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    rpbobcat got a reaction from gowrestle in Rutgers   
    This.
    I have a friend who is big Rutgers booster.
    He parks in the Scarlet Lot.
    He was worried about Rutgers joining  the B1G  from when it was first 
    announced.
    I was with him for a tailgate for RU's last home game,before the conference switch.
    He said to the people there, "Enjoy this.Its going to be a long time,if ever, in our life time (he's in his 60's),we're
    gonna be happy at the end of a football season. "
    Most people there agreed .
    Rutgers has had a loyal following of die-hard fans like him and his friends,going back to their 
    darkest days in football.
    Rutgers loses them,then the look out for the "when and where".
     
     
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from gowrestle in Rutgers   
    Living in New jersey I know a lot  of die hard Rutgers fans.
    For the most part,they think moving to the B1G ,at least when it comes to football and men's basketball ,the only sports they care about,was, at best,premature.
    Rutgers "not being as competitive as they would like" in football,is an understatement.
    Right now,and for the foreseeable future,they feel RU isn't going to be close to competitive in football,and marginal in men's basketball.
    No question,the money from the B1G is great.
    But the fans I know really hate being embarrassed  ,pretty much every week during football season.
    The consensus is that,unless there is some glimmer of hope on the horizon,money or not,
    Rutgers should at least consider going to another conference.
     
     
     
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from tightwaist in Thoughts From an NCAA Champ   
    In addition to memories I have a knee and shoulder that,while they may not work as well as I would like,are really 
    great at predicting changes in the weather.
     
     
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from silvermedal in Thoughts From an NCAA Champ   
    In addition to memories I have a knee and shoulder that,while they may not work as well as I would like,are really 
    great at predicting changes in the weather.
     
     
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from GoNotQuietly in Thoughts From an NCAA Champ   
    What I find is that people who wrestled in high school and, for whatever reason,either didn't  try to wrestle in college,or decided to quit early on,are, for lack of a better word,"impressed" if you were able to wrestle in college,especially if you were D-1.
    What I do find surprising is how many people are still "shocked" that "jocks" like me,get degrees in subjects like engineering.
     
     
     
     
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from TobusRex in Thoughts From an NCAA Champ   
    I've been asked a number of times "with what you're going through now,was it worth it ?
    YES ! 
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from russelscout in Thoughts From an NCAA Champ   
    Like "where do you see yourself in 5 years,10 years"  ?
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from andegre in Thoughts From an NCAA Champ   
    What I find is that people who wrestled in high school and, for whatever reason,either didn't  try to wrestle in college,or decided to quit early on,are, for lack of a better word,"impressed" if you were able to wrestle in college,especially if you were D-1.
    What I do find surprising is how many people are still "shocked" that "jocks" like me,get degrees in subjects like engineering.
     
     
     
     
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from gowrestle in ROTC and Wrestling in College   
    When I was in college we scrimmaged Army every year.
    It was interesting talking to the Cadets,especially Plebes, about the rigors of the Academy compared to 
    regular college,including having enough time to study.
    To a man,they all said that you learn real fast "attention to detail" and "time management".
    Also amazing how polite they were in conversation,and how tough they were on the mat
     
     
     
     
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from DuckFor2 in Headgear: Cliff Keen vs Halo   
    Looks just like the head gear I wore for 3 seasons in college.
    Even the same color.
    Never had any issues with it as far as ear protection.
    I can see how it would be a problem if you did have cauliflower ear.
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from Pinnum in NCAA tickets -- broken up so they are not all-session tickets.   
    I've actually had situations where i could only go to finals.
    So the answer is yes.
     
     
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from JBluegill133 in This may be considered a stupid question. But I gotta ask:   
    I always found being a lefty was an advantage,especially on top.
    Sometimes,after a take down,if we went out of bounds,I'd go rigthty.
    Then next period,lefty.
     
     
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from JasonBryant in NCAA tickets -- broken up so they are not all-session tickets.   
    Personally,I like the other sessions,especially the semis.
    But I wouldn't make the trip, if didn't have a ticket for Finals.
     
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from swoopdown in How Title IX Destroyed SEC College Wrestling   
    Its not just money,its also participation requirements.
    A few years ago there was an article about  Syracuse  dropping wrestling because of funding.
    The team raised enough money to fund themselves.
    Syracuse still dropped the program due to Title IX participation requirements.
     
     
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from gowrestle in Injuries and Season Length   
    My college wrestling was in the mid/late 70's.
    Back then,there were no restrictions on how you lost weight.
    A lot of guys practiced in rubber suits,and lived in the sauna and whirlpool.
    There were 2 approaches to making weight.
    I used to to start cutting calories in September and tried to be within 1-2 lbs of my weigh-in 
    weight the day before the match.
    The other approach was to try to sweat out what you needed to, starting a day or two before the match.
    I can't say this approach led to more injuries.
    I can say that a lot of guys who did this tended to fade in the third period.
    We started practice  in mid October and went to the NCAA's.
    I don't remember a lot of injuries,other then sprains,bumps and bruises.
    To me,there are 2 issues which are contributing to the injury problems wrestlers are experiencing today.
    First is wrestling 12 months a year.Any sport is tough on your body,if you do it  non stop.
    Wrestling is one of the toughest.
    Your body needs time to heal,after several months of daily contact.
    I've posted before that,when I wrested in college,when the season ended, we were told no wrestling until the next season's practice started.
    You were expected to do a Spring sport and lift and run over the summer.
    I think that approach is/was a good one.
    Second,if you got a serious injury,an outside physician controlled your recovery.
    They were very conservative about  letting you back on the mat.
    The only time they were a bit more lenient was if you got injured towards the
    end of your senior season.
     
