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Everything posted by Coach_J

  1. Cactus Jack Medley grinding out another win. Epitome of the grinder.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Appreciated man. Few go to Russia and come home without intriguing stories!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Top 15, possibly break top 10 if their guns place high enough and a small supporting cast can grab a few points.
  9. 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.
  10. According to Track he has been beaten by 7 or less in all his losses this season.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Parris moves like a 197 or 184. Very impressive.
  15. You would only have half the posts if you did not do steroids!
  16. Agree with him or not, Khuzin gives life to many of these discussions. Would be a duller site without him.
  17. C'mon, translate for us man!
  18. I’m taking it a number of you haven’t ever socialized with a crew of Russian wrestlers. World class trash talkers but funny guys—macho, testosterone fueled, typically not to be taken too seriously. Through the haze of years, vodka, and Baltica beer, here is a very rough transcription of a conversation at the old Soviet training center in Minsk in 2004: Russian guy: You like John Smeeth, yes? Me: Yeah, great wrestler. Russian guy: He’s lucky guy. We call him “Mr. Lucky.” Me: Oh yeah? Why’s that? Russian guy: He win Olympics but lose Cuban guy. He lose Sarkissian and later win World. Lucky guy. Me: Well, he must have been lucky at the Olympics and Worlds six times. Russian guy: Yes, you understand. Me: So tell me, what do you call Satiev? He lost to American guy who only won one big tournament in his whole life. Russian guy (feeling the vodka muscles swell): Satiev is great wrestler! Greatest in history! He kill this guy they meet again! Me: Yeah, Satiev is one of the greatest, no argument, but they didn't meet again, did they? Ready for another piva, moi droog? Keep on rockin' in the free world, Khuzin.
  19. Respect you as much as ever.
  20. He was just getting his yearly flu shot.
  21. Got that Stollie/Baltica spare tire, no definition, skin burning with lack of oxygen--and another post-ban early exit.
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