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John L

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    John L reacted to gowrestle in Brands' Appearance   
    Point well taken but overall, wrestling coaches could do a better job dressing for duals and tournaments. Coach Tom Ryan looked fantastic. That's the look we need.
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    John L reacted to gowrestle in Brands' Appearance   
    At the Ohio State match he was dressed to go shopping at Wall Mart. Bad image for college wrestling. Us wrestling folks often lament about the exposure and positive attention basketball gets. Basketball coaches dress first class.
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    John L got a reaction from NYWRESTLER94 in The NWCA being pathetic   
    The WIBN pays the NWCA for the rights to manage the All Star Classic. It was the WIBN's decision to give Track the rights to do so.
     
    The NWCA was not involved in the decision to do so.  I do accept the feedback and going forward will allow for some changes. But recognize that commercials offset the cost of producing the production. 
     
    The Mat was also a WIBN decision. Resilite worked with us on the design. It was done in the spirit of adding fun to the program. The feed back has been very positive. In fact, have heard from several coaches across the country interested in purchasing one for their program. The competitors enjoyed it.
     
    These competitors and coaches don't have to participate in the Classic. They are volunteers just like everyone else. Its an event to promote the sport for the sport. Its all about giving back. No one individual profits! That said, we work hard to give the kids a great and unique experience. 
     
    We included scholastic, youth, women and all divisions to demonstrate the quality of wrestling across the country and the diversity of the competitors. 
     
    I absolutely applaud all the supporters, and am thankful to the NWCA for giving WIBN the opportunity to use this event as a vehicle for us to give back to the sport.  
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    John L reacted to gowrestle in The NWCA being pathetic   
    Was at event. Thought NWCA did a decent job. Delay between matches had something to do with televising the event. That's got to get better. Mat was interesting. Most matches were really good...especially Ashnault's.
     
    Yes, bringing up Blatnick was inappropriate.
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    John L reacted to LemonPie in All Star   
    Props to Martin for taking the challenge.  
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    John L reacted to AnklePicker in My Thoughts On This Year's NCAA Championships   
    Some added random thoughts:
     
    Pete Renda had one hell of a tournament.  He destroyed Boyd for third and wrestled impressively throughout the tourney.  I've read on here that Boyd showed tremendous growth throughout the season, Renda may have improved even more.
     
    Nashon Garrett has a tremendous freestyle career ahead of him if he so chooses.  Let's hope he does.  If I were him I'd be packing my bags to get mentored by Mark Manning and Jordan Burroughs.  I don't think Manning gets enough credit for Burrough's development.  Nashon has world champ ability right now.
     
    The stall calls in his final match were a reason to fix the rules.  Just go to push out.  It's been proven to work in freestyle.  It will work at the NCAA level. 
     
    I heard barely any fans from Michigan or Illinois and as a NJ fan was disappointed in the Rutger's contingent.  As has been said Cornell was very impressive and PSU's fans dominated the crowd especially on Friday night.
     
    Jason Bryant and his partner did a great job on the mic.  
     
    Snyder wrestled great but he's even better at 97kg.  That seems the perfect weight for him.  He's faster and much stronger there.  I respect the hell out of the guy for competing this year.  Ryan's plan didn't pan out but it damn well could have.  
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    John L reacted to brando413 in NCAA......and MSG NCAA's   
    This ^.  For the love of life, NYC is one of the greatest cities in the world.  Get out and see it.  I have never been to NYC and am seriously stoked about NCAA's this year.  On top of the great wrestling, I get to see the Big Apple.
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    John L reacted to AKHUNTER in NCAA......and MSG NCAA's   
    John,
    Kinda seems like just getting the event in New York was enough.... it makes sense to me to make it an "event to remember" as opposed to... "as a fan I hope it NEVER gets put here again" The semi show and Fan Fest have been great for the event. Not having these events this year could be the end of them altogether. That would be a shame.
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    John L got a reaction from HurricaneWrestling in NWCA's All Star Classic Tomorrow on ESPN U at 5 PM Eastern   
    ESPN U is broadcasting the NWCA's All Star Classic LIVE beginning at 5 PM eastern.
     
