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  1. 125: Spencer Lee, Iowa (would be great to see NaTo win his 4th here, but it might be better to see Lee start his run to 4 instead)

    133: Stevan Micic, Michigan

    141: Nick Lee, Penn State

    149: Zain Retherford, Penn State

    157: Jason Nolf, Penn State (I think he wrestles)

    165: Isaiah Martinez, Illinois (I don't think he wins NCAA's but he runs through B1Gs here for his 4th)

    174: Mark Hall, Penn State

    184: Bo Nickal, Penn State

    197: Kollin Moore, Ohio State (Sugar wins this match at NCAA's)

    285: Adam Coon, Michigan



    Can see 165 going to any of Cenzo, Imar, Marinelli, Lewis, or a rehabbed Massa. That'll be the fun weight to watch. 125 is less interesting atm with whatever's ailing Suriano, and there isn't much parity at the other weights past the top 2 or 3.


    Will be a fun tournament, as always! 

  2. Medal winners is not the same as total participants.  Proof is needed based on all the participants, not just the medal winners. And being respectful of Ramadan but no one else's religion, well, you're not going to get anywhere just supporting one religion.


    Don't think its necessarily to give them more time with family or anything, but more so because of energy. Not sure if you're familiar, and forgive me if you are, but Muslims are obligated to fast completely from dawn to sunset throughout Ramadan. Very different from the fast that comes with Lent, which is only a meat fast iirc. I'm pretty sure they can't even drink water during the day. It's a beautiful testament of faith that supersedes athletics. 


    At the HS level, only a few my Muslim teammates would still practice through Ramadan and even that was a lot to watch, let alone experience. Couldn't imagine what that looks like at a WC level. I've heard that some athletes observe Ramadan at different times in order to accommodate for the WC and Olympics, but not sure what that looks like. 



    I think it's fair to say that there should be accommodations, especially considering that Islam is the world's second biggest religion. If there was a big tournament on Christmas or Easter, I'm sure there'd be folks who call for a change.

  3. I don't post here much, but to the topic:


    I'm a BTS-Philly alum, and I wrote this article over the summer covering the changes coming in Women's Wrestling. The move from the West Coast to the Northeast is really helping out programs and it's been cool to watch and be a part of!




    I pitched this to Victory Press, which currently had no other amateur wrestling coverage going on, and surprisingly it was circulated quite a bit through. Not viral or anything, but enough to show that people outside of the wrestling community cares. When I'm out of school I'll be looking to do more free lance coverage of wrestling.


    Maybe wrestling journalists, myself included, should be a bit more intersectional in their approach. Stuff like Flo does is amazing -- wrestling is cool and all, but it isn't what the wrestlers are doing that can bring everyone else in, it's who the wrestlers are. Non-football players are diving into coverage all the time because people know who the players are. I'm currently looking for a media outlet to pick me up on covering the PSU wrestling season this year by documenting what goes on outside of the dual meets and tournaments. Should be f*n!

  4. Wasn't sure where to put this as the women's wrestling forum looks pretty dead, but I visit the College Wrestling forum most, so I picked here. If it belongs in another forum, please do excuse me and feel free to move it. 


    I wrote on the impact of Women's Wrestling in the city for Victory Press, picking the minds of the Women's Directors for Beat the Streets NY and Beat the Streets Philly. I believe the advancement of women's wrestling and inner-city wrestling are both great for the whole community. Being able to look at the intersection of both made for a fun write that I think the community could enjoy.


    Check it out in the link below!


  5. Ski, wrong duals.


    NCWA is the national governing body for programs at schools that don't sponsor a team under any other body. Many teams with cut programs - Liberty, Clemson, and Temple, to name a few - wrestle under the NCWA. Many club-level teams at schools that have an NCAA team also compete in the NCWA. 


    Here's a link to the final write-up: https://ncwa.net/news/2016/ucf-wins-first-national-duals-title-defeats-grand-valley-state



    As someone in attendance: UCF, indeed, was dominant throughout. After we got smacked by Liberty in pool competition (and we have a pretty solid team), we were sure they would return to the finals. Liberty got wrecked in the Semi-Finals. The team that upset Liberty, Grand Valley State, then got beat pretty handily by UCF. 



    That being said: There is a huge discrepancy between supported programs and the self-ran teams. Division I teams are usually the funded teams with coaches, facilities, resources, and everything else that makes for a successful college program. Division II teams are the student organizations that may or may not have a volunteer coach.


