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Everything posted by boconnell

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. UWW can sell the rights in America and nobody bought them elsewhere.
  7. 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.
  8. Is there a way to watch replays?
  9. You just keep grasping at this particular straw and maybe you will reach it at some point.
  10. You just stood out for stupidity on an internet forum. That's not easy to do.
  11. 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.
  12. #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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. I didn't realize you had been clear from the beginning. Cox shouldn't bother trying if that's the case.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Maybe Nickal should just collect a silver medal after Cox wins.
  20. It doesn't matter because he has no intention of wrestling Kyle Snyder over anything but Twitter.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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