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Everything posted by ClawRide

  1. The college wrestling world has lost a great one. Bill was extraordinary. http://www.ursinusathletics.com/general/2018-19/releases/20180921p1yrlk
  2. I hope some of that other-worldly technique rubs off on our guys, because he is certainly one of the all-time greats.
  3. Maybe not everything, but almost everything. Right?
  4. Well, after much thought and careful analysis, here is my stab at it: 125: Penn State 133: Penn State 141: Penn State 149: Penn State 157: Penn State 165: Penn State 174: Penn State 184: Penn State 197: Penn State 285: Penn State 1. Penn State 2. Penn State 3. Penn State 4. Penn State
  5. For those concerned this type of injury could happen to them during wrestling/drilling, the answer is "no". Wishing a full and speedy recovery for Rich. The wrestling community really stepped up to help out. Amazing support.
  6. That is so corny, it's actually good.
  7. I've never read so many bad puns in my life. Seriously, I hope the guy is OK.
  8. George Bard (175+) was probably bigger than average for that time. Below is a picture of him not long afterward in uniform. I had always heard the guy was beastly strong. He grew up working several farms as the only boy among 4 sisters. His mother was killed and his father left disabled in a trolley accident. My grandmother told me as a teenager he would routinely put a large feed sack on each shoulder and just walk to the next farm to drop them off. Another relative told me he would bend large nails with his hands for his friends to win bets at the local hardware store. At Cornell, O'Connell recruited him for wrestling. He graduated from Cornell as a veterinarian, went to WW1 in France, got gassed, and spent the remainder of his life in a veteran's hospital. For his effort and hardship, he deserved far better in life. But, he was an EIWA heavyweight champion at Cornell, and I am proud that my family's wrestling tradition spans 100 years, beginning with this hard-working farm boy from Lancaster, PA wrestling for O'Connell.
  9. Here is the Cornell team picture from 1917. Your great-grandfather (O'Connell) is back row, second from left. My great uncle is second row, first on right (Bard).
  10. My great uncle, a farm boy from rural Lancaster County, PA, who had no previous wrestling experience, won an EIWA title at Cornell under this guy.
  11. In spite of my bluster, I watched it. I always cave in to watching wrestling. The show was actually pretty good. The wrestling was great. I even enjoyed the chess matches. The only problem I had was panning to the crowd during some important action.
  12. Here is what I am getting at. If Customer A watches all three 'sessions' of Final X, it is still 1 customer. If Flo presents the above example as 3 customers to show 'market growth', it is misleading. I think this might very well be what is behind the split. They can say, "Look at our increased viewership", while in fact, the market is still the same (or maybe even worse). If the padded numbers are used as a basis for future programming, we might get more of this 'splitting' stuff, which I personally think is the wrong direction.
  13. With these types of events, I typically invite people over to watch and we have a wrestling party. Now that it is split up, I won't be doing that. In fact, I will probably not even watch at all and just pick up the results on Twitter. When the Flo watching numbers come out, I hope they don't inflate them by counting 1 viewer watching 3 events as 3 viewers. The measurement should be unique viewers.
  14. This is a stupid format with an even dumber name. There, I said it.
  15. Rulon, please take care of yourself. We want you around.
  16. I think you are on to something with the "not rookie friendly" thing. I remember my son, who I wanted badly to experience winning, getting pounded time after time at tournaments when he was younger. He put in his time at the club and was trying his hardest, but he was big for his age and matured a lot later. That led to a lot of frustration on his part, and I know I didn't help when he was sensing my frustration too. Watching him sit by himself dejectedly after giving it his all and losing again and again was tough. I really questioned if I was doing the right thing, and my family questioned it as well. I was able to win early on, so for me wrestling was enjoyable for that reason. For kids who take longer to experience winning, it can be pure drudgery and humiliation. I learned to coach kids to think realistically and incrementally about their progress and not get too frustrated. It's a process; survive, compete, win. That can take time, sometimes a LOT of time. In the meantime, while they are getting pounded, you have to stay positive. Find something good in every match, even if it amounts to telling them how brave they were to step out on the mat with a national champion stud who pinned them in 10 seconds. Not every kid has the heart of a warrior to persevere on his own ambition and resolve. We, as parents and coaches, need to make sure we are doing the right things so young wrestlers understand their experiences and can put things into the right context, especially during that "rookie" phase. I am now pretty much getting toward the "old coot" phase of my life, so take what I have to offer if it fits and leave the rest.
  17. I wrestled for many years and did very well until a serious injury ended my career. I always felt I had unfinished business, and it bothered me. I forced my son to wrestle, and it was ugly at times. I was way too hard on him, and I was living through him. That was a huge mistake, and I own that. He stopped wrestling in college for a time. I was heartbroken. I know one of the main reasons he stopped was me and the pressure. I am now in my mid-50's, and after coaching lots of other kids, learning to back off, and coming to grips with my own issues/failings, I became a better father, coach and person. It really was a spiritual journey for me. I try to use my own experience to help other wrestlers and families enjoy and appreciate the sport more. I encourage support for wrestlers win or lose. Wrestling is tough enough. You don't need to pressure them all the time to 'be the best'. Find enjoyment in the sport, its complexity, its excitement, even the social aspect. It's OK to be passionate, but don't let that passion get the best of you. Keep it positive. We have talked about those early days, and I have apologized many times for being so hard on him. Now for the happy ending... My son did reach a very high plateau in college and even traveled overseas to compete. He graduated from college and got a job in his field, and he's back coaching and competing in his mid twenties. He seems to be enjoying it more than ever. I asked him, "If you have a son, do you think you would like him to wrestle?". He paused for second and said, "Yes. I think I would." That is the irony of wrestling.
  18. It used to be that people could talk and patch things up when there were differences. Now, it seems like everyone needs to have their pound of flesh.
  19. More good news for Chance. https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/sports/college/2018/04/12/kennard-dale-grad-chance-marsteller-earns-one-psacs-top-honors-student-athletes/512258002/
  20. I had to read "a hole in the lineup" twice to get the right thought. I get it now. You weren't being mean.
  21. More wrestling should occur at center place and not just at the end of the round. I am tired of all those fists to the back being called when the players go out of bounds. If a player has to give up a turnaround or stallmate at the edge, so be it.
  22. Looks like the Solanco program just hit a snag... http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/heavy-snow-causes-roof-of-solanco-high-school-wrestling-facility/article_746612c6-2dfd-11e8-a785-235fc2be54b8.html
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