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    Jefe got a reaction from gromit in Cleveland State Reinstated   
    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.
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    Jefe got a reaction from cradlewiz in Cleveland State Reinstated   
    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.
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    Jefe got a reaction from pennsyrules in Pa Predictions   
    Heading into Regionals this weekend, will have a better idea then -- some weights are still pretty open; additionally, some of the favorites (106 AAA, 138 AA, 170 AA at least) are out, including 2 returning state finalists.  Below are some of the more obvious ones, or ones with nationally ranked guys.
     
    106:  AA Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson Morgan), AAA ??.
    113:  AA ??.  AAA Devin Brown (Franklin Regional) or Dan Moran (Northampton).
    120:  AA Brian Courtney (Athens).  AAA Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional) -- only question is if anyone survives the full 6:00.
    126:  AA ??.  AAA Gus Solomon (Franklin Regional) or Luke Karam (Bethlehem Catholic).
    132:  Korbin Myers (Boiling Springs) or Mickey Phillippi (Derry).  AAA Luke Pletcher (Latrobe).
    138:  AA ??.  AAA Sam Krivus (Hempfield) or Cameron Coy (Penn Trafford).
    145:  AA Kent Lane, Southern Columbia.  AAA Mike Kemerer (Franklin Regional) or Pat Duggan (Cumberland Valley); 2 other nationally ranked guys.
    152:  AA Billy Barnes, Southern Columbia.  AAA Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh Central Catholic); 3 other nationally ranked guys.
    160:  AA Cole Walter, Mifflinburg.  AAA Josh Shields (Franklin Regional).
    170:  AA ??.  AAA ??.
    182:  AA ??.  AAA Kellan Stout (Mt. Lebanon) or John Jakobsen (Stroudsburg).
    195:  AA Dylan Reynolds, Saegertown.  AAA Jan Johnson (Gov. Mifflin).
    220:  AA Buzzy Maines, West Branch.  AAA Jordan Wood (Boyertown).
    285:  AA Allan Beattie, Burrell.  AAA Bo Spiller (Solanco) or Andrew Dunn (Bethlehem Catholic).
     
    Returning champs:  Brown (2x), Lee, Jake Riegel (120 AAA), Karam, Myers, Phillippi (2013), Pletcher (2x), Krivus (2013), Coy, Joseph, Johnson
    Returning finalists:  Moran, Lane, Kemerer (3x), Duggan, Barnes, Shields, Stout, Maines, Wood (2x)
     
    Caveat:  In PA it's not unusual for the best 2 wrestlers to meet in semis or even the quarters.  It's also not unusual for the top 3 wrestlers in a weight to all be in the same half of the bracket.  Reason:  PIAA does not seed, instead uses a set of pre-drawn brackets which are kept private until after regionals, and then fills in the names before states.
     
    There is only 1 exception to the pre-drawn brackets:  when 2 returning PA champs are at the same weight, both were champs last year, and both are regional champs this year.  (This year that can happen only at 120 AAA, if Riegel wins Northeast Regional).  Then the PIAA will find a different pre-drawn bracket separating the champs until the finals.
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    Jefe got a reaction from jtothep in Finals Predictions, Rooting For, Rooting Against :)   
    Rooting against:  Jesse Delgado.  "If you don't like my style, don't watch."  I hope to watch.
     
    Rooting for:  Nate Brown.  Especially for the way he handled the Billy George incident.
     
    Matt Brown.  national finalist, ROTC, married, 3.97 GPA, respectful ... everything that's right about college athletics.
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    Jefe got a reaction from HurricaneWrestling in Hodge contenders   
    The scenario nobody's discussing:  what if The Mullet finishes the season undefeated?  Beating the 3x defending champ twice, including the NCAA final on national TV, is gonna get some serious votes..
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    Jefe got a reaction from HurricaneWrestling in All Star Heel Lineup   
    Your heel coach:
     

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    Jefe got a reaction from tommytechnique in Edinboro vs. Pitt   
    Pitt heavy John Rizzo is a 3x PA state champ.  Twice won 285, then for his SR year dropped down to 220 just to see if he could do it.  Mission accomplished, had over 30 pins and only one loss all year, 2-1 to Kyle Snyder.  Beat the returning champ by 10 pts in the state finals, and it was not that close.  Then he beat now-Stanford heavy Josh Marchok at Dapper Dan.
     
    He was a tremendous D1 285 prospect, except he took 1.5 years off to play football at Temple.  He transferred to Pitt in January specifically for wrestling.  If he's back to form -- and it sure looks like he is -- he will be a monster.  Has RS SO eligibility.
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    Jefe got a reaction from jtothep in How is Marstellar on top?   
    Marsteller gets nearly all of his NF points on feet-to-back moves, or on turns immediately after a takedown and before the opponent achieves his base. From base, it's mostly tilts. All his Flo videos show this.
     
    I think he's capable of base turns now at a HS level, and can get there for a college level as quickly as he wants to. His priority has always been freestyle, and his top game reflects that.
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