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Everything posted by boconnell

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Do they have to schedule around any doctor's notes?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. UWW can sell the rights in America and nobody bought them elsewhere.
  17. 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.
  18. Is there a way to watch replays?
  19. You just keep grasping at this particular straw and maybe you will reach it at some point.
  20. You just stood out for stupidity on an internet forum. That's not easy to do.
  21. 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.
  22. #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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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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