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  1. 1 hour ago, Katie said:

    In men’s freestyle, NLWC did better than every delegation aside from ROC and USA.

    The final medal count was one gold (Taylor); one silver (Snyder); and two bronze (Gilman and Bezkod).

    With only six weight classes, that’s super impressive. 

    Don't forget Abdurakhmonov

  2. I think overall Kudakhov is my choice.

    For Canada we have

    Gia Sissouri 1x gold 1x silver 2x bronze at worlds and silver in 96.

    Tonya Verbeek probabaly the best woman to never win gold. Three time Olympic medalest with her only loses coming to Yoshida. Also should have beat Yoshida in 2011.

    Christine Nordhagen won 6 world titles including 1996 and 2000 before women were in the Olympics.

  3. I think most world medalists could place in the other style if they committed to it. The skill sets are very applicable either way. We are talking about a special kind of athlete.

    I think so as well. All American medalists converted to Greco from folk. And with the unfortunate state of Greco the last few years you can win with a very limited (although refined) skill set.

  4. Plenty of guys go up and win matches against good competition. I'd say Adam Satiev was undersized for 85 when he won in 2000. Dabir went from 58 to 63 and was a bad clinch call away from winning gold. Paslar won his gold the same tournament standing a foot under everyone else. The list can go on and on. Including guys going down a weight and doing worse. Hwts are at a disadvantage in this because they can't go up and beat anyone so they either beat a smaller man or lose to him, a lose-lose situation. I love Gatsalov and his hwt world championship was great to see but styles make matches and it's not like Gadisov or Sadullaev would be able to accomplish the same thing.


    We should also bring up the football and basketball stealing larger athletes argument. Even though worldwide soccer is way more popular and I don't see too many potential heavies out on the pitch.


    Most wrestling cultures care way more about heavies than any other weight. The Russian's are doing another hwt only tournament for a bunch of money. The only Iranian to win gold at hwt became a huge celebrity and pretty much retired after his gold. Ghasemi was the flag barer for the closing ceremonies because he medaled at hwt, despite having a few gold medalests at other weights. The Indo-Canadian community shares these feelings too having hwt only tournaments and they used to give $5,000 to the winner of the 96 vs 120 match at the Hargobind. All of this leads me to believe anyone who thought they could have success at hwt would try to.

  5. Sadulaev may change up his stance depending on his opponent's stance so he can set up his fireman's.  The Georgian was a left leg lead so Sadulaev set up left, Salas is a righty so Saulaev lead with his right.    


    I think when you start wrestling you should lead with your writing hand leg.  If you are a lefty your left hand has a higher degree of coordination so why wouldn't you want to use that hand as your primary attack hand?  


    The Russians seem to really focus on technique so maybe they are so skilled that they get to the point where learning everything to the other side becomes the natural evolution.  I know with my high school team I'd love for them to be able to shoot every attack to both sides of their opponent but my time with them is limited.  


    I think the American system would be smart to have coaches follow wrestlers throughout their developmental years rather than pass them on to the next coach who often has no idea what the previous coach taught them and doesn't continue their sequential development.

    Great points. But I think the mentality shouldn't be to focus on the moves with your dominant hand. Yes it will give you an initial boost, but in terms of investing for the athletes future training both sides should develop their overall coordination. Developing your skills as a wrestler should be about putting yourself in uncomfortable situations not sticking to what you're good at naturally.

  6. I noticed in the Sadullaev sparring video that he shot high crotches to both sides and I'm pretty sure he can firemans to either side too. I notice most wrestlers here don't like to get out of their comfort zones. They have a high crotch side and a single to the other leg usually. People who can become proficient with both sides basically double their scoring potential. 

  7. Taymazov would own him. Certain light heavies can hang with certain big boys but not most of them. If a guy like Yazdani thought he could win a world title at hwt he would go up. Iranians love the hwt division, the guy who won bronze at 120kg last year was the Iranian flag bearer at the closing ceremonies. Ahead of at least 3 gold medalests in wrestling alone.

    I have a feeling that the guys at 96kg have a pretty good idea of how they would fare against the heavies. Do you see Varner beating Dlagnev?

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