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  1. I have not seen all that were mentioned on here, but for me, bar none, Nate Carr was the quickest. Prior to the slaughter rule being introduced, I saw him take a guy down so many times in one match, that I am sure that the tech fall was introduced just because of him. Nate's matches with Kenny Monday were epic, and both were unbelievably fast, but Nate was greased lightning.
  2. Easy fix. If the tournament is meant as an individual tournament, then let it be so. Top 8 get All American status. Do away with the team scoring. Team title is determined by dual competition. This allows both a team title and individual titles to be determined, and the scoring system used for the current tournament (which, in my opinion is flawed - way too heavily weighted for the highest placements) has no bearing on declaring a team title. Award still given out to the top 4 teams, as well as to All Americans. 2 great tournaments, both with a great deal at stake. You are welcome!
  3. Is Cox really that big? He did not strike me as a huge 197. Maybe the cut is more than I anticipated, or maybe he just does not want to make the cut. If he does he is one that I will like to watch because I do not anticipate that his style will look anything like Tony Nelson or many of the other heavies. And you don't have to be a huge Heavy to rule. David Zabriskie was only about 225-230 at the time and he did OK. Now he is at 211 for Free, so he was never all that big to begin with. But he did very well to adopt his style so that he was not often caught under a larger body. J'Den may bring some new excitement to 285 - and I think that we would all welcome that.
  4. In the past there has been audio coverage on LSV or Takedown Radio. Anyone know if there is coverage of that fashion this year? Those guys were nuts! but fun to listen to and they give some great recaps of a lot of the action and brackets.
  5. I don't "hate" Penn State, but I don't celebrate when they when, but I have to admit I enjoy when they lose. I am a Cyclone fan, and if I have to explain it to you, then you haven't been paying attention over the past few years. I have great respect for what PSU and what the individuals have accomplished, but there is no reason that I can't also enjoy a few wins by their opponents, even if I don't wish for anything evil to befall them. Cael was, and always will be a Cyclone champion. But the way that he left did not exactly go over well with me despite any of the reasons that were given. I understand, but I do not have to like it. I think that David Taylor is a phenomenal wrestler, perhaps one of the most exciting and dominating ever, but I thoroughly enjoyed Bubba sticking him in the finals. I am sure that my personal and petty reasons are not important to them. PSU fans, on the other hand, if they soon forget the humility that was taught to them over so many years of being left on the outside looking in, deserve some hostility and enmity. Gloating will never win you many friends, and let's face it, every team has supporters that fit that category.
  6. I was moved to respond. This is not a story of near misses, or lost dreams. But it is my story, and then again, it is not. I wrestled in HS and college, so I gained a great appreciation for the sport. Knowing what it did for me, I wanted to pass that on to my son. So we started down that path. Yes, the first stop at his young age was club wrestling. I signed on as a coach, and my son seemed willing to go along. So we spent night after night training with the other guys, going through the usual steps of learning, drilling, and wrestling. My son got his first bloody lip, but I brushed it aside when he came to me almost in tears. Inside I knew he was taking his lumps and he was learning the lessons. But little did I know at the time that I was the one that was learning as well. To say that my son is on the small side is an understatement, so he was often matched up with younger boys. At tournaments he wrestled down to get other kids in his weight class. It was always a struggle to get him in the right class because of his size, yet we were able to get matches. We never missed a tournament, and we never missed a practice. I was proud of how he was sticking to it. But the results were not impressive. But he rarely complained and he never gave up, despite still searching for that elusive first win. Still, the day came where he seemed to put it all together and eked out a victory. I was so proud, and I could see the joy on his face. I took him for a walk outside, and asked him, “So, for 2 years you have had sore muscles, bumps and bruises, bloody lips, and even lost a tooth in a match. Was it all worth it?” He looked at me and responded, “Yeah, Dad, yeah, it was.” I replied to him, “Well, just remember this later in life. When things get tough, or someone is challenging you, and you face that adversary, you just have to say. ‘Well I lost 44 matches in a row, and I kept coming back. Do you have what it takes to go the distance with me?’” He smiled at me, and seemed to understand. He won another match that same day, going 2-2. He never won again. After 3 years of club wrestling, his final record was 2-66. He hung up his wrestling shoes. Through all of this we wondered why he was so small. We were having him tested for a few things but no answers. “He is a late bloomer.” Finally after he became very sick, we went down a different path. Long story short, after his first endoscopy and colonoscopy, we found that he has Crohn’s disease – An insidious auto-immune disease where the intestines will not absorb nutrients. The body is starving itself, and will not allow itself to grow, to provide energy, and in its wake are stabbing pains, diarrhea, and vomiting. I cried when I thought of how he had endured the tough workouts in the wrestling room, knowing now how he had no energy to perform, yet enduring the challenge of the sport all the same. He was learning the limits of his body, how to deal with pain, and just how far he could push himself. I even got the courage to ask him why he endured it. He coolly responded, “I didn’t want to disappoint you.” I told my son that I wished that I could wave a magic wand and make this disease go away. He only responded, “Dad, this is my cross to bear, and besides, I lost 44 matches in a row and I kept coming back. Think this disease has what it takes to deal with me?” Today my son is in High School. He is a 55 pound 15 year old sophomore. He is being treated for his disease, but each day can present new challenges. He is more susceptible to flu and colds, often has severe gas pain, is anemic, and requires frequent testing for TB and other diseases. He has vomited so hard that he tore his esophagus, and he has been poked and probed in ways that are well beyond his years. Still, he says that he is proud of his wrestling days, as it taught him that he can go far beyond what he thought his limits were, and he knows that he can stand up to the challenge. He won’t get his picture on the wall of the wrestling room, but I have a picture of him in my home, and in my heart, and that is enough.
