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  1. Wittlake has gotten worse since he arrived. The multiple world teams you referenced were all years ago. They either ruined him before he ever wrestled a match, or something went wrong. Hopefully he can turn things around. Either way it shows that OSU is not great at developing already great recruits. People who act like PSU just recruits ready made guys ignore the fact that ready made guys flop all the time at schools not called PSU.
  2. What an idiotic post. Your statement is that the great 2020 recruits mean he should be fired if he doesn't win in 2020 (before they arrive) or in 2021 (their first year on campus). I know your goal is trolling and not actual wrestling discussion, but at least troll semi-intelligently. But for the sake of discussion, if he doesn't win by the time Fix leaves (3-4 years depending on ORS) then he will never win and should be moved out.
  3. I just did the leg work and googled their class rankings. These are mix and match from open mat, D1 college wrestling, etc... I didn't cherry pick, I just went with easiest to find. OSU class rankings. 2019 - #8 class 2018 - #16 2017 - #11 2016 - #16 2015 - #2 2014 - #2 2013 - #11 2012 - #5 2011 - #6 2010 - #15 So for the decade they averaged 9.2 on their class rankings. Their NCAA finish over the same span is 3,13, 3, 2, 7, 3, 2, 6, 4, 6. So off of an average 9.2 recruiting class they average a 4.9 finish. The only real flop was the 2014 class of Marstellar and Blees.
  4. I've got to call this one out. First he hasn't signed a class close to this one. He also hasn't signed classes close to the only schools he regularly loses to. He's had a few high profile individuals flop but I'd be willing to bet his average nationals finish is higher than his average recruiting class ranking. They've foolishly been recruiting with no RTC for years and have been hammered in recruiting because of it.
  5. So basically he's 18 and you want him to get off your lawn.
  6. Excellent news. I can take a breath and enjoy Cornell and not make dumb posts like my above.
  7. Pre-complaining from Cornell fans? I wouldn't have believed it. The first fan base to become intolerable without ever winning anything.
  8. This is probably the biggest factor. He looked bad cutting to 197 and with 4 years of physical maturity and growth, I bet 211 feels like 197 used to. Some guys just don't respond to cutting weight well.
  9. I'm not saying they were completely faking. I'm saying two sides arguing is compelling, while two guys agreeing is boring. So everything gets polarized whether it's on purpose in the moment or not.
  10. FLO is clearly taking a page from ESPN. Have two guys give opposite takes and yell about it. ESPN's Fantasy Football Guy Matthew Berry wrote a recent article about his first TV experience. The cohost ranted about why player A was going to be great. When he got done Berry agreed with him and the director yelled cut. They confirmed that Berry thought the guy was good and they refilmed the scene with the cohost now ranting about why player A was going to be terrible. Berry said his mind was blown. This setup is the bedrock of today's sports media. FLO is in the business of attracting ears and eyes (and inspiring debate and forum posts). If both guys on the show take a measured approach and speak reasonably nobody listens. So instead they pick opposite sides of a hot topic. Now if your issue is that they don't get great wrestlers to take fake positions against each other then I don't know what to say to that.
  11. The step out absolutely beyond doubt helps create action. FS rules have some quirks and there is no such thing as a perfect rule set. But action is definitely increased by making guys stay on the mat.
  12. I liked STL as a host site. I love that all of their sports venues are downtown and plenty of hotels/restaurants in walking distance. I didn't rent a car and got to and from the airport easily on the train. It was affordable. Honestly I'm fine with any spot that (1) has the lodging and dining close to the venue, and (2) has easy/cheap airport access without a car. Affordability is #3 for me but I'm fine with NYC because it's NYC and it's great in other ways. Detroit is the only awful host city I've visited. The hotels were all 30+ minutes away and they had no dining near the arena.
  13. I didn't say it was impossible he could go 0-1. Just like it's far from impossible to describe that match as Yianni having nothing for Zain. Both statements are purposely slanted by fan(atics). I will say it's impossible to declare Yianni better after he lost repeatedly. My point was you jump all over PSU forum manners when there's a whole flock of idiots in every thread.
  14. PSU fan makes a kind of dumb "yianni had nothing for him" post. Vak comes running in to throw a flag. Non-PSU fan declares Yianni is still better and Zain will go 0-1 at worlds and Vak is strangely silent.
  15. Get out of here with that. If ever there was a time to beat your chest it's here. Yianni lost, sued, won the fantasy matchup, and then lost again.
  16. You are right that it was probably more Stieber than Snyder that built the brand. You are also right Fix has to win his next shot at an NCAA title or it absolutely knocks the shine off of him. I don't think they land the 2020 class they currently have without Fix already on board. OSU always does well with in state guys who can go to school their super cheap. They have not hit on their big recruit out of state guys nearly as often as Cael in the past 10 years. Those are the guys who tie up scholarship money and you can't afford (literally) to have big time recruits show up and fail as often as they have at OSU.
  17. I saw talk of Geer at 197. He definitely has the frame and he was there last year before Weigel came back. Either way I think Smith has shown he can invent upperweights. Schafer, Weigel, White, and Boyd were all pretty lightly regarded recruits that had success the past few years. As for whether they win... The way things go these days I think recruiting has more momentum than the sport itself. Sign an influential superstar and guys will line up to surround him. It happened with Taylor/Ruth and continued with Nickal/Nolf. Having two at once made those teams invincible. It happened with Snyder and they won a title. Now it's happening with Spencer Lee and Iowa has a shot the next 2 years. And at OSU it's happening with Fix. They signed him and all of a sudden the 2020 class is one of the best any school's ever had. Great young wrestlers want to wrestle with other great young wrestlers even more than they want to wrestle for legendary coaches (and they really want to wrestle for legendary coaches). So say Fix takes the Olympic RS and then competes in the ensuing 3 seasons. That gives the big 2020 class time to get on the mat. And if Smith can't win by the time Fix is done then he will never win.
  18. Get out of here with that. Hendricks took him down repeatedly and all were takedowns. Churella hit a nice counter in the 2nd but got absolutely worked outside of those 10 seconds.
  19. Metcalf and Caldwell was amazing. I was in the hotel before the finals and about a half dozen of us were running our own small pick 'em and we didn't even consider the possibility that Metcalf could lose. I was rooting hard for Metcalf but by the end I was cheering the upset with the non-Hawkeye portion of the arena. Hendricks-Churella was awesome. Yes Johnny was pinned. I've never admitted that outright without a qualifier, but obviously he was pinned. So maybe the 3rd period shouldn't have happened, but it did. And Hendricks just took Churella apart. When he tied it up with 30 seconds left they went out of bounds and he signalled optional to John Smith. Smith emphatically said no and Hendricks nodded yes and calmly released him and then took him down for the win. He got a gift, but he had to go take that match for the gift to mean anything. Then of course he toured the OKC arena with an OSU flag on his back as the greatest NCAA heel of all time. And because of how that match went down Hendricks-Perry was awesome too (and depressing for me). There were approximately 1000 story lines with that one, and it looked like it would still somehow be a boring final. But then Perry broke him with a leg ride and snatched the title from Johnny, uncle John, and the whole state of Oklahoma. Those are my top 3 and I was there in person for all of them. I haven't been to the NCAAs live in recent years but those were awesome matches.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Do they have to schedule around any doctor's notes?
  24. 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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