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    Coach_J got a reaction from silvermedal in Under the radar...   
    The job Ryan Ludwig has done at Northern Illinois.  They place 3rd in the 15-team MAC behind Missouri and Central Michigan (they actually beat CMU in the MAC dual) with Ludwig being named co-MAC Coach of the Year.  Three NQs, a soph and two frosh, with Brit Wilson taking the MAC title.  More programs like this, please.
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    Coach_J got a reaction from Eagle26 in Under the radar...   
    The job Ryan Ludwig has done at Northern Illinois.  They place 3rd in the 15-team MAC behind Missouri and Central Michigan (they actually beat CMU in the MAC dual) with Ludwig being named co-MAC Coach of the Year.  Three NQs, a soph and two frosh, with Brit Wilson taking the MAC title.  More programs like this, please.
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    Coach_J got a reaction from Gantry in Under the radar...   
    The job Ryan Ludwig has done at Northern Illinois.  They place 3rd in the 15-team MAC behind Missouri and Central Michigan (they actually beat CMU in the MAC dual) with Ludwig being named co-MAC Coach of the Year.  Three NQs, a soph and two frosh, with Brit Wilson taking the MAC title.  More programs like this, please.
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    Coach_J got a reaction from Nicky_Pipes in Under the radar...   
    The job Ryan Ludwig has done at Northern Illinois.  They place 3rd in the 15-team MAC behind Missouri and Central Michigan (they actually beat CMU in the MAC dual) with Ludwig being named co-MAC Coach of the Year.  Three NQs, a soph and two frosh, with Brit Wilson taking the MAC title.  More programs like this, please.
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    Coach_J got a reaction from Bombermule in Under the radar...   
    The job Ryan Ludwig has done at Northern Illinois.  They place 3rd in the 15-team MAC behind Missouri and Central Michigan (they actually beat CMU in the MAC dual) with Ludwig being named co-MAC Coach of the Year.  Three NQs, a soph and two frosh, with Brit Wilson taking the MAC title.  More programs like this, please.
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    Coach_J got a reaction from KSchlosser in Illegal Slam or Standard Finish to a Double Leg   
    I really can’t decide if you’re completely out of your mind or just mostly.  You can diagnose a medical condition 25 years after the fact from a quick social media post?  You’re a guy who by his own admission has hallucinated eating imaginary strawberry frosted doughnuts, popped so many diuretics he pissed blue, washed out of Ranger school because of chemical-related issues (sensing a pattern here), etc., and you have the superhuman ability to pass judgment on situations you were not present at to conclude that I’m not “the greatest coach,” etc.  Stellar work, Dr. Oz. 
    First, I never claimed to be “the greatest coach.”  Have never done it, nor would I ever.  Have met many coaches who were far better than I am.  Learned from every one of them.  Most were guys few had heard of.  Possibly the best high school coach I met?  Man named Lenny Ball.  Worked at an inner city school and got more out of those kids (kids most superstars would give up on or not even bother trying to coach) than any of the big names ever would.  No move ins, transfers, redshirts who repeated 8th grade to have a maturity advantage, etc.  Got guys who never even heard of wrestling until they entered high school as freshmen and had a number contending for state titles as seniors.  Unbelievable coach and mentor to young people.  Unsung but a true hero of the game.
    Second, never wrestled an injured wrestler who was not cleared by a trainer/physician who had assessed the risks and discussed them thoroughly with the athlete.  Were there guys who wrestled in pain?  Duh.  As my college coach used to say as we were preparing for nationals and guys were a bit banged up, “If you’re not hurting somewhere on your body what have you been doing all year?”  And yes, he won a national team title and is in the Hall of Fame, so save the pseudo-analysis of why he isn’t the greatest coach.  Early season bout, we sat anybody who was even slightly dinged.  A guy who is a senior with his last shot to win a national title or AA and he’s got an injury that can be braced or taped in a way that the chances of worsening the injury are minimized to a calculated risk (yes, even walking across the street involves risk), it’s his choice if he wants to go.  Never had a kid who didn’t choose to go, never had a kid who damaged himself for life. The heavyweight I mentioned was absolutely not hurt and did not have any signs of concussion; got taken down hard in a lift but he wasn’t hurt.  Give him a minute to collect himself and he was fine.  Every hard return to the mat does not result in a concussion or necessitate an ambulance ride to the hospital.  
