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  1. I'm pretty sure having Iowa wrestling "on your side" in folkstyle wrestling competition would be supremely advantageous regardless of how many times Ramos wrestles.. They almost won NCAA's after all. Jason, what he's trying to say is that, statistically, the other(AZE, IRI, RUS) countries present a much greater danger. And so one would be lucky do avoid the steep statistical odds that they'd be facing a very tough opponent.. Sure we've seen tough opponents from other countries, but STATISTICALLY the aforementioned countries present a much greater danger. Anyhow, did you witness how many Russians and Iranians swept the podium yesterday? We statistically measure the abilities of individual wrestlers, just as we do of countries. Of course, there is still a chance that all the wrestlers from the aforementioned countries can suck, and Italy can sweep the podium - in which case we'd be ultimately wrong about the toughness of the bracket. But statistically, that's unlikely. And as such I'd be reasonable to say that Pico likely fell into an easier bracket.
  2. You should add... "FOR ME." I'm providing logical refutations to said notion.. Unless you don't abide by the rules of logic then there's no reason you should disagree... Unless you can provide refutations of your own. Do that all you wish. No person is "suppressing" anything. In the end it is his, and his family's, decision. If you wish to lay in bed, rolling over, and thinking about it all the time... well... knock yourself out. In the end, he has made his choice. Good luck to him. I never criticized Pico's decision .. I criticized the general notions brought forth since the decision became public. By saying things like "He's not our kid", or "If you wish to play in bed, rolling over....", your suggesting that any further conversation over the matter is somehow unwarranted because "In the end, he has made a good choice" .. well for one, whether or not it was a good choice is the point of speculation here. But you're actively curtailing discussion because, in your opinion, we've somehow infringed upon the right of Pico and his parents to make family decisions - which we clearly haven't. I don't think anyone here deeply ruminates over this stuff outside of the wrestling forum, and we definitely don't roll over in our beds over the matter. 3] Are you Superold's sibling? I take this as a metaphorical criticism over my logical approach to discussion, in which case, I certainly am. I don't agree with him all the time, though.
  3. I don't agree with bman's post at all. None of us are actively trying to make a change in Aaron Pico's life.. or "play the parents" as you're suggesting. We're simply deliberating over the sensibility of his decision, and that is completely warranted... I never understood the mentality behind suppressing discussion on a public forum.
  4. Second Year Aerospace Engineering student here.. maybe I can contribute to this. First of all, don't equate any athlete's desire for success in his/her sport with that of their academics. Understand that people care more about some things than they do about other things, and claiming that they're passion for success is uniformly distributed across all activities is simply too assumptive. In fact, anyone who has ever known a high-level athlete knows that contrary is more than often true. I attend Rutgers University - recent inductee into the Big 10 - and cannot count how many times I've heard of cases in which athletes devise tactics to absolve themselves of college's educational obligations. This is understandable to a degree when considering the enormous egos and expectations established by these athletes. It's hard to regress from the hot-shot high school life when college proposes so many new toys and ways to have fun - in such a case who'd wanna be bogged down by school work? I'm not saying it's reasonable to ignore school work as many athletes do, but it's not difficult to arrive at a set of reasons why they do. As a devoted scientist I hate to bring up anecdotal evidence to support my claim, but I went to school with Johnny Sebastian and Nick Suriano at Bergen Catholic. I'd interviewed Johnny and written an article on him for the HS newspaper. Both were exceedingly talented and hard-working wrestlers, and nonetheless friendly people. But neither were they outstandingly, nor even slightly, considered to be intelligent or hard-working students by their peers, simply because they had neither the time nor patience for school. That's the commitment one must make when participating in such a high-level sport, and such is the reason why I don't advocate that just anyone go into wrestling because it simply won't adequately gauge everyone's natural abilities and desires given the sacrifice required to be just decent at it. Anyhow, we shouldn't assume any greater intelligence of Pico just because he is freakishly good at wrestling and even freakishlierly humble ... on-camera that is. Anyhow, my point has been made there. Secondly, I don't deny that Pico foregoing HS and College Wrestling in favor of freestyle will greatly strengthen his competitive vibe overseas. In his case, it may be the best option simply because he has proven himself as an international contender before that decision was made public. But the general notion that its always excusable for high-school phenoms to forego a pure high school and college education in favor of