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    rpm002 reacted to steamboat_charlie v2 in Iszmail Muszukajev ("Hungary")   
    This guy is pure theater.  He could win the Olympics, or get DQ'd out of the first round for cold spraying the mat ref.  And neither result would be a surprise.  
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    rpm002 reacted to 1032004 in Iszmail Muszukajev ("Hungary")   
    Thanks, found it:
    https://mobile.twitter.com/rader_jd/status/1176993417232076801
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    rpm002 got a reaction from spladle08 in Non-Olympic World’s   
    Has it been announced that they are doing Non-Olympic worlds in 2020?  
     
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    rpm002 got a reaction from jon in USA Trials Finalists   
    That bracket works great if there are world medalists on both sides of the bracket.  It doesn't work at all with 1.  If you just cross out the world medalists on the top but keep the rest of the bracket the same, the 4 seed just has to beat the 5 seed and the 1 seed to make the final.  Meanwhile the 3 seed has to beat the 6, the 2, and the world medalist to make the final.  I think it's obvious that would be a terribly unfair setup.  
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    rpm002 reacted to NJDan in Freestyle Day 3 Thread   
    In the San Marino trials, yes.
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    rpm002 reacted to lu1979 in 2019 Worlds: Make your predictions   
    It's the world championships - a lot of good wrestlers won't get medals
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    rpm002 reacted to bnwtwg in Final X Pick'em Contest   
    wooooo!
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    rpm002 got a reaction from Cradle1 in 2019 World Championships - Top Contender, Challengers and Underdog   
    Pretty good list except your spelling of Dieringer's name was really terrible. 
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    rpm002 got a reaction from spladle08 in 2019 World Championships - Top Contender, Challengers and Underdog   
    Pretty good list except your spelling of Dieringer's name was really terrible. 
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    rpm002 got a reaction from freestyle_fan in 2019 World Championships - Top Contender, Challengers and Underdog   
    Pretty good list except your spelling of Dieringer's name was really terrible. 
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    rpm002 got a reaction from Nicky_Pipes in 2020 Dark-Horse?   
    The Olympic year doesn't have final X.  It will be single elimination until the finals, as it was when 9th seeded Frank beat 1 seed Metcalf in the quarters in 2016.
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    rpm002 got a reaction from Eagle26 in 2020 Dark-Horse?   
    The 2016 dark horses (Frank and Dennis) were not people unknown to freestyle, but rather people who were always right there but were overlooked because they never had their big breakthrough.  Candidates along those lines for 2020:
     
    Nico - He is the best equipped of the 61 guys to go down to 57 and I think he’s improved quite a bit over the past couple of years
    Frank - Kind of the forgotten man at 65kg, but his win over Oliver for 3rd makes me think another run is possible
    Ness - It is all matchups with him, but doesn’t seem impossible 
     
    (I know the lower weights the best, but I also think that’s where dark horses are most likely to prevail, as they did in 2016)
     
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    rpm002 got a reaction from spladle08 in 2020 Dark-Horse?   
    The 2016 dark horses (Frank and Dennis) were not people unknown to freestyle, but rather people who were always right there but were overlooked because they never had their big breakthrough.  Candidates along those lines for 2020:
     
    Nico - He is the best equipped of the 61 guys to go down to 57 and I think he’s improved quite a bit over the past couple of years
    Frank - Kind of the forgotten man at 65kg, but his win over Oliver for 3rd makes me think another run is possible
    Ness - It is all matchups with him, but doesn’t seem impossible 
     
    (I know the lower weights the best, but I also think that’s where dark horses are most likely to prevail, as they did in 2016)
     
