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Jim L

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  1. Does this mean Nickal has already had two MMA fights? Were they amateur? I have not heard anything about them.
  2. Woman wrestlers make good money in countries? Maybe Japan, but I would be surprised elsewhere. US colleges are able to recruit international male students for soccer, hockey, track and field, tennis etc. Sports were there is definitely money for men.
  3. The US is almost universally mediocre or worse in sports that are not offered as a common HS sport and give a chance at a collegiate scholarship. Greco and Judo are the sports that I follow closely and the US non-competitive, lack of numbers and competition also means lack of good coaches. The best athletes will want to compete for their HS and gain the recognition and have the comradeship that club sports don't offer. Northern Michigan was a half answer to this (Do they still have a Greco program offering scholarships?)The military WCAP program comes too late in the development cycle and there just aren't enough numbers.
  4. Heavies Dhesi (CAN), Hemdia(EGY), Heino (FIN) all wrestled in the US
  5. I think it an above average draw for Gwiz. Assuming he gets through Desi he will most likely face #3 Zare. Better than facing Geno or Akgul
  6. Antonio Garay - Boston College's only AA wrestler and a NFL player
  7. I do see he is working even harder on his push out skills and will be able to score pushouts against Taylor even with Cael holding him back
  8. Yes, that's what I meant, making the world team shows that he was really good at FS, just not as dominant as he was in collegiately. I looked it up and he was 1-1 at 2014 Worlds losing to eventual Bronze medalist Mohammad Mohammadian of Iran 7-4. A FS career path that somewhat resembles Askren. Both were so good in college, some part of us expected them to easily dominant in a different style that did not translate well for their folkstyle skills and they apparently did not have a passion for.
  9. IIRC, Ruth made the national team shortly after college. I dont remember his results internationally, but as we see with Nolf making the national team is no small feat in US FS.
  10. I looked the world medalists it up and I think all these guys wrestled 4 years in NCAAs: Vering, Durlacher, Koslowski, Rodney Smith, Lindland, Joe Warren, Ruiz, Paulson, Ghaffiri competed in college but not sure if they did so for four years I know Hall and Lowney competed at DI but then dropped out to focus on Greco
  11. The number of world/oly medalist in a weight class is a questionable measure of toughness of a weight class. They give out the same number of medals every year (with the exception of Covid years). Lots of medals especially golds, just shows there has been parity for many years, and lots of veterans with previous accomplishments who have not retired. Who is better JB or Bruce B. on the way to their first Gold or either wrestler at the end of their career with a massive haul of medals?
  12. Almost all of the "Russians" wrestling for other countries are not ethnic Russians and in general tend to be resentful of Russians. I suspect it is really easy for a Dagestani, Chechen or Ossetian fan to root for their wrestler even if they are not wearing a Russian singlet
  13. It seems like for a lot of the hand to hand turns, the back is not exposed. I am favoring of bring back the one point for hand to hand turn, but it adds another level of complexity to the rules. Right now any turn is 2 points and that is as simple as possible. Also IIRC there were borderline situations were sometimes it was hard to tell if an elbow hit making it a two point turn
  14. Slay beating Satiev in OT comes to mind, but it wasn't a final
  15. Judo now has mixed gender team event. They eliminate the separate men's and women's events to have a one m mixed. I don't know alot about the details but they combine classes and there can be gold medalists from two different weight classes competing. It is a cool way to end a tournament. It could work for wrestling
  16. I see this quoted all the time, but never with numbers to back it up. Although it is usually state as the most popular style in the world and the proof is that more countries participate in the Greco worlds versus the FS worlds
  17. Pretty sure Durlacher was an American citizen but was Jewish. The Maccabiah games are the worldwide Jewish games open to all Jews with any citizenship.
  18. In the interview on I saw on theNBC Olympic channel, I heard him thank Mongolia and his "ex-country" Iran, and after he blew kisses and then walked off (I am assuming to avoid controversy or tough questions). The audio in frequently low quality during the interviews and his accent wasn't terrible but still mad eit a little hard me me to understand
  19. Lindsey Durlacher, NCAA 2nd place, World Bronze in Greco
  20. Atlant Olympics took place in the middle of the summer, certainly a lot of heat and humidity in Georgia. I remember there being stories about African athletes that had more trouble with the indoor AC being blasted than the outdoor heat
  21. I say Japan, the host country almost always has an execptional year, usually setting records for the amount of medals across all events, Korea had 9 medals and two golds in 1988 (FS and GR)
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