homeschooling is flawed, and the defense that one can just pick up a college degree with a side of fries afterwards is dismissive of blatant facts. First of all, quality education is almost always had in the physical presence of teachers and colleagues, in an academic environment that facilitates learning to the highest degree. You simply can't get that at home. I have no doubts(though I don't know for sure) that Pico's course load is greatly lessened because of his more immediate obligations, and that there isn't great emphasis placed on him actually understanding what was taught, as opposed to him just being able to run through the homework in time for practice. I have absolutely no proof of this, but it seems logical considering how truly difficult it would be to balance a full-time high school education, and a full-time wrestling career. Very few are able to handle even just one of the two. To assume that Pico is just as dedicated to education, which serves no direct purpose in the face of his wrestling success. as he is to wrestling is - to me - not the most rational conclusion. And about that post-wrestling college degree... Do you people understand how difficult is it to obtain a degree in mostly anything? You don't just "quit" wrestling and do something else.. there's undoubtedly a deeply emotional transition one must make from being one of the presumed best in the world at something, to becoming an ordinary everyday average joe. This jarring change in relative popularity has been discussed time and time again on this forum - How certain high school phenoms are unable to perform in college, under the new and unique pressures accompanied by simply not being the best in the room anymore. Adopting the beloved "if you're not the best you're nothing" mentality means risking mental and emotional turbulence in the likely case that you simply won't be as good as you want to be. Think of living under the "the losers are the other people" philosophy of Tom Brands for 4 years, only to realize that you are inevitably one of the others that you trained so hard to punish and defeat all of your life. It must be jarring to say the least. Sure, I come from the biased background of engineering - which is statistically the most difficult major in college - but even lesser difficult fine-arts degrees take immense amounts of work and dedication, without even coupling in the difficulty of obtaining a job nowadays. One of Rutgers' most notoriously difficult undergrad courses is Expository Writing - touting a particularly high failure rate, though I believe the rumors are largely unrepresentative of student's laziness that results in bad grades. Try taking Integral Calculus or Thermodynamics... Anyway, imagine an emotionally jarred former wrestler having to put up with failing multiple papers, being constantly accompanied by that feeling of defeat and loss. You don't simply switch off that "winning" philosophy. It stays with you for a while. And every major has one of those Holy S**t this is hard classes. Now, this can be negated by partnering a lighter college load, with wrestling - as many college's do. And it can produce good results... Look at the Magic Man.. Graduating with a Masters Degree in an easy field, but at least a field nevertheless. But that's the product of balancing academics with athletics - something that HS Phenoms will never get if they skip out on college. My post may be in the running for longest of the year by now - and I have much more to say - but I've been silent much too often in light of this argument.
  5. To Taylor's credit, JB didn't tech or dominate him like some here were predicting. DT held his own. Respectable performance but DAMN... GOTTA WIN IT!! Next up: Dake v. Taylor
  6. DT seems to be getting to JBs ankles a few times but reeling in nothing. Interesting, I don't remember DT looking gassed at the end of their first match-up at US Open last year. The end of the last two showdowns look similar -- JB like a swift, elusive technician trying to dismantle a stumbling giant in Taylor, as per the conditioning goes.
  7. Taylor keeping a close proximity with the ties.... Does a better job of defending doubles but still gives up some points to JB. Taylor getting gassed and visibly concedes match towards end...
  8. He's wrestling someone who has yet to have lost a match by a point(Marable beat him on criteria), let alone two matches in a row in freestyle. His opponent happens to be the #1 pound-for-pound wrestler in the world with a pretty good record of whooping guys who'd previously held him close. Two examples, Sanakoev had brought Burroughs to the wire before Beat The Streets, where Burroughs pinned him. Similarly, Khubetzy forced a 3rd period with Burroughs at Beat The Streets 2013, before Burroughs teched him a few weeks later. Minus the two roll-over cradles Taylor had masterfully executed off JB singles, which are unlikely to repeat themselves, Taylor has only scored once on JB - whilst JB double legged him three times in the previous match alone. Taylor will have to wrestle his best match ever to beat Burroughs once tonight, and perhaps the best in his entire wrestling career to beat JB twice in his prime. I'm right there with anyone supporting Taylor, but I think "colossal" is warranted here.
  9. I'm rooting for DT but odds are colossally stacked against Taylor here .. Probability of Cael Sanderson being issued a yellow-card = 1.0
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