    It is the only other time Wrestling is LIVE on TV. Please watch it and tell your friends to do so too. 
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    John L got a reaction from KTG119 in Was Dave Schultz the greatest HS wrestler ever?   
    I once heard Coach Gable state that current GMU Head Coach Joe Russell was the best HS wrestler he ever saw.
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    John L got a reaction from Buckxell in The Power of the Network   
    Cleveland State wrestling is back. It didn't take raising $5.8 Mil to endow the program. It did take several prominent local business professional's from that Cleveland community who are part of the Wrestlers in Business Network to use their influence, skill and relationships to present a strong value proposition to the CSU administration. They also worked with the student body too. They gave their time and got their hands dirty not waiting for others to do the work. 
     
    Every college program should have a WIBN Chapter nearby. Each Chapter should have representation and involvement from those who support that college program; friends, family and alumni.
     
    My take is that, at CSU they were choosing to bring in Lacrosse at the expense of Wrestling. A clear message they didn't care for our community and desired what they perceived as a more affluent Lacrosse community. Well the Cleveland group demonstrated to the CSU leadership that the wrestling community in Cleveland consists of the type of people they should want around the school. 
     
    No doubt, Money is always part of the conversation. However if you have good people around a program money will take care of itself naturally. An engaged and strong WIBN can provide the environment and attract people that institutions desire to be around. 
     
    It worked in Cleveland and can work elsewhere. 
     
    Take some time and go to the www.wrestlersinbusiness.org web site. Create profiles, post jobs and grow commerce. Go to the Wrestlers in Business Network sub group on Linkedin. Its all free and built for our community! Have a Chapter in your town!
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    John L got a reaction from silver-medal in The Power of the Network   
    Cleveland State wrestling is back. It didn't take raising $5.8 Mil to endow the program. It did take several prominent local business professional's from that Cleveland community who are part of the Wrestlers in Business Network to use their influence, skill and relationships to present a strong value proposition to the CSU administration. They also worked with the student body too. They gave their time and got their hands dirty not waiting for others to do the work. 
     
    Every college program should have a WIBN Chapter nearby. Each Chapter should have representation and involvement from those who support that college program; friends, family and alumni.
     
    My take is that, at CSU they were choosing to bring in Lacrosse at the expense of Wrestling. A clear message they didn't care for our community and desired what they perceived as a more affluent Lacrosse community. Well the Cleveland group demonstrated to the CSU leadership that the wrestling community in Cleveland consists of the type of people they should want around the school. 
     
    No doubt, Money is always part of the conversation. However if you have good people around a program money will take care of itself naturally. An engaged and strong WIBN can provide the environment and attract people that institutions desire to be around. 
     
    It worked in Cleveland and can work elsewhere. 
     
    Take some time and go to the www.wrestlersinbusiness.org web site. Create profiles, post jobs and grow commerce. Go to the Wrestlers in Business Network sub group on Linkedin. Its all free and built for our community! Have a Chapter in your town!
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    John L got a reaction from Husker_Du in The Power of the Network   
    Cleveland State wrestling is back. It didn't take raising $5.8 Mil to endow the program. It did take several prominent local business professional's from that Cleveland community who are part of the Wrestlers in Business Network to use their influence, skill and relationships to present a strong value proposition to the CSU administration. They also worked with the student body too. They gave their time and got their hands dirty not waiting for others to do the work. 
     
    Every college program should have a WIBN Chapter nearby. Each Chapter should have representation and involvement from those who support that college program; friends, family and alumni.
     
    My take is that, at CSU they were choosing to bring in Lacrosse at the expense of Wrestling. A clear message they didn't care for our community and desired what they perceived as a more affluent Lacrosse community. Well the Cleveland group demonstrated to the CSU leadership that the wrestling community in Cleveland consists of the type of people they should want around the school. 
     
    No doubt, Money is always part of the conversation. However if you have good people around a program money will take care of itself naturally. An engaged and strong WIBN can provide the environment and attract people that institutions desire to be around. 
     
