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  1. Cenzo vs. Marinelli. Cannot get enough of it.
  2. Kind of like. This time, though, the two best wrestlers in the world are probably not American.
  3. Wow. Not what I expected. How did the match go? That’s an ass-kicking.
  4. I agree. In defense of the US coaches and RTC coaches, though, Snyder is more limited than Sadulaev, so there is only so much adjusting he can do. At the end of the day, Snyder’s advantage is most pronounced in a dog fight, so any high probability strategy has to involve pushing the pace for a sustained amount of time at some point in the match. Sadulaev has more ways to position himself for the win,
  5. Jury is still out, but you deserve an apology from the guys who attacked you for suggesting he was not exactly a schoolboy while in Arizona. At a minimum, there appears to be enough smoke to discuss that possibility at this point.
  6. You can’t be as small as Snyder and expect to succeed against guys who are basically bigger, stronger, only a little slower versions of you. Although smaller, a guy like Cox has a much better style for heavyweight for the undersized.
  7. Now that the Cox weight thread is an artifact, it’s time to dust off our crystal balls and discuss whether Nickal is going to do the right thing and compete for the 86 kg spot or mail it in at 97 kg. If there was ever a shred of doubt as to which weight is the right one for Nickal, Cox’s decisión now removes all doubt.
  8. I am surprised. Like many, I thought he would go 86 kg. It is the clearer path to Olympic gold, which has tremendous value, not just in legacy but also economic value. Despite the flowery announcement Cox gave, I think the cut on 2-day weigh-ins was ultimately the deciding factor. After all, he took the "easier path" already in 2016, so the idea that "it's not like Cox to take the easier route" rings false to me. (I say this as a much bigger fan of Cox than of Snyder.) Cox was a heavyweight state champ as a 17-year old HS senior, was recruited as a heavyweight by Mizzou, and was even on the Mizzou roster as a heavyweight before he decided to cut to 197 as an 18-year old true freshman. Now, 6 years later, after a brief stint at 86 kg during which he publicly stated the cut was severe (an 11-lb cut for a 200 lber is just shy of a cake walk...), the idea that he is walking around at 200 to 202 lbs without making a serious effort to stay light also rings false to me. Ben Askren, a good friend of and mentor to Cox, who helped Cox prepare for 2016 as a practice partner, famously said not even a year ago that Cox looked like he had already begun his cut to 86 kg while wrestling at 92 kg. Cox probably made a significant effort to stay at 200-202 the past year to give himself the option of 86 kg and didn't like how much gas and power he gave up at 86 versus 97, where guys are significantly slower. I buy the idea of a series of test cuts gone awry. 11 lbs is way easier when you have a little fat to lose and are at your "untrained" weight than if you're cutting 11 from a weight at which you've already adjusted your lifestyle to maintain.
  9. The drama of Snyder leaving Ohio RTC only to be replaced by his top competitor is too good to be true but is actually true. Incredible turn of events. I cannot wait to see this in person. I’ve never been more excited to see a wrestling match.
  10. Truly a gift from, dare I say, God for tOSU if that happens.
  11. Snyder had one of the best at his peak. In college, Anthony Ashnault was very good with it.
  12. Of course he has a lot of physical maturation left. He’s a true sophomore, so what is he, 19 or 20? There are many estimates of age at which strength peaks for men, but most cluster around age 25. Parris will be a beast a year or two after graduating, and Stevenson is in the same boat.
  13. I still like Gable here. There’s athletic big guys like Cass and then there’s Gable. If he shows up in good shape as he did against Gwiz, I don’t think Parris scores a TD.
  14. Also, UC definitely does compromise admissions standards for certain types of students, especially elite athletes. Otherwise Berkeley would have never bee competitive in football (which they are episodically) and UCLA, which is now a top 30ish school and hard to get into, would never field the teams they do in the major sports.
  15. I think Caltech doesn't, hence their relative small endowment for the caliber of academics they offer (truly elite for engineering). But MIT absolutely does, just not for athletes given their D3 status and lack of alumni who care enough about sports to compete with other Ivy+ schools. MIT's thing is endowing programs, facilities, professorships, and scholarships (in that order of most to least desirable, i.e. expensive). Just look at all the f*ckery that went on with Joi Ito and his MIT Media Lab fundraising (e.g. Jeff Epstein saga) as one example. You cannot have a top 10 endowment and not compromise admissions standards for donors. It's literally impossible in this era of increasing wealth gap in not only the US but the whole world. Caltech can get away with it because they have a small student body (1/6 or so of MIT's) and a very narrow focus on engineering.
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