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  1. A little less than 2 years ago, Ben Askren got picked up and dropped on his head by Robbie Lawler, and Lawler then proceeded to unload on Askren with everything he had for 30 to 45 seconds. Ben composed himself, got up and proceeded to choke Lawler out a few minutes later. People think getting hit by a youtuber is going to affect Ben? And some think he is going to get knocked out? Not a chance. That is seriously underestimating the toughness he developed as a world class athlete for 15+ years. Ben's striking was horrendous during his UFC stint (and marginally better earlier), but I assume he is going to improve at least some as he focuses his training for this fight. Ben predicts he will win by TKO in the 7th round because he will wear Paul out. That sounds about right to be, but I predict a round or a few earlier.
  2. I cannot remember for certain anymore, but I though Fried competed (and was undefeated) at 142 in the 93 season at open tournaments and/or whatever competition he/Ok State was allowed to attend.
  3. Had Fried wrestled in 93, he would of won at 142 and Lincoln Mac would only be a 2 time champ. This is well understood by all Iowa fans.
  4. I think this fight, if it happens, will be unwatchable. Askren's striking is embarrassing, which he seemingly embraced in his MMA career knowing that, until he got to the UFC, it did not matter. But he is, of course, unbelievably tough and can take a punch (but not a flying knee to the head). The Youtuber will look better in the early going and land some good shots, but Askren will be relatively unphased and takeover after his opponent has boxed himself out. Askren will win by TKO somewhere between rounds 3 and 6, if it is schedule for that many.
  5. How does anyone watch that interview and not think JB knows he is going to win and Taylor, nervously rubbing his head, is thinking oh no what have I gotten myself into? These guys have wrestled in training with this weight difference - JB knows how Taylor feels at this size. JB is so cerebral in his analysis; DT is like just put me on the mat and hit go.
  6. Who is the favorite? JO or Green I assume?
  7. Benedictine. I think maybe the Vikings had one or two good athletes during those years:)?
  8. It's all real names. I lost my login information years ago so I just occasionally read it now without contributing. I don't really mind though as I would not have anything of value to add. Only when the conversation drifts back to late 80s/early 90s NE Ohio HS wrestling does my urge to chime in go unquenched but that is probably for the best as I am sure I have added my 2 cents on that topic more times than others care to remember.
  9. They have, I think, the lowest COVID numbers of any state. Maybe decisive action like this is why? Not that I like it.
  10. Forgot to pay the $10 annual maintenance fee?
  11. More than 90%. Kemp's reemergence in recent years, including on social media, shows he was living in world where aging did not occur for the 15 or so years he was disconnected from wrestling.
  12. I picked out the exact same schools, plus Pitt. However, I think there will be some complete surprises with schools that 6 months ago we thought never would be cut end up getting the hatchet. Maybe like an OU or Wisconsin. Sure hope not but think really only about 6 to 10 schools are "100% safe."
  13. Probably worth mentioning these stats are from and for competing in Bellator and not in the UFC.
  14. Well, if they subsequently wrestled at a catchweight after those circumstances, who are you going to bet on?
  15. David Taylor never has a chance to claim the hypothetical P4P best as long as Dake is still competing. No matter where they are at in their respective careers, Dake owns him. I have come to accept this after years of denial.
  16. I might be overly optimistic, but I am taking his announcement as meaning we are anywhere but near the twilight of his career. We had all been assuming he hangs it up at the end of this Olympic cycle and now it looks like he is going to be around for another (at least). He is arguably our country's greatest freestyle wrestler and he just keeps going. That is awesome. Who knows how long he keeps at it and is in the mix for golds. Dake's recent comments about his aging stoked the fire.
  17. He's gonna go another Olympic cycle? Dake's not happy.
  18. The Harvard wrestling team will be practicing in the fall semester when all classes are online? That would be interesting.
  19. Does this basically mean Ivy League wrestling will not seriously compete this coming academic year. How are they going to be competitive come March if they can't get on the mat until January?
  20. Masvidal is training areas besides wrestling with other partners/coaches of course. Bo helps with the wrestling . . . and probably some boxer helps with striking, jiu jitsu black belt helps with submissions, etc.
  21. These were my favorite NCAA finals, mostly because I as in attendance but also due to the great matches, most notably Metcalf/Caldwell. Also a great team races that wasn't decided until Herbert beat Pucillo at 184 -- most expected the race to be over with a Metcalf victory at 149.
  22. The interesting thing to me is that there are reasonably convincing arguments for all 5 of these guys (Retherford, Taylor, Nickal, Ruth and Nolf) to be be considered PSUs "best ever" and, if one or two moves had different results in any of their careers, that could change that person to an undeniable "greatest." I will go with Nickal as the greatest because he had no lapses (that I can recall, and I don't consider getting put on his back against Martin in the finals his junior year a lapse) in his last two years. I believe all the knocks against him are from his freshman and sophomore year. I guess Retherford is about the same but Nickal just seemed ever so slightly more dominant.
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