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  1. Chance needs this redshirt year to acclimate to college wrestling in much the same way that Bo Jordan needed it at Ohio State. After a full year as a redshirt, getting stronger, and going through he obvious learning curve, he should be fine. I would suspect, like others, that the drop to 157 was based on the remote possibility that he could be the starter this year at 157. Since that is obviously not happening apart from injury of one of the starters, I think chance goes back to his original 165 weight or even gives it at shot at 174 during this redshirt season. He needs to relax, get stronger and get better this year period. Believe me he will be a major wrecking force next year.
  2. I know Pico simply dominates his age group division, and or course this past spring/ Summer he made the jump from the Cadet division to the Junior division and earned a silver medal at Worlds, giving him the rank of super stud, while still in high school. But every year he seems to make a major jump in his development. Defeating the 2013 World Champ has now put him on the international senior map. I think thoughts that he wouldn't be able to compete with the likes of Brent Metcalf, Kellen Russell, Logan Stieber, Frank Molinaro, Reece Humphrey, and Jordan Oliver now have to be put into perspective. My feeling is he will compete in all senior level events this year, and if he doesn't make a senior level world team he will make his second FILA junior team world team and would be favorite to win a Junior world title. The thinkng we have to realize is that PICO just did what Metcalf has not been able to do, defeat a recent World Champ. I think the Bellator signing was a brilliant move. Financially PICO is set (he cannot wrestle a high school or college match if he wanted too). Practically it appears all his training and additional living expenses, and future college expenses are now paid for. I am sure his living expenses is paid at a level that he and his family are very comfortable. I'm certain that as far as his training, that includes his personal wrestling coach, and any additional MMA coaches needed. Only difference to his original plan with respect to wrestling is that his focus on 2016 Olympics only. Not sure if he stays will wrestling until 2020, as Bellatar thinks he will be in his prime and ready to compete for a belt after the 2016 Olympics. At any rate I am really looking forward to seeing PICO train and compete with the top seniors in the U.S. this year.
  3. Great interview with coach Lindland. I love his enthusiasm. He has the energy that this team needed. http://www.flowrestling.org/coverage/251602-2014-Greco-World-Team-Trials/video/747294-Matt-Lindland-Is-Excited-About-Team-But-Wants-More-Freestylers-To-Cross-Over#.U-DmzfldXwg
  4. Our entire Greco Program needs an overhaul. Coach Lindland has his work cut out for him. I realize he was a late spring hire, and the best he can do is work this summer is work with the talent he has. After the senior World Championships he is going to have to put together a program that elevates these guys to another level. I'm not sure what happen to our Greco Program. in 2007 we won a World Team title at the senior level, we had an incredible development program at northern Michigan (Coach by World Silver medalist Ivan Ivanov), where most of those kids in the Northen Michigan program were challenging the senior level guys and consistently winning Junior World medals. USOEC wrestlers absolutely dominated the FILA Juniors and University Nationals, and one USOEC wrestler at the time (Lester) made a World Team and medaled at the Senior level. The solution is investing in the development program. The USOEC program lost alot of funding (no full scholarships anymore), while by comparison, the freestyle program has expanded it Regional Training Centers throughout the U.S. (almost all the top colleges for wrestling - Penn State, Ohio State, Minnesota, Arizona State, Iowa, Iowa State) has a regional training center for freestyle, and their student athletes are on scholarship. Not so with Greco, and until this changes we will continue to see the results. The options also for senior level involvement are very sparse. Essentially it boils down to the U.S. Army's WCAP program, or Minnesota Storm. Two great programs, but Lindland is going to need to create some incentives for new senior level clubs to emerge. In 2007 the year we won the World's in Greco all of the armed force greco programs were competitive, we had Minnesota storm, Gator club, NYAC, and as I stated earlier a very, very strong USOEC program that was pushing the senior level wrestler. I think we can get back, and surpass where we were. If your reading this coach Lindland, I have confidence that your the man you can guide to a new level. With all that being said, I'm optimistic about Coon's chances in Greco,
  5. Yeah, the comp is tough, but I like this teams chances. 50 kg/110 lbs. Jabari Moody - don't know much about him. I know he has owned Fargo. I'm guessing he still is in high school. 55 kg/121 lbs. Thomas Gilman - This kid as a 2x FILA World Team member, so he knows what to expect. However he has had as good a year as a freshmen back up can have without being declared the starter in Iowa. A Midlands Champion and a head to head win over a 2x NCAA Champ Delgado. 60 kg/132 lbs. Joseph McKenna - Just about won everything as a graduated high school senior. 66 kg/145.5 lbs. Aaron Pico - his multiple dominating wins of AA and Cadet World Champ Zain Retherford speaks for itself. I though he was invincible until his two international loses earlier this spring. It will be interesting to see how he rebounds. 74 kg/163 lbs. Anthony Valencia - hard to believe that the three best pound 4 pound high school age wrestlers in the nation all goes to the same high school. Pico obviously not wrestling for his high school team, but I am sure is working out with the Valencia brothers when he gets a chance. 84 kg/185 lbs. Gabe Dean - only college wrestler with a win over 3x NCAA Champ, Ed Ruth. 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Kyle Snyder - Returning Junior World Champ, going for his second title. 120 kg/264.5 lbs. Adam Coon - Cadet World Champ, who was ranked #1 in nation in college for most of his true freshmen year. Has a win over 2x NCAA Champ, Tony Nelson. Best FILA Junior Team ever assembled by far.
  6. FILA Junior USA World Team - Is this the best ever world Junior World team? 50 kg/110 lbs. Jabari Moody 55 kg/121 lbs. Thomas Gilman 60 kg/132 lbs. Joseph McKenna 66 kg/145.5 lbs. Aaron Pico 74 kg/163 lbs. Anthony Valencia 84 kg/185 lbs. Gabe Dean 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Kyle Snyder 120 kg/264.5 lbs. Adam Coon
  7. Does anyone know what happen to Kendrick Sanders. He looked amazing at the U.S. Nationals in April, winning the 80 kg weight class in dominating fashion. He was listed as an entree in the 71kg. Bracket, and seeded, but apparently a no show. Could be injury or just missed the weight. If injury...no shame at all. However if he missed the 71kg weigh in, then a huge tactical error in light how dominating he was at the U.S. Nationals at 80 kg. I realize Sanders is a small 80kg., but i think he was our strongest competitor at 80 kg. Not to disrespect Rau, who clearly has paid his dues, but Kendrick Sanders is potentially our next Greco Star.
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