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    rpm002 got a reaction from bnwtwg in Final X Pick'em Contest   
    Updated standings:
    bnwtwg 90 rpm002 72 AZ_wrestling 61 herma48852 51 wrestlingnerd 50 cangemi 40 Chet 34 Ragu OUT Mdogg OUT steamboat_charlie OUT lu1979 OUT Perry OUT RajaThaiKnee OUT OBXWrestler OUT nhs67 OUT You can see bnwtwg's awesome entry posted above.  He is 9/9 so far.  I actually am 9/9 as well, but while I picked Fix and Zain, I didn't make them locks like he did, so kudos for bnwtwg for not only his awesome picks but is confidence to make them all locks.
    Still, the contest will come down to Dake/Dieringer.  If Dake wins, bnwtwg will score a perfect 100 points.  if Dieringer wins, bnwtwg will be out and I will be the winner.
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    rpm002 reacted to bnwtwg in Final X Pick'em Contest   
    1) It's not over yet, but thanks everyone for the kudos thus far
    2) I was only kidding when I said Downey vs. the scale. EDIT - I really thought he may blow weight. It would have been comically hilarious.
    3) I actually thought Yianni would win, but this was the best mathematical possibility given he was picked prior
    4) Locks made a huge impact and I'm a huge fan, almost PD3 & Heflin like (go big or go home)
    3) I'm a big Illini stan and would gladly give up my very temporary internet bragging rights to have seen Imar pull off the series upset. One match is huge, but dang..... JB is The Man for a reason...
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    rpm002 got a reaction from Giovanni in Final X - Lincoln   
    Fix in 3 - All 3 matches will be close.  This is the only one of the 5 where I wouldn't be surprised at all if it went the other way.
    Graff in 2 - As detailed in my other thread, I think this is a favorable matchup for Graff.  
    Green in 2 - Deakin was underrated going into the Open, but Green will make adjustments and get the W.
    Burroughs in 3 - Not sure why, but have a strange hunch IMar will sneak out a match somehow.  But don't see Burroughs losing this in Lincoln.
    Snyder in 2 - Different year, same result.
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    rpm002 reacted to drag it in Colon vs Graff   
    Kudos to Graff.  He's had a lot of very close seconds over the years, including a Big Ten title where he got tied almost at the buzzer on a fleeing the mat, and even more agonizing, just needing an escape to win NCAAs in overtime, only to get turned and lose.
    The latter I thought was made even tougher because Ramos, in the only thing he ever did in a controversial career that really bothered me, made a condescending comment in the post match interview -- something like, Kids, never roll on the bottom, which really rubbed salt into the wound on a decent guy.  
    I had family over so could just covertly watch on my phone with the sound off, so couldn't hear the post match interview, but it looked like it was a cathartic win for him -- which I hope will get him loose for him to let it fly at Worlds.
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    rpm002 reacted to RJChicago in Final X - Lincoln   
    Making the world team meant so much to him - he could barely get words out. He probably felt ridiculous because he was trying really hard not to cry - but he shouldn't, it was awesome to see - how much the sport means to him and how much he has given to it and to achieve a pinnacle like this after so many 'almosts' it was touching to see. He said he is very thankful to God. He said he has been humbled a lot in wrestling and he is so grateful and blessed to still be doing it. He said his wife has supported him through many ups and downs and he said he is grateful to his wrestling club and Reece and his training partners and Princeton wrestling and so many others without whom he would not be here.
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    rpm002 reacted to russelscout in Final X - Lincoln   
    Happy to see Graff make the team. Idk what his medal chances are, but it's just cool to see someone who has been working at it so long and consistently come up short to finally get over the hump.
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    rpm002 reacted to MadMardigain in NJRTC-Awesome   
    Coach Humphrey doing his dad proud. 
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    rpm002 reacted to Housebuye in Final X: Lincoln Picks   
    Final X - LINCOLN - JUNE 15
    Session One Weigh-Ins - 9:30-10 AM ET
     
