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  1. Iowa congressman Bruce Braley as well. Nice article from the Boston Globe editorial page keeping wrestling in the Olympics: http://bostonglobe.com/editorials/2013/ ... story.html
  2. Hawks rebound from a mediocre performance against Illinois. Overall, a nice job, with some big holes in the lineup.
  3. grapplefan

    BIG 125

    YO fan, The guy is like what .....3X finalist....2X champ ? Whoe, absolutely a great career. And what , he has a chance to make it 3 titles and 1 runner-up ? Warrior ? Yep indeed. You won't find many thinking otherwise. As for me .....and perhaps most others on this forum. No crying over the Hawks. They don't need my sympathy/empathy. Didn't ask or want your sympathy/empathy. Didn't expect you to cry OVER the Hawks. We don't NEED anything from you. As I said, get your digs in now.
  4. Sounds like mental issue. He obviously has the talent.
  5. Take a look at this! 125 Jeffrey Ott (Harvard) won by major decision over Alexander Abreu (Lehigh) 10-0. 0 4.00 133 Randy Cruz (Lehigh) won by major decision over Shay Warren (Harvard) 8-0. 4.00 0 141 Steven Keith (Harvard) won by decision over Anthony Salupo (Lehigh) 7-2. 0 3.00 149 Shane Welsh (Lehigh) won by decision over Todd Preston (Harvard) 8-3. 3.00 0 157 Walter Peppelman (Harvard) won by pin over Albert Woody (Lehigh) 0:48. 0 6.00 165 Devon Gobbo (Harvard) won by decision over Benjamen Haas (Lehigh) 5-4. 0 3.00 174 Nathaniel Brown (Lehigh) won by major decision over Ian Roy (Harvard) 13-1. 4.00 0 184 Robert Hamlin (Lehigh) won by tech fall over Josh Popple (Harvard) 6:00 21-5. 5.00 0 197 James Fox (Harvard) won by decision over John Bolich (Lehigh) 2-0. 0 3.00 285 David Ng (Harvard) won by pin over Maximilian Wessell (Lehigh) 7:55. 0 6.00 Dual Meet Score 16.0 25.0
  6. grapplefan

    BIG 125

    Fact: McDonough turns it on come tourney time. This is a very smart warrior who learns from every experience. All you folks who think otherwise should get your digs in now. Later you will be crying.
  7. The stash rules! Evans keeps building towards NCAAs!
  8. Not surprised to hear nice remarks from DT. He IS a class act, and a real positive influence on our sport. As for some of the fans, I guess the cheap shots will never stop.
  9. Not tough for me. It is always a pleasure to watch good wrestlers like Taylor and Ruth. If there is any "massive hatred" going on, it's the massive hatred of Iowa and it's fans. This is old news, and it greatly predates Taylor or Dake.
  10. Iowa fan here, and not really a Penn State fan, but I like David Taylor. What's not to like? Great wrestler, and he seems like a nice guy, too. Like other Hawk fans, I just like the way he wrestles. It is a pleasure to watch a nice guy who's this good wrestle. I like good wrestling, and I'm glad he wrestled Friday night at Hawkeye Carver. Dake is absolutely phenomenal, but I'm rooting for David Taylor to drop him at Nationals, unless someone else can get that job done in an earlier round. Nothing against Dake, but I want the next 4-timer to wear black & gold.
  11. I hope the Hawks enjoy the moment, and then get back to work. A lot of wrestling left to do this year. Illinois is no slouch, and that dual is next week.
  12. Ruth is awesome. Could take the Hodge away from Dake.
  13. Nah, they're just gonna think you're an a$$ for making this post.
  14. This could be a very good dual. Predictions?
  15. Basically, it comes down to this. You have a theory, not a closed case. You've created a straw man in the "Iowa Style," and then you've knocked it down with an "analysis" based on your prejudices. The best Iowa wrestlers aren't limited by a style as much as they are limited by their own abilities — mental and physical. Successful wrestling requires the knowledge of what to do, the ability to do it, and the desire to succeed. That some wrestlers have more of one and less of another shouldn't surprise anyone, and it is not unique to Iowa.
