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  1. Gor's takedown certainly was iffy. Handful of singlet, gave Frank a gigantic wedgie. https://twitter.com/CPyles8/status/724057958439608320
  2. Geer lost to Garrett Hoffman, a SR headed to Bucknell next year. Hoffman's brother Gavin is the SO, won 195.
  3. It likely would've been Koll. PSU had settled on him and was putting together its offer when Cael called to inquire about the position.
  4. Here's a snippet showing the incident: https://twitter.com/A_Kauff/status/676134212882202624 What you can see in the tweet: Cox got a 6-step running start from the center and toward the scorer's table, then initiated a crotch lift when the wrestlers were already at the boundary. Wellington came down upside down and dislodged the scorer's table. What you can't see in the tweet -- you need to see the side-view replay on the ESPN stream to catch this: Wellington's head hit first, directly onto the exposed hardwood basketball court. Then his knee hit the scorer's table. Anyone who sees this and still wants to quibble over the DQ is a jackass. This was entirely preventable by Cox, and Wellington is lucky to not be paralyzed with a broken neck.
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    And in his last 5 matches, Gilman got decked by a guy with 14 losses. Point is: last year's over. If you don't think Nickal has the resume to be top 5, fine. Then rank him, say, 10th -- but put Epperly below him, because the clearly better wrestler won.
  6. Dieringer to 125 would be impressive, though a huge cut, even by Oklahoma State standards.
  7. Adding a few more names to the "Pitt roster": Racciato and Rizzo are both out of range. Racciato is from Pen Argyl, outside Allentown -- 5 hrs away from Pitt. Rizzo is from Johnstown, about 75 miles from Pitt. 174 would've been Tyler Wilps last year. There are no returning NQs from the Pittsburgh area at 157-174.
  8. Better also hope he doesn't find this: And, can't speak for youth rules, but in some age groups the cradle is considered control and thus secures the takedown.
  9. Marinovich himself is a spectacular case of over-parenting gone wrong. His father drove all desire out of him -- and not just the desire to play football. Really sad what became of his life.
  10. And Johnny Sebastian the year before, streamed.
  11. Gomez and Espinal are US cItizens. Just curious, not trying to be an ass here: did you feel the same way about Smith giving a scholarship to Gelogaev? Zalesky giving one to Dhesi? Novachkov going to Cal Poly, then training and coaching at Illinois while wrestling for Bulgaria?
  12. Stolfi graduated from HS in 2011. This will be his 5th year.
  13. It wasn't a financial question. It was a political question: what exactly did Hastert do to become so rich? He became an expert on how to spend other peoples' money. The nearly obscene taxpayer-funded pension is gravy.
  14. Penn State Athletics does not own the BJC. It's run by an events group unaffiliated with Athletics, primarily to set up concerts. Except for hoops **, all athletics teams using the BJC must pay a sizable facility fee. The break-even point is about 11-12k adults. Iowa, sure. Indiana or Michigan State, with alums driving 3+ hrs from Philly or Pittsburgh in a Feb ice storm ... decent chance at a financial loss. Without doing the actual math: thanks to that facility fee, the BJC Iowa dual may have been less profitable than any match at Rec (which is owned by Athletics, thus no rental costs). What PSU Wrestling does get out of the BJC duals is a big event for its fans, plus great publicity. Both of these disappear with frequency. And, while the BJC is fun when full, it can be sterile and lifeless when 2/3 full. ** This is the devil's deal PSU made with Harrisburg in the 1990s to get funding to build the BJC. PSU's admission to the B10 was conditional upon a new basketball arena. Hbg wasn't about to just give PSU an arena that would sit empty or nearly empty most nights of the year ...
  15. The political commentary on this thread is intellectually lazy. The real political question is: how did someone with Hastert's bio, regardless of political party, have millions in hush money laying around?
