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  1. As I’m reading this, it seems like even your standout champions can’t get respect from some people. Y.D, a two-time national champion, BUT the Finals wins were both “narrow.” Plus, his team’s schedule was MUCH MUCH weaker than the Big Tens. Sounds like Cornell wrestled in the NAIA. And Dake, the only man to do a particular something, also benefitted from this MUCH MUCH weaker schedule. I guess he wouldn‘t have come close had he been a Buckeye, Wolverine, Spartan, or Nittany Lion. Maybe I am missing the whole point. Dake and Y.D. may not be ALL that some are purporting them to be. But are they then that much less as others purport them to be?
  2. LCpl, check your inbox.
  3. Tobus, I wish you had been interested in that second book of mine. There is one story in it devoted to this VERY topic!
  4. You all, these insights read like a science book. I mean that in a good way! (like sports science) More insight into wrestling. New for a non-wrestler like myself. Thanks!
  5. For the left-handed wrestler, are there any nuances, oddities, or “disadvantages” at all? Before you answer, think about this: In baseball, the shortstop position is crafted solely for a right-handed player. I KNOW it’s an entirely different sport. So what I’m asking is, does wrestling have anything about it that gives any kind of advantage in any way to the right-handed wrestler? Perhaps certain moves, etc. Any lefties out there ever find a particular challenge by being lefty? Thanks!
  6. Great topic! I was a sports writer, small paper. We covered all the high school sports, which was my first intro into wrestling. Some football kids I got to know eventually gave it up for wrestling. These kids would go to these faraway tournaments. Made me think a little. But the main thing that got me hooked was the State Finals at a particular school that knew how to stage the Finals RIGHT! There was Pre-Event entertainment that was borderline BAN’able. But it was GREAT and so much fun to watch! Then the Finals came, and the CROWDS got wild. I imagine it is somewhat like that at an Iowa Friday night Dual, or PSU or either OSU or perhaps your college. Of course I loved writing about the sport, and sports. So, if you follow my little posts, you will see I like to write around wrestling in new ways. Heck, I’m trying to make a million bucks off you people! Big LOL! My type of wrestling coverage is very different from the mainstream. Not many people at all grasp it and like it. But I enjoy it. I still find it hard to see the championship tournament as something that is better than any other sporting event. But I believe that I do see the beauty and thrill of the sport.
  7. I hesitate to ask, for fear of losing my posting privileges. But, What exactly is the Round of 12? Is this what some call the Blood Round? I think I know. But just in case I don’t. Thanks! J
  8. iGranby: that statement right there just makes me wonder, WHAT I must be missing! I am already a fan, but now I feel like I have GOT to make it to a championship. If all of you with Presidential-type connections can help bring this thing (D1 Championships) down south, just once even (Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, etc.), the folks down here and around here might just start marching in the streets to get one or two or more D1 programs started around here somewhere. The replies have been great. Thanks to all of you!
  9. you may answer ALL or some, or even just one. 1. Which moment is more exciting, for you? The start of the tournament, OR the start of the Finals? 2. For what was the LOUDEST applause or reaction that YOU have ever heard? [for example; a PSU wrestler winning, or an OSU (either OSU) wrestler winning (and so on), or a Dake 4th title, etc., etc. Name the occasion for the SINGLE LOUDEST applause that you can remember.] 3. What is the one concession food item that you ALWAYS buy and eat? 4. What is the one high-priced food item that you really do want but hate to purchase? 5. If you’re willing to tell, has there ever been an undefeated top seed that you WANTED to see lose? But provided that he was not wrestling the wrestler for YOUR team. 6. What is the music like? Is it loud and overbearing like at a football game (domed stadium game)? Or is it real good and actually ADDS to the overall atmosphere? 7. Excluding all consolation rounds, do you ever feel any LULLS in the action? 8. You who sit up high, how well can you see the action on the floor? Are there TV monitors that you look at? 9. What was the most pleasant conversation that you ever had with a stranger sitting next to you or nearby? On the contrary, you ever get close to fisticuffs with somebody sitting nearby? Or witness such? 10. Can you describe any moment that brought you to tears, or near tears? Thank you. I (perhaps we) look forward to reading your responses.
  10. FINAL CALL: 3 more free copies available. I am specifically seeking (1) A mature, educated African-American male with wrestling experience beyond high school. (2) A mature, educated female with wrestling or sports experience beyond high school. My explanation is on the blog page with the book advertisement. Also, a link to one of the stories in its entirety is at the bottom of the book blog page. I am grateful to those who asked for a copy. You should all receive them this week. Everybody have fun in Pittsburgh, or wherever else you may be. May the Tournament be Fantastic! JC
  11. Have the non-fans go here: https://escapewrestlingbook.blogspot.com/ I know I’ll get slammed for this.
  12. UPDATE: Anyone else that would like a copy of this book, see the blog page again and send me an email. No requirements on you whatsoever. You need not write a review. You need not even tell me whether or not you liked it.
  13. https://escapewrestlingbook.blogspot.com/ Please read the blog carefully. Thank you!
