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    Dake-Dieringer live thread

    It's not a schematic edge but a much deeper toolbox. Dake has won matches pretty much every conceivable way you can. Dieringer wins 1 way or he doesn't. You can't scheme what you don't have.
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    Dake-Dieringer live thread

    Name of the game is to score more points than your opponent. There are two primary ways to do that. One is to score and Dake is not always great at that. The other is to not let the other guy score and Dake is an all-time great at that. Hopefully he brings home gold.
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    Dake/Dieringer predictions

    Dieringer has a perfect chance to beat Dake tomorrow. If he can't do it tomorrow then he can't do it. Nothing about the date makes beating Dake harder. But the date makes preparing for worlds harder for Dieringer. It is later than anybody almost anybody would want to be competing. USA Wrestling set the optimal WTT date months ago. This does not make tomorrow a wrong date or a bad decision, just bad for Dieringer.
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    Yianni won the arbitration. Next steps?

    Do they have to schedule around any doctor's notes?
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    If Rob Koll had become the Penn State Coach?

    Cael coached 3 years at ISU. The 4 years prior to Cael they were 19, 6, 10, 13. The 3 years of Cael they were 2, 5, 3. And they had Taylor on the way in. PSU needed Sanderson approximately 100Xs more than Cael needed PSU.
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    If Rob Koll had become the Penn State Coach?

    I agree he's top 5. I agree Cael is the only one clearly ahead of him. He absolutely might be the 2nd best coach going these days. He also fits Cornell perfectly. I disagree that PSU was a slam dunk to improve. They are a historic also ran that I think would return to below elite status even now if Cael left. I think they are geographically in the right spot and the rest is about Cael. I think with any coach other than Cael they stay well behind the historic powers (OSU, Iowa). I think PSU under Koll is in the hunt but clearly behind those 2 and the Cael ISU teams (since he stays there in this scenario). Tom Ryan won a title in the one down year for PSU. It's totally possible Koll wins a title in a year like that, but I think it's less than 50/50 and I think multiple in 10 years is super unlikely.
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    If Rob Koll had become the Penn State Coach?

    Koll is a great coach. But all of the coaches at PSU for decades couldn't do it. And Koll at PSU doesn't remove the rest of the great coaches (including Cael). So Koll would take over a team that hadn't won since 1953. That team was 17th the year before Cael arrived, and in Cael's first year they were 9th. That same year Cornell was 2nd with 90 team points. So Cael started well behind Koll and then passed him within a year. But you think Koll would have shown up and passed up ISU Cael and Brands, Smith, JRob, and about to explode Tom Ryan at tOSU? And you think he would have done it multiple times? I think what he has done at Cornell is awesome but it doesn't mean he'd go to a 2nd tier PSU and beat the best college coaches in the country.
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    If Rob Koll had become the Penn State Coach?

    Koll doesn't win one at PSU. Cael has made it look easy but it's not. Nobody came close to doing this at PSU before him and nobody came close to doing this at ISU after him. Cael is that good. Koll is a great coach who'd have very good teams near the top end of what PSU did in the 20 years before Cael. Cael would have won eventually at ISU but not like he did at PSU. He already had David Taylor on the way so he would have built the brand, but without the recruiting advantages of PSU he is winning some but not all.
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    Mekhi announces olympic redshirt

    The problem is that the majority of the young men taking Olympic RSs have no real plans to represent their countries in 2020. They have zero realistic shot but do it for personal/team reasons. Aside from Yianni, Lee, and Fix (maybe Arujau) I can't see anyone with a realistic shot to be top 3, let alone make the team. Maybe I'm missing someone, but why give out years to guys who don't need them and know they don't need them?
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    Mekhi announces olympic redshirt

    If he's doing it to make the Olympic team than more power to him. If he's doing it to setup future VT lineups than that's terrible. I say make it where you can take a Olympic RS but you only get the year back if you place top 3 in the trials. I think if that was the case we'd suddenly have almost nobody taking pointless RSs.
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    Junior Worlds

    UWW can sell the rights in America and nobody bought them elsewhere.
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    Fix should have been on the backside

    That's not a pin. It's a guy winning by MD. Our sport has tons of controversial endings and outcomes. This isn't one of them.
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    Pan Am Games Draws

    Is there a way to watch replays?
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    Fix should have been on the backside

    You just keep grasping at this particular straw and maybe you will reach it at some point.
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    Rice University

    You just stood out for stupidity on an internet forum. That's not easy to do.
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    Rice University

    The oil and gas money powers the MBA program and the engineering. It has zero affect on football. It would have no affect on wrestling.
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    Rice University

    #1 rated college in the entire southwest. Legitimately on par with Ivy leagues. Huge endowment and super small enrollment. Ties to NASA and others. Kennedy's famous speech about us going to the moon was there. They do a house system for every student like Princeton does (or Harry Potter). They just don't care about the same stuff as most colleges. They are bad at almost all sports (baseball and a few exceptions), and they have leaned into it and stopped caring. Niche university with colossal (well earned) academic pride. College wrestling in Texas will unfortunately be viable only in the enrollment driven small universities. I could maybe see a large public school adding women's wrestling if it counts as a women's sport, but even then not men's. There is just no groundswell, no support, and no real need. We have one great HS and that school is located less than 3 hours from OU. We create maybe half a dozen NCAA qualifiers in a great year and they all happily leave. I'd love to see it at a big school but just don't see it happening.
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    Rice University

    I live down the street from them. They have no club. They also don't care much about athletics. They have other concerns that are far more important to them. I'd be shocked if they ever added any sport, let alone wrestling.
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    86kg 2020

    The Bronze doesn't get rewarded because it's equal to the gold. It gets rewarded because it's greater then the rest of the weight class. Every wrestler had a chance to earn bronze at 61 and only Colon did. That makes him the most qualified 61 KG wrestler in the country right now and that earns him an advantage. The advantage is about him versus the rest of 61, not him vs a gold in another weight. I'm fine if they take it away, but I'm also fine with them keeping it.
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    86kg 2020

    I'm okay with massive advantages for medalists. It keeps them wrestling and winning medals longer and they only maintain the advantage until they stop winning medals. But I agree that you should have to beat someone to make the team. Meaning if you bye into 2nd place and 1st place gets hurt you should have to wrestle the 3rd place guy for the spot. There is no way you should be able to make the team without a win in the current year.
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    86kg 2020

    I didn't realize you had been clear from the beginning. Cox shouldn't bother trying if that's the case.
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    Braxton Amos

    So a big argument over where a guy should go. Let me guess... Every poster thinks it's obvious that he should go to the school they support. Fascinating stuff here.
  23. I don't think he has a speed advantage. Snyder gets to the leg quicker while Cox is probably quicker in defense. I think he's longer and that's probably his biggest advantage in that match. I think Snyder will control the circle and that will put the onus on Cox to score offensively which will be tough on him.
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    Yasar Dogu Saturday results

    Maybe Nickal should just collect a silver medal after Cox wins.
  25. It doesn't matter because he has no intention of wrestling Kyle Snyder over anything but Twitter.
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