  16. Couldn't disagree more. It was NOT that great of a team coming into this year, after last year's disappointing season. This team was picked by many of you to not crack the top 7 or 8. This IS the heart of the BiG season, and they are meeting the best of the competition. I agree that Lofthouse is struggling a bit, and Gambrall has faltered his way out of the starting lineup, but everyone else is starting to show signs of development, even at 149, which has been very weak. No Hawk fans have claimed "radical improvement," nor will they. This kind of crowing should be left to the teams with no room left for improvement, or no desire to improve.
  17. And you say things like this because you're a Hawk hater. We're used to this crap. All this does is provide motivation. Thank you for that. All those years of getting hammered must have really hurt. The so-called "Iowa Style" works because in the past Iowa guys have had the heart to push through. That's one of the things that needs to come out right now. There have been quite few Iowa guys with good technique, and some with less, but wrestling requires more than just a technician. Taylor and Dake aren't just technicians, either. And they weren't produced — they were recruited. Brands does teach guys to push to the limit when a lot of other coaches settle for less, but he's not in their face. He's in their head. As I said: we aren't satisfied yet, but you've just made it a little easier to get this job done. Thanks again..
  18. I am a Hawk fan, and I'm still not satisfied. Yeah, the Hawks are wrestling better, but there's lots of wrestling left to do. For one thing, no Hawkeye is producing many bonus points, and those are the name of the game at tourney time. The meet with Minny could have gone either way, and a few Hawks are still working on finishing shots. There are no Dakes or Taylors on the Hawkeye team. There's just a bunch of guys struggling to get a little better each week. There's a lot of work left to do, and it doesn't stop until late March. Fortunately, Tom Brands is the right guy for the job.
  19. By living in Boston, I mean the expense. As far as a cool place to spend 4 years, who would move to Stillwater or Ames when you could move to Boston? Yes, it is a great city, but it's also an expensive one. Especially rent, or room & board at BU. I was just talking about money. Yes, living here is great. Paying for it, not so much. Also, Ivy League schools have a lot more need-based money to throw at students than BU. It's just not athletic scholarship money. It's "need-based" aid. When you are looking at $50k tuition per year, what family can't demonstrate some "need?" Many of them have need-blind admissions as well. Take a look at this year's committs and you'll see that Jay does a great job at Harvard recruiting blue chippers, and the Crimson are becoming very competitive. Harvard's elite status is all plus and no minus when it comes to recruiting talent. I think that's great, but we need more Div I schools in New England, not fewer. As I said above, I am not arguing for fewer D1 schools in NE. Just like you I want BU to have a program. But I think there is greater likelihood of them keeping their program the more success they have, and it seems like they could be having more success than they are, when you compare them to their peers, for whom similar lists of excuses could be made, if they were down there unranked/unheralded like BU. Glad to hear you enjoy living in Boston. Where do you pahk your caw? I pahk the cah the yahd. :) Last year, I was really excited to watch BU upset Iowa State in early November, but then halfway through the season, I realized that almost EVERYONE was "upsetting" Iowa State. :( We need some more DI programs in NE, like maybe Hartford, or Albany, etc.
  20. I give Jay all credit. He does a fabulous job, but getting into Harvard is tougher than staying in Harvard. I haven't heard of many wrestlers transferring from Harvard to Oklahoma State. Have you? I think that Jay knows exactly how to present to recruits what Harvard has to offer. So does Rob Koll at Cornell. These are smart folks to know how to take advantage of their unique situations. As I said, take a look at this year's commitments on Intermat. Jay Weiss has done another great job this year. He will do well anywhere he goes. Would Jay do as well at BU as at Harvard? I don't know. I think BU is a different recruiting situation, requiring different methods. Could some other coach do better than Carl at BU right now? Maybe, but I don't think that Ryan or Koll would have taken a job at BU, and a lot of other coaches would do much, much worse there. All I'm saying is that Carl Adams doesn't belong on Mudflap's sh!t list. Is it time for him to move on? Maybe.
