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Matburn155

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  1. Agree with wrestlingnerd and superold on thier comments about Abas. You guys have summed it up pretty well. He was just a "bad" dude and overlooked when it comes to all time greats. He reminds me of Burroughs collegiate career, in that after he "figured things out" he was just head and shoulders above the rest of the field. I went through high school when Abas was in college and, being a lightweight myself, he was always my favorite wrestler as opposed to Cael. Loved the "Abas flow". He was really the first guy, along with his brother to a lesser extent, to dive under people's legs effectively and regularly at the D1 level that I can remember. Back then you would hear the collective "oohs" and "ahhs" from the crowd when he did it. Now when a wrestler does it it is nothing special, and the crowd expects it. My, how times have changed.
  2. Agree with wrestlingnerd and superold on thier comments about Abas. You guys have summed it up pretty well. He was just a "bad" dude and overlooked when it comes to all time greats. He reminds me of Burroughs collegiate career, in that after he "figured things out" he was just head and shoulders above the rest of the field. I went through high school when Abas was in college and, being a lightweight myself, he was always my favorite wrestler as opposed to Cael. Loved the "Abas flow". He was really the first guy, along with his brother to a lesser extent, to dive under people's legs effectively and regularly at the D1 level that I can remember. Back then you would hear the collective "oohs" and "ahhs" from the crowd when he did it. Now when a wrestler does it it is nothing special, and the crowd expects it. My how times have changed.
  3. If I were a big name recruit OSU would probably win me over with the "spirit squad" tour.
  4. First off when speaking of Dance's good draw, I was only referring to who he had in the consolation semis, compared to who Clarke had. Second, when I say Dance earned 4th place, I am not contradicting myself. Let me elaborate my position. I am a firm believer that "you do not deserve anything until you have earned it".-Tom Brands. Simply put Dance got what he got (4th). If Clarke had wanted better than 5th then he should have beat Megaludis. Now I know that is a tall order, but at the end of the day he didn't get it done. The exact same thing happened to Rethorford. He had a tough draw in the consi semis, but he didn't get it done, so he got what he deserved. Some of you say that where wrestlers place does not correlate to how good they are, but then you say that Cox had an easy draw. Is that not a contradiction? Maybe he had the toughest weight class, but the wrestlers he wrestled just had not put up the results that they were capable of. Do you see where I am going? Cox: NCAA champion Dance: 4th place AA Retherford: 5th place AA
  5. Dance had a good draw, and a much easier match in the consolation semis. It's just how the brackets ended up falling. Had Dance been on the other side of the consi bracket he would have gotten 5th, as he would have had Megaludis, and Clark would have gotten 4th. That being said, he earned 4th place, plain and simple. Cox earned his title and Retherford earned his 5th place finish. I really don't understand how someone could say Retherford is better than Cox. Retherford had two losses in this tournament, not just the one to Stieber....and Cox is a national champ. You might have a bit of an argument had Retherford only lost to Stieber, but with two losses and a 5th place finish, the "much tougher weight class" argument does not have much merit.
  6. I thought Virginia Tech's finals singlet that Devin Carter had on was pretty ugly. It looked like they threw a white singlet(which would have looked good) in to wash with colored clothes and came out with a pinkish red color.
  7. I already told y'all he has a future in bull riding. Question though....do they call stalling in bull riding? That might hamper his chances.
  8. Graff's legacy is yet to be written. He will make a freestyle world/Olympic team before its over.
  9. That tilt in the finals wins, but it's a close one. Ramos is not a tilter....in fact, has he ever hit a tilt in a D1 match in his college career? I know he never has at B1G's or NCAA championships. Then his last move that he ever pulls off in college is a tilt...and a crazy one at that!
  10. Great post! Thats why the title of "wrestler" says it all to those who know what it means. To quote a military movie that seems to be fitting: “For all those who have been down range, to us, and to those like us, Damn Few.”
  11. I think Maple needs to take some time off no matter what he does. He looks so burnt out.
  12. Tsirstis' ending to his semifinal win was epic! Blood was just pouring down his face after the escape with him celebrating. Just that image stuck out to me more than anything, and will for a while. That's what's wrestling is!
  13. I gotta give it to Ruth based on tougher competition, as mentioned by MSU above, and body of work. 3 titles beats two even if you have Dake at your weight. Yes Taylor was a bonus machine, but Ruth had the tougher weight class in 3 out of 4 of the years, and Ruth is not exactly lacking in the bonus point area.
  14. To beat Delgado someone is going to have to train glueing their knee and their shoe laces to the mat after they finish a shot. That funk/ankle roll is his go to defense, instead of being a sprawl.
  15. Storybook ending! So proud of him. Go Ramos! Go Hawks!
  16. Yeah congrats to you all. Great tournament and season.
  17. He gets over the hump and then some! 3rd place! Awesome job!
  18. Read my post again. I said he won't go anywhere on the SENIOR level.
  19. I said Ruth has a future in freestyle. Give him time to adjust to a style that he hardly has any background in and he will have a shot at making World/Olympic teams. Perry and Nelson aren't going anywhere on the senior level. With the new rules they will be on the shot clock constantly, and they can't or won't shoot. The bread and butter parallel ride won't work too well for them in freestyle.
  20. OSU has done very well and deserve most of the credit, but indeed there has been a bit of home cooking mostly due to Kessel.
  21. Being a Hawkeye fan I agree completely. Taylor and Ruth have a future in freestyle. Perry and Nelson have a future in bull riding.
  22. I'll throw Carter's name out there. He has been lights out this tournament...add that to his adversity in being injured this season, and it's amazing that he made the finals in such dominant fashion. I think he will give Stieber a good fight ala Ramos last year.
  23. Eric Grajales and Joey Lazor
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