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    Sam Stoll vs Mason Parris- Stalling on the Edge

    I agree you don't reward less athletic wrestlers for not trying to score. You also don't reward smaller wrestlers for refusing to engage and going out of bounds repeatedly. Stoll was perfectly officiated in the NCAA Tournament. He received stalling when guys ran and didn't when they wrestled. When they wrestled he mostly lost. This isn't hard to figure out. If you can watch that match and say Parris was trying to score while running away, you are truly hopeless.
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    Bo Nickal Freestyle Questions

    This is idiotic. How many times has Snyder been pinned? He got pinned by Sadulaev this year and by Gadsen his freshman year. When considering their resumes and styles and opponents there is no way you can logically conclude that Snyder is more likely to be pinned than Taylor. If Nickal wants to go 97 (or 92) to leave the field open for Taylor that's great for them. But to pretend it's because he has a better shot at 97 or that he matches up well with Snyder is just plain dumb.
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    If Mark Hall went to...

    Are you talking about Valencia? I thought he was saying Hall would go 184. I was saying if Hall goes 184 he's not beating Nickal.
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    Bo Nickal Freestyle Questions

    Where do you get the idea Bo's college career is for sure better than Snyder's? They both went 2,1,1,1. I am fine giving the edge to Bo based on a couple fewer losses and more matches, but acting like it's not close is silly. As for the reason it's dumb to think Nickal can beat Snyder, they are almost the same age and 1 guy has 3 World titles and the other guy got hammered by a USA backup down 2 weights. If Nickal has serious goals of making the team he will be at 86 in 2020. If he is patient and focused on 2024, then I'll be happy to see him gain size and experience at 92 or 97.
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    If Mark Hall went to...

    When did he beat up on Nickal? Can't find that result.
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    Bo Nickal Freestyle Questions

    Nobody puts in the work to compete with the goal of being 2nd place. He may choose to avoid 86 to not wrestle Taylor, but there is no way if he goes 86 he's happy to lose.
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    Bo Nickal Freestyle Questions

    But against elite talent Taylor wins with scrambling and gas tank more than clean technique. I'd favor Taylor (obviously the world champ), but if he dove at Bo from distance looking to muddy up the match and create action like he does with many guys, I don't think it'd end well for him. Nickal has more length, just as much gas tank, and possibly an even better feel for positions. He's kind of turned into a more dangerous version of Taylor. It's another testament to Cael. Now if he goes 97 kg in 2020 he won't sniff the team. Hopefully he goes 92 this year and 86 next year.
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    If Mark Hall went to...

    If he goes 184, then in 2017 and 2018 he gets beat decisively by Nickal.
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    2020 first pound-for-pound rankings

    So first you said he won because of counter punching and after being called out as wrong you change gears and pick a new way to knock him. Then you top it off with "I'm not trying to discredit that" before closing with saying he stalled. Awesome. You know Lewis must actually be really good if he has already inspired this level of absurd jealousy.
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    If Mark Hall went to...

    Zahid wouldn't move up for his brother. Why would he move up for Hall? Hall would be cutting big weight which he said he doesn't like, or he'd be wrestling 184s who had twice his length. Terrible idea.
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    Cassar 6th and (7th Year)

    Nobody should get a 6th year. You should get 5 years to complete 4. End of story. Injuries are heartbreaking, but they shouldn't change that. You shouldn't RS early so you have it in case of injury. I am not saying this regarding Cassar though. According to the standards of how they're handed out, he could fairly get one.
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    Snyder vs Gable and Cassar and White

    Nobody said a word about getting rid of 197. They said we don't need to add a weight class in between. So your comparison would work better saying that the 133 champ being a non-AA at 125 means we don't need a 129 weight class. That plus he isn't a non-AA at 125.
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    NCAA Session 6 - Championship Finals Thread

    He could. Kaspar was an undersized guy who got to 220 and had no trouble going upperbody with heavies. Bo is a far superior and far more diverse wrestler who could carry similar size. At the college level he could have done anything he wanted. I'd be shocked if he doesn't have his way with Cassar in the room.
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    Is Mekhi Lewis a 2020 threat?

    Lewis won the match with a cradle from top, not with athletic ability or physical gifts. I'm not sure why everyone is so quick to credit his natural gifts when he showed far superior technique to Joseph.
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    Singlets at this year's tournament

    This would be a very smart step to take.
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    Singlets at this year's tournament

    PSU and Iowa don't need gimmicks to recruit. NW probably does and should consider it. If wrestlers like it then more power to coaches who make them happy. Also more power to coaches who don't go for flashy singlets and build an iconic brand.
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    Who is moving up next year?

    I agree that doubling the amount of AAs is key to a big improvement in the NCAA finish.
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    Singlets at this year's tournament

    This is a trend all over college sports. Young adults love different gear. Most young men have dozens of pairs of shoes, many in loud colors. University of Oregon built their entire recruiting pitch on obnoxious colors. If the athletes like wearing different singlets I say their opinion holds the most sway. It has no impact on the TV audience because the colors are explained on the TV and couldn't fool anyone for longer than 5 seconds.
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    Is Mekhi Lewis a 2020 threat?

    I think more than some excitement is warranted. I think he's a good athlete with great technique and a great feel for wrestling. I think he showed up huge in the 2 biggest tournaments of his life and that speaks to a competitive nature that can't be taught. I just think he hasn't done anything to indicate he will challenge for an olympic team next year (and everyone in thread agrees). The initial post was a foolish way to bring up a topic worthy of great consideration and excitement.
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    Coach John Smith

    I agree. It's totally different when they did the exact same thing.
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    Who is moving up next year?

    I'd assume Geer is at 197 for OSU. The cut was big. They have nobody else at 197. They have Montalvo at 184. He has the frame to put on the size in the offseason.
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    Nolf, Nickal demonstrate humility.

    If they did that it's not an example of humility. Holding back on a finals opponent isn't humble, it's arrogant. But they didn't do that so they were neither humble or arrogant saturday night. They were simply champions.
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    Is Mekhi Lewis a 2020 threat?

    Without significant injuries to multiple guys he's not a 2020 factor. If a guy like Isaiah Martinez went out and beat Marinelli and Joseph last weekend we wouldn't suddenly forecast him over Burroughs. But Lewis has lots of unknown so the same wins inspire awe and wonder. I think he will be a serious threat past 2020 but will not figure into 2020 at all.
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    Rob Koll

    Yep it's more about Foster proving him wrong and the humor in Foster having the bigger gas tank in the match then it is about Koll being evil or wrong for his comments.
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    Rob Koll

    The only way you watch that interview and that match and conclude that Koll isn't wrong is if you had decided before hand that Koll wasn't wrong. Either way congrats to Foster and good luck to Dean next year. Whether Foster wrestles 3 periods or half of that I am sure Dean will be ready in 2020. I'm also sure we will never hear Koll again declare live on National TV that the other guy is only an athlete for 1.5 periods. He seems like a smart guy and I'm sure he can recognize he was wrong even if you can't.
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