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Everything posted by Coach_J

  1. Somewhere along the line it just won't be worth it to cheat. We're not there yet, but I'm hopeful we will arrive there soon. https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2020/February/19/Trio-of-Olympic-Licenses-Reassigned-After-Anti-Doping-Rules-Violations
  2. So many athletes profess a belief in a higher power, from Snyder's Christian God to Sadulaev's Allah and everything in between. And many are atheist or agnostic. I have no problem with thanking a God or seeing a predicament as a challenge from God or a hint to move in a different direction in life. It is no doubt crushing to have a dream taken or deferred; to see that as part of a God's plan is a means of coping with the disappointment and adjusting for the future and is understandable. The world is wide. Room enough for everyone who isn't spouting religious superiority or bigotry but just trying to navigate the struggles in life. Hopes for a speedy recovery and productive path for the future.
  3. What you see happening to Sadulaev is what happened to Snyder: people are game-planning him. Sads is so good he is still able to come out on top, even though the margins of victory are getting smaller. I am sure the Russian staff is picking apart all his Euro bouts (the reason he went to a meet like this) and will make appropriate adjustments. This is something we have lagged in.
  4. Strikes me as someone you could beat 10 times in a row and he fully believes he will beat you next time every single time.
  5. A few impressions of my travels in Russia. In Moscow, one of our group members, who is of Lebanese descent, was detained by police for looking "Caucasian" (from the Caucasus mountains). Our guide had to intervene so our guy wasn't taken into the police station. Yes, being dark-skinned is enough for the police to detain anybody they damn well please over there. In Belarus, we were invited to the "house" of the local wrestling federation. After our bus wound in and out of a neighborhood most comparable to Borat's village (corrugated tin roofs, no glass in the windows, chickens all over, etc.) we came to a clearing where there stood the "house," complete with security wall all around and a guy with a machine gun standing guard. The place was opulent, a complete contrast to the neighborhood we passed through. We asked how the federation could build such a house and were told "we make business." We asked what kind of business and were told, "Yes, make business." One of our group members asked, "Like a computer business," and the answer was, "Yes, we make computer business." My take: best to stop asking questions and break out the vodka. When we were on our way out, I had purchased a Russian army dagger with scabbard for my son in the Moscow flea market (that is a whole story in itself). At the airport, the instructions on the wall said that all items, such as knives, should be packed securely in check-through luggage, which mine was. When my bag went through the x-ray it was pulled from the conveyor and within minutes I was called over, at which point an older female security person holding my son's prize dagger began shouting at me and shaking the dagger at me. I didn't know what she was saying, and a guard with a machine gun came over and starting babbling and pointing at me as well. Our guide was busy at the ticket counter and didn't notice what was going on until things got heated. The guy with the machine kept pointing for me to go someplace off in the distance and I kept telling him I wasn't going anywhere. Things got bad when the guard tried to grab my arm to make me go with him and I smacked his hand away and told him to get his f.cking hands off me, at which point he pointed the machine gun at me. Needless to say, that got my attention. Our guide came over and, to make a long story short, the dagger was considered property of the Russian government and is not legally allowed to leave the country, which I had no clue about. The guard was trying to arrest me for smuggling. Much more to the story but suffice it to say I'm safely still alive in the good old US of A. And as the pics below attest, always be on the look out for Lenin and Chuck Norris hanging out.
  6. Cactus Jack Medley grinding out another win. Epitome of the grinder.
  7. Commenters are also leaving out the fact that Amine only relatively recently has been trained by Belaglazov. His trajectory in freestyle over the past two years has been impressive.
  8. Follow all divisions. Trying to get my club members placed for college so it pays to keep up on where the right fit might be for one of my wrestlers. Far more opportunities outside of D-I, and far better for certain kids.
  9. Appreciated man. Few go to Russia and come home without intriguing stories!
  10. Would love to hear the interview with Bader, but put off by the headline link on the frontpage that takes us to a pay site if we want to hear the story. Bait and switch to boost someone else's bank account. Either give us the story or don't chump us with a headline story we have to pay for.
  11. They are professionals, and should/will/damn well better act like it. Snyder, for whatever reason, broke the professional bond. His choice and it should be respected. That said, they are obligated to do everything in their power to defeat anyone and everyone in the way of an ORTC competitor. It's business. They have more to gain by their new man winning than letting off the gas for their old man.
  12. Good analysis. Best case: they all wrestle at least to their ranking and one or two surpass it (one of them gets into the finals). Would think they'd be 3-6 as a team. Worst case: One or more doesn't place and the others end up somewhere in the 4-8 range. Still a good finish.
  13. Top 15, possibly break top 10 if their guns place high enough and a small supporting cast can grab a few points.
  14. Good analysis. He showed tremendous agility with the ankle whizzer, particularly the first time. The international guys will be a lot leaner and more technically sound than Cass though.
  15. According to Track he has been beaten by 7 or less in all his losses this season.
  16. Not sure but he hangs with everyone and pulls the occasional upset. Has improved dramatically since starting college and will continue to get better. On academic scholarship but loves wrestling and has earned his way into the starting line-up. More stories like this and more young men like Jack.
  17. He's a great kid with a huge heart. Big student of the game and Bormet says he's the hardest worker on the team. Not surprised at all.
  18. Gotta give props to Wilke. Many would have checked out but he stepped in and knocked off a ranked opponent. Question his skills all you want but he did his job for the team.
  19. Parris moves like a 197 or 184. Very impressive.
  20. You would only have half the posts if you did not do steroids!
  21. Agree with him or not, Khuzin gives life to many of these discussions. Would be a duller site without him.
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