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Swayz

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  1. With how well southern states did in NAIA, Georgia and Florida need to be contacted at all their DI schools to add wrestling. In fact all NCAA schools need to be reached out to. Emmanuel I believe is the only NCAA school with wrestling in either state.
  2. I saw Coach Roulo from Averett mentioning on Facebook of a 9th place finish. So, did someone do the team math on hypothetical team finishes? Coast Guard was a team I was very interested in for this event.
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    D-II

    Let's also state something....when you compare a UNK or a Wartburg to a Big 12 or Big 10 school...they shouldn't statistically win but hell... Southeastern of the NAIA beat Citadel... Grandview beat Drexel a few years ago and lost by a couple to Iowa State (spotting the Cyclones 6). There are certain teams that would not want to dual or compete against non DI teams, because it is risky for business. IT is no longer anybody, anywhere, anytime. It is better for you to schedule a lowly DI than scheduling Coe, West Liberty, or other upper eschelon non D1 teams that would give you a better fight.
  4. Depending on what we define as small school for DI, I love Cerniglia from Navy. BUT, last I knew he has a very tough draw.
  5. I think Gable having quality partners to practice with in the Gopher Wrestling Club help too. Very different styles to help him develop in Fracisco and Nelson.
  6. I think this "tournament of many unknowns" makes it exciting. I know at the NAIA level there were lots of surprises to include 2 unseeded guys winning it all. Lot of top guys and returning All-American's going 0-2. I think this may open eyes more at various regions of the US and hopefully some teams in "desert areas" influence other schools to pick up the sport. If the southern schools in D1 do what the NAIA southern schools just did, it will be time for a DI push for more programs in that area of the country.
  7. All I know is you can say what you want about the situation, Lance still is one of the most impressive (and crazy) Redshirt wrestlers ever. Competed in 7 opens in 4 weeks as a redshirt and placed in 6 of the 7. Huge hill to climb vs Steveson though. It does sound like he might have received a cortizone type shot that evening though and again the following morning.
  8. I wish they would bump everyone up and put an alternate in 33 spot in all honesty. You didn't originally make the cut, so why be put that high?
  9. Lightweight: I think Boo Dryden is a very dangerous 7-7 being the 23rd seed. if he can pull a first round upset, I have him making it to the blood round, but then getting Phillipi (if the seeds play out on that side of the bracket). He is tough for a lot of guys because of his 6 ft frame on a 133 pound body, and he has proven success (albeit at juco level), but he is physical and gets after it. Sentimental pick: I'd love to see Cerniglia of Navy All American, but his path looks pretty daunting either direction in the bracket at 157. Upper Weight: I would love to see Redshirt Road Warrior Christian Lance of Nebraska pull off All American, but I think he will be in the 3-2 or 2-2 range. I do think though whom ever wins the 13 Brian Andrews vs 20 Quinn Miller match will go on to All American.
  10. I wrestled in the Kaufmann Brand Open while in college and that was before you had single day match limits or time limits between bouts. One year the HWT bracket had 13 All Americans from various divisions. Also I remember a finals starting around 1 am or later.
  11. We need a fleeing the opponent rule for the end of the match...bunch of running, if I wanted to see Usain Bolt I'd go to the track. Push out Stall call, sometimes it is on the offense sometimes on the guy being pushed out and then sometimes neither (even when it is painfully obvious). If it is called once, it should be allowed to be called again 5 seconds later, just like stalling or like an illegal hold. If I full nelson from top and 5 seconds later do it again...then points need awarded to my opponent. Spiral ride I have less of a problem of then instances where the guy is on top with both legs in parallel grunting like he is doing something with a 2 on 1 wrist control. The last 30 as you put it. I see people getting dinged for 1, but then 29 seconds can go by and not called again....kinda feeds into my belief of it was stalling the one time, why isn't it now. Maybe stallings should be 1st one is a warning, 2nd is a point and choice of position...
  12. ...and that is why I said the "Danger rule" would be great IF ENFORCED FROM A BOTTOM POSITION. But other great points came up in this discussion that would have me rethink doing that, however I do think we need more on the top guy to get things done. If a side by side or holding on the legs starts a count, why not being parallel and doing nothing?
  13. Yeah not sure either. I think with the limitations of travel, opens and other things, Mack and many other wrestlers probably did not get a chance to have opportunities this year to get valuable mat time. I know they had a lot of extra matches in duals, but I would think he had medical rs last year, this year (free year) to heal and get stronger, and then even possibly go a 3rd year with a regular redshirt. Then he could go 4 years and finish out in 2026!
  14. It does appear he is back on the roster. BTW, look how many freaking guys they have on their roster...no reason schools should have under 15 on theirs. If someone wants to complain though and say they have tons of coaches, it is the same model as Grand View. X amount of bodies equals x amount of coaches. Work hard to recruit and get some guys to go for next to nothing and pay for studs to average out.
