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    Logan Stieber retiring

    These are some serious mental gymnastics. Because it was improperly called it had to continue to be improperly called and the guy who scored the TD is lazy because he only fully scored the TD instead of scoring a little more than a TD.
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    Dake Accepts Final X Birth @ 79KG

    What does this mean for 2020 OTTs? If Dake and Burroughs both medal does Burroughs get the bye to the final X next year because he was at 74? If so I think Dake made a mistake not dropping now. I would try to overcome the advantage now instead of in an olympic year.
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    Coach Dake?

    It's almost like if only one guy had done both he would be able to dominate recruiting and win almost every NCAA team title.
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    Coach Dake?

    Yep. If a kid wants Olympic Gold, it's much easier to convince them of what you can do for them while an Olympic Gold Medal hangs around your neck. You have what they want and you tell them you know how to get it.
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    Coach Dake?

    Cael has so much name and such a good staff he gets away with having no personality in recruiting. Plus he coaches guys up once they get there.
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    Burroughs vs Askren!

    I doubt it's an easy win, but Askren has no chance because he can't score a TD on Burroughs.
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    Coach Dake?

    I don't think anyone in the country has a higher ceiling as a Head Coach candidate. Name is the number 1 factor for a coach in recruiting. He already has one of the 5 biggest names in the sport. Personality and ability to relate to recruits is probably the #2 factor for a coach in recruiting. He has more personality than any of the big names outside of Askren, and he seems like he speaks millennial very well. If he was to take a job with a solid RTC then I think he'd be the closest thing to Cael. Every team outside of State College would be smart to roll the dice on him.
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    Allen High School Miracle! (Texas)

    I coached at multiple HS in Texas. Football is indeed king and anyone who doesn't understand that will struggle. I supported the football team and didn't resent their supremacy, and I instead benefited from it. I worked with a football coach who was a Texas good old boy who had zero experience with the sport (he had never attended or coached at a school that had a wrestling team), but because I supported him he would come watch practices and ask questions and eventually became a big fan. I never let underclass football players cut a pound and I never let dual sport kids quit football until they were at least juniors and obviously weren't going anywhere in the sport. And even then I gave the Football coach a heads up. Every year freshman football would end and I was brought in to present to the 100+ freshman players that every single one of them should wrestle in the winter. Their coaches gave their full support behind me. I never had a year where less than 30 tried it. The football booster club purchased me new mats and outfitted my new wrestling room. The room was the old football weight room that he gave me after they got a new weight room. The OL coach was also the powerlifting coach and he gave me professional level workout plans. I'd tell him all the details I could (Ex. March-June I want weight and power gain, we'll lift 4 days a week for 45 minutes) and he'd design the program for every season of our development. Not many get access to that kind of personal help. Every HS in Texas also has athletic periods during the school day so I had my wrestlers year round for at least an hour a day of class time (not counting after school). The bottom line is that Texas is Football obsessed but is also sports obsessed overall. If you go heads up with the football team you lose no matter what. Football coaches are insecure Tyrants at that level. But if you're humble with them, they're predisposed to love wrestling as a tough guy sport, and they control amazing assets that our sport can only dream of.
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    Bo Nickal Freestyle Questions

    What happened with Ramos and Gilman is both guys went for the spot. Neither guy said I'm not doing it because he's my teammate.
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    Bo Nickal Freestyle Questions

    http://www.espn.com/mma/story/_/id/26424694/more-college-wrestlers-fighting-on In an ESPN article today Nickal and his family is quoted as saying he'll for sure go MMA after 2020. That changes all of these equations quite a bit. Either... 1. He goes 86 because he only has one shot. 2. He goes 92 and if he gets beat this summer he might walk a year early. 3. He goes straight to 97 to find out if he's close now since he only has a 2 year window.
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    Nick Suriano: Fashion Icon

    If the shirt just came from his wardrobe he's an idiot who's also NCAA champ. If he bought it to one day celebrate a national title, then that's awesome on every possible level.
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    Is Mekhi Lewis a 2020 threat?

    I agree he should make big jumps. His early FS success with limited experience is awesome.
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    Is Mekhi Lewis a 2020 threat?

    But his defense mostly starts after guys get to his legs. Multiple guys got to his legs multiple times and then he defended from there. In FS if a guy picks up your leg you give up points every time since they can just walk you out of bounds if they don't finish. I think his balance is a huge FS asset, but his head hands defense needs to get much better if he's going to have plus defense against world class guys.
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    List of Transfers

    Who did Iowa start? OSU had 3 (Jacobe Smith from Juco, Geer, and White). It's a dumb criticism either way but if Iowa only had 2 it's especially dumb.
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    Is Yianni the Second Best Ever?

