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    3 years or 4 til ISU tops Iowa?

    Pretty poor troll job. You need to go at something they care about. Bring up Metcalf-Caldwell or Tom's height. ISU just isn't threatening enough for this obvious troll job to land.
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    Pitt Vs okie state

    Sheets is fantastic on top but not great in neutral. If he can wrestle in neutral like he did yesterday he is a problem for people because he's so good on top.
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    Stoll #1?

    The snapdown is not a HS move. It has tons of value at every level including the olympics. If your argument is Stoll isn't as good as Steveson then you are correct, but it has nothing to do with how many shots Stoll takes.
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    Stoll #1?

    He scored 10 points and you're complaining he doesn't shoot?
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    Who is college wrestling's top heel in 2019?

    Tons of people in this thread disagree. Tons of people also feel like being a heel is not a denigration. A true heel really enjoys being rooted against, and recognizing that is absolutely not an insult.
  6. No, they actually have no value. You are explaining what they are, but even inside the narrow definition you are giving of what they are, they simply don't work. RBY over Fix cannot be explained away by career vs season or by who they have beaten or anything else. RBY - 15 career matches, only top 20 win in wrestlestat's own rankings is #17 Milhoff (and he's ranked at 125). 1 loss to the only top 10 opponent. 4 other top 50 wins (34, 35, 43, 48). Fix - 24 career matches, wins over #2 Suriano, #5 Lizak, #6 Bresser (last year), #10 Gomez, #14 Wright, and #16 Fausz. Zero losses. Other top 50 wins (Nickell, Tutolo, Madrigal, Bridges). If your computer program looks at all of that and tells you Bravo-Young is ranked higher then you gave your computer the wrong algorithm. There simply are no data points to support any other conclusion. Wrestlestat is the best wrestling website out there by a wide margin, they just don't do individual rankings well.
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    The All-Transfer Team

    So Long is an example of a coach believing in a guy but Downey to Iowa should be made fun of. Got it. Some of you guys are incapable of seeing anything through glasses other then your university of choice. I swear regional college bias runs so deep that most die hard college fans would rather root for ISIS over their college rival. It's absurd.
  8. They borrow the computer that makes all of the fortunes for fortune cookies and ask it to predict the results.
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    The All-Transfer Team

    What list does Andrew Long highlight for PSU?
  10. Seems like a solution for a problem that didn't exist. I have no problem with it, but also see no value in it.
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    The All-Transfer Team

    If you are including JUCO transfers then Smith is a possibility but I'd probably keep Reenan. But I dont' really count JUCO guys as transfers in the same way since most finished their time and graduated upward.
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    The All-Transfer Team

    White is a transfer for OSU. He was a backup 197 for Nebraska. He's definitely ahead of Haines at Heavy.
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    Who is college wrestling's top heel in 2019?

    DeSanto and the throat slash is just like Mayfield planting the flag at tOSU and that got tons of angry media coverage. College wrestlers flex, run, jump, pick up their coach, get picked up by coach, run to mom in the stands, and enact 100 other celebrations without anyone really minding. It's only when they celebrate at their defeated opponent that anybody minds. This is identical to all other sports.
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    Who is college wrestling's top heel in 2019?

    Easy. Hendricks. He was on a championship team which makes him easier to hate by other fans. He blew matches he shouldn't have and always seemed to waste a bit of his talent even as great as he was. This gives him a little anti-hero and gave fans who rooted against him hope that he'd lose. His measure of greatness was not the automatic and reliable kind. He won a referee aided match (maybe THE ref aided match). He loved being the heel and played it up. After the Churella match he draped himself in an OSU flag and took a slow victory lap around the arena and then led a Pistol Pete chant with the huge OSU crowd, and he did all that during the 157 awards ceremony. Nobody comes close as a heel, and he is without a doubt my favorite college wrestler ever.
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    Who is college wrestling's top heel in 2019?

    I agree and I thought there was another injury situation. That makes it easy to describe him as a punk or douche or most other insults people want to use. I just thought it was absurd to declare he shouldn't be allowed into a college because he got too physical on a wrestling mat.
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    Who is college wrestling's top heel in 2019?

    What all has he done? I know there was cranking an arm against Micic. He did the cutthroat gesture the other day. I want to say he got physical in another match last year but can't remember it. Honestly I can see him described as a punk or many other insults very easily. I am totally at a loss for what he has done that would result in a university not even letting him be a student. Is there legal or academic trouble I'm unaware of? Universities across the country are filled with kids who have done a lot worse then use a kimura at the wrong time.
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    Kurt McHenry

    TONS of top football recruits graduate HS in January and enroll early to attend spring practice and get a head start on being ready for College sports. It also helps to get ahead of the curve on college graduation progress. Now obviously those football players aren't giving up their senior football season since it's a fall sport, but the precedent is there. There are also more and more elite basketball recruits reclassifying as a higher grade to get to college faster.
  18. In 2009 there were maybe five programs in the country who could have even dreamed of hiring a guy away from ISU, and none of those made coaching changes during that time. PSU was extremely smart to go after Cael, but it's not like 50 programs wouldn't have loved to have him back then, they just had no shot at getting him.
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    Stoll #1?

    He's not wrestling terrible guys to get rust off. And he's not wrestling them because you get hurt less often in easy matches. Like I said, number of matches is a legit concern. Hard vs. Easy matches is not. Guys absolutely don't hurt knees at a higher rate in tougher matches. That's not how it works. He's simply biding his time and getting ready for the postseason. It's totally possible to do the 100% without a doubt right thing while ducking a match.
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    Stoll #1?

    Injuries don't occur in competitive matches anymore frequently than they do in easy matches. Knee injuries are non-contact as often as they are contact. Sometimes guys even injure their knees while pranking their teammates in bed. Limiting the number of matches will lower his injury risk. Limiting competitive matches is the definition of ducking opponents.
  21. No they weren't. But they are fans of winning (like all kids). It's a bit chicken and egg, but Cael was able to win and that puts quite a shine on his personal brand. If he spent the half decade before Nickal made a college choice getting 2nd in the Big 12, then the Cael name wouldn't mean the same thing. Cael is the hands down best college wrestling coach in the game. Some of that was a perfect marriage with sleeping PSU. Most of that was Cael. Either way HE (not just the university) has become synonymous with winning and scoring points. He probably couldn't have done the exact same thing at ISU, but now that he has built the rep, he could duplicate it in a dozen places.
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    Oklahoma St

    #1 Ashnault and #2 Kolodzik. No idea about Boo. It would take a while for Gfeller to descend anyways, so that may not be a real option. If Gfeller wins either of those matches this weekend, then it's his weight IMO. It's very unfortunate neither are full sized 149s, and neither would be real options at 157.
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    Oklahoma St

    Gfeller has beaten 1 AA (Pinned Nick Lee last year at the scuffle). He has never beaten a R12 guy. Boo beat AAs Leeth, Bryce Meredith, and Geo Martinez (2X). He also beat round of 12 Justin Oliver, Thomsen (2X), and Joey Palmer. It's not Gfeller's fault he hasn't faced tough competition yet this year, but he has absolutely not faced tough competition yet this year. He has 2 great chances this weekend. But at this point Boo has the "far superior" wins, and it's not close.
  24. Cael wins more titles then all the rest of the coaches combined. Yes he is that much better than they are.
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    The Mat.com forum readers rankings

    There is no direct correlation between saying a ranker is wrong and saying you're better on all things rankings. If a pilot steers his plane at the ground I can say he's wrong and I don't know how to fly a plane.
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