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lu1979 last won the day on June 1 2019

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  1. My freshman year at Lehigh (1976) Don McCorkle wrestled at heavyweight (unlimited at that time) - He finished his junior campaign as an EIWA champion but did not place at NCAAs - The following year he dropped to 190 lbs and won his 3rd straight EIWA title and took 3rd at NCAAs. I think Don was weighing around 215 by the end of the season his junior year.
  2. The Ivys even announced that they will not change their long standing policy of not allowing students who have completed their undergraduate degrees to participate in sports for any spring athletes who missed their season due to the corona virus. If those athletes want to compete after graduating they will have to do it at a non Ivy League school.
  3. I am 90% sure that the answer is no you cannot compete at an Ivy League school if you have completed an undergraduate degree and are attending the Ivy school in a graduate capacity.
  4. It is going to be hard for anyone to catch Iowa next year but I do think NC State can compete well with the next strongest teams (PSU, Cornell, Mich, & Ohio State). If Reenan is back and healthy I think they have 4 guys with finalist potential - both Hidlays, Reenan, and Camacho. If guys like Wilson and the Bullards can step up they could be in the hunt for a trophy.
  5. I certainly hope for the best for young Mr. Poulin but at this point I would not even say he is a shoo in to start right away. Jakob Camacho looked really good last year especially at the end of the year. If you haven't seen him torch Jack Mueller the undefeated returning NCAA runner up in the ACC finals I would advise you to watch it. Camacho looked great and I believe he would have AA'd if they actually wrestled the NCAAs. He has 3 years left and I would not be surprised if he spent all 3 at 125 lbs. Full disclosure I am a bit biased as Camacho is a CT kid. I was actually sitting in the opposite corner from him when he won his 1st CT state open title. He will be a junior when Poulin is a freshman. PS - Poulin will be a senior in HS this year and graduate in 2021. He will not have to RS to avoid Spencer Lee as Lee will also graduate next year. (providing Spencer doesn't Oly RS next year)
  6. It was a huge upset. Satiev was very much in his prime. He had already won World Gold medals in 95,97, & 98 as well as the Olympic Gold in 96. It is widely believed that he took off 1999 Worlds so his brother Adam could participate at his weight (Adam won Gold) In 2000 he would have been around 26 years old. After that Olympics he won World Golds in 2001, 03, and 05 as well as Olympic Golds in 04 and 08. In 08 he was around 34 years old. Slay was not really well known internationally at that time although Joe Williams had been a known quantity and had been favored to make the team. Williams had been on the 1999 World team and finished 4th. Slay beat Williams pretty solidly at US Nationals in 2000 and secured the finals spot at the Dallas Olympic trials. Williams never made to the finals match as he lost to Slay's coach/training partner Brian Dolph in the mini tournament finals. I am pretty sure that Cael did go to the Olympic trials that year.
  7. Well Double half I must take issue with a couple of things that you say/imply. I for one am a great backer of equality and fully support all people being treated fairly and equally before the law. I believe that those beliefs are shared with the vast majority of Americans of all ethnic backgrounds. So I guess the disagreement I may have with you is where does this country that I love and admire so much stand today as far as approaching that lofty goal. Beyond that how do we advance the USA towards that positive progress that you say you want and seem to have decided that the rest of us "people who need to get over ourselves" are against. First as to where the USA stands today - I am not sure how old you are DH but I will soon be 64 and like to think that I have a pretty solid understanding of history. The USA (like all societies since the beginning of human civilization) has a long history of racial conflict and racism. The African Americans along with the Native Americans have received the worst of that treatment over the years. The US ended slavery in 1865 and after a brief time when equal rights started to emerge in the South there was a massive backlash fueled by white racism and the Jim Crow were instituted in the South. In the rest of the country there wasn't the legal structure set up to enforce the separate and unequal treatment of whites and blacks but there was plenty of racism and discrimination that was widely accepted. The same types of racist attitudes largely existed throughout all of the other countries of the world also. So what is racism? More than anything else it is an attitude held by people that they are inherently better than another group of people due to perceived superficial differences in looks. In point of fact there is one human race and the so called differences are rather arbitrary and cosmetic. Still I believe it would be impossible for any fair minded person to deny that within the a large percentage white population of this country there was an attitude that somehow blacks were somehow inferior to whites. I do wish that we somehow have a graph of how those racist attitudes changes over the years in this country. I believe it would show a very steady decrease (yes it lagged in the South) especially after WW2. The desegregation of the military by Truman and the desegregation of sports in both the pro leagues and the colleges were both symptoms and drivers of that change in attitudes. When the 1960s arrived and the civil rights movement hit America faced a major test and I believe the majority of white Americans (probably not a majority in the South) decided that we should honor the values