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    mvattivo reacted to ScarletKnight in Princeton vs Rutgers, featuring Ashnault vs. Kolodzik...   
    Too bad he was injured last year.  Would have taken down Retherford. 
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    mvattivo reacted to DF in Vision Quest brings back them nostalgia feels   
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    mvattivo got a reaction from KTG119 in Flowrestling makes a (deceitful) statement   
    The site is down again.  You can't make this stuff up.
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    mvattivo got a reaction from tbert in Flowrestling makes a (deceitful) statement   
    The site is down again.  You can't make this stuff up.
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    mvattivo got a reaction from tabenn in Penn State v. Illinois   
    Honestly, I know there are is a lot of PSU fan boasting, and I can only imagine how annoying that is to fans of other program.
     
    I do have to say that as a fan, they are an absolute joy to watch.  Not only because of their talent (which helps), but, they are obviously taught to attack non-stop and to look to score at every opportunity.  They  also chase the bonus point(s) like madmen and it great to see.  Not everyone wrestles the style that is obviously being taught, but, 80% of them do, and it is great for college wrestling.  All sports are copycat leagues, and teams are going to continue to try to bring in kids that can adapt to the PSU style.  This will be great for our sport.
     
    As much as I love PSU, this is the one sport where the sport itself trumps that.  I love and support wrestling.  At nationals, I, of course, root for PSU first.  I then root for homegrown PA wrestlers, PA Wrestling schools, & then, I just appreciate great wrestling, regardless of who it comes from.
     
    It's that time of year and I'm getting extremely anxious.  I can't wait to meet new great wrestling fans in St. Louis !
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    mvattivo got a reaction from tabenn in Penn State v. Illinois   
    That match could be a big confidence boost for Cenzo.  With his close match (that should have been a win, if he was more strategic) over Jordan, and now, this performance against IMart, should have his confidence peaking.  The talents is there.
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    mvattivo got a reaction from pennsyrules in Penn State v. Illinois   
    Honestly, I know there are is a lot of PSU fan boasting, and I can only imagine how annoying that is to fans of other program.
     
    I do have to say that as a fan, they are an absolute joy to watch.  Not only because of their talent (which helps), but, they are obviously taught to attack non-stop and to look to score at every opportunity.  They  also chase the bonus point(s) like madmen and it great to see.  Not everyone wrestles the style that is obviously being taught, but, 80% of them do, and it is great for college wrestling.  All sports are copycat leagues, and teams are going to continue to try to bring in kids that can adapt to the PSU style.  This will be great for our sport.
     
    As much as I love PSU, this is the one sport where the sport itself trumps that.  I love and support wrestling.  At nationals, I, of course, root for PSU first.  I then root for homegrown PA wrestlers, PA Wrestling schools, & then, I just appreciate great wrestling, regardless of who it comes from.
     
    It's that time of year and I'm getting extremely anxious.  I can't wait to meet new great wrestling fans in St. Louis !
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    mvattivo got a reaction from tabenn in PSU vs tOSU   
    125 - Suriano major Rodriguez (4-0 PSU) * Could be worse than major
    133 - Tomasello fall Carpenter (6-4 OSU) * Tech or pin
    141 - Gulibon decision Pletcher (7-6 PSU) * Give the toss-up to the experience
    149 - Retherford major M. Jordan (11-6 PSU) * Could be regular, but, always danger of fall with Zain
    157 - Nolf fall Ryan (17-6 PSU) * Tech or pin
    165 - Joseph decision Burcher (20-6 PSU) * Could be major
    174 - Hall decision B. Jordan (23-6 PSU) * Bo is slight favorie, but, I'm not even sure he wrestles.  Not 100%
    184 - Nickal decision Martin (26-6) * Could be major or pin.  I don't think Nickal ever loses to Martin again
    197 - Moore decision McCutcheon (26-9) * Moore slight favorite due to big size advantage
    285 - Nevills fall Fox (32-9) or Snyder major Nevills (26-13) * Snyder on another planet, as Nevills is right there with Medberry
     
