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Everything posted by Coach_J

  1. irani and shiraz, entertaining to read your discussion and observations. Refreshing to listen to people who are enthusiasts and know what they are talking about. Thank you.
  2. Will never happen, but have always thought it would be cool if Worlds/Olympics did a combined style to determine the most well-rounded wrestler. Coin flip determines if they start FS or GR. In case of two pins, the fastest fall is the winner. Sports like swimming and track allow one guy to win numerous medals by mixing styles and/or distances; wrestling could have this option.
  3. Don't completely disagree. I'm speaking more of a change of scenery and approach. He could not scramble and his chief opponents have figured out how to shut down his strengths. Personally, I think working with a guy like Humphrey would have been a good move, but staying put and keeping the same regimen wasn't going to cut it for 2020. Tervel is a great coach and person, but whatever Snyder was doing at OSU reached its peak and stood still--not a way to remain on top at that high level of competition.
  4. A good move for Snyder. He showed zero ability to scramble at worlds; he hasn't kept up technically but this can be what he needs to challenge Sadulaev.
  5. Don't care for Gilman's personality but admire him training over there to get better. Big props to him for taking the step. And had to be a decent tournament considering the location. Congrats all the way around.
  6. Bolt was "sick" in Rio. And if you believe that, I've got a bridge over the Volga I can get you on the cheap...
  7. On Instagram the pics I've seen I'd estimate he's going around 230 or so.
  8. Straight Stoli in his water bottle...gotta keep those electrolytes up!
  9. Beat everybody when it didn't count the most. And he wasn't tested...
  10. You know, those Ukrainians all look the same!
  11. Elbrus is the one who tried to get into a fist fight with Satiev. Not a great career move!
  12. Two different Tedeevs. Elbrus was the 62 kilo guy.
  13. "...it's about competing honorably with respect and dignity." What's not to like about this guy? Some people could take some lessons from him....
  14. And the right timing. You can't go up against established meets (Dogu, Yarigan, etc.) or conflict with nationals/regional meets (Pan-Ams, Euros, etc.)
  15. Micic and Amine proved (emphasis on "proved") they are in the top 5 in the world. Wrestling would be better off if they were kept out of the tournament? Made to wrestle for only one country when they legally possess dual citizenship because "patriots" don't like it? Has world wrestling gotten even better, more competitive, and more challenging since the Soviet break-up? God bless UM and any other place that legally and by the established rules allows a young person to pursue their potential. Better to have a situation like Miron Kharchiliava's? Won the Soviet junior national championship but was not allowed by the Soviet sports authorities to compete in the Junior World Championship; they sent the ethnic Russian Miron beat in the finals instead. He defects to the US, and when the Soviet Union breaks up he is by law supposed to wrestle for the Republic of Georgia. The problem is that he's Abkhazian, and the Georgians killed his father and cousins in their civil war. Russia had not yet annexed Abkhazia, so he couldn't wrestle for Russia, Georgia, the US, or Abkhazia in his prime years as a wrestler. A true man without a country. Once he finally achieved US citizenship, he was near 40, injured, and well past his prime. A shame he was never given an opportunity. Let these young guys wrestle. If they follow the rules, put in the time and sacrifice, more power to them. Especially if they are training with a lot of young US kids, showing them what it takes to reach the highest level.
  16. Amine had the meatgrinder. Beat two world medalists, the Pan-Am champ who beat Downey, and the German who trucked Downey. Kept from a medal by losing to the two best men in the bracket.
  17. Same place they reviewed all Cary Kolat's overturned matches...
  18. Those "random draws" kept coming out smellin' pretty darn good for Team Kazahkstan! Pure coincidence I'm sure as we all know UWW/FILA's history of spotless integrity is beyond reproach...
  19. If you believe in the speculation of cooked brackets, well, there you go. That said, they had some guys put together solid meets and the hometown energy probably helped a bit.
  20. Wow. Damn big jump from 57 to 65. My bad.
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