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  1. I'd definitely be more confident with Susaki winning gold in 2020. Irie is just a bad matchup for Susaki in matches. Doesn't help that Susaki's elbow isn't 100% from when she dislocated it in practice last year.
  2. Yeah, it definitely could be a really bad mess. Especially because what are the 2nd place Japan WTT supposed to do this year and next? If they're not able to compete for the World championships this year and try to qualify for the 2020 Olympics, that's basically almost a year of competing for nothing besides staying sharp and being on the national team. I'm sure UWW will probably hold another one of those World Championships that didn't have Olympic weights, but the top wrestlers aren't there for the most part. Imagine if for some reason Pat Downey medaled this year at 86, Burroughs medals(I'm expecting him to win, Cox medals(I'm expecting him to win) and Snyder medals(I'm expecting him to win) , then DT would be off the team. Dake would be also be off the team with no chance to compete at a trial. That would be insane.
  3. I don't know if Icho was back long enough. She was right there with Kawai, which is crazy after taking 2 years off and not competing. With the way Japan put in the 2020 qualification criteria- If you're on the 2019 team and medal, that guarantees your 2020 spot, we probably won't see Icho, Susaki, Okuno and a bunch of other world champs from Japan. This is why I'm wondering if they're going to do a playoff. Returning medalist has a spot in the final and then the tournament winner battles the returning medalist. It'll be interesting to see what happens by next year.
  4. I thought it was going to be some crazy, high scoring match.
  5. There will be a new 50kg rep for Japan as Yuki Irie knocked off Yui Susaki(2x defending senior WC) 6-1. Susaki beat Irie last month 6-2 at All-Japan. This will be interesting because they are clearly the #1 and #2 in the world at 50kg. Irie is the only person to have beaten Susaki(3 or 4 times now). Unless some fluke happens at the World Championships, Irie is going to medal(high chance of winning) and that means that Susaki will not be or have the chance to be on the 2020 team. I'm interested to see if the Japan Wrestling Federation is really going to keep those 2020 qualification rules. Risako Kawai beat Kaori Icho 3-3 on criteria Otoguro also beat Rei Higuchi in the playoff to become of the 2019 rep at 65kg. Higuchi teched him last month.
  6. Probably because of all the old guys clenching their fists and complaining that it wasn't a singlet.
  7. Oh yeah, just because I didn't list Miranda, Jamil and Townsend, I didn't forget about them. The crazy thing about Jamil is that he never won a state title, then goes to Ok State, later on wins the Olympic trials, then got silver :(
  8. Neal definitely did great, but I would pick Varner just because he was a 2x CA state champ(3x finalist), 2x NCAA Div 1 champ(4x finalist) and won the Olympic title. NFL accomplishments don't mean anything if you're talking about a wrestling Mt. Rushmore, but if Neal would have placed higher his NCAA freshman year(4th), then I think I would have probably had him over Varner.
  9. Even if he does take an Olympic redshirt, he's not beating JB or Dake at 74kg
  10. I don't think Vasquez belongs there. Morgan McIntosh had a slightly better career(HS+college) even though Vasquez was the first to win 4 state titles. I would put Anthony Valencia over Vasquez and McIntosh just because Valencia has done infinitely more at BIG HS national tournaments(Ironman) folkstyle/freestyle national teams/world team(cadet/jr/sr).
  11. Top 4: Dave Schultz Mark Schultz Jake Varner Stephen Abas Honorable mention: Chris Pendleton, Eric Guerrero, Joe Gonzales, John Azevedo, Zahid Valencia, Isaiah Martinez, Jesse Delgado, Marty Kistler, Stephen Neal, Dan and Adam Cuestas
  12. Wasn't it to Michael Jordan's long lost brother, Jim Jordan?
  13. It magically turns into 3 after a long time
  14. No, Higuchi went up in weight after the Olympics(and got screwed against Vlad in the Olympic final)
  15. Same for the women's team. It's crazy how deep their entire team is for gearing up to the Olympics. Almost every competitor on the womens side is a multiple time cadet/junior/senior world champion and at several weights this past weekend, the 2-3x defending senior world champs battled against each other for the team spot. Otoguro and Higuchi is going to be a high scoring match. .
  16. Reece went to go be the head coach at San Marino HS, which is pretty much the HQ for Titan Mercury WC. He took that job after John Acevedo left for another HS head coaching job.
  17. It was "FIRE", STRAIGHT FLAMES!!!!!!
  18. Several years ago? Wasn't that video from almost 10 years ago? I remember it coming out a long time ago.
  19. That's what I wanted as well, but Retherford executed perfectly and good luck to him!
  20. Didn't the Cornell homers get mad at me right after the US Open for saying that they shouldn't be overlooking Retherford so easily? I'm not even a fan of Retherford and I could see that.
  21. U23 is basically for competitors who aren't good enough to make the junior or senior teams at that point in time(or ever).
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