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    lewiebakes reacted to LJB in Out of bounds stalling   
    pushing and pulling is very much a part of wrestling... it is very much a way of moving your opponent where you want them to set up your offense... and is easily countered by running straight back to avoid actually wrestling... 
    this whole sumo cry is such a weak and uneducated argument... 
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    lewiebakes reacted to LJB in Out of bounds stalling   
    there is no opinion on the step out in free... it is black and white...
    a leg in the air forcing their opponent out of bounds is not just an attempt to score, it is a score... they are not just gifting them their leg... it was taken... against their will... then they were forced outside the area of competition against their will... if they did not want to go they could always turn down and accept the TD... or not give up their leg in the first place instead of just relying on the safety of out of bonds to save them from poor technique...
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    lewiebakes reacted to LJB in Out of bounds stalling   
    then don't get pushed out...
    you guys act like it is so easy to get pushed out because all you see is guys refusing to wrestle and just backing up out of bounds... if there is a penalty for going out of bounds, wrestlers will learn to circle which will open up offense for both the attacking and defending wrestlers... and that is not even mentioning the offense that isa available  when someone is only looking to push straight forward... 
    this has already been proven...
    it isn't rocket science...
    well, maybe for some of you...
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    lewiebakes reacted to russelscout in Out of bounds stalling   
    I think a step out rule is way simpler, not overcomplicated. I could explain the step out rule to someone new to wrestling in a sentence, and frankly, they would be able to get it based off "step out rule" alone. However, it would take much longer to explain our complicated out of bounds system. Its pretty laughable to consider our current system less complicated. 
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    lewiebakes reacted to Antitroll2828 in Nevills out Kirk in?   
    I get it’s a bad look because he committed to like 9 different places before settling on penn state but IMO I thought it was great suriano was eligible right away and that they’ve stopped stealing years from athletes because they felt the needed to transfer and I feel no different about the Kerk situation. The guy has worked hard his whole life , apparently he’s where he feels comfortable now, so I’m all for letting him wrestle, and honestly if he were trying to get eligible for say lock haven or Pitt I don’t think anyone would care, it’s just the team race factor I believe that has everyone salty about it, but I’m all for anything that makes the team race close and the NCAAs more interesting 
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    lewiebakes reacted to VakAttack in Nevills out Kirk in?   
    This is a good point of differentiation.  I'm very pro letting wrestlers compete and not restricting their ability to transfer and compete.  This one feels weird because it's just suddenly happening right before the postseason.  It's the "logical extreme" that people often would use to mock the debate that wrestlers should be allowed to transfer, and that many on the other side would say "yeah, but what i the likelihood of that happening?"  The look is also exacerbated by the nomadic state of Kerk's collegiate experience thusfar.  In the end,, I support it, but man, Kerk makes it tough.
    The collateral stuff about Nevills' feels bad, though.
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    lewiebakes got a reaction from AZ_wrestling in Russia 2020   
    I just used those as examples, the best wrestlers in Russia most likely have the best of everything, including performance enhancing drugs and the methods to beat the testing systems used to catch them.
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    lewiebakes got a reaction from spladle08 in Russia 2020   
    I just used those as examples, the best wrestlers in Russia most likely have the best of everything, including performance enhancing drugs and the methods to beat the testing systems used to catch them.
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    lewiebakes got a reaction from spladle08 in Russia 2020   
    For doping to be effective at the olympic level, it is all about the ability to train harder and longer correct? 
     
    Meaning these guys are putting in crazy amounts of work and finding pharmaceutical methods of recovery. While yes this is technically cheating, let’s not pretend like Joe Blow is taking HGH and EPO and beating the best wrestlers in the world. 
     
    Like someone else said, in Russia they view the built in advantages of America (access to nutrition, mental health, recovery) as equivalent to their gained advantage from being able to run through the Caucus mtns on EPO for hours at a time... as the same thing.  
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    lewiebakes reacted to dmm53 in Does anyone else think the Michigan thing is gross?   
    What's wrong with it?  Support particular athletes and excellence in general rather than a narrow nationalism (or even college team), which is often blind and jingoistic.
    The idea of countries is increasingly moot given the fact that (unfortunately) corporations and big money tend to govern the world. 
    In the not too distant future, individuals might be competing for Nike, Amazon, GE, FOX and other corporate fictions rather than nation-states..  Yes, it's unnerving, but that is the way things might be moving.
    Someone turned on the TV tonight where I was sitting and there was a women's professional basketball game playing.  Across the front of one team's uniform, were big letters that read "AT & T" rather than a team name.
    Made me think of that old movie (and the remake) "Rollerball".   
     
