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    Obelix got a reaction from jackwebster in All-Star Zero-Time Champs Since 2000   
    Good points on Fleeger and Hazewinkel over Simmons. The fact that Hazewinkel beat Simmons twice at the NCAAs makes the Simmons pick pretty silly now. Fleeger's NCAA losses were sure against tough guys, too!
    I also think Coon would beat Z nine times out of ten. 
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    Obelix got a reaction from Housebuye in All-Star One-Time Champs Since 2000   
    Folks,
    Thanks for your participation in my last Dream Team. This one is a little different, but might be a little easier, as we can't really change wrestlers' weights. It's simple: Who were the best one-time champs in each weight since 2000?
    125- I would say this is between Nickerson and Robles, with a slight edge to a healthy Nickerson. (I'm a little biased towards this generation, as I watched/coached against many on the Freestyle circuit.)
    133- This one is so tough. Ness, Scott, Gomez, Nahshon....I'm gonna go with Scott here, but I could be convinced otherwise. Ness won the Hodge, so that sure muddies the water.
    141- Kind of interesting that there aren't many here. Cliff Moore, Derek Moore, and Maple? I might put Derek Moore here, mostly because of his annihilation in the finals.
    149- This is the craziest one. Tony Davis, Tirapelle, Lawrence, Larkin, Jantzen, Esposito, Schlatter, or Caldwell? I might go with Jantzen here, but I got to see Schlatter and Caldwell's dominance in person, and it's hard to go against them here. Now I just saw that Larkin won the Hodge that year.... Holy cow. 
    157- Becker, Gentry, or Leen? I want to put Gentry here--as his weight was ridiculous that year and he's a super nice guy--but Becker and Leen's history is a little better. I am going with Leen. 
    165- Heskett or Howe? Wow, what a contrast in styles, and guys who were great very early. I'm picking Heskett would win this in OT, so a slight lean to him.
    174- Tucker, Koscheck, Myles Martin...but I gotta go with Hall here. 
    184- I'd go with Max Askren over the field here, mostly because I sure like him.
    197- Vering, Munoz, Phil Davis....but one guy placed ahead of two very soon-to-be World Champs: Gadsen. I have to go with him for this reason.
    285- This one is kinda tough. I'll go with Lesnar here.
    Going in, I thought this would be easier than it is. The toughest question is if I should go with entire careers, entire seasons, or exceptional tournaments? Entire careers would be the most objective, but I want this a little more of a combination of all. I am by no means an expert on these things, and I would love to hear others' opinions on this very important matter. 
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    Obelix got a reaction from GockeS in All-Star One-Time Champs Since 2000   
    Folks,
    Thanks for your participation in my last Dream Team. This one is a little different, but might be a little easier, as we can't really change wrestlers' weights. It's simple: Who were the best one-time champs in each weight since 2000?
    125- I would say this is between Nickerson and Robles, with a slight edge to a healthy Nickerson. (I'm a little biased towards this generation, as I watched/coached against many on the Freestyle circuit.)
    133- This one is so tough. Ness, Scott, Gomez, Nahshon....I'm gonna go with Scott here, but I could be convinced otherwise. Ness won the Hodge, so that sure muddies the water.
    141- Kind of interesting that there aren't many here. Cliff Moore, Derek Moore, and Maple? I might put Derek Moore here, mostly because of his annihilation in the finals.
    149- This is the craziest one. Tony Davis, Tirapelle, Lawrence, Larkin, Jantzen, Esposito, Schlatter, or Caldwell? I might go with Jantzen here, but I got to see Schlatter and Caldwell's dominance in person, and it's hard to go against them here. Now I just saw that Larkin won the Hodge that year.... Holy cow. 
    157- Becker, Gentry, or Leen? I want to put Gentry here--as his weight was ridiculous that year and he's a super nice guy--but Becker and Leen's history is a little better. I am going with Leen. 
    165- Heskett or Howe? Wow, what a contrast in styles, and guys who were great very early. I'm picking Heskett would win this in OT, so a slight lean to him.
    174- Tucker, Koscheck, Myles Martin...but I gotta go with Hall here. 
    184- I'd go with Max Askren over the field here, mostly because I sure like him.
    197- Vering, Munoz, Phil Davis....but one guy placed ahead of two very soon-to-be World Champs: Gadsen. I have to go with him for this reason.
    285- This one is kinda tough. I'll go with Lesnar here.
    Going in, I thought this would be easier than it is. The toughest question is if I should go with entire careers, entire seasons, or exceptional tournaments? Entire careers would be the most objective, but I want this a little more of a combination of all. I am by no means an expert on these things, and I would love to hear others' opinions on this very important matter. 
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    Obelix got a reaction from Panther78 in How Important Is It To Have Mom and Dad in the Audience?   
    My parents went to all of my events, all the way through college. They would rarely sit together, as Dad was tightly wound and he wanted some space from our fans. I have young sons myself, and I'll follow my parents' lead, every step of the way. 
    One of my wrestling highlights came last spring in Vegas, when I re-introduced myself to Steve Sanderson and we chatted for awhile. (Cody--who still goes out of his way to say hi to me--worked me over a bunch growing up, and the Sanderson parents were absolutely wonderful to me and my family in the early 90s.) Steve remembered who I was, and just that mere fact fills me with pride. 
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    Obelix got a reaction from Greatdane67 in J'Den Cox   
    I agree.
    I know part of the IOC's rationale is that there are too many medals for wrestling. Why can't we just eliminate the ridiculous double-Bronze and add a couple weights instead? 
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    Obelix got a reaction from MDogg in Will Vegas get to host the NCAA's now?   
    I would love to see it in Phoenix someday. Major city and airport, and let's not forget about the sunshine. 
    Many wrestling junkies get their Vegas time at the US Open, which I think is plenty. The basketball tournament comment is relevant too, as I'm sure the city goes crazy that weekend. 
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    Obelix got a reaction from Peso in Will Vegas get to host the NCAA's now?   
    I would love to see it in Phoenix someday. Major city and airport, and let's not forget about the sunshine. 
    Many wrestling junkies get their Vegas time at the US Open, which I think is plenty. The basketball tournament comment is relevant too, as I'm sure the city goes crazy that weekend. 
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    Obelix got a reaction from Ryno95 in St. Louis Reflections   
    Nice post. Here are my (mostly positive) thoughts:
     
    - Stayed in the Soulard District, which was awesome. Within walking distance to the venue, and across the street from the best barbecue in town. 
     
    - Seeing Moisey pin Gilman was the highlight. Seeing Gadson pull the trigger and toss Snyder was awesome, too. 
     
    - Quarters and semis are ridiculous.
     
    - Not sure how I feel about Rev. Ryan, but it was nice to see another team win. 
     
    - Interesting that PSU's fans took a red-shirt year. Do they get an Olympic red-shirt next year, as well?
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