    Third, the issue with the kid making weight was the time element.  He had already made scratch weight the day before—yes, he weighed less not even 24 hours before.  He went overboard on his reloading and after his last bout had a short window to make weight with an allowance.  His legs were sapped from his bout and then jumping rope and running—getting on the bike and changing it up gave him a chance to clear his mind, keep his legs moving, and just sweat while sitting down.  If you can diagnose this as heat stroke 25 years post event, you should be in line for your own Forensic Files show.
    Regarding “danger,” let’s relate it to your experience washing out of Ranger school.  My son passed on first attempt, no recycles.  He was already lean but over the various stages lost 25 pounds while trying to keep his weight up.  He was constantly hungry and dehydrated.  A certified physician by his side every step of the way, checking his electrolyte levels?  Seeing if he had symptoms of heat stroke?  Right.  What did he attribute his success to?  Having wrestled.  Huge fail rate at Ranger school but he stuck it out, and not because he was stronger or faster than all the other candidates, but because he knew how to perform under extreme conditions.  So many failed because of simple things, like falling asleep—instant recycle or rejection.  He could take being hungry and thirsty and extremely tired because he’d been there, done that in wrestling.  Sport has served him very well, particularly in Iraq, where the heat and its adverse affects were in constant play.  No water breaks in a firefight, no time-outs, no heat stroke checks.
    And if sharing some insights and anecdotes from 44 years of experience in the game is “beating my chest,” fine, guilty as charged, I can absolutely live with that without a problem.
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    Coach_J reacted to WillieBoy in What’s up with PD3?   
    All the typing of Doctoral Thesis for 23 separate programs at once has left him with carpel tunnel syndrome and he is taking a short break from wrestling. We can see how it has hurt him in photos of his haircut in the BJJ match - he could not hold the clippers well due to the typing injuries.
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    Coach_J reacted to Tofurky in What’s up with PD3?   
    I hope he's healthy. I want to see the young man compete and do his best with no excuses from his dad, his grandpa, his dad's and grandpa's friends, his dog, or anyone.
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    Coach_J reacted to TBar1977 in Illegal Slam or Standard Finish to a Double Leg   
    Glad the Dexter kid continued if he could. Wish Rojas would have done same last week because it just doesn't seem as if he was injured. Put this on the DCC coach maybe. I dunno, the appearance just isn't good on that match last week. 
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    Coach_J got a reaction from pamela in Illegal Slam or Standard Finish to a Double Leg   
    Another anecdote about not taking the fall.  One year our heavyweight drew the #2 seed at nationals in the second round and our opponent was called for a slam.  Again, we didn't think it was a cheapshot.  Their coach was raging at the ref that we were going to lay down and he cost the #2 seed a chance at his national championship.  After our guy got himself together, we resumed the bout.  We lost; their guy was just better and deserved to go on.
    Flash forward to the final weigh-in and our 167 is really struggling to get that last couple pounds off; we're pretty desperate because his legs are gone and he is having trouble running or jumping rope anymore.  The coach of the heavyweight we continued against came up to us and said, "Hey, we owe you one."  He gave us his stationary bike for our 167 to use (there were no bikes around and the facilities were very limited).
    Long story short:  our 167 made weight on his last touch and would not have been able to make it without that bike.  Their heavy ended up 3rd and our heavy came back and placed 8th.  A great sport when everyone is cool.
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    Coach_J got a reaction from pamela in Illegal Slam or Standard Finish to a Double Leg   
    Certainly possible.
    I guess what's being missed in all this is the aftermath.  Rojas is now getting hatemail and taking a beating on social media.  So what, you say.  Well, tough on a high school sophomore to be put in this situation, particularly when he did not make the slam call and he did not make the decision to not continue.  Also, a college assistant coach from a school that is recruiting him went out and publicly called him out for being a p-----.  The assistant didn't know the head coach was recruiting him--real bad look.  Shame on so many "adults" in this fiasco.
    Rough gig for a young kid.  I hope in the future we can show we're better than this.
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    Coach_J reacted to Cptafw164 in Illegal Slam or Standard Finish to a Double Leg   
    Thanks.  Im glad we cleared this up.  Like rival coaches, you may scream at eachother from across the mat at a tournament and look like mortal enemies, but ending up talking about your families when eating chili or bagels in the hospitality room...or sharing mutual hatred for the officiating.  
