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Everything posted by jmachinder

  1. JB has been at the same weight since 2011. I have to think that making weight all that time isn't easy and has affected some of his performances. I really think he should consider 79KG for worlds. I could see him cranking out another gold or two there...
  2. I had heard there was a controversial match that Karelin won at the 1999 World Championships in Greece. Perhaps it was the semi final against Mureiko of Bulgaria in the semis which is listed as a 2-0 overtime win for Karelin on the UWW database. The story was to the effect hat Mureiko got his arm raised but then they reviewed the tape and gave the match to Karelin. Can anyone confirm this?
  3. Burroughs has been at 74KG since 2011 and, although he's still great, I think that has had the biggest impact on his wrestling for the past few years. IMHO his weakest two matches at the last worlds were his first two, the ones closest to the weigh in. The trouble is he's not really big enough for 86KG- looked very small next to DT. 79KG is unfortunately not an Olympic weight, but that's where it seems like he'd shine the brightest at this point.
  4. "The Night and the City" (the original) is probably the biggest defender of amateur wrestling of all time. "Dat is what I do to your....clowns!"
  5. There are state rankings, but they are just that rankings. The filmmakers wrongly thought they impacted the state qualification process.
  6. The filmmakers spent a lot of time making it seem like your record during the regular season impacted if you qualified for the states. A lot of high school sports are like that, so it would make sense that this might be their default understanding. But even the smallest amount of research or just talking to the coaches they were interviewing would have explained that the wrestling post-season is different.
  7. I saw this when it came out. Good movie. I hate to nitpick, but I think the filmmakers have no idea how qualifying for the state tournament works.
  8. Mohammadian had a great tournament. Very impressive physically and technically. Completely TBD if he can keep it up. Snyder has never gone undefeated in a year. TBD if he can bounce back like he has in the past.
  9. Worst draw of all time. Brett Haas of Iowa in the Greco Junior Nationals at Fargo. 1st round, Kyle Snyder, 2nd round, J'Den Cox
  10. Nothing touches Timasetheus of Croton beating Milo of Croton at the Olympics in 512 BC.
  11. 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.
  12. Aside from Sidakov, JB has beaten everyone who has beaten him at least twice (Marable, Dake, Imar, Gudeuv, Chamizo, Tsargush, Abdurakmanov)
  13. Micic vs. Alti was a great match. Good wrestling by both guys.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. shocking that there's no gold for the Japanese women this year at 50KG, 53KG 55KG...
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. After the US won in 2017, Russia blamed their performance on poor conditioning - that they lost too many matches in the second period and ran out of steam. It's worth noting that they lived up to their promise to be in better shape in 2018. The second period was not a problem for them. Even though they lost the match, Rashidov pushed the action in the second period in the 61KG final. Gazimagomedov was down big to Baritov but came back to win, Sidakov won in the second period agasint Chamizo and Burroughs, Uguev was in great shape, etc. Russia is usually good enough defensively that they can score early and hold on to win, but they kept active whistle to whistle for the most part. Perhaps Kurugliev was outconditioned by Taylor and Yazdani, but everyone is.
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