  21. BU has beaten Harvard 4 years in a row. Yeah, but Harvard will place better at NCAAs this year I believe.
  22. I don't think that BU performs quite as well as it might, but Adams had a better year last year, and he's a probably just few years from retirement, anyway. It's not like New England is a recruiting hotbed, nor does BU have Harvard's prestige to pull scholar-types from all over the country. Compared to the other coaches mentioned in this thread, I think BU has more of a recruiting problem than a general coaching problem. BU is not cheap. Recruiting rust-belt kids to pay $40K+ a year tuition, while living in Boston, is a tough sell in this economy. 9.9 scholarships can only go so far, as we all know. Rather than complain about BU, maybe we should be thankful that they still keep DI wrestling at all. I like and respect Carl Adams, and I appreciate how he's supported our sport in this under-served region over many years. (confession, I went to Ia. St. when he wrestled there, back in the day.) Some of this WrestlingNerd has also addressed but his post was too long to quote. I agree with grapplefan's sentiment of 'let's not kill the remaining D1 program in New England'. But, I think that the best way for a program to stick around is to start winning - that generates fan and alumni support, and also attracts better athletes in the future, starting a positive feedback loop. Therefore, constructive criticism seems appropriate. BU's disadvantages can also be seen as the glass half full. Although I agree that NE is not a recruiting hotbed, BU can be the only game in town for the talent that is there, and we all know that one factor that influences kids and their parents is closeness to home - parents can come to the matches, some kids are not ready to be an airplane ride away from home, etc. The money is significant, that's for sure. But a half-ride makes it look pretty attractive relative to other choices. And there are top 25 schools with no scholarships (Ivies Penn and Cornell), so you can imagine that kids going to BU can also get need-based financial aid, even with no wrestling scholarship. I'm not sure what the significance of the "only 2 non-publics in the top 25" is. First, it is not clear that that is even the right count. But even if you set aside Northwestern and Penn, you still have some schools that are both very expensive for out of state (Michigan and Virginia) and have high academic standards (Michigan and Virginia). It is not clear that BU is at a significant recruiting disadvantage with respect to those schools on non-wrestling dimensions. Finally, "while living in Boston", implying it is a disadvantage? Confession: having lived in Boston, it is a college kid's dream there. You must have been confused by that line in the movie This is Spinal Tap, where their concert is cancelled: Ian Faith: The Boston gig has been cancelled... David St. Hubbins: What? Ian Faith: Yeah. I wouldn't worry about it though, it's not a big college town. :shock: By living in Boston, I mean the expense. As far as a cool place to spend 4 years, who would move to Stillwater or Ames when you could move to Boston? Yes, it is a great city, but it's also an expensive one. Especially rent, or room & board at BU. I was just talking about money. Yes, living here is great. Paying for it, not so much. Also, Ivy League schools have a lot more need-based money to throw at students than BU. It's just not athletic scholarship money. It's "need-based" aid. When you are looking at $50k tuition per year, what family can't demonstrate some "need?" Many of them have need-blind admissions as well. Take a look at this year's committs and you'll see that Jay does a great job at Harvard recruiting blue chippers, and the Crimson are becoming very competitive. Harvard's elite status is all plus and no minus when it comes to recruiting talent. I think that's great, but we need more Div I schools in New England, not fewer.
  23. I agree. Cutting massive weight is not a good "tradition." Trimming excess body fat and building muscle is healthy, however.
  24. How about "believe." Better?
  25. SHP, don't you mean, "let me throw another coach under the bus?" I don't think that BU performs quite as well as it might, but Adams had a better year last year, and he's a probably just few years from retirement, anyway. It's not like New England is a recruiting hotbed, nor does BU have Harvard's prestige to pull scholar-types from all over the country. Compared to the other coaches mentioned in this thread, I think BU has more of a recruiting problem than a general coaching problem. BU is not cheap. Recruiting rust-belt kids to pay $40K+ a year tuition, while living in Boston, is a tough sell in this economy. 9.9 scholarships can only go so far, as we all know. Rather than complain about BU, maybe we should be thankful that they still keep DI wrestling at all. I like and respect Carl Adams, and I appreciate how he's supported our sport in this under-served region over many years. (confession, I went to Ia. St. when he wrestled there, back in the day.) Now as for Mich. St. or Indiana, that's another story: no excuses. That's not to criticize the coaches, only their performance. If you want to coach in the Big Ten in ANY sport, you'd better be damned competitive. Let's face it, Mudflap started this miserable thread to bash KJ, and he may not have KJ around to bash after this year, so what's he gonna do then? No, Mudflap does not have an Iowa point of view. He's got a bottom-dweller's point of view, and those are not the same. (You are most welcome, Flap.) Like JT, there are a couple of coaches who I would never let my son wrestle for, but none of them are coaching in Iowa or New England.
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