     

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    Coach_J got a reaction from Cptafw164 in Illegal Slam or Standard Finish to a Double Leg   
    I don't think apologies are cheap and I appreciate your post.  And I apologize for any comments that I may have made that were out of line.  I mean that.
    I was far from a perfect coach but my dedication to my athletes and their well-being was never in question.  Every athlete who used four years of eligibility under me earned a college degree--I am more proud of that than anything accomplished on the mats.
    In these last years I am able to spend on the mat, I'm trying to share my knowledge.  For example, with my club kids, I do not tolerate weight cutting (no one is dropping 5-8 pounds a week to make weight--my firm advice is always to go up a weight).  My mission is to place as many of them in college as I can.  My job is to build the possibilities for their future.  I take the various parts of my mission very seriously. Is putting up with the deprecating comments and personal slights on a site like this worth the time or aggravation?  I'm not sure but I will continue to share insights and, if anyone gets anything out of it, it's all good.
    And thank you for your comments on my son--sincerely appreciated.  Much peace your way.
     
     
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    Coach_J got a reaction from Jon_Kozak in Illegal Slam or Standard Finish to a Double Leg   
    I don't think apologies are cheap and I appreciate your post.  And I apologize for any comments that I may have made that were out of line.  I mean that.
    I was far from a perfect coach but my dedication to my athletes and their well-being was never in question.  Every athlete who used four years of eligibility under me earned a college degree--I am more proud of that than anything accomplished on the mats.
    In these last years I am able to spend on the mat, I'm trying to share my knowledge.  For example, with my club kids, I do not tolerate weight cutting (no one is dropping 5-8 pounds a week to make weight--my firm advice is always to go up a weight).  My mission is to place as many of them in college as I can.  My job is to build the possibilities for their future.  I take the various parts of my mission very seriously. Is putting up with the deprecating comments and personal slights on a site like this worth the time or aggravation?  I'm not sure but I will continue to share insights and, if anyone gets anything out of it, it's all good.
    And thank you for your comments on my son--sincerely appreciated.  Much peace your way.
     
     
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    Coach_J got a reaction from fadzaev2 in Illegal Slam or Standard Finish to a Double Leg   
    Bobby, class act.  One of my heroes.
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    Coach_J got a reaction from Cptafw164 in Illegal Slam or Standard Finish to a Double Leg   
    Another anecdote about not taking the fall.  One year our heavyweight drew the #2 seed at nationals in the second round and our opponent was called for a slam.  Again, we didn't think it was a cheapshot.  Their coach was raging at the ref that we were going to lay down and he cost the #2 seed a chance at his national championship.  After our guy got himself together, we resumed the bout.  We lost; their guy was just better and deserved to go on.
    Flash forward to the final weigh-in and our 167 is really struggling to get that last couple pounds off; we're pretty desperate because his legs are gone and he is having trouble running or jumping rope anymore.  The coach of the heavyweight we continued against came up to us and said, "Hey, we owe you one."  He gave us his stationary bike for our 167 to use (there were no bikes around and the facilities were very limited).
    Long story short:  our 167 made weight on his last touch and would not have been able to make it without that bike.  Their heavy ended up 3rd and our heavy came back and placed 8th.  A great sport when everyone is cool.
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    Coach_J reacted to fadzaev2 in Illegal Slam or Standard Finish to a Double Leg   
    This reminds me of a situation that happened at the NCAA Championships a number of years ago....
    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=477319369798386
     
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    Coach_J got a reaction from fadzaev2 in Illegal Slam or Standard Finish to a Double Leg   
    Another anecdote about not taking the fall.  One year our heavyweight drew the #2 seed at nationals in the second round and our opponent was called for a slam.  Again, we didn't think it was a cheapshot.  Their coach was raging at the ref that we were going to lay down and he cost the #2 seed a chance at his national championship.  After our guy got himself together, we resumed the bout.  We lost; their guy was just better and deserved to go on.
    Flash forward to the final weigh-in and our 167 is really struggling to get that last couple pounds off; we're pretty desperate because his legs are gone and he is having trouble running or jumping rope anymore.  The coach of the heavyweight we continued against came up to us and said, "Hey, we owe you one."  He gave us his stationary bike for our 167 to use (there were no bikes around and the facilities were very limited).
    Long story short:  our 167 made weight on his last touch and would not have been able to make it without that bike.  Their heavy ended up 3rd and our heavy came back and placed 8th.  A great sport when everyone is cool.