expressed in of Declaration of Independence and codified in our Constitution. I was to young to remember when Dr. King gave his I have a Dream speech in 1963. I think it affected and convinced a lot of people then and I know it has had an affect on me over the years. The laws of this land were changed then and have continued to evolve to a point that on the books discrimination is a clear violation of the laws of this land. As white and black people spent more time in each others company in school, work, and other areas of life a more important change took place. I have seen the change in attitudes across generations. If racism exists in the hearts and minds of people then the level of improvement in this country over the last century is amazing. My parents generation were less racist than my grandparents and my generation less than them. The kids coming up today abhor the very thought of racism. I may just be naive of plain stupid but I just don't believe that there are that many white people left in this country that believe that white people are somehow better or superior in any way to their black brothers and sisters. I think the vast majority of all Americans want to see all people treated with full equality and receive full and equal treatment before the law. So if I am right about racism being a thing of the past with the vast majority of white people, why are we where we are today. How do you explain the issues highlight in your second paragraph (poverty, incarceration rates, police brutality etc)? Well those are very complicated issues and I am sure no one wants to hear me running off at the mouth any more. So I am going to cut to the chase and ask where do we go from here? There are millions of African American kids in this country growing up right now and what should they be hearing from the adults of this country. What should they be hearing from the millions of African Americans who have found their way to great success here? Should they tell them they can't succeed due to horrible systemic racism and institutional racism that exists in this awful country? Or do we tell them that their success depends on their own actions, is in their own hands. This starts with education, and is rooted in work ethic. I think all of the successful African Americans and people from every ethnic background can deliver this message. I firmly believe that the route to the American Dream is open to everyone in this country and depends on making good choices and avoiding bad choices in life. By all means let's be there to coach them and guide them. I have been coaching wrestlers for years and have never told any of them that the refs suck and to go out and complain to them. I have told them to work hard at building their strength skill, and stamina. I have preached to them to worry about what they can control and not to be distracted by things they can't. Well DH I do apologize for rambling on so much and I won't blame you if you don't bother to read it. This stuff does bother me and I sincerely hope that this country can come together and do the right things especially for the kids of this country. The best to you and I hope we can get back to wrestling soon.
  8. They are absolutely entitled to their opinion and I will always defend their right to have it even when I strongly disagree with it. That should stay a two way street in America. When it doesn't we are all poorer for it.
  9. If you read my post again you may notice that I never mentioned the 1st Amendment, which as you point out applies to government interference with our speech. If we cannot respect the rights of fellow Americans to express opinions about political matters without trying to use mob rule to beat them down we have a problem in this country. You are free to agree or disagree with that sentiment.
  10. If you read my post again you may notice that I never mentioned the 1st Amendment, which as you point out applies to government interference with our speech. If we cannot respect the rights of fellow Americans to express opinions about political matters without trying to use mob rule to beat them down we have a problem in this country.
  11. Well you do have a point that he probably should have known the fallout. We are just on thin ice when unpopular opinions start ruining lives. Pretty soon the silence is deafening.
  12. People are missing a larger point on this - since when are people not entitled to express an opinion in this country? Now Drew Blees can't express his opinion on the kneeling during the national anthem without being castigated as a racist? This guy from Scraplife has a right to express his opinion regardless if it is popular or not. There is nothing remotely racist in that guy's post. If we are not free to criticize or disagree with a political party (Democrats) or a very political group pushing an agenda (like BLM) we are in big trouble in this country. If you think I am out of line check out the Van Jones interview with some singer named Andra Day - according to her "you can't control the the thoughts of the people being oppressed. You have to control the thoughts of the oppressor - whether they're aware of it or not" end quote - So the message if you buy into the concepts of "systemic racism" "institutional racism" and "white privilege" is that we can be racist even if we don't realize it. That is very convenient. The goal posts have been magically moved in the midst of the game and its still happening. I believe that I like many Americans are very committed to reaching what the original goal was as it was eloquently described in MLK's I have a dream speech. Personally I think this country is a hell of a lot closer to being at that original goal than people (especially liberal Democrats) give it credit for. Well I have probably said more than I should but not allowing people to have an opinion should bother all Americans.
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