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  1. boconnell

    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.
  2. 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.
  4. It doesn't matter because he has no intention of wrestling Kyle Snyder over anything but Twitter.
  5. Awful to see this pathetic MMA tactic make it's way into other grappling disciplines. Every person in the world just wants to latch their name onto someone more popular. Sad. If he sincerely wanted to wrestle Kyle Snyder he'd just show up at a tournament Snyder was entered in.
  6. Notice every American with a choice isn't wrestling past July 10 so they have time to peak for worlds. Dieringer is being forced to wrestle 6 weeks after everyone else. This is a timeline that USA Wrestling clearly sees as less than ideal. There is no way Dake would choose to compete on August 17 if he was healthy all year. It is clearly not ideal in a perfect world situation. There is no way you don't get that. So Dake got to delay because that was the rule. But that was also the end of the rules. There is no rule for how long he gets to delay, only an open argument to commence after the extension is filed (an extension filed at the last minute when there was no reason for it to be last minute). That open argument commenced and Dake got a vote to go his way pushing all the way to August 17. Let me add here the worst part of this whole fiasco USAW served up. Burroughs got to vote against Dake even though Dake's status this year directly affects JB's next year. That is a ridiculous conflict of interest. But even with JB voting against him Dake carries the day and a wrestle off date is chosen that puts both guys on a timeline that the other 9 wrestlers all choose to avoid. Then a month later Dake shows up able to compete but still somehow 6 weeks away from being able to wrestle Dieringer. It's almost like after achieving basic health, Dake needs a 6 week run up to peak for the trials. You have argued the validity of this a dozen times. But somehow you can't see why anyone would think Dieringer needs 6 weeks to peak for worlds. You are either incredibly dense or you just refuse to see things in any light other than the one you decided when you put your red glasses on in the morning.
  7. Seriously? Why would an injured guy who wants to win balance making the team vs being ready? Can you seriously not see why August 17th would help Dake but not Dieringer? I feel like you're being deliberately obtuse here.
  8. I never said I was upset with Dake's. But Taylor's was definitely worse (not that I'm mad at his either). I expect guys to have some gamesmanship. I looked for any edge as a coach. I just think a spade should be called a spade, and too many Dake fans are acting like he is simply doing what is medically necessary with no other motivation.
  9. If it takes 2 months of prep to get ready (including international travel and competition), then what more information was needed to ask for the extension? What's the point in asking last minute if you knew you needed the time? If you can't acknowledge the gamesmanship going on you're squeezing your eyes shut and burying your head in the sand.
  10. Here's a question... If it takes outside the room competition to get reasonably ready (a common assertion in this thread), then why did Dake wait until the deadline to file for the extension. He knew he needed months of prep and overseas matches so he knew months out he wasn't taking part in Final X. Why the wait to file for extension? The only reason is to make Dieringer get his weight down and peak for no reason. Dake is well within his rights here and USA Wrestling created this animal, but Dake has turned the gamesmanship up to 11.
  11. boconnell

    Japan playoff matches

    The match was wrestled and nobody is questioning the outcome. There may have been stonewalling in the past but there is none here. Just a great wrestler getting beat by another great wrestler.
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    Japan playoff matches

    Why would it look bad if they use the criteria they setup in advance and the wrestler who won is rewarded for winning.
  13. boconnell

    When does Iowa State overtake the Squawkeyes?

    ISU was better after he took over and much worse when he left. PSU was way better after he took over and I can guarantee they'd be worse if he left. I can guarantee every one of the coaches you mentioned would make PSU worse if they took over, and I can guarantee every one of those overachieving schools would get better if Cael took over. So everyone can come up with reasons it's coaching but not really coaching, but nobody can deny that whatever you call it, Cael does it best. And I don't say that to argue with you but to add to what you said.
  14. Sorry. I didn't realize that there were youtube comments. I take back everything I said.
  15. boconnell

    When does Iowa State overtake the Squawkeyes?

    No apology necessary. I didn't mean it like you did something wrong, just that it's a departure from the thread topic of 'taking over'. I think ISU is a long way from overtaking Iowa. I think Iowa's underachieving is the ceiling of what ISU could ever hope to be.
  16. I believe delays should not go so far as to affect either wrestler from peaking for worlds. I think this aligns with the goal of having our best wrestler at his best at the world championships. If Dake is not at his best but can risk competing in early July they can wrestle off on August 1 and give each guy a better run up to worlds.
  17. They wrestled with both guys on equal rest and he lost. Then they wrestled with uneven rest and he lost. There was nothing raw about 2017 except for getting stuck behind an all-time great he wasn't as good as.
  18. boconnell

    When does Iowa State overtake the Squawkeyes?

    Do you equate that to overtaking them or are you just moving the goal posts to an achievable spot since you know they won't pass them at NCAAs any time soon?
  19. I think only one guy used the rule because only one guy used the rule. I think Dake argued better than Dieringer because they argued opposite points and Dake prevailed. I think Dake didn't have the rules on his side because the rules inexplicably stopped at the fair granting of a delay. The only rule for how long the delay would be is both guys would argue it out after it was granted. Well that and a guy who was directly affected by the decision would get to vote (JB). This whole thing has been pathetically handled by USA Wrestling. Dake and Dieringer have both been great.
  20. boconnell

    When does Iowa State overtake the Squawkeyes?

    That's because he's too good of a coach to have to operate with an empty cupboard. If Dresser was a Cael level coach he'd go get a job with a more full cupboard.
  21. boconnell

    When does Iowa State overtake the Squawkeyes?

    Idiotic topic given far too much credence by people wishing it were so. Iowa's underachievement is higher than ISU's ceiling. That's not changing.
  22. Yep. Every wrestler in the country can come up with a doctor's note that says whatever they want. This was a well intentioned rule that was poorly thought through and poorly written. Just have a date that everyone wrestles in the future. USA Wrestling flubbed this one.
  23. I agree. Guys should be able to act however they want AND be universally liked.
  24. boconnell

    Why wear a t-shirt under a singlet?

    I agree. If you aren't going to wear a polo under your singlet then why bother.
  25. There is a major difference between it working against Dake in the past and for him now. When it worked against Dake (and it definitely did), it did so in a wrestler neutral rule as you stated. Every returning medalist got the exact same advantage. But this time only one returning medalist is getting this advantage. And instead of it being spelled out ahead of time (6 week delay for injury as an example), the rules allowed for a delay and then the rules stopped. After that stop in rules negotiation took over and each guy is left to argue to get his. Dake is clearly better at that argument than Dieringer (or Dake's camp is better than Dieringers). Dake should absolutely not be blamed for playing completely within the rules to get his best shot at making the team. Neither should anyone be blamed for doing so on his behalf. What should be blamed is USA Wrestling for writing such vague rules that could so easily be twisted by a guy willing to fight for his best chance. The rule should have spelled out the time frame ahead of time, and it should have been a time frame that allowed both guys a chance to peak for Worlds. Because the rules were so poorly written Dieringer got screwed in his preparations and Dake got unfairly villified in his.