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    Coach_J got a reaction from fadzaev2 in Illegal Slam or Standard Finish to a Double Leg   
    Certainly possible.
    I guess what's being missed in all this is the aftermath.  Rojas is now getting hatemail and taking a beating on social media.  So what, you say.  Well, tough on a high school sophomore to be put in this situation, particularly when he did not make the slam call and he did not make the decision to not continue.  Also, a college assistant coach from a school that is recruiting him went out and publicly called him out for being a p-----.  The assistant didn't know the head coach was recruiting him--real bad look.  Shame on so many "adults" in this fiasco.
    Rough gig for a young kid.  I hope in the future we can show we're better than this.
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    Coach_J got a reaction from AHamilton in Illegal Slam or Standard Finish to a Double Leg   
    Another anecdote about not taking the fall.  One year our heavyweight drew the #2 seed at nationals in the second round and our opponent was called for a slam.  Again, we didn't think it was a cheapshot.  Their coach was raging at the ref that we were going to lay down and he cost the #2 seed a chance at his national championship.  After our guy got himself together, we resumed the bout.  We lost; their guy was just better and deserved to go on.
    Flash forward to the final weigh-in and our 167 is really struggling to get that last couple pounds off; we're pretty desperate because his legs are gone and he is having trouble running or jumping rope anymore.  The coach of the heavyweight we continued against came up to us and said, "Hey, we owe you one."  He gave us his stationary bike for our 167 to use (there were no bikes around and the facilities were very limited).
    Long story short:  our 167 made weight on his last touch and would not have been able to make it without that bike.  Their heavy ended up 3rd and our heavy came back and placed 8th.  A great sport when everyone is cool.
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    Coach_J got a reaction from fadzaev2 in Illegal Slam or Standard Finish to a Double Leg   
    I know people on both sides of this dispute so no dog in the fight. "It's up to you" is another way of the doctor saying "I don't see any medical reason at this point why you can't continue."  If the concern was a concussion, there are many quick ways to see if the athlete is exhibiting signs of being concussed; if the doctor/trainer was competent and did not find any of these factors present, it then becomes the athlete's/coach's decision to continue. Based on the one athlete running back to the center to resume the bout, that seems to corroborate what may have been initially said, but that is not foolproof and head injuries should never be trifled with. (Note--someone who was on the floor at the time said the doctor finally said the athlete should not continue and should be seen at a hospital.)  If the athlete is truly injured and can't continue and--this is important--the man called for the slam was simply completing a hard but legitimate finish and not taking a cheapshot or doing something dirty, it is common practice for some coaches to default the bout back to the man called for the slam.  This then becomes an issue of individual ethics and not medical danger. 
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    Coach_J got a reaction from Jon_Kozak in Illegal Slam or Standard Finish to a Double Leg   
    And I should add this: I only came to this philosophy after I screwed up bigtime in my first year as a head coach.  We were at an open and one of our guys was losing and got unintentionally slammed and, during the time-out, said he was in great pain, couldn't move his shoulder and I thought, easy, take the default, a win, right?  Well, it was an open and bouts were on something like eight mats and our guy who was so hurt he couldn't continue magically recovered and wrestled his next bout with one of my assistants in the corner.  I was never so embarrassed in my life.  Looked horrible, sleazy, and felt even worse.  By my later approach, we would have defaulted back to the man who was winning.  After that, I told our guys once you default that's it, you're done, you don't stay in the tournament, the only exception being you accept a default if you were on the wrong end of a cheapshot.  Developed many of my coaching beliefs after I screwed something up.  Live and learn and don't make the same mistake twice.
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    Coach_J reacted to nhs67 in Pan ams entry list   
    BD going to lose his $HlT if they sit his son(Downey) and let the guy who beat him a few months ago(Ringer) go in his place at 86 keggers.
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    Coach_J reacted to Rakkasan91 in Illegal Slam or Standard Finish to a Double Leg   
    The forearm to the back of the head is a different story.  That is clearly a flagrant act.  State finals or not, that is a delivery of a blow and, in my opinion, an attempt to injure.  While he did get penalized, his season should have ended at that point.
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    Coach_J got a reaction from 5inaRow in Illegal Slam or Standard Finish to a Double Leg   
    Agree.  I found this especially cowardly--hitting a defenseless man from behind.  No brainer--flagrant misconduct and automatic DQ.
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