    To contrast: Liberty has access to a wrestling room 6 days a week, lifts 3 times a week, a full coaching staff, and a full roster. Pretty sure they took a charter bus to National Duals. We (Penn State University WC) have access to a room 3 days a week, no team lifting times, are self-coached (sometimes we have wrestlers' dads help out), and had to forfeit 125 because our wrestler there was pledging a frat. We drove 12 hours in 4 cars to get down there.



    That might help explain the perceived margin of dominance. In all honesty, it's the same as at any other level: better resources, better results. That gap is just much bigger at the NCWA level. 

  6. Green has wrestled 66kg during the freestyle season in the past on multiple occasions:


    Green v. Hunter Stieber: http://www.flowrestling.org/coverage/250696-USAW-University-and-Cadets/video/712319-James-Green-v-Hunter-Stieber#.Vjtz-q6rRsM


    Green v. old teammate Tyler Scotten: http://www.flowrestling.org/coverage/250696-USAW-University-and-Cadets/video/711373-1318-Green-Scotten-095718#.Vjtzsa6rRsM


    Green v. Drew Headlee: http://www.flowrestling.org/coverage/250697-2013-World-Team-Trials/video/715598-66kg-James-Green-vs-Drew-Headlee#.Vjtza66rRsM


    Green v. Chamberlain: http://www.flowrestling.org/coverage/250697-2013-World-Team-Trials/video/715758-70-Green-Chamberlain-125950#.VjtzhK6rRsM



    Not sure why this wasn't brought up before. I think he'll be alright. 65kg will be a fun weight to watch this season. Long list of contenders that are all fun to watch. 

  7. There are a couple reasons that I can't take either of your responses as a legitimate explanation for this scenario.  Something else has to be going on here.


    1.  If rest and school work were an issue why are these kids doing junior tournaments during their first two years of college.  Junior nationals, Junior WTTs, and Junior Worlds would take the same travel/training responsibilities as Senior level.  


    2. Coaches are being paid for their NCAA results a lot more than any one scholarship athlete, but then go off and coach freestyle all spring and summer long at their club or even on the US team level.  


    1. There is a HUGE difference between doing gen eds and electives the first two years of college and doing your Major-specific classes as an upperclassman. Also, there is life beyond wrestling - a job, internships, external academic experiences, etc. Beyond that, what might be a casual "I'll go to Junior Nationals this year with my teammates (which is a common situation)" is a world away from "I want to be the best in my country at this" as far as training and priorities go.


    2. Can't speak to this as much but coaching is also a full time job on its own. As an NCAA athlete you are a full-time student before you are a full-time athlete. Again, it's just different agencies.



    I think as fans we tend to get greedy and forget that these wrestlers are people off the mat and may or may not want to do things outside of wrestling.

  8. The team would have to qualify for the championship based on their dual results during the regular season just like basketball, baseball, soccer, field hockey and others have to do. Yes, they could elect to not field weights just as a baseball team could elect to play with 8 players but it is a lot less likely they would concede those matches so easily since it would have a real baring on their post season.


    There's a lot missing in this comparison. Sure, at the NCAA D1 level you're pretty specialized in your position, but playing Left field vs Right field is a wash. Changing weight classes (and staying competitive) is much more than that. I do agree that there are too many forfeits, but the injury possibilities along with eligibility and retention concerns are a factor in those coach's heads, I'm sure. 

  9. Doesn't PSU give their clubs any money?  Most schools I know fund their club sports. 


    Sad that the biggest college wrestling school has a team with everything right next door to kids that just want to wrestle because they enjoy it and they can't get anything.  Guess PSU doesn't care about wrestling as a sport just about winning championships in any sport possible.



    There's a limit to how much money you can get as a club, depending on certain tier levels established. To be fair, generally speaking, clubs here at PSU have to get a large percentage of their own funding. It's not just wrestling. There is support for us, just not nearly enough to fund the season. 

  10. I think these teams (with varsity) are or were called Division 2 or something like that.



    Yes, teams that have a varsity team of any sort on campus are D2, while D1 are the teams who are fielded as Varsity teams but are not affiliated with the NCAA, NJCAA or NAIA. Typically, from what I've seen, D1 teams have some scholarship money, coaches and receive school support, while D2 teams are primarily student-ran clubs.

  11. Hi my name is Davon Clark. I am on the Penn State Club Wrestling team, and have intentions of trying out for the Varsity team. You might remember me as the kid from Philly that asked for help about the walk-on process last year. 

