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  1. Looking at what Ryan has accomplished at OSU, and what has happened at Hofstra since he left I would say he has proven himself to be in top tier of D1 coaches. The ability to transfer and the development of the transfer portal has been a positive development for student athletes and a new wrinkle for coaches to deal with. Athletes are now more employees-at-will than indentured servants. Coaches now need to be more concerned with retention. RTC programs have been an “interesting” development with all sorts of ramifications. They’ve been a boon for senior wrestlers and have helped the US performance on the world stage. They’ve created a tremendous gray zone for coaches - when a school employee is fundraising for a sport should those dollars go to the university or an outside entity (RTC)? There is lots of talk about jobs for post-college wrestlers at RTCs but less discussed is that top junior wrestlers, aka recruits, can train at RTCs. RTC funding is an arms race. There are so many ways for these things to go crooked it will be amazing if there isn’t a scandal at some point soon. Oh, and from what I’ve seen of Orndorf I’m not high on his prospects to qualify for NCAAs this year.
  2. What’s up with Honis’s “knee” pad? The big lad part is over the top of his calf.
  3. “...AND he was not replaced by a teammate in the conference tourney” Some coaches will be faced with difficult decisions! If wrestler A develops covid on the eve of the conference tourney do you replace him or not? Forego points toward a conf championship and potential qualifier and hope wrestler A returns to form for NCAAs or plug in wrestler B?
  4. Sparks is my new favorite wrestler!
  5. One of the measuring sticks for the MN program will be winning the matches they are supposed to win.
  6. The nadir of the MN program was the loss at home to Indiana while J Rob was still coach. Tonight was a total ass kicking but Iowa frankly brought a squad full of asskickers. They didn’t just get the first takedowns they got all of the takedowns. They also were the guys getting the short time points at the end of the periods. MN fans can take solace in sound performances from freshman against seniors who will contend for individual titles this year. Salazar also looked good. In my opinion the coaching staff is top tier and are making good recruiting decisions and adapting to the transfer economy. MN is a long way from the Iowa/PSU level but trending in right direction.
  7. He got two for a takedown then he got two for exposure.
  8. DT even said that four years ago he would have found a way to lose. Mental breakthrough for him. The 20? pound advantage helped keep JB at bay.
  9. "The result was that by mixing part-time prospective student-athletes, redshirted student-athletes, club teams, open tournaments and coaching staff members who were themselves competing in national and international meets, the university gained substantial recruiting and competitive advantages over a period of several years." Now they call that an RTC.
  10. I think the RTC cup had a 2kg allowance and no weigh in on the second day. Go back and look at Garrett’s day 1 performance vs day 2.
  11. McKenna beat Garret pretty handily. Hashon wrestling someone his own size, not like at the RTC Cup.
  12. Wow. What fun is it to watch heavies like these?!
  13. Cardenas with the “moral victory” not giving up the tech.
  14. Cardenas not ready to wrestle grown men.
  15. So was Mekhi Lewis being so flat in the first match a weight cut issuse?
  16. Yianni has the Dake “winner” gene.
  17. Vito looks like a boy among men. Child assassin.
  18. Moore showing all of the par terre skills that Nate Jackson is missing.
  19. Brooks clearly missing the mullet-strength.
  20. Karchla is a beast! Didn’t see that coming.
  21. More than being down 0-2, Gadsden was able to muscle him off the legs and looked much stronger. Snyder seemed like a guy trying moves he wasn’t confident with.
  22. That td to leglace [emoji44] Yeah it was out of bounds but the speed that it happened!
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