydangerous in Wrestlings Marketing Efforts   
    In a country where half the people get their opinions from Rachel Maddow and the other half from Sean Hannity, it's a good idea to dumb it down to get their attention.
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    cbg reacted to JohnnyThompsonnum1 in Goldman Retired....   
    On a personal level Duane Goldman is an outstanding and awesome individual, but on a coaching level this is long overdue. It's one thing to under-perform, but to have a consistency in wrestlers regressing throughout their careers is another. Way too many examples of Hoosier wrestlers being superior wrestlers as freshmen to how their careers ended as seniors. While injuries sometimes offer explanations, that shouldn't be something that happens as regularly as it did at Indiana. 

    Now here's to hoping someone will come in to turn the program around.  
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    cbg reacted to TripNSweep in How to set up the new HS wrestling programs from scratch?   
    Or at least a decent one that teaches correct fundamentals.  Wins and losses aren't a big deal to me at that level, having the correct fundamental skills are more important.  
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    cbg reacted to KSchlosser in Cleveland State Job is Open   
    Always liked Ben on a personal level as he is an extremely likable person. At the same time it was disappointing that he was not able to recruit at a high enough level to win consistenly in NE Ohio. I think this job is a great opportunity for the right coach and the right staff.
     
    http://www.csuvikings.com/sports/m-wrestl/2017-18/releases/20180323pfaa72
     
    If I am CSU administration I ask Erik Burnett what he needs to take the job and get it done.  With his youth club and track record of developing college wrestlers I believe any parent in NE Ohio would answer his call and give consideration to his plan. I would assume he could put together a pretty good staff or recent college grads and coaches he has worked with over the years. Other phone calls I make are to J Jaggers and Mike Kulczycki for state and local ties and if I were EB considerring this job I call Mike.
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    cbg reacted to NJwrestlingguy in DeSanto to...   
    Iowa staff just arrived in SE PA.
     

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    cbg reacted to redblades in DeSanto to...   
    Not really.  He's done this before.
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    cbg reacted to BAC in Dapper Dan is this Sunday   
    It isn't common.  The only other time I can remember it happening was Eric Morris for Sem a few years ago.  I don't think they'd consider someone who wrestles for a  PA prep school but isn't from PA, nor would they consider a PA native who wrestles for a non-PA prep school; those guys can only qualify for the U.S. team.  Even a PA prep school kid who hails from PA probably wouldn't be chosen for the PA team over a senior PIAA state champ if all else is equal.  This year it probably helped that Jack Davis is a Pitt commit, as the event is held in Pitt's gym.
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    cbg reacted to superbowlhomeboy in Time to ditch the NCAA   
    Was going to type up a long response but stopped myself. I will just say that is a ridiculous notion that would kill scholastic wrestling. While we are on the topic of the future of college sports, I could foresee Power 5 college football leaving the NCAA. 
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    cbg got a reaction from WrestlingFan89 in All Star Classic Next Season Lee vs Desanto?   
    I would like to see the All-Star Match moved to New Years Eve at 7:00pm.  Make it a mid season event in a unique location.
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    cbg reacted to FATMANROLL in Isn't a true freshman supposed to be 17-18 years old?   
    True freshman are what ever age they are when ever they attend a university full time for the first time
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    cbg reacted to JAD in How many NCAAs have you attended   
    This will be my 5th. First time was as a college student at Lehigh in 1975 at Princeton. Got tickets at the door for all sessions except sold out finals. After the semis my friend and I duct taped the latch on a dozen or so doors leading into the lower levels of Jadwin. Were able to sneak in one of them later on for the finals, and got to see two Lehigh wrestlers win - Mike’s Frick and Lieberman.
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