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from Show_Me in Seth Gross: Out for the Season   
    Maybe its me,but nj.com  putting out an article highlighting how one wrestler's s severe injury,improves a New Jersey wrestler's chances of winning an NCAA title is in somewhat bad taste.
     
     
     
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from BigTenFanboy in Experimental NCAA dual meet match order: The Citadel vs. Gardner Webb   
    This was talked about a while ago.
    All the weight classes go into a "hat".
    About an hour before the match ,the coaches alternate and pull out the weights to determine the order of the matches.
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from gowrestle in Headgear and beards   
    My first practice,as a freshman in high school, the coach showed us pictures of guys with cauliflower ears.
     
    After seeing that,I wore headgear every time I stepped on the mat.
     
    A couple of years ago, one of my friend's sons said that he and his teammates  viewed cauliflower ears as a "right of passage" in wrestling.
    Then he got it really bad in one ear.
    He doesn't feel that way anymore.
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from BobbyGribbs in More Bad Wrestling News   
    I primarily follow college wrestling,but I try to go to at least 1-2 H.S.Tournaments every year.
    I also have a few friends who coach H.S in New Jersey
     
    1.The coaches I Know all agree with what someone posted earlier about too many weight classes.
    They all feel there should be 10-11,tops.
     
    2.A number of football coaches actively discourage their players from wrestling.
    That's hurting the numbers in the upper weights.
     
    3.The participation is youth wrestling is steady.
    But between camps,private coaches/schools and the length of their season,these kids are going year round.
    A lot of what would be "decent" wrestlers in high school seem to be getting burned out.
    One of our friend's sons started out loving the sport and was pretty good.
    His  parents thought he was going to be the next Gable.
    So they put him in a wrestling school and got a private coach.
    After a couple of years of that,he didn't want to go anywhere near a mat.
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from scrambler in More Bad Wrestling News   
    I primarily follow college wrestling,but I try to go to at least 1-2 H.S.Tournaments every year.
    I also have a few friends who coach H.S in New Jersey
     
    1.The coaches I Know all agree with what someone posted earlier about too many weight classes.
    They all feel there should be 10-11,tops.
     
    2.A number of football coaches actively discourage their players from wrestling.
    That's hurting the numbers in the upper weights.
     
    3.The participation is youth wrestling is steady.
    But between camps,private coaches/schools and the length of their season,these kids are going year round.
    A lot of what would be "decent" wrestlers in high school seem to be getting burned out.
    One of our friend's sons started out loving the sport and was pretty good.
    His  parents thought he was going to be the next Gable.
    So they put him in a wrestling school and got a private coach.
    After a couple of years of that,he didn't want to go anywhere near a mat.
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from Housebuye in ODU vs. Ohio...???   
    According to the one Twitter post I saw  from Jason Arkley,of the Athens Messenger,the wrestler collapsed during his match.
     
    Eyewitnesses said no breathing or heartbeat.
     
    They did CPR on the mat.
    They also had to use a defibrillator.
     
    They said he was conscious and responsive when they took him to the hospital.
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from ThatLogSchuteWasCarrying in ODU vs. Ohio...???   
    According to the one Twitter post I saw  from Jason Arkley,of the Athens Messenger,the wrestler collapsed during his match.
     
    Eyewitnesses said no breathing or heartbeat.
     
    They did CPR on the mat.
    They also had to use a defibrillator.
     
    They said he was conscious and responsive when they took him to the hospital.
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from PSUMike in The State of College Wrestling   
    I could not disagree more.
    Perfect example.
    In 1984 my wife and I went to the NCAA finals in N.J.
     
    The heavy weight from from NC State (Tab Thacker) weighed over 400lbs.
    You couldn't move him.
    He just stood up and got an escape.Then he "crushed' whoever was on bottom.
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from JBluegill133 in Wrestle Off Upsets   
    First off,knowing you could be challenged for your starting position meant you stayed at the "top of your game" all the season.
    As far as stress,that is wrestling.
     
    As far as where I wrestled in college,I wrestled for FDU Teaneck,before Title IX killed the program.
     
     
    Define "better".
     
    In college, our matches were 2-3-3.
    We didn't have overtime for dual meets,but I don't remember many ties.
     
    I don't remember as many guys "running out of gas" like I see  today.
     
    Also,unless you pinned,you were on the mat for the full 8 minutes.
    So you got tired or sloppy,you could still lose.
     
    That meant you better be in shape.
     
    used to run or lift every morning,except on match days.
    We also had a mandatory run before every practice.
     
    We were able to get 2 points for riding time,so that in and of itself made you try to be a better mat wrestler.
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    rpbobcat got a reaction from Cletus_Tucker in Wrestle Off Upsets   
    I wrestled back the dark ages (late 1970's)
     
    We didn't know about peaking or bulking.
     
    We just wrestled and made sure we made weight.
     
    It was also very rare that you changed weight classes.Unless the coach "bounced"  you up
    a weight class or two,depending on the opponent's line up that day.
     
    Same thing about "stress from challenges".
     
    That just went along with being starter.
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