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  1. Lee kills everyone in the room. That includes Gilman and Clark.
  2. This is the problem with wrestling fans/administrators. The guy has been coaching since about 1987 and has never produced a World Champion, or even a world medalist. He's had sufficient time in his many stops, and every where he has gone he hasn't left in the best of circumstances. He definitely has a bit of a Michael Jordan complex. He was so good, he struggles coaching less-then-elite status. If I'm not mistaken, he's the one that really MADE Cejudo. The inside trips, the level changes, low single, the vast repertoire we've never seen a Terry-coached guy have? That's all Beloglazov. So, to Abdullahgadzhi's point... why isn't he coaching in Russia if he's such a good coach? I'd venture to say they create the world's best coaches, and it's not even close. And never once has he been invited to coach a team/area. I think the CKWC could be a good fit, however, because of talent. He's going to love working with a McHenry, Silva, Micic, Abounader, Massa, Coon, Storr, etc. Those are all elite level talents. We shouldn't just be enamored with his medals, he's proven himself to not be an elite "coach." I put that in parentheses because coaching is more than just technique. I think that's why Cejudo gives Terry as much credit as he does. Structure, discipline, trust, mentality, all those things are more important than technique, simply because its harder to teach. ANYONE can coach technique. Getting an athlete to buy in and see them excel BECAUSE of that buy in? That's the hard part.
  3. If USA Wrestling isn’t paying for EVERY expense I will be appalled. This is 100% on them liability-wise. And more importantly, morally. The fact that there is a go fund me sickens me. USA Wrestling should have had a release stating all costs concerning this will be paid for. Travel, loss of salary, etc. I’d love to be wrong about this, but it sure doesn’t sound like USA Wrestling is owning up.
  4. Too much liquid baggage. Plus, he'll make more than twice as much in his current role as a club coach there. Erisman will do a good job. ADs are doing a better job of finding the best coaches, as opposed to the most credentialed athlete.
  5. DT just gets douchier and douchier. Who the hell rents out a bar for a "celebration" for MAKING the team?
  6. So. Taha Akgul is training at tOSU for the month of February. I found this video interview where it looks like he explains why. Can anyone translate? http://www.trtspor.com.tr/haber/diger-sporlar/gures/taha-akgul-amerika-yolcusu-153509.html
  7. It honestly depends on the level of your team. Low to mid-level? Yeah, the primary focus should be drilling to get that muscle memory. As they get better, and the competition gets better, they are going to need to live wrestle more. Drilling cannot replace the feel of live, the chain wrestling that occurs, the feel that you need. It would be nice if we could drill EVERYTHING, all the time, every week. But it's impossible. They need to learn how to actually wrestle as well. Situational live goes are great, and allow you to build some muscle memory with a live feel. But athletes have to wrestle to get better at it, and more importantly, they have to wrestle without 'instruction' - every athlete is different, and while there are general principles, without a good base of wrestling live, they will miss out on the endless possibilities our sport presents. I can always tell when a "good" guy comes from a relatively drill heavy team. They just don't have a feel for what comes next. I'm sure that sounds confusing, but the guys that are scrambling (and I don't mean roll to your back), the guys that are scoring late, the guys that are defending a leg attack for 40 seconds - those guys have a lot of live in their practice structure. And Martin had a lot things going for him. His guys wrestled year round, they competed OFTEN (live wrestling) and he was such a meat grinder of a coach, that he created just tough dudes. You have to have hours and days of live wrestling. You have to wrestle matches often. Hopefully you can get them understanding the concept of sparring. There is absolutely a medium and a balance you have to find. Getting as close to 50/50 for high school teams is a big deal. You really can't go just drill intensive, because they will miss out on the higher level stuff that can't be taught, and must be felt repeatedly. And you can't just let them live wrestle to death and create bad habits.
  8. Exact opposite actually. He'll gain more fans and sponsors if he continues down this route of full heel. I like it. He only said what we were ALL thinking.
  9. It amazes me that we win a World Team title and shun the man that was *mostly* responsible for that. Ivan Ivanov is the best greco coach in the country and he's busy doing level 1 certifications for his dummy bags. They messed up a good thing by not giving him what he wanted at NMU. And it looks like, unless someone has another explanation that USA Wrestling messed up their relationship with the WCAP. Mismanagement all around, but I do have faith in Lindland. If you're interested in his thoughts head on over to fivepointmove.com. The interviews with Lindland are amazing and enlightening. He goes into rich detail on his thoughts and plans for the greco team. We need younger guys and we need them immersing in the style year round. It's not rocket science.
  10. Let's make sure I can read. You can be 17 and wrestle on the Olympic Team right? It just has to be the year in which you turn 18, right?
  11. Jesus. Yes. that's what I said. They were at camps at the OTC BEFORE they made a world team. Zeke did a REALLY good job of identifying world level talent and having them come to camp as soon as possible. excuse me. Kollin Moore is the only exception. But that dude is a freak.
  12. Actually. I wouldn't say that at all. We're winning these matches based on American - "Iowa Style" grinding. I'm talking the old school Gable-coached, McIlravy, Ironside - you actually try to attack style wrestling. These 3 minute periods are excellent for us. The biggest difference? All of these kids have a much larger and better freestyle base. Exposing them to senior level athletes and getting them international competition is giving them a feel for the Russians, Azeris, Iranians, et al. Fix, took what? ONE shot all day? Gable is snapping these dudes into another dimension, Deakin just keeps coming and Zahid just keeps shooting. Let's give credit where it's due. This is American wrestling at its finest and we are absolutely out-pacing these Euros to death!
  13. All of the above named. Include Deakin, Heinselman in that mix as well.
  14. Has a LITTLE to do with it. I was going to write a separate post, and I may still. But we all need to send a hearty thank you and congratulations to the vision of Zeke Jones. The very first thing he did as head coach of the Freestyle team was getting the camps in order for the cadet and junior level kids to train alongside the Senior world teamers. I thought it would be 2024 before we saw the true fruition of the work, but I might be one cycle off. No matter what, the US is judged by its Olympic medal count. Since I don't know what the weights will be - but we do know it will be only 6 weights - look at the depth 57 ish - Fix, Lee, Gilman, Tomasello, Suriano 64 ish - Deakin, Yianni, Zain, Nolf, Green, Mckee, Stieber 75 ish - Burroughs, Dake, Dieringer, A. Valencia, Marsteller, Pico? 84 ish - Hall, Nickal, Taylor, Cox, Zahid 97 ish - Snyder, Snyder, Snyder, Moore, Snyder 125 ish - Steveson, Bradley, Gwiz,
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