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  1. My disappointment with and disdain for Kustra is unrivaled...his parting "gift" to Idaho being the dismantling of the most successful sports program in school history solely to squeeze in his "pet project" (his actual words) before dancing off into the sunset. Very close behind that though is my frustration with The Idaho Statesman, KTVB, and most of Idaho's other media sources for their failure to shine an unbiased light on the realities of his tenure (Kustra has been portrayed as nothing short of a super-hero by our largest media sources), and the State Board of Education's blind and borderline illegal allegiance to him, despite his blatant violation of their own ethics requirements. Happy to see him leave...two years earlier than he originally announced...unfortunately there is now a TON of mess to undo in his wake! https://www.ktvb.com/video/news/local/viewpoint/viewpoint-bsu-president-kustra-on-his-retirement-and-legacy/277-8149445
  2. No...but UNLV and Nevada-Reno both have NCWA club programs.
  3. Agreed...Z presents lots of problems, doesn't he? Fun stuff!
  4. I was really just doing my best to answer the questions posed...which were (1) does Hall have a path, and (2) (generalizing) could he be successful if he had a path. The answer to (1) was obviously "no", since he did not meet any of the WTT entry criteria. As to the question of "could he", well...as you put it...logically the answer is "yes" he could. Many of the other posters were dismissing that notion off hand, which (in my opinion) is foolish and "illogical" at best. I did not weigh in on whether I think he would have...only that there is a reasonable argument that he could have. In no way do I think that "anybody can do it because Snyder did it." Snyder is an exceptional anomaly to be sure, but in 2015 there were next to no "experts" predicting that he would do what he did...most didn't even think he could get past Varner, let alone shock the world as he did. Hall would likely face exactly that kind of doubt (as is evidenced by the posts in this thread alone), but he is a multi-world junior champion, coming off of a successful senior-level debut...so, in my eyes at least, it isn't much of a stretch to think that he would have made major waves at WTT. ...and no, I'm not a lawyer! ;-)
  5. Not sure whether you consider Snyder an apple or an orange, but at the time he beat the world in 2015, his credentials were similar to Hall's at the same point in time. That seems to me a fair/like comparison. (...some might even argue that Hall's credentials at the same point in his career were slightly superior to Snyder's before he entered the 2015 senior FS mix)
  6. No one literally said "punk kid". I was generalizing, based on your previous comments suggesting Hall would should hold out and mature more...no sense getting "beat down by Dake/Ringer for nothing". Other comments included: wrestlingnerd: God knows why (anyone would think Hall can beat next level leaders)...zero evidence he could "keep it respectable" with Dake/Ringer. Eagle26: Hall is "Not even close" to competing on the same level as Dake/Ringer. Others also had similar comments. My point is that Hall (1) was not a one-hit wonder at the Junior level, (2) has beaten world level competitors, and (3) should be considered at least capable of having the same or similar impact as other young wrestlers who have shocked the world early on in their careers...many of whom did not have as successful an international cadet/junior outing as Hall did (see http://www.leekemp.com/youngest-world-olympic-wrestling-champions/ ). Don't forget that Snyder beat the world only a few months after getting pinned in the NCAA finals.
  7. SO...the opening question was whether Hall has a path in 2018. I think the answer there is already given: No. He hasn't wrestled any of the WTT qualifying events. Could he have had a path? That is the better question, and it seems to me that the camps are split between "He's a punk kid who has no chance against 'the men' (Dake and Ringer) at this weight," and "Of course he could have had a path...he's a multi-Junior Worlds FS Champion with wins over "men" who are now highly competitive on the seniors world stage. I watched another "punk kid" who had not yet even won an NCAA title dismantle the reigning Olympic Champion on his way to winning the first of his three world-level titles (to match his three NCAA titles). Snyder was the first in USAW to do this since Smith, but we have seen other Junior-level champions from elsewhere around the world step up to win Senior-level FILA/UWW championships in their first year or two out of the junior ranks. Hall certainly has the ability to do so as well (as likely also do Lee, Fix, Steveson in the next year or two).
  8. I read that Taylor Meeks is headed back to Oregon State to join their staff...any word/insights on Coach Mendoza's plans for assistant coach(es) in Boise? Thanks
  9. Jason - appreciate your good sense and optimism. BSU has a new coach...I wish him the very best! Any chance you will conduct a Mike Mendoza interview in the near future on Mat Talk? Would be very interested in hearing what Coach Mendoza has planned...for interaction with the alumni...Idaho wrestling leaders (scholastic and USA-Idaho, etc.)...current roster outlook...assistant coaching plans...interactions with Suples in Boise...and whatever else you can get him to talk about. Thanks
  10. rjs

    BSU 22 - ASU 21

    Good question...not sure
  11. rjs

    BSU 22 - ASU 21

    West (165) and Dewey (174) get two falls to ASU's single pin (at 197). Match ends up 5-5 head-to-head, 21-21 dual score, so BSU gets the tiebreaker. At 149 (last match of the night...# 15 vs, # 17 nationally), Martinez had a clear takedown in the 3rd...and a possible takedown earlier in the match...but does not get credit for superior position either time. GM gets ridden by Krauss in OT, then takes a big chance looking for back points on his turn and ends up losing in OT.
  12. Martinez got completely hosed...but Boise pulls off the upset road win on criteria anyway.
  13. Wow...Castillo over Sakaguchi is huge!
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