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Everything posted by Coach_J

  1. My point is that citing criteria wins against a Russian does not tell the whole story or even support the implication that the match could have gone either way. Why/how was Sidakov able to get the last step out to win? He just got lucky twice? JB has been a guy, when he's on, who can blow through people with lightening quickness and explosion--he hasn't been able to do that with Sidakov. His greatest strengths have been neutralized by Sidakov's style and strategy. Yes, absolutely it is up to JB to make some adjustments and, as a fan of his, I hope he can do so. But time is not a factor is his favor.
  2. No one said "over the hill." He will always be a formidable opponent and no one suggested he's limping into the circle with a cane or walker (a cane could be useful against Sidakov, though). We're talking hundredths of seconds shaved off reaction time and explosion as an elite athlete creeps over 30. His style was not a power, position-style like Chris Campbell, who could compete in the upperweights (actually moving up to 198 from 180.5) as he pushed toward 40 years of age. Those hundredths of seconds add up at a weight like 163. And as for the scores being "tied," a Russian being up on criteria with a full minute to go is as good as being up by 5 points 99% of the time. They are disciplined in tactics and strategy and rarely make mistakes if properly conditioned (the big "if" factor with Russians, particularly against top Americans). Make no mistake, I'd love to see the old lion rise to the top once again, and JB has been a total class act his entire career. Hard to think of a better role model for youngsters in our great sport. I'm just speaking from an objective point of view about the chances of that happening. JMHO
  3. I've seen many examples, some of the most vivid in track and field. In this one, you can call Anaya a fool or the ultimate example of class and sportsmanship for his actions: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ivan-fernandez-anaya-hone_n_2505360 In this one, the runner also shows great humanity and sportsmanship: https://www.inspiremore.com/ivan-fernandez-anaya-abel-mutai/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/09/29/runner-world-championships-helps-exhausted-rival-finish-race/
  4. We now see with whom he is going to be doing most his hard training (pun intended).
  5. You age fast at this level and I don't see Burroughs being able to close on Sidakov, particularly with Chamizo and some others also in the mix. With Sidakov just reaching his mid-20s and his prime and JB several years past 30 (when quickness, explosion, and reaction time--what have carried him thus far--start to dwindle), it would take a perfectly executed bout for JB to beat Sidakov in 2021. Possible? Yes. Probable? Well...
  6. Before social media, we only had for the most part anecdotal stories of what guys were like outside the circle, what they would say about opponents, their antics and off-hand comments about anything. Today every utterance is documented or can be, and they can be shared, tweeted, and promoted. The recent slew of loud guys are just now discovering what Muhammad Ali perfected decades ago--controversy sells. Playing the heel (as Ali learned from Gorgeous George the pro wrestler) garners attention, if only in the hopes of seeing the heel get smashed. Might not even be who these guys really are, but if it puts a few more dollars in their pocket, why not sound off. Not saying I'm a fan of it--would rather see results than hear proclamations and attention-grabbing predictions.
  7. Not in my life has a 1-time NCAA 5th placer and a 1-time world 9th placer ever been able to draw as much attention to himself as all the guys who actually won those tournaments combined. Happy trails...
  8. Going by what the original article said, which is that he is 30. Either way, 30 or 32, getting out of sanction purgatory makes him 34 or 36. Time for Dombo to find a new hobby.
  9. Clear explanation of how the qualifiers have been adjusted. Dude really screwed the Army team, as well: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2020/July/30/Armed-Forces-Championship-results-changed
  10. A four-year ban at age 30 pretty much means he's done. As Baretta used to say, "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time." https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2020/July/28/Dombrovskiy-USADA-sanction
  11. Tom Selleck won D-IIIs??? Way cool!
  12. Chuck Woolery sees nothing wrong with Dake's post. Since when aren't athletes/pseudo-celebs automatically experts in pretty much everything...
  13. "Look like Tarzan, wrestle like Jane."
  14. If you could just hold nationals in the practice room he'd be champ hands down!
  15. "Wrestling Room All-American." Guy who can beat everyone in practice but when you take the mat out in the gym in front of a crowd just can't get it done; he loses to opponents the guys he beats in the wrestling have or would have beaten.
  16. So looking at the recently posted '88 wrestle-off between Carr and Metzger, was stoked to see Carr with his variation of the Alania/Baev Dump. At this time, it was just called a duck (or misdirection duck) and morphed into a variation now called the Super Duck (without the head control). At the :55 second mark, Carr tries it but is countered. At 4:07, he converts after a hard counter by Metzger. Both these guys were so good. The inside trips hit by both were ahead of their time (3:05 and 4:41). Love how Carr is a stand-up wrestler in neutral, going for that famous single leg snatch and not getting bogged down on his knees. Thank you again, Coach Fiorito, for starting the thread and getting me thinking about technique. Have been drilling the Alania tape and even showed it to my kids, pushing them to think about their approach to technique.
  17. Great analysis, man. Excellent breakdown, explanation, and attention to detail. Send more!
  18. Have to agree. A very late start to turn exclusively to greco. By the time they figure it out, their bodies would have taken a tremendous beating. In Russia, the coaches separate guys going greco and those going freestyle at around age 10; their entire training is then lasered in on that one discipline. A guy here starting to focus on just greco at around age 22 or 23 will always be behind the elite foreigners; it's a little easier to transition for heavyweights for technical reasons (Adam Coon), but it's a rare American who does four years of collegiate and then picks up greco and can contend for medals on a consistent basis. Think of it--Joe Warren's world title was more than a decade ago.
  19. Two to ten will cramp his training schedule!
  20. Anyone with any inside information on the Georgian hippie, Yuri Lomadze? Seems he was implicated in some sort of assault, "illegal deprivation of liberty and group violence" that was "based on revenge." https://www.instagram.com/p/CCRXKMJjWh6/?igshid=bfepus0o0m7l&fbclid=IwAR3P92DzGehmEMW5Nf7Tko56vj33toWrntJM3pxs0eQupYGd6kVZ8JV7aJ0
  21. I think it was a little aggressive but could have been returned with a complimentary slap and all would have been fine. It was certainly not in the league of Joe Warren-style punching! https://www.flowrestling.org/video/6746560-joe-warren-likes-to-open-with-a-hard-club
  22. Man, the DQ was tough to watch. First call, okay, I get it, but the second one was not flagrant in the least. Bayramov had his head lower than Sourian most of the bout; tough not to have some contact, particularly when Sourian has a great level change to high dive and came very close to locking up; looked like Bayramov was defending that and backing out when Sourian rushed him, probably hoping to force a push out. Seems like a wrestler of his stature would be given the benefit of the doubt in that circumstance. Not like there was 10 seconds left and he was frustrated and just took it out on his opponent. JMHO
  23. Works well when the defensive man blocks off your tricep and won't let you switch out front to a double on your head outside leg attack. Lacing the arm inside and collecting the far ankle/calf negates the arm block and actually leads, in my opinion, to more possibilities. Kharchilava is the master of this--his coach was Anatoli Belaglazov with Club Dynamo back in Russia. Great lineage of technical mastery.
  24. Classy guy--always gave a great effort, never embarrassed the sport. Overcame quite a bit and was very unheralded. Best to him in retirement and props for wanting to give back. More like him...
  25. We call it a Russian lace--Miron Kharchilava special. Can be done in folkstyle as well as a breakdown or a finish to a head outside single--very effective in many positions.
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