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Everything posted by Coach_J

  1. In 2007, the US team had several guys with great folk results (Vering, Ruiz, and Durlacher) along with the tested vets (Byers, Dantzler, Lester). They were 3rd in the world in '06--right there with the top echelon. Yes, Russia had not organized itself into the machine it is now, so that was definitely a factor. Durlacher was in his 3rd straight worlds and Ruiz was in his 4th. Vering had been on 4 previous World Teams (though not consecutively). We had some semblance of continuity and trajectory--In short, the program recruited/attracted WINNERS who were competitive in whatever style they tried and they improved year to year. Of late, it's a revolving door of new faces; basically, besides Robbie Smith, Bisek, and Mango (Bisek being the only medalist), we have little consistency or long-term development of talent. Right now, we have Coon as our only medalist. Bey has made some noise at the Junior level but is clearly not now a threat at Senior. Besides Coon, what successful folk guys is greco bringing in? The Verings and Durlachers? Not seeing much creativity here. And you've got Lindland, who I have pointed out in the past badmouthed wrestling when he was on these same message boards recruiting for his MMA team. He trashed wrestling because it didn't bring him enough money. In one of his interviews during our recent horrid World performance, he said he told the guys you have to love this because there's no money in it. Why on earth would he keep beating on this dead horse? What's the point? These guys are well aware of what money is out there, so why keep harping on how poor everyone is destined to be? Is that really going to motivate guys? Obviously motivates him, but the guys he's working with? It's not like the guys in 2007 were rolling in dough.
  2. This was not an especially gifted or experienced group outside of Hancock and Schultz, and, as was pointed out, Schultz is very young. The way they were getting lit up and not scoring, though, is a concern as it pertains to their preparation. Hard to see any silver linings in this performance. Our system for greco is broken (I say broken because we did win a World senior team title in 2007--something was being down right at that time, and it IS possible to win for us).
  3. Coach_J

    "I don't know what the Gavin situation is...."

    So is Teasdale still on the team? In school? https://gopsusports.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=9046
  4. Coach_J

    Midlands Train Wreck Dead Tourney Walking

    Too little too late. They already turned away a lot of smaller schools with great wrestlers who found better fits, particularly in terms of travel and budget. In their heyday, there was little justification for letting in a D-I team that couldn't win a match with 15 people entered and a slew of post-grads versus a, non-D-I team that scored. If it were only about D-I, then get rid of all non-D-I, all post-grads, and all horrible teams that couldn't win a bout. Not the way they played it back in the day. JMHO
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    Midlands Train Wreck Dead Tourney Walking

    I had petitioned for years to bring a team and was finally awarded two (yes, two) spots. I had a placer and the other guy went 2-2 (one of his losses being to Fried). Basically, my two guys won more matches than numerous programs allowed full rosters. I asked based on our performance to allow us to bring more competitors but was denied while the crap teams were still allowed to bring full squads. Made my future scheduling decision very easy. No, programs didn't need the Midlands and they'd find far better treatment and competition elsewhere.
  6. Coach_J

    Takuto Otoguro

    What fool would doubt Khuzin???
  7. Coach_J

    Journeymen Northeast Duals

    Congrats to Johnny Clark--really putting in a great effort.
  8. Coach_J

    Midlands Train Wreck Dead Tourney Walking

    Just personal experience, but a lot of arrogance there. "You need the Midlands, the Midlands doesn't need you" attitude, and year by year the quality of the field shrank. Lots of personal favors for certain people, the rest of you blank off. The hubris has come back to haunt them.
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    Rest in Peace, Ol' Cletus Tucker

    Without a link to an obit I'll just file him with Kentucky Mudflap. Whatever the case, the persona was colorful and added life to the forums.
  10. Coach_J

    Rest in Peace, Ol' Cletus Tucker

    Anyone know his name? Since he was an old-timer I'm curious if I actually knew him outside the forum. Would appreciate any info.
  11. Coach_J

    FS World Champs DNP

    Except when you run a feisty heist on a weird beige foreign neighbor.
  12. Coach_J

    FS World Champs DNP

  13. Great story. He is "too nice"--I find it impossible not to like this guy. Are his brothers wrestlers too? Anyway, thanks for posting.
  14. Coach_J

    Rus Greco beats FS!

    Big congratulations--what domination. I guess if we had to make a critique it would concern the Russian women's team, but you can't rule every style. Well, at least I hope not--give the dang rest a world a chance in something!
  15. I remember well, my friend. I hope all is well with you--may you enjoy a blessed day.
  16. ...as long as you can because greco starts tomorrow!
  17. Well, they were 4th in greco, but the freestyle was not what we would expect. I would also like to respond to an earlier comment that Armenia is a weak Caucasus wrestling nation. They finished 6th in greco with what could be seen as a down performance (Aleksanyan's injury hurt their point total, and they did not bring a full team). They are a nation of only 3 million and are severely underfunded; hence you see so many of their guys heading to countries like Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, and even Brazil. Also consider these medalists of Armenian descent: Stepan Maryanyan of Russia, Gevorg Sahakyan of Poland, and Aik Mnatsakanian of Bulgaria. Armenia itself had 2 medalists, two 5ths, and an 8th. No slouch at all given their circumstances.
  18. Coach_J

    Adam Coon has a great draw

    Don't care about the talk of the "easy draw"--you pin your way to the finals you're got some game!
  19. Coach_J

    Kamal Bey at worlds

    Does he have a coaching staff that recognizes this and will take the appropriate measures to push him to his full potential?
  20. Coach_J

    Adam Coon has a great draw

    What a 12-month cycle. NCAA finalist. World Team Freestyle finalist. World Team greco champion. World greco semi-finalist. Great student. What an awesome young man.
  21. Coach_J

    Enjoy the current US overall lead...

    If you've done greco, you get it and you how to watch and appreciate what's going on. But I totally understand the outsider who sees it as boring. I thought the same of soccer but I've recently changed my view (takes about a 12 pack to really get into it but it's fun to watch with a crowd of die-hards).
  22. Coach_J

    Criteria Order

    Have to agree with Jason. Too many subjective calls that have decided matches. Bonne hit a monster of a throw--it was up to Rashidov to match him or hope he had enough time to chip away for the win. Like a knockdown in boxing, the 5-point throw puts you in a driver's seat and your opponent better do a hell of a lot to offset it. JMHO
  23. Coach_J

    Enjoy the current US overall lead...

    We go to extremes. We win the world team title and then can't win a bout at a world/Olympics. This has been the frustration (at least mine).