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    Motown98 got a reaction from JHRoseWrestling in Blubaugh   
    We were attending the Dan Gable Classic in 1999. The USA was wrestling Iran. There was a large contingency of Iranian media, presa, and fans. The Iranian press saw Dan Gable at the end of the gym. A crowd of about 50 Iranians gathered around Gable. We went down to check out the action. We walked down with an older gentleman who we were sitting by. The older gentleman was Doug Blubaugh. As we stood with Doug watching the Iranian reporters interview/mob Gable. One of the reporters, probably about 30 years old, caught a glimpse of Doug Blubaugh out pf his peripheral vision. The Iranian reporter turned and said, "Blubaugh?" At that point every Iranian's ears perked up and turned to Doug. Doug nodded yes. The Gable interview/mob was over. They were so excited to see, meat, speak to the man that defeated their legend. The magnitude of their knowledge and appreciation for the sport and man was incredible. I will never forget this.
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    Motown98 got a reaction from KTG119 in Blubaugh   
    We were attending the Dan Gable Classic in 1999. The USA was wrestling Iran. There was a large contingency of Iranian media, presa, and fans. The Iranian press saw Dan Gable at the end of the gym. A crowd of about 50 Iranians gathered around Gable. We went down to check out the action. We walked down with an older gentleman who we were sitting by. The older gentleman was Doug Blubaugh. As we stood with Doug watching the Iranian reporters interview/mob Gable. One of the reporters, probably about 30 years old, caught a glimpse of Doug Blubaugh out pf his peripheral vision. The Iranian reporter turned and said, "Blubaugh?" At that point every Iranian's ears perked up and turned to Doug. Doug nodded yes. The Gable interview/mob was over. They were so excited to see, meat, speak to the man that defeated their legend. The magnitude of their knowledge and appreciation for the sport and man was incredible. I will never forget this.
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    Motown98 got a reaction from rstrong in Blubaugh   
    We were attending the Dan Gable Classic in 1999. The USA was wrestling Iran. There was a large contingency of Iranian media, presa, and fans. The Iranian press saw Dan Gable at the end of the gym. A crowd of about 50 Iranians gathered around Gable. We went down to check out the action. We walked down with an older gentleman who we were sitting by. The older gentleman was Doug Blubaugh. As we stood with Doug watching the Iranian reporters interview/mob Gable. One of the reporters, probably about 30 years old, caught a glimpse of Doug Blubaugh out pf his peripheral vision. The Iranian reporter turned and said, "Blubaugh?" At that point every Iranian's ears perked up and turned to Doug. Doug nodded yes. The Gable interview/mob was over. They were so excited to see, meat, speak to the man that defeated their legend. The magnitude of their knowledge and appreciation for the sport and man was incredible. I will never forget this.
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    Motown98 got a reaction from TobusRex in Blubaugh   
    We were attending the Dan Gable Classic in 1999. The USA was wrestling Iran. There was a large contingency of Iranian media, presa, and fans. The Iranian press saw Dan Gable at the end of the gym. A crowd of about 50 Iranians gathered around Gable. We went down to check out the action. We walked down with an older gentleman who we were sitting by. The older gentleman was Doug Blubaugh. As we stood with Doug watching the Iranian reporters interview/mob Gable. One of the reporters, probably about 30 years old, caught a glimpse of Doug Blubaugh out pf his peripheral vision. The Iranian reporter turned and said, "Blubaugh?" At that point every Iranian's ears perked up and turned to Doug. Doug nodded yes. The Gable interview/mob was over. They were so excited to see, meat, speak to the man that defeated their legend. The magnitude of their knowledge and appreciation for the sport and man was incredible. I will never forget this.
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    Motown98 got a reaction from BadgerMon in Blubaugh   
    We were attending the Dan Gable Classic in 1999. The USA was wrestling Iran. There was a large contingency of Iranian media, presa, and fans. The Iranian press saw Dan Gable at the end of the gym. A crowd of about 50 Iranians gathered around Gable. We went down to check out the action. We walked down with an older gentleman who we were sitting by. The older gentleman was Doug Blubaugh. As we stood with Doug watching the Iranian reporters interview/mob Gable. One of the reporters, probably about 30 years old, caught a glimpse of Doug Blubaugh out pf his peripheral vision. The Iranian reporter turned and said, "Blubaugh?" At that point every Iranian's ears perked up and turned to Doug. Doug nodded yes. The Gable interview/mob was over. They were so excited to see, meat, speak to the man that defeated their legend. The magnitude of their knowledge and appreciation for the sport and man was incredible. I will never forget this.
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    Motown98 reacted to SetonHallPirate in 2018 Head Coach Changes   
    Agree wholeheartedly. In my worthless opinion, the best assistant coach in the sport right now.
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    Motown98 got a reaction from SetonHallPirate in What a sport!   
    Dual meets being regularly televised in tthe Bog 10 Network and regional Fox Sports are also drawing people in to the point where ESPN had a prime time dual on Sunday night.  The NCAA Tournament is amazing but dual meets will save our sport.  Casual fans can follow a team and then get hooked.
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    Motown98 got a reaction from Yellow_Medal in Bad news my folkstyle friend   
    The Iranian fans travel very well.  Many years ago (1999) at the Dan Gable Classic, it seemed like half of the fans at the dual were from Iran.  Several members of the Iranian media were conducting an interview with Dan Gable when one of the reporters thought he recognized an older gentleman in the crowd.  The reporter stopped mid-interview with Dan Gable and asked the gentleman if he was Doug Blubaugh.  The older gentleman replied that he was Doug Blubaugh.  The Iranian reporters became almost giddy as they started asking Doug questions.  Doug Blubaugh had defeated the Iranian wrestling legend, Emam-Ali Habibi in the 1960 Olympics.  Their knowledge and sense of history were amazing.