  16. This is naive. Does anyone seriously think that any AD would cancel any sport without his university president's buy-in? CSU deflected the heat to the AD (and will probably give him a raise for it). What really happened is that CSU wanted lacrosse from the beginning. Lacrosse enrolls wealthy non-Ohio students who pay out-of-state tuition without financial aid. Killing wrestling was a two-fer, as it removes a number of poor and middle-class in-state students from enrollment. Then CSU used the student elections (in which 9% of students bothered to vote) as an excuse to impose a fee on ALL students. If CSU genuinely wanted to save wrestling, they could've imposed that fee from the beginning. But then CSU wouldn't reap the PR of "listening to the students" and "saving wrestling." And the students likely would've seen an up-front fee for what it is: a lacrosse fee disguised as a wrestling fee -- or money laundering. We can take some consolation in that fee being small -- for now. But schools are very good at escalating hidden fees like this over time. And CSU created a template for other schools to threaten wrestling in order to achieve unrelated goals. To recap: CSU transferred wealth from 18,300 mostly poor/middle-class students to about 30 wealthy students. CSU executed the wealth transfer by manipulating students and wrestling fans. CSU then basked in the glory of "saving wrestling," and everybody rejoiced. Until the next time this happens, at CSU or elsewhere.
  17. Rasheed missed weight by 2 oz in an open tourney that was his first action back from injury. Maybe he can, maybe he can't, but that's hardly evidence of being unable to make weight.
  18. How does a guy who wrestled 160 as a HS JR look like a college 149? Especially in a program that lets its wrestlers grow?
  19. Good for Pucillo, that he is fully comfortable with who he is and has friends who support him. For those on this board who are not comfortable with who Pucillo is, especially those who do not know him, well ...
  20. To be even more fair: Brands has not recently started recruiting outside Iowa. He has starting this year: Dziewa (PA), Evans (PA), Brooks (IL), Burak (CO), Telford (DE). Off the top of my head: Aaron Bradley (PA) stashed on a mission. Tony Ramos from Illinois. And some Metcalf guy from Michigan. Penn State also has 2 starters this year from Utah and one from NJ,. That said, it's important to lock down the better wrestlers from in-state (if nothing else, for depth) and add regional- and national-level talent where possible.
  21. For giggles, let's compare them (PA first, rankings from Flo): 106: #3 Gavin Teasdale vs. #1 Cade Olivas 113: #8 Devin Brown vs. #2 Justin Mejia 120-Spencer Lee. 126: #12 Luke Karam vs. Anthony Hernandez 132: #2 AC Headlee vs. #20 Julian Flores 138: #1 Sam Krivus vs. #14 Wyatt Wyckoff 145: #1 Mike Kemerer vs. #16 Ralphy Tovar 152: #2 Cenzo Joseph vs. Zack Velasquez 160: #2 Josh Shields vs. #10 Colt Doyle 170: #13 Te'Shan Campbell vs. #2 Anthony Valencia 182: #11 Kellan Stout vs. #1 Zahid Valencia 195: #5 Jan Johnson vs. #19 Austin Flores 220: #1 Jordan Wood vs. #19 Seth Nevills 285: #3 Andrew Dunn vs. Hexton Coronado Can make a pretty good case for CA winning 4 weights (106, 113, 170, 182). After that ... PA at 4 weights (120, 126, 152, 285) could outscore the entire CA team.
  22. I don't know what to make of a 2-0 Phillippi match without video. He's not exactly Mr. Offense First. Big news out of Pittsburgh: Gus Solomon (Franklin Regional) withdrew from SW Regionals with a shoulder injury, was not cleared by doctors before tourney started. Solomon is #1 in the state at AAA 126 and ranked nationally. This could have just handed Bethlehem Catholic the team title at states.
  23. Yes, Blake Marks and Todd Lane. Both are returning state runners-up for Southern Columbia. Always a shame to lose top guys, and especially for Marks -- he's really entertaining, a toss monster. Just to clarify for the non-PA folks here: Todd's cousin Kent Lane is still healthy, also a state runner-up from Southern Columbia.
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