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  1. Injured... BUT not to the extent that his reaction(s) would indicate. As Brands said, DeSanto doesn’t have much of an injury history. First notable injury (even a tweak can be an injury) is not always something people handle well Add to that, it’s against one of your toughest competitors, in the biggest dual of the year, at the home arena, and you’re part of the 1-2 punch that jumpstarts the team? DeSanto was injured. And, with no disrespect intended here, that injury in combination with the way the match was going, mentally broke him.
  2. Brucki is definitely of a Polish background.
  3. Found the rule we're all curious about! Rule 5, Section 8, Article 7; Grasping Clothing or Equipment. "Grasping of clothing, the mat, equipment or ear protection by a competitor is a technical violation. Any action after this technical violation is considered dead time." You are definitely correct in saying and thinking you can push and post just fine - the actual grabbing is the penalty. I was actually thinking about the hand flexing, but was relying only on the still photos and didn't re-watch the video at the time. Glad you posted it - and you're right on with what I was thinking, his hands can tell you if they were placing/posting or grabbing. Like you said, it's clear that the video makes it clear in a way that photos don't. They got the call wrong. I also can't understand why they wouldn't overturn it. I may just be being optimistic, which is not in my nature, but I don't think it's a pride issue. You're going to get flack either way, at least making the correct call helps you to save face. Well said, particularly the second half of the first paragraph. Put it much better than I could have. Overall, you are just spot on here. I support a replay system but this has glaring flaws. OSU challenging when there were none left... how did that get overlooked? It legitimately baffles me. Hidlay? Same. I admit I wanted Nolf, but no one can say that it was indisputable that there was not a takedown... except the referees. Even Nolf said he thought it was a takedown. I think one simple, possibly time-saving change to the replay system that would GREATLY improve it would be that calls are reviewed by a third party. Someone else mentioned that too. People don't like admitting when they're wrong, even with evidence. That eliminates that issue. There's a reason most major sports leagues do it that way. But the NCAA is gonna NCAA. EDIT: One thing I do like is that the refs can and do initiate reviews on their own when they're not sure. I give refs credit for saying they want to take another look to make sure they can make the right call - positioning, pace, etc. make it literally impossible to see everything for refs at times.
  4. I'm going to say it falls under the precise wording in the rulebook, which is Rule 3, Article 13, Section 4. It reads, "The mat-side video review process operates under the assumption that the ruling on the mat is correct, and only when there is indisputable video evidence that a ruling was incorrect will a call be changed. Absent that evidence, the original ruling stands." To me, the phrase "only when there is indisputable video evidence that a ruling was incorrect will a call be changed" is what made all the difference. The call on the mat, was no call - no violation by Suriano. The photos clearly show that his hand is on the headgear, but that, on its own, is not a violation. It has to be gripping it, pulling it, using it, etc. Common sense tells us, and the refs, that this happened. But the video evidence does not. Fix's headgear doesn't shift, his hair does give plausibility for Suriano's apparently stubby fingers, a strap never gets pulled by a finger, etc. I fully believe, like pretty much everyone here, Suriano had a violation here. But the evidence was not indisputable. Remember, that means the refs have to watch it and go "Yeah, we 100% got that call wrong." If there's any room for debate, it's not indisputable. And this thread has shown that there's multiple points of debate. We mostly all agree on them, and I bet the refs did too, but since it was not absolutely conclusive, they did their jobs and left the call as it was made on the mat. And that is where I, who had zero dog in the fight, absolutely hated the way Fix finished that. Defend for that tiny bit of time left, then call out the headgear violation to coaches/refs. If he knows enough to know it's a violation, he knows enough to know the call on the mat stands if replay is inconclusive. Seems like he had a mental lapse on the latter part, which is unfortunate for him. Hate to see a match like that end in controversy, but it was going to either way with that finish. And that's a shame - just like Hall/Valencia in '17.
