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ideamark last won the day on August 1 2015

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  1. Another trip back in time, as I tell the stories of two successful wrestlers of the past whose lives ended tragically -- Oklahoma State's Dick Beattie, and Cornell College's Rodger "the Milkman" Snook... http://intermatwrestle.com/articles/16449 Mark (Edited to add photos -- Beattie on left)
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    Old-school musclemen of college wrestling

    Amazing how many dual All-Americans there are! Thanks to all who have contributed. If you come across any others, let us know! Mark
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    Old-school musclemen of college wrestling

    An InterMat reader posted in the comments section for the article mentioned another athlete who earned All-American honors in wrestling and football... Jess Lewis, 2x NCAA hwt champ at Oregon State (3x NCAA All-American) who also earned AA in football in 1967, according to Wikipedia. Mark
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    Old-school musclemen of college wrestling

    Thanks for the info, Gambattle, on Art Baker. You mentioned that he was the 2d African-American NCAA champ. I came across a profile of him from years ago where he was describing his title win. He was going up against Tim Woodin, powerfully-built Michigan State wrestler who usually competed at 177, and was a pinner and 2x Big Ten champ. Anyway, Baker told the reporter that he told Woodin as they were shaking hands at the beginning of the bout something to the effect of, "Nothing against you, I'm going to be the first brother to win a national title" -- not realizing that honor had already been claimed by Simon Roberts of U of Iowa two years earlier. Seeing film of the Baker-Woodin match, Baker was very lean and active, seemingly frustrating Woodin. Woodin went on to a long career as pro wrestler Tim Woods and masked good-guy Mr Wrestling. Mark
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    Old-school musclemen of college wrestling

    Was blessed to have contact with some of the guys who were behind this project, and able to write about it for InterMat. Hope to see it in person someday. Mark
  6. Long ago, college wrestling coaches wouldn't let their wrestlers into the weight room ("It'll make you muscle-bound!")... yet there were wrestlers known for their strength and incredible physiques. Here's a photo-feature about a handful of these mat greats... https://intermatwrestle.com/articles/16421
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    Happy birthday, Dan Hodge!

    The only footage I've seen of Dan Hodge in action was a "blink and you'll miss it" pin. I bet it wasn't ten seconds long. I know that my DVD of the '56 NCAA finals doesn't have his match -- all it has is a slide to say he won. Mark
  8. Today -- May 13 -- is the 84th birthday of Dan Allen Hodge, one of the all-time greats of US amateur wrestling.
  9. Learned today that Jon Llewellyn, 1991 NCAA heavyweight champ for the University of Illinois, is battling early onset dementia. A GoFundMe account has been set up for Jon and his family. Here's the story. A link to the GoFundMe page is in the article. http://intermatwrestle.com/articles/16338 Being familiar with FTD in my own family, this is truly tragic for this 47-year-old former athlete who beat Kurt Angle twice in college -- once to win the NCAA title. Prayers for the Llewellyn family. Mark
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    Brother Morris? Say it ain't so

    At about noon Sunday Eastern, Morris Johnson's sister-in-law posted that Brother Morris passed away overnight. Prayers to his family and friends. PS Thanks to Scribe for sharing some of Brother Morris' posts to this forum. Brings back wonderful thoughts/memories of what a truly great guy he was... a guy who will live on in our hearts and our memories.
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    Brother Morris? Say it ain't so

    According to his Facebook page, Brother Morris has been taken off life support, but as of an hour ago, was still alive, family at his side.
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    Throwback Uniforms at the All-Star Classic

    I like this idea. In fact, I jokingly suggested the 2015 NCAAs be conducted under 1928 rules (including uniforms) for the 85th anniversary of the event: http://www.examiner.com/list/2015-ncaa-finals-could-feature-1928-era-wrestling-ring-uniforms-rules BTW, in 1963, wrestlers at a number of programs in the Midwest and West wrestled in trunks and tights, no shirts... schools like Iowa, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, to name a few. A couple years later, the NCAA required shirts. To see what wrestlers looked like 50 years ago, check out video of the 1962 NCAA finals at Gallagher Hall: http://www.examiner.com/article/complete-1962-ncaa-wrestling-finals-film-all-matches-unedited-now-online Mark
  13. In years of interviewing current and former college wrestlers, one of the recurring themes brought up by these athletes is "time management." A number of guys have said that's critical to success in the classroom and on the mat. One of my favorite images from a decade ago at the NCAAs was seeing a premed undergrad with books matside, studying while waiting to be called to the mat. Said he couldn't take a moment away from keeping up with his studies. Another example that comes to mind is the late Greg Plitt, wrestler, West Point grad and US Army Ranger. Here's what he told me in an interview for InterMat: http://intermatwrestle.com/articles/2783/As-Seen-on-TV-and-on-your-newsstand-Greg-Plitt "They say West Point is a leadership school, but I think it's a place where leaders become even better leaders," according to Plitt. "It's all about management -- time management, learning how to use limited resources to maximum effect, how to work with others as a team." Mark
  14. This story has pretty much been unreported over its 18-month life. Corey Mock is the son of CD Mock, the former University of North Carolina head wrestling coach who was fired in June. Decision to expel ex-UTC wrestler Corey Mock reversed in court Mark Palmer, InterMat Senior Writer 8/11/2015 mark@intermatwrestle.com, Twitter: @MatWriter A state judge has ruled that the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga made a mistake in finding former Moc wrestler Corey Mock guilty of sexual misconduct based on his inability to prove he had obtained verbal consent from a woman who described her own memory of their encounter as clouded by intoxication. To keep reading... http://intermatwrestle.com/articles/14749
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