    Session One – Noon CT
    Bout 1: Women’s FS 59 kg – Alli Ragan  vs. Lauren Louive 
    Alli was one of our Stars before she missed a world team. She is a world silver and looks great. I don’t think this will be competitive  
    Bout 2: Men’s GR 60 kg – Leslie Fuenffinger vs. Ildar Hafizov 
    Ildar is a transplant from Uzbekistan, representing them at the 2008 Olympics and at worlds. He is highly technical compared to Leslie  . Ildar is much older, which is the only area Leslie might be able to exploit (explosive power, speed, cardio, etc). With that said I think ildar is superior in every position and I don’t think it will be competitive  
    Bout 3: Women’s FS 55 kg – Jacarra Winchester  vs. Dominique Parrish 
    Bout 4: Men’s GR 72 kg – Raymond Bunker vs. Alex Mossing
    Neither guy has much of a chance at medaling. This might be our weakest weight. This is a Marine vs Air Force match which is interesting. Bunker will come forward with a ton of pressure mossing will go for body locks and throws. Hard to predict the outcome, but I’ll go with Mossing. Could go either way  
    Bout 5: Men’s GR 63 kg – Ryan Mango  vs. Xavier Johnson 
    Both Of there guys are exceptional athletes and have similar styles. I expect Mango to use his slight technical advantage of big match experience to win this one, but it is a contest. Xavier is no joke  
    Bout 6: Men’s GR 97 kg – G’Angelo Hancock vs. Lucas Sheridan 
    Hancock is our best shot at a medal besides the winner of Coon/Schultz. He is a super athlete who has been honing his skill for years, is young, trains overseas on and off, and his par terre skills are some of the best in the US across styles  I expect a fairly easy win for him. Props to Lucas for making FinalX. That is well above what  anyone expected for him  
     