    Obviously, I see everything close going PSU's direction. Bo Jordan isn't 100% and I think Hall wants to show what he is capable of.
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    mvattivo got a reaction from HurricaneWrestling in Help with OSU and PennSt point spread   
    If I were Vegas and wanting to get bets on each side of the line:
     
    125 - Suriano (-7.5)
    133 - Tomasello (-14.5)
    141 - Gulibon (-1)
    149 -  Retherford (-5.5)
    157 - Nolf (-14.5)
    165 - Joseph (-3.5)
    174 - Jordan (-2.5)
    184 -  Nickal (-4.5)
    197 - Moore (-1.5)
    285 - Snyder (-9.5)
     
    My picks:
     
    125 - Suriano major Rodriguez (4-0 PSU) * Could be worse than major
    133 - Tomasello fall Carpenter (6-4 OSU) * Tech or pin
    141 - Gulibon decision Pletcher (7-6 PSU) * Give the toss-up to the experience
    149 - Retherford major M. Jordan (11-6 PSU) * Could be regular, but, always danger of fall with Zain
    157 - Nolf fall Ryan (17-6 PSU) * Tech or pin
    165 - Joseph decision Burcher (20-6 PSU) * Could be major
    174 - Hall decision B. Jordan (23-6 PSU) * Bo is slight favorie, but, I'm not even sure he wrestles.  Not 100%
    184 - Nickal decision Martin (26-6) * Could be major or pin.  I don't think Nickal ever loses to Martin again
    197 - Moore decision McCutcheon (26-9) * Moore slight favorite due to big size advantage
    285 - Nevills fall Fox (32-9) or Snyder major Nevills (26-13) * Snyder on another planet, as Nevills is right there with Medberry
    Obviously, I see everything close going PSU's direction. Bo Jordan isn't 100% and I think Hall wants to show what he is capable of.
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    mvattivo got a reaction from JBluegill133 in Marsteller back at LHU   
    I really wish this kid well.  It seems like he has things heading in the right direction.
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    mvattivo got a reaction from Jaroslav Hasek in Marsteller back at LHU   
    I really wish this kid well.  It seems like he has things heading in the right direction.
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    mvattivo got a reaction from BadgerMon in Marsteller back at LHU   
    I really wish this kid well.  It seems like he has things heading in the right direction.
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    mvattivo got a reaction from Flying-Tiger in PSU - IOWA predictions   
    125:  Gilman decision Suriano:  3-0 Iowa
    This will be a great match, but, I'll go with the RS Senior over the true Freshman
     
    133:  Clark tech Carpenter:  8-0 Iowa
    Carpenter always gives effort, but, talent will show here.  It could be a pin.
     
    141:  Gulibon decision Carton:  8-3 Iowa
    Complete toss-up bout.  It all depends which Jimmy shows up.  I'm predicting good Jimmy shows.
     
    149:  Retherford major Sorenson:  8-7 Iowa
    Sorenson won't be looking to win, so, he will make it difficult for Zain.  I still think Zain finds a way to the major.
     
    157:  Nolf major Kemerer:  11-8 PSU
    Kemerer is great, but, I don't think he is ready for what Nolf brings.  I'm seeing a few picking the upset.  I think a tech or pin by Nolf is more likely than a Kemerer win.
     
    165:  Joseph major Gunther/Moody/St. John:  15-8 PSU
    Joseph has put the injury and weight issues behind him.  
     
    174:  Meyer decision Morelli:  15-11 PSU
    Another complete toss-up.  I'll be shocked if this one is decided by more than 2 points.  I gave the first toss-up to PSU.  Giving this one to Iowa.
     
    184:  Nickal decision Brooks:  18-11 PSU
    This one could be fun.  Neither is afraid to lock up and throw.  That could lead to a fall, but, I'm calling a 4/5 point decision for Bo.
     
    197:  McCutcheon decision Wilcke:  21-11 PSU
    Both are undersized, which really favors McCutcheon.  He will struggle against full-sized 197's.
     
    285:  Nevills decision Stoll:  24-11 PSU
    Stoll seemed injured, and Nevills will make full use of his snatch single and riding ability.
     
