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  1. The key word is cycles. PSU has been dominant in recruiting and on the mat for the last decade. There is a delicate balance between the Nickal's and Nolf's attracting talent and pushing it away. There are some recruits who see PSU's stacked lineup and say, "I want to be on that team because they are the best, even if I don't start." Others look at all of the stars in the line up and realize there is no spot for them (at least right away). PSU has some great recruits waiting in the wings and I think they will do well the next couple of seasons, but it is very difficult to look at anyone and predict that they are going to score ~100 points at NCAAs over their career. I think we will see Cael rebuild next year or the year after and then start another run at some titles. I loved watching Nolf and Nickal, and think what PSU has done under Cael is incredible, but I am looking forward to some (hopefully) exciting team races in the next few seasons.
  2. Stoll did snap Parris a few times and still backed him out (I'm not saying pushed him out anymore...)
  3. I watched this back on the Flo video and couldn't really tell what you were trying to say regarding the arm, but it wasn't the whole video. I do agree that DeSanto was simply shooting Pletcher off in that situation in order to get a stall warning, however, given the current rules, I don't understand how they can distinguish a half shot/push out vs a legitimate shot given the fact that he dropped to his knee and touched Pletcher's leg. The rule needs tweaking. I don't know the right way to do that, so I think the simplest and most objective way to call it is using the push-out. I don't think it will turn into sumo. I think guys will wrestle more in the middle and we'll see more action. At times, guys will take thepush out when they are in a position of disadvantage.
  4. I know it is just my opinion and not popular. Pushing for the sake of pushing is not wrestling. Stoll is pushing and looking for a reaction. When Parris finally pushed back, Stoll snapped him. I actually have mixed feelings about the stall call that DeSanto received for "pushing" Pletcher. I believe the wrong call was made based on the rules. DeSanto did not have his arms extended to push. He shot him off the mat in an attempt to draw a stall call. He was not trying to take him down, however, I am surprised that a ref can make the determination that one shot is legit and one shot is not. He dropped to a knee and wrapped the back of Pletcher's leg and got called for stalling for pushing him off the mat. My main point is that Stoll is not just pushing, he is looking for pressure back. Novak is right that Wood figured him out. Wrestle him in the middle and beat him.
  5. The topic of stalling, particularly stalling on the edge of the mat, has been discussed ad nauseum on this forum, so rather than open this up to the broad inconsistencies that we have seen with calling stalling on the edge (which is an issue), I'd like to discuss Sam Stoll's style of wrestling. My seats at NCAAs were right next to the Michigan section and Mason Parris' dad was just a row behind me, so when Stoll wrestled Parris in the first round there were a lot of people who were very angry about Parris being called for stalling several times in that match. I don't know if my friends were just getting absorbed in the opinions of the fans around us, but they (and most of the people I discussed this match with) were upset about Parris being called for stalling. Wrestling fans know that Stoll is a big wrestler who grabs a Russian tie and pushes into guys, often pushing them off the mat. Parris let Stoll push him off the mat several times and was hit for stalling several times (though the ref was afraid to stall Parris out of the match). Parris WAS stalling. I know some people will say, "yes, it is stalling based on the way the rule is written, but it's not REALLY stalling." or "Stoll should be hit for stalling for pushing people of the mat." Parris needed to react. Initially, he didn't because he was in a position of disadvantage. He didn't want to push in because that would open up Stoll's offense. After realizing that he was going to stall out of the match, Parris finally pushed back into Stoll and...Stoll snapped him down and scored. The next time Parris knew the Russian was coming so he shot and Stoll scored off his shot. Backing off the mat because you are in an uncomfortable position is textbook stalling and is what the edge of the mat stall rules were put in place to protect against. I'm interested in hearing everyone's thoughts. With all this said I concede that: Stoll's style is not the most exciting The refs are inconsistent in their edge of the mat stall calls, and I would be in favor of going to the freestyle push out rule.
  6. I was just about to add that. You can almost see me. I'm blocked by the scaffolding.
  7. The first NCAA championships that I attended was in Albany, 2002. I was 15 and my father passed away 3 weeks before the championships. A family friend took me to the championships and we were sitting in the UPenn section since we were with an Alum. I think my friend had said something to Brandon Slay about what I was going through and Brandon moved seats around so I could sit next to him a couple of the sessions. He was relatively fresh of the Olympic Gold and was my hero at the time. I was so thrilled to sit next to him. After the championships he called me every couple of weeks to check in and give me some motivational talks. I had a few of the voicemails saved for years. I told a similar type of story in another thread about Tom Ryan:
  8. I was in Pittsburgh and had seats in sec 122, right by one of the tunnels onto the floor. When popular wrestlers finished wrestling, several kids would wait in the stands near the tunnel entrance to get autographs. I observed dozens of wrestlers stop by after wins throughout the tournament. When Mark Hall came off the mat after losing in the finals, several kids were waiting and Mark walked out of his way to give them autographs and high fives. I haven’t seen this mentioned yet or documented in pictures, but I thought it was worth acknowledging. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Yankee Stadium used to have RC Cola in the 90's. I didn't realize it was still sold...
  10. Josh Jones from Saucon Valley is going to Mason and is also a PA AA champ . Top 20 in his weight.
  11. I could be wrong, but I don't think Shak was in any worse condition going into the finals as he was going into the semis. For that reason, I think it was a duck. Shak's best chance to win is in their first meeting. I don't expect this to happen, but I see the only way Shak wins is if he cradles Martin (this is not to diminish Shak as a wrestler, since he has proved his is more of a wrestler than just a cradler) or if he can find a way to ride him for a good portion of the match, which would require a takedown. Martin is the better wrestler and has one of the most diverse offenses in the country. I think he would use the feel from the first match to avoid uncomfortable positions in a rematch. Martin's ability to adapt his game plan after a first meeting is better than Shak's. Either way, I think he will win comfortably.
  12. Morland is tough. It’s a bummer he missed the first semester (with the exception of a loss to Fogarty). He basically only wrestled the Big 10 duals, which is why his record isn’t impressive. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I would have phrased it “Dean-Martin”... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I think Spencer (like many) wrestles matches differently against certain competition. When he feels like he can blow people out, he comes out like a ball of fire to get an early takedown and get to work on top, where he techs or pins most competition quickly. When he takes that approach to matches against the best guys he (Glory, Picc, Sebas) he sometimes burns himself out and becomes vulnerable. Sebas was different than the other 2 examples, but I think he panicked when his stuff didn't work and burned himself out. Against NATO and Suriano last year he took a much more tactical approach and did not gas. I think we will see Lee make the adjustment to be aggressive, but selective in his attacks against Picc and Sebas, like he was with NATO last year and I predict that he will win that way. Not saying he won't put up big points against those guys, but I think he needs to treat the elite of the weight differently than the rest of the weight.
  15. Suriano was definitely the aggressor and got in deep ~3 times. He'll go back, watch the film, make adjustments on finishing the single, and it will be another great match the next time they wrestle. I have been really impressed with Micic all year and his ability to put up big points against guys that are typically tough to score on (Pletcher). His ability to finish when he gets to the legs is excellent. Suriano did a great job hand fighting and slowing down Micic and getting his offense going. I'm looking forward to Big 10s and NCAAs.
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