    I agree so much with this. The officiating in that match was bad. No question about it. But Yianni scored a zero controversy TD in OT. It doesn't erase the bad officiating, but that's the best ending you can hope for after officiating screwups. I feel the same way about Suriano-Fix. Bad officiating but Suriano is the guy who wrestled through the bad officiating and scored a TD. Officiating mistakes can happen but I much prefer when they occur during a match instead of to end a match. We were lucky that both of those matches were decided with wrestling.
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    Sam Stoll vs Mason Parris- Stalling on the Edge

    I'd be fine with a step out if TDs were worth 3. Otherwise guys will just start walking single legs out of bounds for the pushout point since that will be as good as scoring 2 and allowing an escape. As long as there is proper incentive to finish TDs, a step out rule would be great.
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    Sam Stoll vs Mason Parris- Stalling on the Edge

    Multiple guys did a great job of neutralizing Spencer Lee's tilt this year. They neutralized it not just during his midseason funk, but in the semis and finals he didn't score it. And yet he grew as a wrestler in that 12 months and won decisively against 2 guys who didn't give him his bread and butter. That is so impressive. In the opposite direction Chandler Rodgers was unstoppable for over a year with a short carry he would hit off of a russian tie. Eventually guys started blocking his hips as soon as he got the russian, and they'd circle towards the russian instead of away to avoid giving him leverage to throw. He needed a leg attack when they circled at him but he never countered the counter and was not the same level after that. Desanto and the Iowa coaches have the whole offseason to take advantage of guys who wrestle one armed and can't defend with that arm.
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    Bo Nickal Freestyle Questions

    His chance of throwing Snyder is no higher than his chance of throwing Cox. Snyder has spent 4 years dealing with the best Russians who all can throw like Bo and they are all much bigger (and likely chemistry aided in some cases). Nickal is not throwing Snyder, especially in a match where Snyder knows he can just pick him apart with low risk stuff and avoid the one in a million. Against Cox he has a much better chance. Cox is excellent and moves great laterally and keeps distance with his arms, but he wrestles close matches and he cannot get to his own offense on command like Snyder can. If you get a lead on Cox (very tough) you can probably keep it because he isn't an offensive dynamo. If you get a lead against Snyder he just goes earlier and buries you with points. If Snyder so desired I bet he could score a TF with pushouts against Bo without ever putting himself in danger of a counter. The size difference is at least 10% real body weight. That's an insurmountable disadvantage at that level.
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    Sam Stoll vs Mason Parris- Stalling on the Edge

    Holding an arm back was genius. If it's stalling then going to an opposite lead leg to counter a guy who attacks one side is stalling, and obviously that's not stalling. RBY came to wrestle in that match no matter where his arm was. Desanto will need to diversify to avoid seeing other guys adopt the strategy. I love the role scouting has begun to play in wrestling. Guys are so well known that if you're not improving you're moving backwards.
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    Sam Stoll vs Mason Parris- Stalling on the Edge

    I didn't read the whole thread. Are there really people who think holding your arm back is stalling?
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    Bo Nickal Freestyle Questions

    When you say his best chance is 97 you are saying he has a better chance to beat Snyder than Taylor or Cox. When you say it's his best chance because he won't go 86 like you said in this post it makes much more sense. That's why I said if Bo is going 97 to leave the field open for Taylor then good for them, but if he's going 97 because he has the best chance then it's absurd.
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    List of Transfers

    Cael is making everyone desperate I guess.
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    If Mark Hall went to...

    But steroids can increase head size and if his got bigger he'd probably tip over.
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    List of Transfers

    Shawn Streck from Purdue is transferring to OSU. He was 2-2 at NCAAs as a freshman heavyweight in 2018. I'd think he has a chance to be a top 10 guy with a ceiling to improve.
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    Sam Stoll vs Mason Parris- Stalling on the Edge

    Being smaller doesn't excuse backing out of bounds and refusing to engage anymore than being slow excuses Stoll from having to try to score TDs. Being small is unfortunate, but going straight backwards from the center of the mat is the classic definition of stalling and going straight out of bounds is the new definition of stalling. Parris was called repeatedly because he stalled the whole match.
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