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  1. "Similar academic profile" is an extraordinarily liberal use of the word similar. I know this isn't the only metric of value, but American is a good school with a 36% acceptance rate. Stanford has the lowest acceptance rate in the nation at 4%.
  2. Jason Borrelli exceeded every reasonable expectation of class, professionalism, effort, and leadership in the fight to save Stanford wrestling. His demeanor throughout the struggle was truly remarkable. At the end of the day, no amount of money, competitive excellence, or direction from the coaching staff was going to save the program. Stanford doesn't want wrestling. Part of us has to become ok with that. It is exhausting trying to keep institutions that really don't want the sport on a fundamental level to keep the train rolling against their will. Even if the 12 million dollars was the tipping point for reinstatement, I would love to see those funds directed to institutions (using a broad definition of institution here) that revel in our successes as a sport and truly want wrestling to thrive. Maybe a few of those bucks can follow Jason to DC to support the local chapters of beat the streets or USA wrestling, or higher up the ladder to support the American University program.
  3. You had me until the bolded part. They were dominant in different ways. Cael didn't feast on his opposition with Spencer's frenetic pace. But the ease with which he dispatched his opposition was something to behold. Cael turned Daniel Cormier into an also-ran. Two time Olympian and one of the greatest combat athletes of all time Daniel Cormier. With Cael the result never seemed in doubt, and it looked like he never really needed to break a sweat collegiately. Also, since we're talking about GOAT status, durability is an attribute of importance whether I like it or not. I am not sure if Cael was exceptionally durable, or if he just virtually never entered territory where he wasn't in complete control of the engagement.
  4. Not at the Tokyo okympics, which will feature 16 man balanced brackets.
  5. The Matt Brown example made me think... There is probably an relationship between weight class and athletic peak as you move up. The style of wrestling and requisite skills probably skew the peak younger in the lighter weights, with the upper weights being a little more durable and peaking later. Add in the little guys routinely cutting a larger percentage of their body weight, and I've basically convinced myself of my own point. As circumstantial examples at the extremes, I present to you Matt McDonough and Bruce Baumgartner.
  6. This falls into the "unwritten rules" category. Technical violations don't allow for evaluation of intent, and whether or not the violation creates or prevents a score isn't in the rulebook either. Still, referees definitely pay attention to these two factors when determining whether to overlook or enforce certain violations... And I'm generally ok with that. This is where the brick comes into play. Once it goes to the video, the rulebook is law and if the violation occured, the penalty is generally levied. The video review on the Matt Brown-Tyler Wilps final in 2015 supports my argument pretty well. On the other hand, the manipulation of the headgear in Fix-Suriano deteriorates my point... But we will say I'm right and that was merely an outlier.
  7. Conor Youtsey comes to mind. His 70-51 record is pretty pedestrian in the context of the 2 NCAA medals he has to show for it. Great competitor.
  8. No, it's not close. You would need Iowa out to begin to draw that comparison, plus the weakened field is massaged by everyone rolling their best lineup due to the eligibility relief. In fact you would need more than Iowa out... The only prohibitive favorite not in the current field is Yianni.
  9. You can MFF on the front and continue wrestling on the back. There is nothing on the books to prohibit that, unless there is some obscure rule specific to the Big 10 tournament that I am unaware of.
  10. Your probably correct, but I think there is a better reason not to dual. You and I and everyone else weigh risk every time we leave the house. In the current enviroment, measuring the cost versus benefit of risking exposure to covid against the need for additional competition is paramount. It is extraordinarily relevant that these matches would occur in the window where a subsequent quarantine would keep you out of the Big 10s. Since it seems to be Rutgers who is doing the solid here, I am sure the latitude to leave guys behind (especially anticipated NCAA point scorers) is appreciated.
  11. I think this is rooted in the fact we jumped straight into dual meets this season. As I started to type this it felt like an interesting reach, but as I process I become more and more convinced this is having an impact. Simply put, the open circuit in the early winter sets the table for this call to be made during the dual stretch. For starters the opens are impossibly long days with too few mats for too many competitors. It is advisable for the referee, as much for physical self-preservation as for moving the tournament along, to be diligent about enforcing the edge rules effectively. This keeps the guys in bounds, the matches moving along swiftly, and the bouts per hour high. No such concern in duals. Secondly, each individual match in an open has less gravity than in a dual where team score is in play and all eyes are on a single mat. With less skin in the game it becomes easier to insert yourself into the match and award the warning or the stall and subsequent point. Of course wrestling rules weirdos like me understand that not assigning this penalty in the correct moment influences the match just as much as assigning the penalty at an incorrect time. Finally, without these reps under the circumstances above, referees have less recent practice enforcing the edge rules and a lower level of comfort assigning the penalty correctly down the dual stretch. As a result they sometimes opt for the less inflammatory action call, even when assessing the penalty would be a better choice.
  12. Cortland is s definitely incorrect as Stephon Sair won for them at 174 in 2006. I think Giramita won one in 2014 or so also. The rest look good.
  13. An interesting premise, but redshirts would not be able to wrestle in extra matches associated with a collegiate dual. These matches are countable, attached matches and cannot be participated in without being charged eligibility.
  14. The red and green eligibility markers in the track system indicate on!y one thing-- whether or not minimum weight certification for that athlete has been completed. All of the athletes in green have completed the certification process, and the ones in red have not certified, have not competed, and won't be competing until they do, at which point they will appear in green. I explained some of the intricacies of the weight management system in great detail recently, if it interests you search my recent posts. It was over 1000 words so I won't belabor the point any further here.
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