Anthony Echemedia Commits to Ohio State in College Wrestling Posted 8 hours ago · Edited 7 hours ago by Billyhoyle · Report reply 1 hour ago, TripNSweep said: I question whether he will struggle at a university because as bright and intelligent as he may be, his English is terrible. Aside from some foreign language classes, most classes are taught in English. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that unlike other college students who come here as foreigners, a lot of them either can speak it reasonably well or are geared towards specific studies that don't require that much like engineering or math. Going to guess he's not an engineering prodigy or math whiz, though maybe he is. He got through high school, but that was with considerable help due to his language skills, and the fact that Sunnyside has a lot of people who speak Spanish and he could very easily communicate. I would question this a lot less if he was playing football, but it's kind of surprising to think that he, somebody who is probably on a partial scholarship, in a non revenue sport is going to be herded through like so many football players in college are. College is a lot different from high school, and I do think he will have some struggles academically. Academics were what kept another foreigner who was great at freestyle from Arizona out of college in the first place. I'm not bitter, but it would be dumb not to question that he arrives here and his birthday just happens to be a within a week of the cutoff to be eligible for sports in high school. Also that he wouldn't be the first or last Cuban to lie about his age or claim he didn't know what it is. My problem is that he was straight up recruited and told how to game the system and he did it. I don't fault him for leaving a crappy situation and wanting a better life. Any of us would do it, and hey if it means fudging a few years off your age, then so be it. If he came here and started wrestling unattached or whatever, do you think he would have gotten as much attention? Probably not. I just don't like how it went down, because it obviously benefited some people to bring him here. That's the part that pissed off some coaches and other people. Because what's to stop you from going to Dagestan and finding guys who can fudge their age by a few years and do the same thing? All that really prevents stuff like that is wrestlers getting paid and they don't really care about coming to college and doing this for free. As long as he shows up to class and puts in some effort, he will pass. There are some classes that are intense where you can fail even if you do try, but there are others (at every school) that just want to see some effort. I believe he has access to the same tutors as the other athletes...If you were an athlete in college you would understand that the university has tracks designed to keep these guys academically eligible unless they really refuse to cooperate. At the end of the day, a college degree these days doesn't mean very much and these places are practically diploma mills. And yes, that includes even Harvard where they have this thing called the extension school where you basically purchase a degree. And because English isn't his first language, I think profs would be willing to cut him some slack if he puts in effort, since a number of students at universities are international (mainly from China) and also struggle with English. You're leveling accusations at him about his age, but can you please provide some evidence? How would you feel if somebody made accusations against you without providing any evidence? What you are accusing him of is actually a crime (depending on what forms he has filled out with his age), so you should have some type of document that supports your claim if you are going to libel him on a public forum. It's one thing to say he looks old for his age and the situation is a bit suspicious-it's another to claim as you are doing that your accusations are true. You might want to ask yourself why this kid in particular has triggered this reaction from you-what about him is different than the other kids?