  14. Impressions Of A Dual Chapel Hill, NC Feb. 16, 2019 Preface It’s so easy to watch a college basketball game with a friend. We both played the game and we know it well. Nothing needs explaining. It’s the same thing with football and baseball. Even tennis and soccer. But wrestling? How can one get that friend who’s not into wrestling, to come watch wrestling? And even if he, or she, did come to watch wrestling … How do you explain to that friend the thrill of a 29-5 dual? 149-lbs. (Will Koll – C/Austin O’Connor – UNC) – How do you get the friend to see beyond, way beyond, the workings of a 23-8 TF? To instead see the 8-pt. wrestler as once being four, five, six years old, playing around with his dad, learning one by one little wrestling moves. The dad dreaming that one day the boy will grow up and be good enough to wrestle at a major Div. 1 university. The dad further dreaming that he might coach his own son at that university. Then Boom! There it is! How do you get the non-wrestling-fan friend to concentrate on those moments, all 23-8 of them, and see the utter beauty, despite the score, of a dream come true? UNC 5 Cornell 0 157-lbs. (Adam Santoro – C/Josh McClure – UNC) – How do you get the friend to see, to feel, the scintillation of a 3-2 bout, seconds left, the wrestlers tied up on the floor, seemingly nothing happening, but both of them, with just a little more exertion here or there, in position for a last second takedown? Had it been Josh, and it almost was, the dual takes a dramatic shift, and momentum stays with the Blue. UNC 5 Cornell 3 165-lbs. (Andrew Berreyesa – C/Sawyer Davidson – UNC) – Andrew 3-2 174-lbs. (Brandon Womack – C/Devin Kane – UNC) – Brandon 3-1 184-lbs. (Max Dean – C/Chip Ness – UNC) – Max 4-2 UNC 5 Cornell 12 How do you explain to the friend that all of these three matches, as is often said, could have gone either way? And that had UNC swept the three, instead of Cornell, UNC would have been up 14-3, and the eventual outcome of the dual would be dramatically different. Would the friend be interested to know that Max was coming off a win over the No. 3 ranked 184? And not just a win, but a 9-0 pasting. And that the 2-pt. victory margin here was due to a takedown awarded to him on a call that got reversed, after review. 197-lbs. (Ben Honis – C/Brandon Whitman – UNC) – After four straight thriller bouts, the 13-5 major by Ben was really never in question. I would tell the friend that Ben is currently No. 7 in the nation. He probably has it in him to reach the National semifinals. Perhaps the Finals. UNC 5 Cornell 16 285-lbs. (Jeramy Sweeny – C/Cory Daniel – UNC) – The Heavies put on the kind of 6-4 show you wish you would see more of with the high school big boys. Both Jeramy and Cory were very athletic and quick on their feet. Jeramy’s winning TD came with seconds left. UNC 5 Cornell 19 125-lbs. (Vitali Arujau – C/Joe Heilmann – UNC) – How do you tell the friend that despite the 16-4 final score, this match had much drama and intrigue? Vitali, ranked No. 8 in the nation, is from New York, a state with obvious exceptional wrestling talent. Then there’s Joe, a freshman from New Jersey, another powerhouse wrestling state. Joe has a brother, Troy (in attendance) who also wrestled for UNC. Troy in fact placed 4th in the National Tournament last year in Cleveland. Joe may become as good or even better than Troy. Who knows? But after having met Troy and talking to him, the Impression was that he is a very fine young man. Must come from a very fine family. The kind of person that you instantly hope for the very best for them. UNC 5 Cornell 23 133-lbs. (Chas Tucker - C/Gary Wayne Harding - UNC) Had UNC swept 157-165-174-184 instead of Cornell, at the 133 juncture we could have been looking at a 14-14 tie. UNC could then possibly have been in position to face National Champion Yianni with a 17-14 Dual lead. But Chas won this one, 6-5. Another thriller. So, how you explain to the friend that this dual, lopsided as the score looks, was really quite close? Would the friend even care? UNC 5 Cornell 26 141-lbs. (Yianni Diakomihalis – C/ - - - my apologies to the UNC wrestler. I did not make a note of which one it was. It was either A.C. Headlee or Jaime Hernandez.) I think it would have been no problem explaining to the friend that a returning national champion was on the mat. That he is now just a sophomore. I would tell the friend that while the UNC wrestler is certainly no pushover, he should be able to see more precisioned execution and moves in the returning champion Yianni. And that there is something especially intriguing about watching a returning champion go to work. UNC 5 Cornell 29 And so 29-5 was the final score. On paper, a blowout. But on the mat, the Tar Heels gave mighty Cornell much more than 5-29 will ever show. I give top marks to Host UNC. Everyone I met and talked to was genuinely warm. I felt so welcomed. A shout out to Olivia, with the UNC Sports Administration. And to longtime wrestling supporter Brian Staton, who sat behind me and shouted out encouragement to every UNC wrestler at every turn. What may have been lacking in terms of a full house, with noise all the way through, was more than made up by the pure passion that existed among those who were there. Carmichael Arena, the historic and venerable place on the UNC campus where the Royals of Round ball first moved toward the trail of the Legends. Including he who became the greatest ever. An expanse of old, strong trees peer at Carmichael from across the street. Plush, green, still growing, the trees fill a centuries old graveyard, where restless souls once quivered from the noise of echoing shouts and lauding of the greats that once trotted on Carmichael’s floor. The greats still visit Carmichael, for the home team and from afar. But … they “play” a different “game.” Lastly, it was pure joy seeing UNC Welcome back home one of those greats, and give honor to him. He was their 1988 NCAA Champion — Rob Koll.
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