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  1. Does cortisone keep the shoulder in its socket?
  2. 2018 bracket was the first with 12 teams. They seeded all 12, and top 4 had byes at every weight. #2 and #3 were in their proper quads. 2019 bracket - Same template, byes in the same place. Top 8 seeded. #2 and #3 in proper quads. Six of the 10 top lines were #8 seeds. 2020 bracket - Same template, byes in the same place. Top 8 seeded. #2 and #3 quads flipped. Three of the 10 top lines were #8 seeds. I know you have a lot of experience in this area, but I've done my fair share also. Based on what I know, and how everything else was operated, my conclusion is that this falls somewhere between laziness and incompetence.
  3. They've used the exact same graphic design template for the brackets the last 3 years, and have simply filled in the wrestlers by working around where the byes are on that template. Basically, working backwards. That's why some weights had an 8-seed on the top line, and some had a 1-seed on the top line. There was some confusion as to what the final seeds were, also, since the initial brackets on Track didn't have them listed. They finally added the seed numbers in after the tournament started.
  4. There's no excuse for moving seeds around just to fit some graphic design template. They created more problems for themselves (and fans) by trying to cut corners.
  5. No, Schwarm was the 2-seed. That's how badly they set up the bracket, compared to how the rule book says it should be.
  6. This year's Big 12 bracket is not one you want to use as a learning tool. They tried to reinvent the wheel and hosed it all up. Seeds on wrong lines everywhere, which resulted in technically incorrect crossovers to the consolation bracket.
  7. I think some refs probably have given a "get-back" motion as a courtesy, but there's no official warning in the sequence. Each violation is a team point. There are several other "control of mat" violations. *Inappropriate attire by competitors, coaches, and/or medical personnel *Intentional match delay by waiting to throw the challenge brick *Intentional match delay by trying to challenge when you don't have one left *Badgering the referee The second referee can make any of these calls, also.
  8. Or wander outside their "corner." Officially, the mat and the area in front of the scorer's table are off-limits. Coaches are supposed to stay in their bench area/corner, and it seems like there's been a heavier enforcement this season.
  9. There's no "warning" for mat control. First violation is a team point.
  10. The hang-up with Jeremy Bloom is that in professional skiing, there is technically no "salary." The money he made was from endorsements/sponsorship. I believe he tried to argue that the endorsement/sponsor $$$ was effectively serving as a salary, because there was no other mechanism to get paid -- unlike in baseball or other team sports.
  11. Gremmel certainly can wrestle against Iowa. Erroneous reports out there by people who claim to know the rules.
  12. 1. There probably aren't. Now, they are "Sheldon-South O'Brien" wrestling fans. 2. An Orab whose family (and he) went to Iowa State. I actually went to a couple of different celebrations they had in town for T&T. Gable was at one of them (probably after 1990 NCAAs). My old man brought me over to Gable and told me, "Now THIS is the guy you really need to meet. Oh, and HE went to Iowa State, too." (Not having had much exposure to the world of wrestling prior to that moment, I am ashamed to admit that this piece of information was new to me at the time.)
  13. I had a sketchy meal in Humboldt once. So put me on the list. :) #Orabs
  14. That seems to be in opposition to the NCAA rulebook. The only time that a "true placement" match can change team scores is if true placement matches are held at all possible weight classes. So, if you're only doing true matches at a couple of weights (for NCAA qualification purposes), then those matches should not affect team scoring.
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