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    Motown98 got a reaction from cornercoach in Bad news my folkstyle friend   
    The Iranian fans travel very well.  Many years ago (1999) at the Dan Gable Classic, it seemed like half of the fans at the dual were from Iran.  Several members of the Iranian media were conducting an interview with Dan Gable when one of the reporters thought he recognized an older gentleman in the crowd.  The reporter stopped mid-interview with Dan Gable and asked the gentleman if he was Doug Blubaugh.  The older gentleman replied that he was Doug Blubaugh.  The Iranian reporters became almost giddy as they started asking Doug questions.  Doug Blubaugh had defeated the Iranian wrestling legend, Emam-Ali Habibi in the 1960 Olympics.  Their knowledge and sense of history were amazing.
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    Motown98 got a reaction from Jaroslav Hasek in Bad news my folkstyle friend   
    The Iranian fans travel very well.  Many years ago (1999) at the Dan Gable Classic, it seemed like half of the fans at the dual were from Iran.  Several members of the Iranian media were conducting an interview with Dan Gable when one of the reporters thought he recognized an older gentleman in the crowd.  The reporter stopped mid-interview with Dan Gable and asked the gentleman if he was Doug Blubaugh.  The older gentleman replied that he was Doug Blubaugh.  The Iranian reporters became almost giddy as they started asking Doug questions.  Doug Blubaugh had defeated the Iranian wrestling legend, Emam-Ali Habibi in the 1960 Olympics.  Their knowledge and sense of history were amazing.
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    Motown98 got a reaction from irani in Bad news my folkstyle friend   
    The Iranian fans travel very well.  Many years ago (1999) at the Dan Gable Classic, it seemed like half of the fans at the dual were from Iran.  Several members of the Iranian media were conducting an interview with Dan Gable when one of the reporters thought he recognized an older gentleman in the crowd.  The reporter stopped mid-interview with Dan Gable and asked the gentleman if he was Doug Blubaugh.  The older gentleman replied that he was Doug Blubaugh.  The Iranian reporters became almost giddy as they started asking Doug questions.  Doug Blubaugh had defeated the Iranian wrestling legend, Emam-Ali Habibi in the 1960 Olympics.  Their knowledge and sense of history were amazing.
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    Motown98 got a reaction from cjc007 in Bad news my folkstyle friend   
    The Iranian fans travel very well.  Many years ago (1999) at the Dan Gable Classic, it seemed like half of the fans at the dual were from Iran.  Several members of the Iranian media were conducting an interview with Dan Gable when one of the reporters thought he recognized an older gentleman in the crowd.  The reporter stopped mid-interview with Dan Gable and asked the gentleman if he was Doug Blubaugh.  The older gentleman replied that he was Doug Blubaugh.  The Iranian reporters became almost giddy as they started asking Doug questions.  Doug Blubaugh had defeated the Iranian wrestling legend, Emam-Ali Habibi in the 1960 Olympics.  Their knowledge and sense of history were amazing.
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    Motown98 got a reaction from Billyhoyle in Bad news my folkstyle friend   
    The Iranian fans travel very well.  Many years ago (1999) at the Dan Gable Classic, it seemed like half of the fans at the dual were from Iran.  Several members of the Iranian media were conducting an interview with Dan Gable when one of the reporters thought he recognized an older gentleman in the crowd.  The reporter stopped mid-interview with Dan Gable and asked the gentleman if he was Doug Blubaugh.  The older gentleman replied that he was Doug Blubaugh.  The Iranian reporters became almost giddy as they started asking Doug questions.  Doug Blubaugh had defeated the Iranian wrestling legend, Emam-Ali Habibi in the 1960 Olympics.  Their knowledge and sense of history were amazing.
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    Motown98 got a reaction from GranbyTroll in Save Folkstyle Wrestling   
    The world championships were exciting and brought out cries for the United States to abandon folkstyle wrestling and convert to freestyle.  The concerns ranged from our guys have a hard time transitioning to freestyle rules to it was more exciting to this is what is wrong with college wrestling.
     
    A rule change I would make immediately would be as follows:
    Once the bottom wrestler comes to his feet, the top wrestler has an allotted amount of time to return him to the mat - I would suggest 10 seconds (the referee gives a visual hand count).  If he does not, the bottom wrestler (who is now no longer on bottom as he is on his feet) would be awarded 1 point for an escape and wrestling would resume on their feet.  During this time, if the bottom wrestler goes out of bounds he is awarded 1 point for an escape (prevents top wrestler from driving bottom wrestler out of bounds to get a new start).  During this time the bottom wrestler may also earn a traditional escape.
     
    Rationale:
    1.  Folkstyle emphasizes the control of mat wrestling, once the bottom wrestler is on his feet there is no longer mat wrestling and some would argue much control (rear standing from the feet does not warrant a takedown, this could also apply to the rear standing reversal by eliminating it.
    2.  Increases the action by reducing hanging on.  The top wrestler will work to break the bottom man down.  The bottom man will work to get back to his feet.
    3.  The subjectivity of stalling goes away in this situation.
    4.  Think about the tie break situations.  How many times have you seen a referee not call stale mate when the top wrestler drops to the leg because the referee does not want to stop the bottom wrestlers best opportunity to score.  It is sometimes a no win situation for the referee.
    5.  This is easy to understand for all fans from the die hard to the novice.  
    6.  Does not necessarily increase scoring but does increase action and attempts to score.
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