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  1. I am sure Fogarty probably had an inkling that DSJ was coming into the fold. You just wait for those Western MN wrestlers to start migrating that direction. :D
  2. I predict him to steal any talent that Iowa doesn't get from Minnesota! And here was a Q&A about the hire http://iawrestle.com/2014/07/14/qa-with-derek-st-john/
  3. We've got nothing on that front. Although with all the guys fresh out of college getting assistant jobs maybe a trend is being set?
  4. NAIA champions Grandview showed off the plans for their new wrestling room. Looks like a huge building considering only 1/3 will be dedicated to the wrestling team, 1/3 will be bowling alleys, and the other 1/3 undecided. http://iawrestle.com/2014/06/24/a-look- ... acilities/
  5. For any Cyclone fans out there, or anyone who is curious, Coach Paulson took the time to answer some questions from the fans about the program. http://iawrestle.com/2014/07/09/a-look- ... ling-room/
  6. Didn't Ruth TF (and made it look easy) the 5th place finisher from last year? With a couple more months of freestyle work Ruth is only going to get better.
  7. While Iowa got wins from Ramos and Metcalf, they still took their lumps. McDonough didn't act like a baby when he lost to Precin (a guy who has frustrated him in the past), Brooks didn't have any antics when he didn't make the team (after being on the team last year). Sorenson, Keddy, Burak, and Gross, didn't do anything dirty.
  8. I am sure their are a ton of women in the WNBA that could demolish me on the hardwood, but that doesn't mean that the WNBA should be on over the NBA. The transitivity here is that the Metcalf match wasn't shown, and I was so pumped up that I finally got to watch some wrestling, even though I had to wait five additional hours to see it, and the led off with a woman's match. Not exactly the hook I was hoping for. I was more speaking to the fact that he said women's wrestling wasn't 'real wrestling'. Get on the mat with one of them and I bet they can show you just how real it is. You can say men's wrestling is more exciting or high level without putting down the women. Like JB said, if you want to showcase men's wrestling and keep it in the Olympics you are going to have to showcase women's wrestling and have women's wrestling in the Olympics. I getcha now. I didn't mind watching the women's match, but I would have suggested going with a male off the bat, then subbed Ruth for Metcalf. I mean if you are already showing it in delay why only show the last six matches, when you can pick and choose the most exciting ones. It was on tape delay, so it's not like they didn't know that they could have hand picked the matches they wanted to show anyway. Oh well, I still think it was a great event for wrestling, just thought the execution of the plan could have been better.
  9. I think everyone know's Meeks is pretty good (wasn't he still the #10 seed this year?), but I don't think a Meeks that is completely on his game will be able to hang with Cox or Synder. These two look like they are on a whole other level from everyone else. I also think Gadson and Schiller will have something to say about the top four spots, but I think Meeks could be in the 3rd place match, but I think he would need a good draw to make the finals. $.02
  10. I am sure their are a ton of women in the WNBA that could demolish me on the hardwood, but that doesn't mean that the WNBA should be on over the NBA. The transitivity here is that the Metcalf match wasn't shown, and I was so pumped up that I finally got to watch some wrestling, even though I had to wait five additional hours to see it, and the led off with a woman's match. Not exactly the hook I was hoping for.
  11. So what should be measured? Average number of dual meet points scored? Average match score differential? Average number of wins? Would expected number of takedowns/escapes/reversals/back points even be necessary or add anything? how about all of them! average match score looks like the way to go to me. drilling down to points of individual moves would only necessary if you want to isolate certain aspects of wrestling for whatever reason. most of the important info is captured in the score of the matches. i suggested SHP's because i assumed they were based off of bout scores. and reducing each wrestler's performance to a single number makes things easier to manipulate and analyze. but please correct me if i'm wrong. probably the trickiest issue is adjusting for strength of schedule. D1 wrestling has a relatively short, unbalanced schedule. one other side benefit of limiting things to just Big 10 schools is those teams see each other more often and so you have a higher probability of seeing back ups against starters over the course of a season. and as usual, the most difficult and time consuming part of the project would be data collection. Have you guys ever seen Wrestle Stat (http://wrestlestat.apphb.com/) This is a site with a ton of good information. For instance you can check out some neat things on Cory Clark (http://wrestlestat.apphb.com/Wrestler/I ... erId=13249). Looking at his bonus %, average points scored, average points against He has rankings for next year using a computer (no human bias) http://wrestlestat.apphb.com/Rankings/NextYearAll I really encourage all to check out the site.