  7. I am not sure that there was enough money for Cael to have stayed in Ames. Certainly his post-exit-stage-right commentary indicated that he felt that he had a better shot at recruiting population and talent rich east coast over the Midwest. And I am not sure that there was enough money to be had in Ames anyway, compared with what PSU was ready to pony up for salary, benefits, facilities, etc. And yes, I am still PO'd about the situation, not because Cael left when he did, or why he did, but because he was so coy about it afterward and did not always act in a way that indicated equity. Argue it all you want, but ISU did the right thing, in my opinion, in every situation as it related to Cael and the wrestlers, whereas Cael did not (e.g. ISU released Cyler unconditionally, but Cael would not do the same with Bubba. There are others, but most of you already are well aware of them).
  8. I am not sure that there was enough money for Cael to have stayed in Ames. Certainly his post-exit-stage-right commentary indicated that he felt that he had a better shot at recruiting population and talent rich east coast over the Midwest. And I am not sure that there was enough money to be had in Ames anyway, compared with what PSU was ready to pony up for salary, benefits, facilities, etc. And yes, I am still PO'd about the situation, not because Cael left when he did, or why he did, but because he was so coy about it afterward and did not always act in a way that indicated equity. Argue it all you want, but ISU did the right thing, in my opinion, in every situation as it related to Cael and the wrestlers, whereas Cael did not (e.g. ISU released Cyler unconditionally, but Cael would not do the same with Bubba. There are others, but most of you already are well aware of them).
  9. I did not have a dog in this fight, per se', as I really can't stand either team, but I agree with SHP that this was a great dual to put on the schedule, and great for wrestling fans. After all was said and done, I am sure that there are many who were not happy with the coverage, or the outcome, or the camera angle, or whatever. But I think that the fact remains that Coach Cael (bone to pick with him) and Coach Tom (never been a fan of that Hawkeye) did what was right for the sport and right for the fans by putting this match on the schedule. SHP was dead on right with this, and that is, unless I am mistaken, his purpose in his opening statement. If you don't like the outcome, or whatever, I think that you are missing the bigger picture. Safe travels, SHP! and thanks for your work on behalf of wrestling.
  10. RE: Taylor and his NLI - if ISU had not released him he would have to sit out a year, but he sat out that first year anyway as a redshirt as Cyler took the 157 spot. It wasn't until a year later that Bubba flattened him. And much like Xander, yes I am still a bit bitter, but I come by it honestly. :D
  11. I have a crazy idea, since the dual team aspect is out of the picture. Since a team has 9.9 scholarships, and you really only need about 5 wrestlers to win the National Championship, just forego the other points, use the 9.9 schollies to get the 10 best studs in the nation, focused on just 5 weights. To hell with the other weights, and spend more time focusing on the 5. With the right coaching, and the draw of a good campus, educational program, etc. any second tier team could pull this off, or a lower tier team could rocket into contention. Let's see who goes for this first.
  12. Way to late in the game now, I am sure, but if we are going to give an award of this nature, and recognize dominance, perhaps the Gorrarian award should only be awarded to pins secured in the championship brackets or in the AA rounds. I doubt that would have provided any extra reason for DT, Dake or anyone else to get after it for the pin, but it would take away the argument that falls were only garnered against much lesser opponents.
  13. I have my favorite, Cyclone Report, and a few that I enjoy visiting(Rutgers, Okie State among them). Then I have a few that I will not go anywhere near because they are unreasonable, pompous, or generally annoying. There are good and intelligent posters, but far too many homers, hacks, ideologues, idiots, and in some cases, worse. I won't mention them by name.
  14. Is there audio coverage on Takedown Radio? I think I am being blocked but wanted to confirm.
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