    With our first competition (The Nittany Lion Open) less than 3 weeks away, we have been looking for ways to fund our season. Unfortunately, we had to get new singlets due to a new uniform compliance rule with the NCWA, and as a result have extremely little funds left. Though we are actively fundraising, it is highly unlikely that we will reach the necessary amount in order to attend all of our competitions and get gear for the season in time. 

    If you would like to help, we have started a GoFundMe which you can access by clicking here: http://www.gofundme.com/psuclubwrestling. Even if you are unable to donate for whatever reason, that is fine - sharing on Facebook is also an immense help! 

    Our line up is looking very strong this year, and we definitely have the potential to win an NCWA Team Title. Together, we can prove that Penn State has the best wrestling in the country at ANY level! Any help is greatly appreciated! 

  12. 125: Delgado. He won't be denied being a 3x'er. Will be a fun NCAA Bracket to watch, though.


    133: Schopp. I love the grittiness of Edinboro. Great for breeding a championship mentality, on and off the mats. No one here to challenge him really.


    141: Stieber. I wanna see how Port and him do. Will be surprised to see Devin Carter run the gauntlet again like how he did last year. 


    149: Tsirtsis. Looks like he's starting to get away from the last second wins. 149 is going to be the most wide open bracket. Top 7 Intermat-ranked guys can all legitimately win on any given day. I'd like to see Habat or Villalonga win this one, but Tsirtsis is asserting himself.


    157: I'm going Ness. He knows how to turn it on for NCAA's. He's the definition of clutch. Green IS a monster, though, and watching those two battle is going to be fun. Of course, having Ian Miller lurking is going to be fun. Very solid mid-AA range guys here too.


    165: Dieringer. Proven monster. Will not get overpowered as we thought he would.


    174: Matt Brown. The top 4 are all too close to call. I think Matt Brown having to really take the reigns of the PSU program will help push him the last bit he needs. Seeing him in action vs. Lehigh was something new from last year. No one saw the cradle coming.


    184: Dean. No explanation needed.


    197: Call me crazy, but Gadson. Schiller's hurt, Mac looked a bit frazzled vs. Lehigh, and Snyder gives me a Adam Coon kinda feel. Kyven still has something to prove for his father, and nothing gets you fired up more than doin' it for pops.


    285: Gwiaz. He'll find a way, like last year. Too dynamic of a HWT.


    Team: I'd love to say PSU pulls it out from nowhere like they did in 2011, 2013 and 2014, but I'd going Minnesota. Seasoned vets up and down the lineup who are ready to turn consistency into results. Might be a bit reminiscent of the year they won with a ton of AAs but had no champ, but a trophy is a trophy.

  13. i really liked the acw tour teague put on but havent heard much recently outside of a little facebook post this week on the tours page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Association-of-Career-Wrestlers-Tour-ACW/374522095990401 it was really cool to see kocher back wrestling


    is dake all of a sudden healthy after not being able to wrestle in the nyac?


    That's what I was thinking. I guess the prospects of a $10,000 prize can speed up the healing process a bit!

  14. We had a similar situation at my HS. Coach kinda did both. Made sure that everyone had the basics down, but would work conditioning in every practice. Within about 2 hours, we'd spend 20 minutes warming up/stretching, 45 minutes drilling, 30 minutes live, 20 mins of conditioning, and 5 minutes for a water break. We were the best in shape in the league by far. The preseason saw less time doing live and more drilling (probably take 15 mins from live and add it to drilling). 


    At the HS level, in a setting where most of your team didn't come through the Youth program (like in your situation), it is key to teach them how to wrestle before you can teach them how to be hammers. Out-conditioning will only get you so far if your kids get out-wrestled in the first period and fall into too deep of a hole. We weren't state champs or anything, but we were an above average team, I'd say. 

  15. The Martinez/Peppelman result is an interesting one. They couldn't have had more different wrestling backgrounds heading into college and have taken vastly different routes since then, though both have ended up in the same place fighting for the same spot. Will be interesting to see what happens with 165/174 going forward. Doesn't seem like much of the PA folks gave Martinez a chance. 


    Even as a PA homer, I'm glad Martinez won. Shows what hard work can get you. He placed 5th and 3rd at Florida States, rather humble for the upper echelon of wrestling - then went on to be a bracket buster everywhere. Killed NCWAs, 4th at the US Open in Greco.. I'm sure no one saw that coming, let alone him apparently winning the spot at a decent Div.1 school. All the power to him.

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