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  1. At least you guys still have programs to complain about.
  2. Our high school is sponsored by Nike. We get $200,000.00 per year to spend on Nike products. Unfortunately, the products Nike gives us access to are limited, and do not include wrestling shoes or singlets.
  3. Yes, the results are proprietary at this point, which is why the website was taken down. We have completed the first year of a successful test of the system at the high school level and will add a youth club component this year. A general overview of the results and conclusions will be available in the near future.
  4. Immediate opening for Physics / Geoscience teacher and assistant wrestling coach at an inner city K-12 charter school in Las Vegas. Out of state teaching certification accepted. Wrestling team had nine state qualifiers in its first year of existence last year. New wrestling room and supportive administration. Assistant coaching position for the high school team and assistant coaching position with Beat The Streets Las Vegas, which administers the K-8 program. Additional teaching positions may become available in English and PE. For more information, contact steven_hart@agassiprep.net.
  5. ASU's best move would be to get Matt Azevedo from Drexel. Excellent young coach with several years of coaching experience. Former Sun Devil with deep roots in California, Nevada and Arizona. He could recruit the heck out of California and create a west coast powerhouse.
  6. Three year project already completed. See www.uswrestling.org.
  7. A couple of points on rules and the future of wrestling from the USWA perspective. Direction can be found in other successful sports and by simply facing reality. With respect to rules, the focus must be towards one basic set of rules. No more freestyle, greco, and folkstyle; one framework that can incorporate the best of each. There are minor technical differences between high school, college, and international rules in sports like basketball, football, and soccer, but nothing completely different like locking hands, no leg use, easy tilt points, and minimal mat wrestling. Our own coaches have difficulty keeping things straight. As an American, I am biased towards incorporating many folkstyle concepts into this one style, but people in other countries may completely disagree. Rules must be evaluated based on fairness, ease of understanding (by everyone), reduction of ambiguity, and promotion of varied and exciting action. For example, I like escape points because it causes both wrestlers to initiate action based on the match situation. The opportunity for escape or reversal is what makes folkstyle mat wrestling exciting. I also like a bonus point for throws. The three point shot is wildly popular in basketball, as is the two point conversion in football to a lesser degree. We need to play with some of these ideas and see what works. The step out rule has been a very beneficial rule change. As for the future of wrestling, high school wrestling is going nowhere. The major advantage wrestling has over nearly all other sports, is that anyone can participate. That is even more true now that girls wrestling is growing. Participation numbers will continue to grow as long as we can continue to supply an adequate number of qualified coaches. More high school programs will be lost for lack of finding competent coaches than for lack of funding. Beyond that, it gets sketchy. NCAA D1 wrestling is headed towards gymnastics status. The long term future of collegiate wrestling is with smaller, tuition driven institutions and club programs. We need to support these programs to develop the next generation of coaches. It is sad to see, but realistically, NCAA D1 athletics is a business and wrestling is not a key player. As for AGON, I am hopeful that an audience can be created but not optimistic. I proposed this format many years ago when RPW started but it did not happen. It is likely too little too late. UFC offers more excitement in the same format and is growing exponentially internationally. Even boxing is getting nervous. Ask high school wrestlers what they would like to use their wrestling skills for after high school and they will overwhelmingly say UFC, not college or the Olympics.
  8. Yes, some good ideas. This is a discussion that needs to happen. FILA did not know how to deal with the escape when they tried it briefly. We are used to it because of folkstyle. I like it because it adds strategy and danger. Does the bottom man wait out the 30 seconds if he is losing or does he try to escape/reverse and risk being turned? I also prefer 90 degree controlled turns. 90 degrees is easier to call, and for spectators to understand. Control gets rid of all the roll through, "who started this action" nonsense. It should promote more action since you can't get cheap tilted on the way in. People love to see throws. Some kind of bonus is needed to reward the risks of trying them.
  9. Interesting to see that the rules for AGON are very similar to the rules that we have developed for the new United States Wrestling Association, and have been posted on our website, www.uswrestling.org, for quite some time. I guess great minds think alike. I like our rules a little better for large events, but longer time periods are good for limited match events like AGON. With all the grumbling about rules, I think it is important that we try to develop a set that incorporates the best of all styles, limits the effect of referees, and are easy to understand for non wrestlers. Skillful action is exciting to most people, even if they don't know the fine points of exactly what is going on. Gymnastics is a great example. I don't need to know exactly what all the deductions were for. I just know it was cool to watch.
  10. There were regional Olympic qualifiers where the top two qualified to the final trials. The regionals were open to anyone. There were probably some petitions and hardships allowed but it was not common knowledge. No internet then.
  11. I have a pretty good perspective on this. I was a D1 wrestler and assistant coach. I am also an NCWA head coach. While I can't speak for all programs, I can provide some insight into what our NCWA wrestling team is all about. Nearly all of the wrestlers on my team started wrestling late in high school. Most of them had a reasonable level of success and were state qualifiers or state placers but are not ready for a D1 room. They got to the end of their high school careers and still had a passion to wrestle, improve their skills, and have some competitive success. High level competition in any sport is either a job (scholarship, salary) or an obsession. To do it correctly, it dominates nearly every aspect of your life. Some of my wrestlers are obsessed and hope to transfer to an NCAA school someday. Most are not, and are trying to find a balance between school, work, family, and wrestling. No one is saying NCWA wrestling is as good as D1 wrestling, just like no one would say NAIA wrestling is as good as D1 wrestling. So what? Occasionally, I get an outstanding wrestler who could not go to college immediately because life got in the way. I also get guys who "wrestled a little in junior high" and want to "try it out". The latter usually blow out in a couple weeks. My wrestlers get D1 quality coaching and training for ten hours a week. Some make time to do extra workouts, some don't. I run practice the same way I did when coaching D1, trying to push them to their limits daily. The put everything they have into it. Our training facility is at one of the top MMA gyms in the West. The BJJ, Muay Thai, and UFC guys that train there are amazed at how hard our team trains. They comment that wrestling is, by far, the hardest MMA discipline.
  12. Once again, CC4, where do you coach? My rec team would like to wrestle yours next year.
  13. NCWA is an organization of teams made up of wrestlers representing their colleges. By definition, that makes them collegiate wrestling programs. Refusing to recognize them just makes you look ridiculous. Cal Baptist has defeated several NCAA and NAIA teams over the last two years. If quality is the only criteria, lets get rid of all but the top 15 or 20 D1 teams. Half of the D1 teams are terrible. We used to pound D2 teams with our JV guys, but we still respected their effort and let them call themselves NCAA All-Americans. Why do you feel the need to belittle NCWA guys? The NCWA may be the future of the sport. All the NCAA and IOC see is money.
  14. Where can I find current D2 and NAIA team and individual rankings?
  15. This is a likely the situation. The NCAA covets the football bowl money and will not make that mistake again. Once again, it is about attracting the casual fan (to the TV set, not the arena) by involving their favorite school in the process. For example, I will watch an Oregon baseball game on TV even though I hate the fact that baseball replaced wrestling in Eugene. Diehard Duck fan. That's what they are hoping for. Heck, beach volleyball is about the most boring game alive, but the potential TV audience is everyone that likes to see hot women jump around in bikinis. Kind of like socially acceptable mud wrestling.
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