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  1. And I think you have to have had a significant injury in 2 of those years to get a 6th year.
  2. Hopefully Stanford but they'll need some good performances from their other guys. Butler will need to beat Hall again and good performances at 125 & 133.
  3. I agree 100%, especially as they are learning. I coach in a youth club and we always tell our kids, "Score the next points". Too many people are WAY too concerned about winning and losing when they are young. Don't get me wrong, we are there to win but we put a LOT of focus on technique and mental training. Nobody remembers or even cares how many state championships you won as a kid. People do remember and care about what you did in high school. Train to be technically proficient, mentally tough and a "goer" when young and everything else will take care of itself when you get older, especially if you are a late bloomer physically. When the physical attributes start leveling out, things change. And we have some great examples of kids from our club in just the past few years: KM - 1x youth champ, 4x state champ in high school, D1 wrestler KB - 2x youth champ, 3x state champ in high school (4x Finalist), D1 wrestler CB - HIghest finish was 4th in youth, 3x state champ in high school, D1 wrestler DG - Highest finish was 4th in youth, State Champ in high school, D1 wrestler CR - Never placed at youth state (not sure he ever won a match at youth state), 1x State Champ (2x finalist) in high school, Track in college Every one of those kids was a goer and so much fun to watch. Now, to be fair, we have also had a couple of kids that were studs when young and that carried right on through high school and on to college but they have been fewer than the others.
  4. My take on what I would like to see: Baseball has the obstruction rule where a baserunner makes contact with a fielder. It is a delayed call, umpire sees it, holds a fist straight out to his side and the play continues. After the play has concluded, If in the umpires view, the runner would have made it to the next base, he awards the base. I would like to see something similar for a step out. If a wrestler steps out of bounds (OOB), official will indicate which color stepped out with some signal to be determined and action continues with normal OOB rules. If action continues to a score, by either wrestler, no step out point is awarded, the action created a score. If action continues to a normal OOB call or stalemate, without returning in bounds, a point will be awarded. If the wrestler that stepped out returns completely in bounds, the signal is dropped and no points awarded - no harm, no foul. Normal wrestling at the edge can continue. If a wrestler happens to just step out but then returns in bounds, he is wrestling and no points awarded for a slight misstep. If you step out, stay out and no one scores, a point is awarded. A wrestler that steps out has an incentive to get back in bounds. If he does, no points. If he doesn't he gives up a point. Might make for some interesting counter wrestling on the edge. Should be relatively simple for the official to call. One new mechanic. A real flurry of wrestling at the edge will be the hardest thing; who stepped out, did they return in bounds, etc. but I don't think it would be that bad and relatively infrequent and the official could always review video. Might add a little excitement to a match also. Fans see the Step Out signal and know that unless he fights back in bounds or creates his own score, he will give up a point, but the action still continues.
  5. Tough to predict folkstyle results from freestyle matches. An example - Stanford's Nathan Butler teched Ty Walz 11-0 and also beat Walz 13-4 last year at University Nationals in freestyle. Who are you picking if they meet in NCAAs? It's obviously Butler, right? And it gets even harder when you're talking freestyle practice matches.
  6. He should only need a release if he is planning on competing in wrestling for another NCAA school. How old is Thielke anyway? 25?
  7. Are you talking multi-year scholarships? I don't think there is such a thing as a multi-year NLI and a multi-year NLI doesn't even make sense. An NLI and scholarship are completely different.
  8. You only have 4 seasons of eligibility but you have 5 years in which to complete them (notwithstanding Medical Hardship Waiver/Oly RS). You have eligibility in each sport separately. That is why guys like Mocco who completed their wrestling eligibility in 4 years could play football in their 5th year. He hadn't used his 4 years of football eligibility, but he only had one year left because of the 4 in 5 years rule. Which is probably why the B1G rule states that you lose a year of eligibility in ALL sports. That's probably more relevent for something like Track/Cross Country that are treated as different sports to avoid someone trying to transfer and competing in one while saying they were a transfer in the other.
  9. I don't know how it will go but I know how I WANT it go.
  10. I think as wrestling has evolved, especially folkstyle, the optimal body type of highly successful wrestlers has changed. When I was younger, most of the better wrestlers were the short, stocky, powerful guys. Now, with the changes in technique (funk, tilts, etc.) I think it is more advantageous to have length. It seems like most of the better guys now are longer compared to the past. But that's just an impression, haven't studied it at any depth. But, that's just on average. You can be successful with any body type, just have to play to your strengths.
  11. I may be wrong here, but I thought they had changed an interpretation in order to reward offense. If someone takes a shot that they complete, even if the opponent tries a chest wrap, etc. counter it will not score as long as the action is continuous. Pretty much no more 2-2 scores, only the one initiating the original action will score. Again I may be wrong but thought I read that somewhere. Also I have not seen either of the above mentioned matches so can not speak directly to them.
  12. I thought that was pretty close also but it will be very tough to get officials to award a TD in that position.
  13. The official can still call locked hands in that scenario but the reaction time for top guy to unlock before it becomes a penalty becomes a little longer. At least that's the way I understand it.
  14. That chart looked really nice in the reply screen but when it posted, not so good.
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