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  1. Before there was even DII and DIII there was College Division and NAIA. And Prior to 1962(?) there wasn't even a "Small" College Division. Several teams now DI were either NAIA or College Division such as Cal Poly and Lock Haven. Other schools such as SIU Carbondale, Moorhead State, Adams State, Portland State competed in NAIA and/or the Small College Division. There is a handful of NCAA DI champions from that era : Lock Haven: Elliot Gray Simon, Bill Blacksmith, Fred Powell, Ken Melchior Portland State: Rick Sanders Cal Poly: Tom Kline Adams State: Nick Corollo SIU Carbondale: Don Millard Moorhead State: Bucky Maughn
  2. Along with a couple other fans on this thread, I was there as a spectator. Ricky Stewart had a fireman's carry that was killer and no secret to any of his opponents. He hit Dave Schultz with it and stuck him just like that, BAM. A week or two prior to the NCAAs they met in the Big 8 finals and Schultz prevailed 4-2.
  3. Thanks for the interesting recommendations, jackwebster. I'll be on the lookout for both especially Things Fall Apart. Back in the 70s I remember Bobby Douglas referring to his roots to African wrestling culture. Another book on my reading list is Thrashing Seasons, a 19th and 20th century history of the genesis of prairie wrestling in Manitoba. https://uofmpress.ca/books/detail/thrashing-seasons
  4. John Irving's “Imaginary Girlfriend” is a wrestling memoir worth looking up. It can be found in a collection of his writing called “Trying to Save Piggy Sneed”. Two other of his novels, “The 158-Pound Marriage” and “Setting Free the Bears,” both have wrestling characters and subplots but are not “wrestling” novels. Terry Davis's “Vision Quest” is my favorite.
  5. In the reverse direction, Warren Crow transferred from Cornell to Albany State where he was a 2x College Division champion, OW, was a Division I AA (4th, 123 lbs, 1966) in the era when College DII & DIII schools competed in the DI nationals, plus defeated Rick Sanders in the semis of the College Division Championships when he was voted OW.
  6. Dear GreatDane67: Great Post! I have been reading and enjoying your posts for the past few years. The first time I read your screen name I wondered, could that be NCAA champ and legend slayer from 1966? If so, I got to watch you compete in 1964 while I was a youngster. And if not, I still enjoy your humor and intelligent posts. —Gambatte!
  7. NEW HAMPSHIRE Eric Morrill (Edinboro) Aaron Kalil (Navy) DJ Meagher (Cornell)
  8. Thanks to TrackWrestling I've had a chance to watch some awesome Greco matches. I'm wondering what is the strategy of lifting the guy off the mat from par terre for a throw and then walking to the edge of the mat before executing the throw. A couple of times it appeared to me that the top wrestler had a secure lock and great position to complete the throw near the center of the mat but first walked it to the edge. I would think you could lose your grip and expend a huge amount energy moving toward the edge. Were these just circumstance or is there a strategy to taking it to the edge?
  9. Quincy Monday vs Kennedy Monday Fri Jan 11, 7 pm, Dillon Gym Though Lenny Merkin likely starter for the Tigers would be exciting too.
  10. Best of Three question: Does a pin end the series or does it count the same as a win by push out or shot clock penalty?
  11. Gambatte! Give your best. Even against insurmountable odds, give your all. A Japanese phrase I picked up training with Chuo University in 1973. Has multiple levels of meaning and grew out of the Samurai tradition.
  12. This is a great opportunity plain and simple. The only thing lateral about it is Ithaca and Brookings are on about the same latitude.
  13. Sunday morning in Iowa, everyone is just getting out of church.
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