    I'm looking forward to a great dual tonight.
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    mvattivo got a reaction from mattchristensen112 in Dieringer Wins Hodge   
    As a PSU fan, I'm happy that Dieringer won the Hodge.   He is a Senior and a three-time NCAA champion.  Zain has two more years to try to claim one.
     
    However, I do have to call into questions what are voters really supposed to be voting on in terms of the Hodge.  If it is based on one season, I'm not sure how it wouldn't go to Zain.  If past performances are a solid indicator, then Dieringer was the correct recipient.  I guess I'm not clear on how the voters are instructed to vote.  I keep hearing them calling it "Wrestling's Heisman", but, if that were the case, it would be based solely on this season.
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    mvattivo got a reaction from stp in My Thoughts On This Year's NCAA Championships   
    I thought I'd share my thoughts, for anyone who care to read them:
     
    New York was a great host in most areas.  I thought the presentation at MSG was phenomenal.  I loved the intro music for each wrestler and that they played the winner's music after the match.  I wish they would have broadcast the winner's interviews over the arena speakers though.  I thought Jason Bryant was phenomenal as the arena announcer.  Whoever announced with him was great too.  Outside the arena, it's New York City, what's not to love ? What was missing in NYC was having most of the fans meet up at a handful of bars, instead of being separated to thousands and thousands of bars.  Don't get me wrong, I got to meet and talk to some great fans, but, it just wasn't the same as in the other cities in that regard.  The other negative was known coming in, but, the cost of NYC was beyond extreme.  It's drive-able for me, so, it wasn't too bad, but, I'm guessing for those flying in, their NCAA finals budget had to be at least 3 times the norm. As for the wrestling, it was phenomenal from beginning to end.  174's first round defines why I love this event.  EVERYONE at this tournament is there for a reason.  The level of wrestling starting with the pigtails is so high and amazing to watch. I was pointed to an Iowa message board while defending their fans:  https://iowa.forums.rivals.com/threads/championship-finals-thread.113427/   That thread did NOT represent the many Iowa fans I met and talked to this week.  It was quite frankly the opposite of what I heard.  The ones I met, and there were several, were respectful of PSU and what they are accomplishing.  A rivalry is built on mutual respect, and I have a ton of respect for Iowa wrestling and their fans.  PSU still has a long way to go to get to what Iowa has done.  To be honest, my biggest disappointment was with many of the PSU fans and how they acted.  I usually bite my tongue, but, had to respond when one fan let out an expletive laced tirade on Gulibon after he lost.  SOME PSU fans act like everyone needs to wrestle like Taylor, Ruth, Retherford & Gulibon or they are failures.  In the PSU Madison club section I was in, it was if the fans were disappointed Saturday night because we didn't win all five.  I tried to remind them that we had two freshman runner-ups, another runner-up, a 5th place finisher who no one would have ever predicted would All-American, 2 champions and a team title that was won before finals began.  Sorry, but, I'm convinced a large portion of our fan base started following wrestling after Cael won his first title.  Don't get me wrong, like all fan bases, most of the PSU fans were great.  Every fan base has their bad apples, but, they really show themselves when your team is winning. As for the finals, I thought it was one of the best sets of finals ever.  There were so many great stories:  Nico wins the title that he wanted so badly and has been so close to.  I was so proud of the way he wrestled.  I was expecting another double-overtime match, but, he went out and got it done.  Nahshon is one of my favorite wrestlers to watch.  He is lightning quick, and like Nico, he's been close before and finally got it done.  Props to both Gillman and Clark for great tournaments.  I thought 141 was the weakest weight, but, Meredith really made it fun.  I was rooting for the underdog, but, I give Heil props for doing what he needed to in getting it done.  At 149, Zain showed how dominant he has become.  Against a wrestler who is hard to score upon, he made it look pretty easy.  I'm not going to sit here and say that Sorenson's style is something I enjoy, but, he pretty much cruised to the finals and deserves credit for doing so.  Zain was just too much.  157 obviously didn't go the way I hoped, but, I could watch I-Mart and Nolf wrestle over and over again.  I'm not disappointed in Jason at all.  He gave it all he had.  Just a great match between two of the best to ever wear a singlet.  What a great career for Alex Dieringer and he always seemed to do it with class.  Isaac Jordan is an amazing talent, but, Ringer was just too much.  Congrats to him on joining an exclusive club.  174 was probably my biggest disappointment.  I was really expecting a win.  As for Bo trying to throw with a lead, I guess if you live by the sword you can die by it too.  What makes him so great also puts him at risk.  I can't wait to watch him for four more years.   Gabe Dean is just an absolute grinder.  He might not dazzle you with how he gets it done, but, he always does what he has to.  I was impressed with Dudley all year and he had an amazing tournament.  285 lived up to all the hype.  Easily the greatest Heavyweight match I've ever seen.  Gwiz pushed Snyder to the point that he needed to find a way to get it done, and like the champion he is, he did it.  It was an amazing match.   As a Penn State fan, I'm thrilled with another title, and can't wait for next season to begin !!!!
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    mvattivo reacted to VakAttack in My Thoughts On This Year's NCAA Championships   
    The stalls were valid under this year's rules. This year's rules were also stupid, but that's not Clark's fault.
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    mvattivo reacted to PhiferFuqua in Dieringer Wins Hodge   
    He's a great wrestler who had a great season and is a credit to the sport.
     
