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  1. Nothing touches Timasetheus of Croton beating Milo of Croton at the Olympics in 512 BC.
  2. I know this doesn't mean much, but I find it interesting. Sadulaev beat Sharifov 4-0 this year. Cox beats Karmi 4-0 this year. Karimi beat Sharifov 7-0 last year at worlds.
  3. Aside from Sidakov, JB has beaten everyone who has beaten him at least twice (Marable, Dake, Imar, Gudeuv, Chamizo, Tsargush, Abdurakmanov)
  4. Micic vs. Alti was a great match. Good wrestling by both guys.
  5. I don't think Fix should have been put on the second shot clock but was super impressed with Takahashi's ability to sense when Dayton's inside trip was coming and slip his leg away every time.
  6. Otoguro is a monster - his set-up-to-four-point-doubles are amazing. In a matchup with Zain, the old Gable quote of "The more you're in on his legs, the less he's in on yours" is very true. Pressure him and make him play defense the whole first period. Otoguro is not the type of wrestler to hold onto a lead either - he just keeps going. If Zain cranks up the pace, he'll go right with him. Maybe Otoguro run out of gas. Easy strategy to type, super tough the execute. Of course IF they meet each other...No gimmes in this bracket.
  7. Smart match with lots of great wrestling. Good use of the challenge by the coaches and good to see the officials see that Jacarra didn't expose on the review.
  8. shocking that there's no gold for the Japanese women this year at 50KG, 53KG 55KG...
  9. I believe Vinesh pinned Hildebrandt earlier this year. It was back and forth and I think she'll make adjustments, but yes, very tough match. Vinesh is the cousin of Geeta and Babita Phogat, whom the $312 million worldwide hit movie, "Dangal," was based on.
  10. I think the dominance of the women's team in Japan has ignited the men's programs. Both freestyle and greco have been on a steady uptick. The Japanese media treats the womens' team like the Beatles. It's both crazy and awesome.
  11. When I put my list together for this, I tried not to be too homer-y. I usually allow myself one. Last year, I picked Dake even though he had a loss to Gazi. This year, I picked Burroughs.
  12. Congrats to Zain. Best of luck to him at the Worlds. He was so close to beating Batirov in 2017 and it looks like he's made much progress since then.
  13. This is indeed what he wrote in his book. Prior to that, I had heard he was injured in an early match but was able to keep winning until he got to the semis. That match was on Facebook at one point and I watched it. To me, it looked like Mark couldn't push off of one leg, so the injury explanation made sense. The match was recreated in the movie Foxcatcher, I believe with Mustafar Abdurakmanov portraying the wrestler from Turkey. The match in the movie just showed some quick footage, but it looked like the actual match, with the Turkish wrestler exposing Mark back and forth.
  14. Obviously, conditioning alone doesn't win matches. After they finished second in 2017, there was a lot of talk of them vowing to be in better shape for 2018. They appeared to have lived up to that. 2016 also saw Geduev and Boltukaev blow big leads at the Olympics. Because of Russia's insane depth, going to 10 weights helps them. In 2017, it felt like if we were going to beat them, that was the year to do it, because it would be harder with the additional weight classes. USA had a great tourney last year and it wasn't enough. The Russian team has always seemed very strategic. Uguev was had a deep understanding of Takahashi's offense and shut it down. Very impressive. Russian coaches come up with good gameplans and their athletes execute them well. Also, they show up each year with unexpected moves. In 2014, it seemed like their whole team was suddenly hitting fireman's carries. I hadn't seen Sadulaev hit that barrel roll before last year, but in addition to the finals, he hit in the quarters.
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