    I would much prefer guys to wrestle for San Marino or wherever.
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    lewiebakes reacted to LJB in All these People Who Say Greco is Popular   
    it makes me chuckle seeing those who can't possibly fathom that their ignorant jingoistic views are not shared around the world...
    it is basically every greek tragedy ever written...
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    lewiebakes reacted to Billyhoyle in Anthony Echemendia   
    You called his eligibility into question on the official broadcast for the event.  Us, the people who subscribe to flo and pay $$$, are saying we expect some type of accuracy and professionalism from the people broadcasting the events. What is so difficult to understand about that?  Only bring up accusations against athletes if there is some evidence for that accusation, especially when those accusations are based on xenophobia ("do Cubans have birth certificates?").  I believe you are smart enough to understand the difference between accusations that are backed by evidence and those that are just based on rumors.  If in fact you are not, then I recommend that broadcasts only utilize those at flo who are able to make such a distinction or hire those from outside the company who can.  
     
    You really have demonstrated a great ignorance on this topic.  Yes, baseball players from Cuba have forged documents to appear younger, but that is because there are millions of dollars in terms of signing bonuses on the line in these cases.  It's a completely different situation than somebody defecting in a nonrevenue sport who plans to join the army. And now, after the fact, you still can't just admit that you shouldn't have brought it up at all. 
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    lewiebakes reacted to Billyhoyle in Anthony Echemendia   
    You work for a media company. You should hold yourself to a standard where you require at least some circumstantial evidence to bring up these types of rumors on air.  The level of ignorance you displayed in your commentary was to be frank, disgraceful, for what fans expect from somebody who has been covering the sport as long as you have ("do cubans have birth certificates?").  And now your backtrack is just that you, "probably shouldn't have spoken on it as long as you did."  You shouldn't have brought it up at all unless you had evidence.  You work for a news company-if you are so curious about his age, you have the resources to investigate and provide factual reporting.  You aren't a "themat" or twitter troll-there is a level of accuracy that we, the people paying yearly fees for flo, expect from you during broadcasts.  
     
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    lewiebakes reacted to MDogg in Anthony Echemendia   
    Never heard of this kid before today but what a story. 6x Cuban National champ (don’t know what age level or how they do it in Cuba) who defected during a Cuban training camp in Guatemala and made his way to Arizona. Won an AZ state title this year and just blitzed the field in Fargo. He’s enlisting in the US Army and doing the WCAP (sp?) program so he can train to make the US 2024 Olympic team. 
    Great story. I didn’t think it was too classy of Willie at flo to spend so much time during his finals match broadcast talking about whether or not he’s age cheating..:but that doesn’t take away from how great of a story the kid is.
     
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    lewiebakes got a reaction from nyum in UPDATED USA CAREER RANKINGS   
    What about Greco guys?
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    lewiebakes got a reaction from Roadkill in Ke-Shawn Hayes out for the season, Luke Pletcher's RS being pulled   
    In almost every other sport being tall is a certain advantage. But in wrestling, and especially folkstyle where control is the most important thing. Being short can become an asset if you have better than average defense. It's very hard to get a short guy out of his stance, it's very hard to get inside control, and at the D1 level it's very hard to pull guys underneath you. Think of a Frank Molinaro, at 49 he probably isn't much taller than Pletcher, but was a national champion.
     
    Wrestling is the best sport because every perceived disadvantage can become an advantage very easily. That's why any BODY can wrestle.
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    lewiebakes got a reaction from JBluegill133 in Ke-Shawn Hayes out for the season, Luke Pletcher's RS being pulled   
    In almost every other sport being tall is a certain advantage. But in wrestling, and especially folkstyle where control is the most important thing. Being short can become an asset if you have better than average defense. It's very hard to get a short guy out of his stance, it's very hard to get inside control, and at the D1 level it's very hard to pull guys underneath you. Think of a Frank Molinaro, at 49 he probably isn't much taller than Pletcher, but was a national champion.
     
    Wrestling is the best sport because every perceived disadvantage can become an advantage very easily. That's why any BODY can wrestle.
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    lewiebakes got a reaction from hoppytoad in Pico vs. Zain (Folkstyle)   
    So boconnell made a lot of my point(s). I think some people who assume Pico would dominate on his feet to the tune of multiple takedowns per period forget the defensive mind set to defending a shot is wayyy different. In college there's funk, out of bounds, more potentially dangerous situations, which could allow Zain to fight off takedowns he wouldn't in a freestyle match for fear of exposure. Also Zain's top wrestling was absolutely amazing, and you can't negate the energy expenditure it takes to actually earn an escape in the best possible situation, and just trying not to get turned which is more likely. It's almost a guarantee Zain scores on top, gets an escape so the real question is can Pico make up a potential 3-5 point deficit with takedowns and cutting him.... I don't think so Zain wins 8-6
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