    I think Retherford had a more dominant season, but I just can't get bent out of shape about Dieringer winning the award.
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    mvattivo reacted to ironmonkey in Dieringer Wins Hodge   
    Good for him!  He was certainly dominant and I enjoyed watching him wrestle.  
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    mvattivo reacted to tbert in Dieringer Wins Hodge   
    Congrats dinger!
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    mvattivo reacted to Perry in Dieringer Wins Hodge   
    Also congrats to alex d. He is definitely a deserving recipient.
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    mvattivo reacted to Frank_Rizzo in Dieringer Wins Hodge   
    They could just as easily have given the award to Retherford, but Dieringer is nails.  I'm really interested to see how he does in the Olympic Trials. 
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    mvattivo reacted to HurricaneWrestling in Dieringer Wins Hodge   
    Well said, Messrs. PhiferFuqua and mvattivo. While I thought Zain had the edge based on a strict reading
    of the criteria, I have no problem with Ringer winning the award. He ends his college career as one of the
    greatest champions in Oklahoma State history and second all-time in career wins, trailing only his coach,
    the legendary John Smith (not too shabby company, IMO).
     
    Moreover, Alex is a class act and a great representative of the sport. Best of luck to him as he turns his
    attention to freestyle competition. And congratulations on winning the 2016 Hodge, Mr. Ringer!
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    mvattivo got a reaction from HuskyHero133 in My Thoughts On This Year's NCAA Championships   
    I thought I'd share my thoughts, for anyone who care to read them:
     