  12. Here is something on looking at the top ten finishers in the recruiting rewind from D1 from 2005 to 2009. "... I went through all of the data D1 had made available and going back to 2005, and of the top 10 recruits, only 15 of the 50 who started #10 or better, finished in the top 10 of the recruiting classes. What is even more impressive is 16% of the top 10 finishers over that same period of time were ranked either 100 or lower, or even unranked." http://iawrestle.com/2014/05/01/its-not ... you-start/
  13. Easy hombre, no need to get all fired up, I tried to be fairly civil about. If you disagree with something I said let's talk about it and not default to "Hawk fans don't want to give Cael credit" or "Oh yeah, what's so great about Tom Brands" I never said Brands was perfect, I believe this discussion was centered around Penn State, which is why I only addressed PSU. Had the OP been about PSU catching flack and Brands is perfect, I would have said something about Iowa. I have even acknowledged the English thing as a stroke of good fortune, and I don't think you could argue it was that. He has never been a starter, so for him to go from backup to AA is pretty good luck, but yes Cael deserves the credit for the brilliance of the move. If you can hang your hat on Vollrath beating Dieringer one time, more power to you. It's not like he was an AA sitting on your bench. Dylan Alton is a lot better than Vollrath and he failed to make the podium. Also, if you want to bring up Brands failing to develop talent looking at the three starters he graduates. D1 did their 2009 rewind (http://d1collegewrestling.net/Recruiting_2009.html) and you can check it out. Ramos (10), St. John (15), and Lofthouse (17) all improved upon their rankings. St. John finished 5, Ramos 6, and Lofthouse 12. Not saying he is perfect, but 2009 was a good year for him.
  14. If he could get Megaludis to finish on top this year (because if he redshirts he won't have to wrestle Delgado or Garrett - assuming Garrett is bumping like I have read) This is the first I've heard of Garrett potentially bumping up. Haven't seen anything from the team or Garrett, but I am pretty sure I have read some Cornell posters somewhere saying Garrett and Realbutto are bumping. Regardless I think Nico needs a win over Garrett and Delgado to prove he is improving.
  15. I am not sure if people expect things out of wrestlers because of what they should have done coming out of high school as freshman, but it is interesting to note that since Megaludis made the finals as a true freshman he has not "improved" (2nd and now a 3rd place finish). Alton's were top 10 recruits out of high school. Right now they have one AA finish between the pair (3rd place) and at best they finish on the stand 3/8 times. Matt Brown made the finals last year, failed to even make the third place match the next year. I know I am a Hawk fan, but I give Cael credit more than most, but other than Taylor and Ruth, he hasn't had guys take the next step, and Taylor was already an amazing talent coming out of high school. If he could get Megaludis to finish on top this year (because if he redshirts he won't have to wrestle Delgado or Garrett - assuming Garrett is bumping like I have read), if Andrew finishes 4th or higher (maybe that is being too hard on him, but he should finish top four at least one as highly regarded as he was), Dylan getting back to 3rd place or higher, Brown winning a title. If some of these things happen you could make the case Cael is developing his talent. For now it looks like he is taking great talent and not really making them better. It's a slippery slope battle because you can't deny his four title he has had, but some of his guys aren't "improving".
  16. I simply like Peters to continue to improve and Gilman has yet to wrestle the 3 day grind that is the NCAA tournament. I wouldn't pick Peters over Clark. This makes no sense to me. Gilman and Clark have never lost to Petewrs ever over a to year span, and while Gilman hasn't wrestled the "three day grind" he did win a Midland title over two days. You are reaching on that and I am a UNI alum and I really like Peters.
  17. Is there an update to this? Seems like this isn't as done deal as it seemed before..
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