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  1. I've worked and trained with Iranian wrestlers over the years since 1978, when I met Abas Arabi Asli, who fled Iran and went first to Czechoslovakia and then to Sweden; he was actually national freestyle champion at 57 kilos in both Czechoslovakia and Sweden.  He was a great guy, warm-hearted and generous, having me stay at his home in Stockholm for the weekend before I went home to the US after training in Sweden a year.  The team doctor I had in Vasteras, Sweden, was Iranian and treated me very well.  I got to know the Iranian staff and fans at the 1995 Worlds in Atlanta and 1996 Olympics--knowledgeable, fair-minded, crazy for wrestling and supportive of great wrestlers from all nations.  In none of my dealings with wrestlers or everyday citizens from Iran have I gleaned the idea that Iranians as whole hate the US.  My personal anecdotal experience says quite the contrary.

  2. 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:


    In this one, the runner also shows great humanity and sportsmanship:  https://www.inspiremore.com/ivan-fernandez-anaya-abel-mutai/




  3. 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.

  4. 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.


  5. 29 minutes ago, ConnorsDad said:

    That would be great but unfortunately I don't see it happening. There's nothing wrong with chasing your dreams but so many of our athletes just refuse to see the writing on the wall that they're never going to be the man or make a freestyle team. Now if you don't want to participate in Greco that's understandable but if you're wanting to wrestle on an international stage a lot of them need to realize that Greco is their best/only chance. It would also help if they realize that a lot earlier in their careers.

    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.

  6. 17 hours ago, irani said:

    Once again, you and I agree coach J

    What do you think of the slap to the face by Barramov before souryan head butted him?

    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

  7. On 6/21/2020 at 11:43 PM, irani said:

    I watched the Sourian match against Bayramov again .   This is what I see, tell me if you see it differently

    Bayramov slapped sourian in his face around 1:23, Sourian got upset and head butted him.  Sourian definitely deserved the first penalty, bayramov could have been penalized too, but it's a gray area

    the second headbutt at 5:46  looked unintentional and accidental to me.  It's hard to know for sure, but I didn't think it was deserving of a penalty.

    The way the match was going, I don't think Soryan could have  come back anyway



    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

  8. 1 minute ago, GranbyTroll said:

    My high school coach used to teach the breakdown for beginner upper weights. 


    Also, thanks for the head outside tip. I've been finishing my head outside shot by reaching inside the legs like that for a few years now, never connected it to this freestyle turn.  My kids won't know what hit em!

    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.

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