  15. Great point. I think we need to add to the count on the leg from top. Parallel on a guy and not doing anything should warrant a count to 5 and then a stall. If you have legs in, slightly different perhaps and warn with a caution, but too many individuals just laying on top is super boring and doesn't help our sport.
  16. I believe he left the program after 1st semester there. Not sure if he is back. I believe part of the problem was gender reassignment surgery and trying to heal from that still when he went to college initially.
  17. I saw a situation where the "Danger rule" would be great if enforced from a bottom position and you get in a scramble working for a reversal. There was a guy exposed from top, but he didn't surrender a reversal...it was extremely close to being one, but not rewarded based on rule interpretation.
  18. Also schools like Mott CC were NCWA (the wrestling organization for "club") but are now NJCAA. NWCA is the advocacy group for growth of wrestling (National Wrestling Coaches Association). They have same letters, but it's like Optometrist and an Optamologist.
  19. We need the track meet at the end when you avoid your opponent to be a flee and not a warning. Point it. If you want to sprint, go join the track team, otherwise stay in and battle.
  20. That is the exact reason some NAIA programs went early. Also the Cascade Conference in NAIA didn't even have a qualifier, remote weigh-ins certified by an official to my knowledge and then a "Selection Meeting" where they just picked their qualifiers.
  21. I worked a qualifier at NAIA level this past weekend and I was impressed with having three camera workers with 3 separate feeds.
  22. I would think the Mid Pacific (or whatever that conference is called that has Mountain West and a few others merged together for Men's Vollleyball, Track, and so on would add wrestling)...be quite a few programs closer in proximity.
  23. Someone not getting a lot of love at 197.... Bulsak of Clarion. I like Buchanan and his potential, but I'd be surprised if he made the finals this soon. My sleeper is Trumble of NC State. Sentimental pick: Nino Bonaccorsi.
  24. If I am not mistaken, he battled injury for a while and then couldn't crack starting lineup the next year or two. I am thinking he used up a few more years, but would have been a senior aftere 2011 when the program was dropped at UNO. I'll double check on that though.
  25. I think the one semester thing is well liked by Cali Jucos, but...Fall/Winter here in the midwest, FOOTBALL is massive at the same time. I was hesitant on a 1 semester for wrestling, but, you can do conditioning, getting ready and all that, let the athletes enjoy Thanksgiving and come back ready for the new year. Problem is administrations that don't let you come back and stay on campus or use facilities during the break (I know of a school that is pretty talented that wans't allowed back on campus or in room until 2 days before a 2nd semester event...they got skunked 55-0 and guys were pale white). I think a Late Jan start like NJCAA is doing would be great. I think we get the Cali jucos to get on the same page as the rest of the country would be huge in growing more opportunities out west as well and would open up teams traveling to and from the West Coast. I am banking opens will slowly go away and extra matches will stick around (predicting redshirts will no longer be going to Opens...at least the DI guys, and you will continue to see quads with extra matches against other DI teams, because for one, it looks bad if you are a highly coveted recruit on a DI team and you lose to a 3rd stringer DIII guy for example). Bang for your buck on traveling is great too. Pendleton at OSU can fly cross country now and get match guarantees of half a dozen for his guys as opposed to showing up for a "required conference meet" where some team may be open at a weight. I hope the addition of extra matches facilitates growth out west. We really need about 5 new programs in DI by 2025 (and all in Mountain/Western time zone) to help the sport. I personally think we should be like track and field: They have Cross Country, Indoor, Outdoor. Why can't we have Greco, FS, Folkstyle? Maybe it would take a small contingent of getting that together...and EDUCATE us on the Difference so folkstyle fans can learn FS and Greco, and FS and Greco fans can learn that style better to explain it to new wrestling fans. I hope we keep some Opens. I hope we keep some traditional invites. I hope we also continue to see a step up and face some teams we might not (Like Loras vs. UNK, Iowa State vs. Iowa Central, Gannon vs. Kent State, St. Thomas vs. Citadel and so on). I believe these small school scraps between divisions or a David vs. Goliath setting have been awesome to see and helps give identity to some teams you may not have otherwise known about as we tend to have tunnel vision to just a division we are familiar with due to having competed in, coached in, or just prefer to follow. While we are at it, Presbryterian and Limestone Women's dual on ESPN+ the other day was huge, but let's pair that up televised with a men's match before it, or interwoven with it to keep engagement of 2 styles. COVID has sucked, but technology wise, it is forcing some lazy bone SIDs and ADs to offer better streaming, or streaming in general to keep engagement of fanbases, and in many cases I think some schools you have never heard of tend to pop up on a link you find and you kick back and enjoy 2 teams battling it out that are 700 miles from your humble abode. I think a lot of great things are matriculating with our sport....now we just got to keep it going and keep tweaking things to make it as perfect as we can!
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