    New York was a great host in most areas.  I thought the presentation at MSG was phenomenal.  I loved the intro music for each wrestler and that they played the winner's music after the match.  I wish they would have broadcast the winner's interviews over the arena speakers though.  I thought Jason Bryant was phenomenal as the arena announcer.  Whoever announced with him was great too.  Outside the arena, it's New York City, what's not to love ? What was missing in NYC was having most of the fans meet up at a handful of bars, instead of being separated to thousands and thousands of bars.  Don't get me wrong, I got to meet and talk to some great fans, but, it just wasn't the same as in the other cities in that regard.  The other negative was known coming in, but, the cost of NYC was beyond extreme.  It's drive-able for me, so, it wasn't too bad, but, I'm guessing for those flying in, their NCAA finals budget had to be at least 3 times the norm. As for the wrestling, it was phenomenal from beginning to end.  174's first round defines why I love this event.  EVERYONE at this tournament is there for a reason.  The level of wrestling starting with the pigtails is so high and amazing to watch. I was pointed to an Iowa message board while defending their fans:  https://iowa.forums.rivals.com/threads/championship-finals-thread.113427/   That thread did NOT represent the many Iowa fans I met and talked to this week.  It was quite frankly the opposite of what I heard.  The ones I met, and there were several, were respectful of PSU and what they are accomplishing.  A rivalry is built on mutual respect, and I have a ton of respect for Iowa wrestling and their fans.  PSU still has a long way to go to get to what Iowa has done.  To be honest, my biggest disappointment was with many of the PSU fans and how they acted.  I usually bite my tongue, but, had to respond when one fan let out an expletive laced tirade on Gulibon after he lost.  SOME PSU fans act like everyone needs to wrestle like Taylor, Ruth, Retherford & Gulibon or they are failures.  In the PSU Madison club section I was in, it was if the fans were disappointed Saturday night because we didn't win all five.  I tried to remind them that we had two freshman runner-ups, another runner-up, a 5th place finisher who no one would have ever predicted would All-American, 2 champions and a team title that was won before finals began.  Sorry, but, I'm convinced a large portion of our fan base started following wrestling after Cael won his first title.  Don't get me wrong, like all fan bases, most of the PSU fans were great.  Every fan base has their bad apples, but, they really show themselves when your team is winning. As for the finals, I thought it was one of the best sets of finals ever.  There were so many great stories:  Nico wins the title that he wanted so badly and has been so close to.  I was so proud of the way he wrestled.  I was expecting another double-overtime match, but, he went out and got it done.  Nahshon is one of my favorite wrestlers to watch.  He is lightning quick, and like Nico, he's been close before and finally got it done.  Props to both Gillman and Clark for great tournaments.  I thought 141 was the weakest weight, but, Meredith really made it fun.  I was rooting for the underdog, but, I give Heil props for doing what he needed to in getting it done.  At 149, Zain showed how dominant he has become.  Against a wrestler who is hard to score upon, he made it look pretty easy.  I'm not going to sit here and say that Sorenson's style is something I enjoy, but, he pretty much cruised to the finals and deserves credit for doing so.  Zain was just too much.  157 obviously didn't go the way I hoped, but, I could watch I-Mart and Nolf wrestle over and over again.  I'm not disappointed in Jason at all.  He gave it all he had.  Just a great match between two of the best to ever wear a singlet.  What a great career for Alex Dieringer and he always seemed to do it with class.  Isaac Jordan is an amazing talent, but, Ringer was just too much.  Congrats to him on joining an exclusive club.  174 was probably my biggest disappointment.  I was really expecting a win.  As for Bo trying to throw with a lead, I guess if you live by the sword you can die by it too.  What makes him so great also puts him at risk.  I can't wait to watch him for four more years.   Gabe Dean is just an absolute grinder.  He might not dazzle you with how he gets it done, but, he always does what he has to.  I was impressed with Dudley all year and he had an amazing tournament.  285 lived up to all the hype.  Easily the greatest Heavyweight match I've ever seen.  Gwiz pushed Snyder to the point that he needed to find a way to get it done, and like the champion he is, he did it.  It was an amazing match.   As a Penn State fan, I'm thrilled with another title, and can't wait for next season to begin !!!!
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    mvattivo got a reaction from LordNelson in So what does Iowa do now?   
    I'm with you.  No way I was missing those 285 semi-final matches.  I think I'll always be a wrestling fan first, and I like it that way.  I love Penn State wrestling, but, the sport comes first to me.  For example, I think an I-Mar semi with Nolf would have been better for PSU.  However, I was hoping they were on opposite sides of the bracket, because the sport needs I-Mar vs. Nolf finals.  I enjoyed so many matches this weekend that had absolutely nothing to do with PSU.  There is nothing like wrestling at nationals.  From the pigtails until the final match, it is nothing but phenomenal wrestling being done by kids who aren't doing it for the money it may one day bring them.  They are competing at the highest level, in the most difficult sport to train for because they love it.
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    mvattivo got a reaction from dtl38 in So what does Iowa do now?   
    Trust me Vak, the arrogant ones annoy PSU fans too.  For so many years, I heard about how arrogant Iowa fan were.  Now, many PSU fans have become exactly what they used to complain about.  One of them lives on this board.
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