  5. This is an insanely hard question for me, because I'm looking at mentality and body type - and going way too far into it. I'll pick just three: Ashnault, Suriano, and DeSanto (yes, DeSanto) would likely make for great fighters - and I actually expect them all to pursue it. All three are tough as hell, and both Ashnault and Suriano appear to have a longer reach than height - a very good thing to have in MMA. They come ready to fight when there's not even a fight to be had. They wont back down. And for those knocking the DeSanto pick - consider this. He gets amped up for big events. I've never seen the kid back down. He absolutely hates losing. I'm no fan of what he did against Micic in '18, but we went this season with no similar issues. His "antics" are a whole different story. Things that in MMA, you draw PPV buys over. And he's only 2 years out of high school. He has 2-3 more years of college training and maturing ahead of him, and a couple years of fight training too. Cassar is a tossup. His size puts him in a bind. He looks to be about 6'0. That puts him about 3" taller than Conor McGregor, but fighting at either 185 or 265 - both of which he'd likely have significant reach disadvantages. Some have overcome it - Fedor was 6'0, about 235 - just like Cassar - but Fedor is Fedor. Especially from 2000-2006, he was in a class all to himself. I think Cassar could have mediocre to moderate success, but nothing elite... whereas he seems like he would be one heck of a coach - particularly strength and conditioning.
  6. And, if Smith took 6th, he would still actually likely meet the criteria for Bronze Standard - placing one spot below AQ and beating someone who earned and kept an AQ spot (it didn't say "at that weight" and given some of his 174 wins, that's also a yes) - giving him the 2 criteria he needs to be eligible for an at-large bid. That said, the formulaic model they're using for at-large bids this year does not do him favors. Head to head wins account for 25% of the rationale, and he has zero of those because of the weight change. Dude just needs one win in the next two matches and he's fine.
  7. Seems like a tactical choice more than anything - and I believe a few of them have said as much in the past. In theory, the more times you compete against someone, the more you learn, and the closer the match should be. And with basically every single high level matchup being recorded and broadcast, the ability to scout opponents is completely unprecendented. By not sending their number one guys, the competition doesn't get the feel for what the tapes can't show. Yes, it cuts both ways, and it may leave some Russians unprepared, but with their depth (a total of 27 ranked freestyle wrestlers in the most recent rankings, and multiple wrestlers at every weight except 125kg), they're probably getting as close of a feel as anyone can for any opponent, minus the freak things like Burroughs and his double. This is also one of the reasons that it seems like Russians come out with something new and unexpected every year - the number of firemans that they hit last year or the year before took nearly everyone by surprise. That's not to say there's no worries on the drug issue. Meldonium is almost a certainty to have affected a few elite competitors. But they've been doing things this way for years now, so I think it's to limit their potential opponents' familiarity with them. (After all, look how well that's worked out for Molinaro and Cox as of late!)
  8. 1. It was the Chevalier Nusuev memorial. Nusuev was a judoka and sambo wrestler turned coach, very young. Was USSR Master of Sport in both, and at 20 y/o he was given the title of Honored Coach of the USSR when one of his athletes won an Olympic gold - youngest coach ever to get the recognition. Was also Honored Coach of Russia after the dissolution. He was also a businessman, and was assassinated in Moscow about a decade ago. Not a UWW event, and not hugely significant event; surprised to see Tsargush here. 2. Nope - not club flags. Best comparison would be akin to state flags. Bagaev has the Ossetian flag above him. Tsargush's flag is the flag for the federal city of Moscow (rather than the Moscow region) - it depicts St. George slaying the Dragon
  9. Eh... I think it's unfortunate that no news has come out yet. Its an informal indicator of severity level of the offense, Something this big so close to the season leads you to believe that there's way more to this; It may be a very long story. Nothing on public record has shown it to be criminal, which leads us to it being something going on at the school in some way or form - very open and lots of wiggle room. This could range anywhere from Pariano laying into the AD about what he needs and doing it over abd over, from what I heard. But it could also go the other way and a lengthy harassment suite could come from this. Given Drew's impulsivity and tendency to be doing and having a hand in everything (in a good way), it seems like it was many things boiling over. But fallout has to happen and what not. Have no fear, NJDan, you'll get that news, just not in the next week I'm guessing.
