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  1. Yeah, I am sure hoping for it. I seem to recall someone mentioning that the arena there might not be well-suited for eight mats, or something like that. Otherwise, it's perfect: a place you want to be in March, a big airport, and plenty of lodging and accommodations.
  2. You're saying we should try to book two and half years in advance? Is that even possible?
  3. Argh. I can't help but be a little disappointed by these sites. I am biased since I am coming from the Northwest, but so be it. Is Tulsa better than Oklahoma City? I feel like that was one of my least favorite NCAAs in semi-recent years. And then while Philly is cool, I'm assuming it's the same arena as last time, which I feel was too much on the outskirts of the city. I've heard that Cleveland is better than their image, and I'm excited to check out Kansas City again. These are all first-world problems, I know. I was sure hoping Phoenix would throw in a bid, but I'm guessing their arena isn't a good fit. Imagine that possibility: NCAAs in a place you want to be in March!
  4. I was pretty good my freshman year, but not great. I had a goal to be top three in state (WA). When the state brackets came out, I saw that I had Jason Brines in the quarters, a match I wasn't optimistic about. (My older brother had barely beaten him the year before.) Somehow Brines loses his first match, and without knowing better I win the quarters and am in the state semis. A teammate who won it that year pumps me up on our way out of the gym that night: "Dude," he says, "you could be our state's first four-time state champ!" The thought had never really entered my mind, surprisingly, but then it did. I am so jacked to wrestle Brandon Bates in the semis the next morning. I get a great warm-up, go out there, and take him down immediately. Then he scores 17 straight points on me.
  5. There's been a lot of drama at NIC within the last couple years, and I am not going to pretend like I know too much. Essentially, I would say that it comes down to an unjust firing of Whitcomb by a (now former, fortunately) AD who had a beef with him. Since then, there has been talk of them joining the club ranks around the NW and out of the NJCAA. There has been a lot of push-back since then--as there should be--but I'm not too sure where they stand now.
  6. I really liked doing this kind of drag (from the initial post), but I think it's so damn hard to teach. It takes a reaction from your partner/opponent that I don't think you can really replicate while learning the move and drilling it.
  7. I need to throw Daniel Igali's name in the mix. I wrestled with him in college, and there were some times when he was in the mood where I was absolutely helpless.
  8. Well, it was sure fun to watch wrestling again, even with the glitches. I would love to hear someone in a pre-match talk say something nice about their opponent. "Man, _____________ is GOOD. I think I can beat him, and I'm definitely going to try my hardest." This might have something to do with watching with my 5 and 7 year-old kids, but so be it. RBY and Taylor are pretty darn good at getting to those legs. I was excited to watch Caldwell again, and kudos for him for taking the match. As a 43 year-old, those matches are nightmares I still have: I'm wrestling in a big match but I haven't trained for it. How about Caldwell and Dylan Ness next time? Dake is great, but watching him "split wood" annoyed me more than it should have. Maybe he's on the cutting edge for that technique, too?
  9. Awesome. That's my generation there, and those guys were absolute studs. Guerrero would definitely agree that he had the best hair, too.
  10. While Washington obviously doesn't compare to the heavyweights like Ohio, Jersey, and PA, our group of champs from '95 have probably been our best in the last 30 years. Mat Orndorff, Kirk White, and Otto Olson lead the way, with a few other guys at the other levels.
  11. I actually coached against him in the 7th/8th Greco match in Fargo DC's senior year. He was a highlight real for sure, and I tried to catch every match of his after that. He also seemed like a cool dude, too.
  12. Mark Hall has to be on the list here, right? He was signing autographs for young fans minutes after losing to Valencia in the finals. Pretty awesome.
  13. Thanks for posting. That was a really fun event, one that I was lucky to witness in person. Little did I know--as a 13 year-old--that future me would wrestle with and get to know the some of the Canadian team very well in college.
  14. I'm a little confused here. The insinuation is that Reader is going to Oregon State, then - is that right?
  15. Do we know that IMar is a good coach? Exceptional wrestler, yes, but as we know this doesn't always translate.
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