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  1. Precisely why I am surprised he has an issue with it.
  2. So you think he's still developing at the same rate? He went from getting his ass kicked by JO in practice per his own admission to teching JO in a matter of months. Then he beat a game World silver medalist, albeit in an exhibition match. Then he showed no improvement against Zain and has been at around the same level since then. COVID of course is a factor. But the trend was there already before the pandemic. I'm a big Yianni fan but he has already picked his low hanging fruit and that necessarily means progression here on out will be a lot harder.
  3. I do. And do you understand that means his progression has stalled out a bit? Apparently not.
  4. I am on the same page re: bad loss but if you think he is progressing at the same rate, you need to go to detox right now. Good “stuff” indeed.
  5. Not stalled out, period. Stalled out some. He is as nasty as ever with counteroffense and defense. But improving those areas from great to elite was the low hanging fruit. Now he has to work on more fundamental changes. Whether he can make that jump is a fair question. For the record, I think he can, but I now think it'll take longer than I first expected it to.
  6. Not a bad loss given it was against Kinch, even if he is considerably smaller and out of shape. However, I think Yianni’s phenomenal progression of the past three years has stalled out quite a bit and not just due to COVID.
  7. At least in football you can put face shields on the helmets. That would help. LOL at lucha libre masks. Love it.
  8. The 15 minute "rule" is a blunt heuristic for normal interactions. Wrestling is not normal. You are frequently out of breath and not merely breaking the 6-ft rule ("close contact") but actually touching each other and breathing heavily either at or on each other. That 15-minute notion cannot be a serious consideration for the NCAA or other academic or athletic governing body. Very sport-dependent. I hope wrestling comes back soon for selfish reasons but its relative safety with regard to COVID is absolutely not a good reason. I do think daily antigen testing with RT-PCR confirmation of positive antigen readings is cheaper for wrestling than many sports, but still prohibitively expensive for all but a handful of programs unless someone other than the wrestling program is going to pick up the cost.
  9. Back to wrestling, I would not draw too many parallels between football restarting and wrestling following suit, at least not yet. Football is funded to a degree wrestling will never be, so daily antigen testing (“rapid”) with confirmatory PCR virus testing (gold standard) for positive antigen cases are not financial barriers to reopening. It’s quite unlikely any wrestling program with the possible exception of certain Ivy League programs have the funding to do this. And Ivy League schools are not going to lead the charge to restart sports. Not only are all types of diagnostic tests (except for the clinically useless antibody tests) in severe shortage, they are also prohibitively expensive for all but the best-funded sports. The cheapest “rapid” test is the alleged $4–10 test produced by Yale with sponsorship from the NBA. Done daily, that’s between $28-70 per week per athlete. The more available and vetted rapid antigen tests range from $20 (e.g. Healgen’s) to $35 (e.g. Bechton Dickinson’s) and some require specialized equipment to process the collected samples. An RT-PCR test from a reputable lab is around $90 (if bought in large bulk) and around $150 (if not). Again, per player per test. If you can get access to enough supply.
  10. The substance itself and not its metabolite is what popped so the 24 hour half-life is most relevant.
  11. My favorite is your Rei Higuchi video. Outstanding of you to spot it, let alone break it down as you did.
  12. JB stated he cut about 20 lbs for the last Olympics, and an article (Google "Broken and Rebuilt Jordan Burroughs") discussing his comeback had him at 17 over during training (so starting the cut 20 over is reasonable). They are probably pretty similar in size and cut about the same.
  13. You forgot another major ball buster. Even the highly diversified Yale endowment is guaranteed to take a big hit due to the portfolio returns being double digit negative. The market drop was as brutal as the COVID spread and it ain’t over yet.
  14. Winning at different weights may not be that significant, but winning at FOUR different weights IS significant. You can't wrestle at 165 the way you do at 141. If you can win NCAAs after a 24 lb jump throughout your college career, it shows more than skill. It shows you have the ability to adapt to significant changes in competition, that your skill set is highly adaptable, that your intangibles are extremely impressive. One or even a two weight jump is not the same as a 4-weight range of championship seasons in 4 consecutive years. Bo Nickal didn't have quite the same trajectory, but his domination in three different weights is similarly notable.
  15. Support = money. Showing up, cheering, etc. are important to a degree. But not more than money or the potential for money to be donated to the university (not necessarily the wrestling team).
  16. It's mainly lack of alumni and community support. If alumni and the community generally rallied around wrestling, zero chance it gets dropped.
  17. It's incredible that you think public universities do not make business decisions based on where alumni and other supporters might donate money. The fact that they are public is irrelevant to the fact that they are, first and foremost, businesses that have budgets.
  18. Thee numbers are understated. I strongly believe China reported dramatically adjusted numbers and the number of actual cases and deaths therein is approximately 7x worse than reported. I do think the overall trend reported is in the ballpark of accuracy but the absolute numbers reported are a complete joke, not quite an order of magnitude off.
  19. Not sure which year but he was a late starter for sure.
  20. JO would be at the top of my list. Elite technician, currently competing but towards the twilight of his career, very recognizable for recruiting purposes, fills a light to middleweight need (not duplicative to Pendleton himself, who will likely need to spend some time coaching technique etc. at first). If any of the recent PSU grads want a coaching career, they’d be big scores too. Mark Hall, for example? I think Nolf and Cenzo are too much PA guys to move all the way to OSU but you never know. What happened to Isaac Jordan? He was at the other OSU for some time and could be an interesting candidate as well. Obviously OH is a good state to have a lead into.
  21. For Lurker and those who like to read coronavirus number porn, here's a feast your eyes: I personally do not believe the Chinese numbers and feel the cases and deaths reported are mainly from Tier 1 and select Tier 2 cities, neglecting a high percentage of China's population. I also believe their numbers are conveniently categorizing many deaths to other causes to make the Covid-19 deaths look better. The only way to look at these numbers comparatively country by country is to adjust them to the population of each country considered. The numbers above are really not that helpful statistically since each country is in many ways its own idiosyncratic system. The numbers are terrible no matter how you view them. But Italy is not too far from its peak if you want to extrapolate data based on a curve fitted to historical data. The death toll curve is looking asymptotic to me.
  22. You are 100% right, not wrong. NYC started a state-governed clinical trial of sorts on patients this week with hydroxychloroquine plus antibiotics (Zithromax): https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/coronavirus/new-york-starts-new-experimental-drug-therapies-to-treat-covid-19-heres-what-we-know/2341931/
  23. This is the guy from France. Same protocol as the Jewish quack. https://techstartups.com/2020/03/20/coronavirus-treatment-breakthrough-french-study-confirms-that-a-combination-of-hydroxychloroquine-hcq-and-azithromycin-are-effective-in-treating-covid-19-patients/
  24. As I've already stated in my conversation with Lurker, I do not. The key point of contention I have is that nobody really knows what the actual number of infections really is. Testing limitations put every single stat out there in question to the point they're useless since they're probably only directionally correct in small well-resourced countries like South Korea but NOT the USA. Death toll is hard to fake though, unless you're behind a massive political firewall like China or Russia. Our death toll and Italy's are orders (plural) of magnitude off on a relative (per capita) basis and our policy response is night and day different from Italy's (as noted, they just shut down nonessential factories and production four days ago).
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