  10. I'll just say this . . . I can easily see both sides of this. Wrestlingnerd and the others with his view are disappointed because on paper, this was (probably) the best team we've ever sent, based on mostly US credentials (obviously, Pico and McKenna are exceptions). And then for what they expected them to do, and did not achieve, it's viewed as a let down. Totally understandable from that point of view. That's the definition of a letdown. It's also tied so closely to a purely idealistic point of view. I, and many others, and I truly mean no disrespect to wrestlingnerd when I say this, take what I feel is more of a realist type view (and yes, of course I'm biased). Spencer Lee was dominant. He's the one guy I think we can all agree on being happy about. I thought Micic could place, he did. Did he blow that Iranian match? Yes. But he came back and did the best he could have done. McKenna not making weight is, to me and many others, the biggest true disappointment. To me, it's because this is the only thing that he has complete control over, and he didn't make it happen. I understand that it does happen, but it shouldn't, especially at a tournament of this caliber. That was disappointing. I expected Pico to take the gold, and I was wrong. Yes, he lost in the last three seconds, which is extremely frustrating. He also should never have given up that 4 to start the match and needs to finish his shots (and change levels - anyone else notice that in this match he was almost exclusively working snatch singles?). But he lost, to a good guy, but yes someone he could have beaten. He outwrestled that guy... but the Azeri scored big to start and wrestled smarter at the end. This was disappointing, but he beat a very game (on paper) Turk for the bronze. Hall losing was a disappointment, but not on the level of McKenna's weight or Pico. I know he also lost with very little time left, but again, the guy he lost to is no pushover. He didn't get a chance to wrestle back for Bronze but I'm confident he would have, if he had the opportunity. I thought Bronze was the best he would get, to be fair. Valencia . . . I didn't expect him to place. His draw wasn't great but I thought he needed a superb one to place. This really kind of went almost exactly as expected. Cassar gets hurt. Admittedly, I know very little about this young man, but that also leads me to believe a medal was not expected. It definitely wasn't expected from me. Just hope he's healthy. At heavy, it was great to see Butler come away with the bronze, especially beating a returning medalist to do so. He might be the only one besides Lee that we all agree on. I think that we need to remember a few things, if we want to be realists. One, things happen that we don't expect. McKenna blowing weight, Pico not getting gold . . . didn't expect that, and unfortunate for us. Most of us also didn't expect Butler to pull out a Bronze in heavyweight either though. It's idealistic to think of what would happen in a perfect tournament. It's realistic to take that idealism and then just throw a few of those predictions out the window, because tournaments never go as predicted. I will say I also thought we could have placed top three, but top four isn't bad. We're also very biased because we see our guys destroying our other guys... but rarely do we see junir level athletes from other countries. Hall is a great example of this. He's a great talent in the US. Arguable P4P best high schooler (although I think that goes back to Lee now). But we're not one of the three best wrestling countries in the world, so it's fair to (generally) assume that our best is generally also not going to be one of the three best. As someone else said, even if McKenna weighs in and gets a medal, Hall medals, and Pico gets gold, we don't beat Iran. They had a very, very good tournament. It falls short of our ideal expectations and the overall ability, but to me it falls right in line with realistic expectations on the whole. Mistakes are going to be made by someone(s) and this was no exception. But for those who had the chance to come back and medal, and they did, it shows what we have to look forward to. Pico, in particular, looked fantastic in the tournament, but especially in that bronze medal match. His handfighting has improved so much in a year, and it's opening up a lot more offense than when he was only snapping down. He showed a lot more versatility. The end results are not all that matter. I'm not saying they don't, but you have to remember - other countries have fantastic studs that are also improving... we aren't going to ever achieve at the ideal level. Stuff will and does happen. So I'm slightly disappointed, but pretty content with the overall performance. Sorry, this got long.
  11. Schneider is no longer at Cal Poly. http://www.columbiachronicle.com/sports ... f6878.html
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