    Session Two Weigh-Ins - 3:30-4 PM ET
     
    Session Two – 6 PM CT
    Bout 1: Women’s FS 62 kg – Mallory Velte vs. Kayla Miracle 
    Both women have a shot at medaling. Velte has the upper hand in their prior matches but Miracle is world level and I’m ready to see her break through. Great match to kick off session 2  
    Bout 2: Women’s FS 53 kg – Sarah Hildebrandt  vs. Katherine Shai 
    So glad Shai is back! She was the Olympic alternate in 2012 and 2016 and was one of our best prior to this cycle. Unfortunately for her, our women’s program has taken off since then and she has a returning world silver in Hildebrandt to deal with. We haven’t seen Sarah in awhile but assuming she is ready to go, I expect her to win in somewhat competitive matches. Interesting note on Shai - she had a baby about 2 years ago. She also is quite successful in her career outside of wrestling. I’m very glad she is making a push for 2020  
    Bout 3: Women’s FS 76 kg – Adeline Gray vs. Precious Bell 
    props to Bell for making FinalX, but this will be over in 30 seconds. Grey is a rare talent and Bell is a solid wrestler but isn’t world level yet. Grey is going for her 5th world gold against a very tough field that includes 2 other world champs and multiple medalists. She is already legendary and unless Helen can get back to her old form, nobody will touch Adeline’s wins for at least another cycle. Maybe a few cycles if she gets to 5 or 6. Just look at how long John Smith has held the record for men  
    Bout 4: Men’s GR 130 kg – Adam Coon vs. Cohlton Schultz 
    This is a match I’m very excited for. Coon looked pretty bad in freestyle compared to last year, but hopefully that means he has been focusing on Greco. He is a returning world silver and pinned his way to the finals. He had the perfect draw but credit to him for taking advantage. Schultz is the best Greco prospect we’ve had in years. Cadet world gold, junior world bronze, and beat our Olympian dominantly to make FinalX. Rumor is, Schultz used to beat Coon regularly at the OTC and that was before Schultz jumped levels this year. Coon is the only returning medalist, besides maybe the next match, that won’t make the team  
    Bout 5: Men’s FS 61 kg – Joe Colon vs. Tyler Graff 
    Great match. Another poster did an excellent break down of this match and picked Graff. Graff also tends to beat Colon no matter the style. Graff also has never won a world level event until recently. Due to his lack of high finishes I can’t pick him, but man NJRTC is rolling and that stuff matters. I have zero confidence in this pick. Colon takes losses all the time and honestly I was shocked he medaled. I highly doubt he medals again, but what do I know  
    Bout 6: Men’s FS 97 kg – Kyle Snyder vs. Kyven Gadson
    I’ve always been a Gadson fan. Props for him staying at 97kg and at least it is somewhat compelling because of him being the reason Snyder isn’t a 4 timer in college. He also did it the year Snyder won his first gold and in dramatic fashion with a first period pin. He did blast Snyder off the mat (and stage) last year. Snyder will still dominate though. 
    Bout 7: Men’s FS 70 kg – Ryan Deakin vs. James Green 
    Deakin looked very good at the Open. He is clearly much better at freestyle than folk. He also managed to avoid Nolf due to the win over Green. I doubt Green lets that happen again. I don’t think it will be all that close, even if the score suggests otherwise. Green might blow the match open. His offense looked on point at trials and Deakin’s greatest flaw is his defense. If you can move him around and back him up, he will lose. If green stays on his offense he takes this without a problem. 
    Bout 8: Men’s FS 57 kg – Daton Fix  vs. Thomas Gilman 
    another excellent, even matchup where either guy has a shot at medaling. I always pick Gilman matches incorrectly, win or lose. This will come down to Fix being able to finish his takedowns. If he squeaks by Gilman, I doubt he medals. Fix has the potential to win world gold, but has to have a cleaner shot that he can finish. That will allow him to use his excellent shrugs and related moves, plus his most dangerous position is on top. I hope he has figured out how to do this as his upside is super high. Gilman has been opening up his offense a bit more, which is exactly how he won a world silver two years ago. This weight will be loaded at worlds. I’m glad both guys will have each other to push them in training for worlds. I’ll go Fix but with little confidence  
    Bout 9: Men’s FS 74 kg – Jordan Burroughs vs. Isaiah Martinez 
    iMar has never looked better. Even though the Nolf series went to 3, iMar demonstrated he is a level above Nolf in freestyle right now. I think that will change by next year, but that’s a different topic. JB has looked great in the occasional matches he has wrestled. I expect him to win similarly to last year, but may give up a takedown.
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    rpm002 reacted to spladle08 in Calling my shot: Graff over Colon   
    That's cool man, always cool when people become fans through just random chance.
    My ex wife was from a town without wrestling anywhere within 70miles. A lot of wealthy guys there donate to Oklahoma State football, just by chance one of the wealthiest was up on campus touring facilities and walked in on a wrestling practice... A few years laterx having no idea I'd wrestled more than half my life, he started explaining how cool wrestling was, how tough the guys were, how he knew Smith and Espo, blah blah blah, he had become a donor to the program and flew to NCAAs ever year for the 6 or 7 years he'd been exposed to it. He wanted to build programs in his area (not sure if he ever got that ball rolling) but I thought it was neat.
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    rpm002 got a reaction from spladle08 in Calling my shot: Graff over Colon   
    Nothing nearly as exciting as your suggestions.  "Training partner" made me LOL considering my wrestling experience is significantly lower than just about anyone else on this board.  My experience is more in creating sports contests. :) 
    I'm just a big Wisconsin Badger fan who, through the family I married into (my bro-in-law was a smaller school IL state champion), was introduced to wrestling around the time Graff and that group (Ramos, Colon, Brewer, etc) were entering college and really found it fascinating.  Always did really enjoy watching Graff wrestle.... from the interviews, etc. I've seen with him, he seems like a really great guy too.  Continued following that cohort in freestyle (which I personally like even better).  Think I could hardly have picked a more interesting group to follow (which is why I have continued to stick with them all these years). 
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    rpm002 reacted to spladle08 in Calling my shot: Graff over Colon   
    Yeah strong argument and you're probably right.
    No disrespect at all but are you just a big fan of Graff or love this weight in general.

    I think most people kind of brush this one and 70kg to the side, but obviously it's at the forefront for you. Any great story behind your love of the weight? Former training partner? World Rep? Graff himself?
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    rpm002 reacted to scramble in Calling my shot: Graff over Colon   
    I like both if these guys because of their grit and sticktuitiveness. It seems like Graff has been plugging away forever to get his shot, and Colon just seems to keep grinding and getting it done at the times he has too.  I'm looking forward to this one.  Neither are "superstars" just talented dudes who remind me of the good old blue collar workers. 
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