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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!
     

  2. Yeah you can make a logical argument for anything (like lawyers), but using Snyder as a comparison argument is just not fair. One guy became a frickin' ridiculous talent for the ages does not mean...... well anybody can do it because Snyder did.

    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! ;-)


  3. Let's compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges!

     

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    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)


  4. Who is saying Hall is a "Punk kid"? Some old man complaining about him being on his lawn in the 70's? 

    He's super tough, but we have 2 guys who are top 10 in the world on the senior level, its really quite clear. 

     

    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.


  5. 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).


  6. 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


  7. 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.


  8. I was fortunate to have been on the coaching staff of the All Air Force team from 2001-2003. The first year in, I was invited to the Greco National Team camp and was able to drill/push with some truly great ones, including:

     

    Dremiel Byers (World Gold, Silver and Bronze, olympian)

    Matt Lindland (Olymic silver, world silver)

    Oscar Wood (Olympian)

    Jake Clark (world teamer)

    Keith Sieracki (world teamer)

    ...and several others

     

    In all cases, the wrestlers handed me my hat...mostly with grace and respect, I might add.

     

    I also worked out with several great ones on the Air Force team, including Corey Farkas, Steve Woods, Aaron Sieracki, Jacob Hey, and Phil Johnson. Great experience!

     

    Got beat by my son when he was 16! That was the first year he placed at Fargo...and he refused to go hard with me after that. He tells the story now that he won the match, but his Dad won the fight (he was bloody and bruised, but outscored me probably 75% of the time)! ;-)


  9. It's easy to get signatures of people to save a dropped D1 program.

     

    I think we are seeing how few people care about freestyle (I am not one of them).

     

    I recognize and respect your preference of wrestling style...but ask that you consider the ripple effect of dropping wrestling from the Olympics. Non-revenue sports exist at the collegiate level largly because of the path they provide to international competition. D1 Wrestling (and gymnastics...diving...boxing...etc.) have been under intense scrutiny for the last 40 years for a litany of reasons (Title IX, Fiscal, University brand association, etc.). Dropping the marketing significance of having a sport be one of the Olympic core sports may well be the straw that breaks the camel's back for some schools. Something to consider...

     

    I have never been a proponent of the easy answer...because there usually isn't one for complex problems like this. Simply saving the sport at the Olympic level will not mean saving it at the college level. However, when all the other factors are considered, saving wrestling (in any form) at the Olympic level does strengthen the argument to keep it at the college level. Given what we've seen over these 40 years, can we afford to disregard this threat to our sport? Yours to decide...but for me, I have signed the petition and am rallying others to do so as well. It is (likely) a small thing, but momentum of any kind often starts small. I am also encouraging prople to look for other ways to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the IOC recommendation.

     

    Thanks

     

    rjs

     

    Please read more carefully next time. I was stating a fact that most people that follow wrestling here do not care about freestyle, do you disagree?

     

    Also, if you would have read more carefully, you would've noticed that I am not one of those people who do not care about freestyle. I will repeat so you get it this time, I disagree with the IOC's decision, I signed the petition and I believe in freestyle but understand most wrestling followers in the U.S. do not.

     

    Not intended to offend...however, when I read "...we are seeing how few people care about freestyle (I am not one of them)...", it reads to me that you do not count yourself as one of the few people who care. Perhaps not how you meant it, but I hope you can see why I came to that conclusion. This was compounded (to me at least) by the fact that your original post did not state whether you had signed the petition. Based on my understanding of what you did write, I concluded that you had not done so. Again, no offense intended...

     

    In the end, I hope you were able to look past what you apparently took as a transgression and actually understood my point. Put another way, I am declaring that we are often our own worst enemies and must at least partially blame ourselves for where we are in this mess. A point that is somewhat supported by the fact that we very often fail to even communicate well with each other...let alone with a broader base of potential fans and supporters.

     

    I do not disagree with your position regarding many who frequent the college boards. You are probably correct that many of them do not care much about freestyle (or Greco...or women's wrestling, for that matter). I would suggest that many of those who fit your description are sadly short-sighted when it comes to understanding the ripple effect that I was trying to describe in my original post.

     

    Regardless...thank you for signing the petition.


  10. It's easy to get signatures of people to save a dropped D1 program.

     

    I think we are seeing how few people care about freestyle (I am not one of them).

     

    I recognize and respect your preference of wrestling style...but ask that you consider the ripple effect of dropping wrestling from the Olympics. Non-revenue sports exist at the collegiate level largly because of the path they provide to international competition. D1 Wrestling (and gymnastics...diving...boxing...etc.) have been under intense scrutiny for the last 40 years for a litany of reasons (Title IX, Fiscal, University brand association, etc.). Dropping the marketing significance of having a sport be one of the Olympic core sports may well be the straw that breaks the camel's back for some schools. Something to consider...

     

    I have never been a proponent of the easy answer...because there usually isn't one for complex problems like this. Simply saving the sport at the Olympic level will not mean saving it at the college level. However, when all the other factors are considered, saving wrestling (in any form) at the Olympic level does strengthen the argument to keep it at the college level. Given what we've seen over these 40 years, can we afford to disregard this threat to our sport? Yours to decide...but for me, I have signed the petition and am rallying others to do so as well. It is (likely) a small thing, but momentum of any kind often starts small. I am also encouraging prople to look for other ways to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the IOC recommendation.

     

    Thanks

     

    rjs

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