    It worked in Cleveland and can work elsewhere. 
     
    Take some time and go to the www.wrestlersinbusiness.org web site. Create profiles, post jobs and grow commerce. Go to the Wrestlers in Business Network sub group on Linkedin. Its all free and built for our community! Have a Chapter in your town!
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    John L reacted to Pinnum in Cleveland State to lose funding in order to fund LaCrosse   
    This isn't about boosting the profile of the athletic department. They are trying to attract some kids from further east that are willing to pay higher tuition for the chance to play D1 LAX. They want a kids with the academic pedigree that would never have them considering a school like Cleveland State but now give it a thought because they can play Lax.
     
    It isn't about serving the communities of Ohio or about raising the profile of the athletic department. The MLax team is not going to be funded well. They will be a sub .500 team and the admin knows it but it may help attract some better students.
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    John L got a reaction from Pinnum in way too early All Star match-ups   
    The collegiate athletes must meet the weight management requirements like any weigh in. So they must meet with weight decent requirements for the next competition. These rules are part of the date waiver. They must agree to follow the rules. Also, forget about a collegiate athlete wrestling a graduate. Not for this event. Not to say we can't have a USA wresting match. We've done that the past two years. As for Life University? We will try to include them. We have a process I include local programs and the other divisions.
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    John L reacted to John L in Bracket Size Impact on Team Race   
    The NCAA pays the way of the 330 competiors. No way they will double their cost. As for lowering it to 16? Coaches wouldn't ever support that notion. Plus, I would be long term it would lower attendance.
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    John L got a reaction from HuskyHero133 in Back when NCAAs were open   
    jaroslav, in the 70s we had about 180 D1 programs and now les than 80. I not sure that should be defined as success. In fact, in terms of the D1 championships back then? To qualify you were one of 180 D1, plus D2 and D3 that qualified.
    Today almost half kids qualify compared to less than 10 chance then. TodYs growth is d2, 3 naia and ncwa. No D1.
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    John L got a reaction from LkwdSteve in Attendance at Today's Duals   
    I was in Iowa City for the dual's. About 14,000 people over two days attended. It competed with the Iowa State Championships in Des Moines in addition many other collegiate competitions across the state including an NAIA Qualifier and meets at Iowa State and Northern Iowa. Not to mention frigid climate. I don't think the D1's would be too much better if they were competing with the high school season. When UNC hosted the D1's years ago and the Pa and NJ states were the same weekend, there were empty seats. Tickets sold in Iowa City brought well over $200K in to Carver, not to mention the concessions. How about the hotels and restaurants? Surely had a positive impact on the community. The crowd does favor the home team, just as it would anywhere else. But the environment is exceptionally electric and may be worth the bias towards the other teams? Carver staff and the fans are great!! It didn't appear to affect Missouri. Although, I thought some excellent officials get a bit rattled. Only the coaches can answer that question. How many collegiate events get 14000 people to spend two days and their money at a competition? As for the actual wrestling? Dual's are so exciting. You find the losing wrestler fighting to save a team point and having a positive impact on the outcome. The Picket wrestler from Cornell many not qualify for the D1's in St Louis and lost his matches, but still defined and distinguished himself well with the effort. 
     
    I never would have imagined the Big 10 going one and three the first round. Or Missouri defeating Iowa at Carver. 
     
    I would think if they can agree and commit to the site early enough even more people would attend. I would be happy to go back and watch it there. However, it would probably be a success at State College or even Lehigh. 
     
    Lastly, you have to really appreciate the efforts of all these coaches. They put their self interest aside trying to craft another special event for the sport.
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    John L reacted to drivenwrestling in Chris Bono   
    SDSU Head Coach, Chris Bono, joined me on the Driven Wrestling Podcast this week.  I was really impressed with him and his program.  We talked about the improvements of his program, wrestling at ISU under Bobby Douglas and a little Cael Sanderson talk.  It's worth a listen and worth keeping an eye on this growing program.
     
    http://drivenwrestling.com/podcast.html
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