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    Katie got a reaction from 2td3nf in Projecting the Olympic Trials field: 74kg   
    Dake is a fantastic wrestler. It's too bad we can't get both JB and Dake in the Olympic lineup.
     
    If this Snyder-Sadulaev supermatch ever happens, I'd like to see Dake thrown in there with Geduev, too. I'd also like to see Deiringer vs. Tsargush. And I'd like to see iMart against Gazimagomedov.
     
    To review, this is what I'd like to see:
     
    Snyder - Sadulaev
    Dake - Geduev
    Deiringer - Tsargush
    iMart - Gazimagomedov
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    Katie got a reaction from OKnowwhut in Projecting the Olympic Trials field: 57kg   
    Don't sleep on Garrett. His style is perfect for freestyle. 
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    Katie got a reaction from Cletus_Tucker in Metcalf & 65kg discussion   
    The problem with this hypo (how Metcalf would do with Green's draw) is it assumes Metcalf could make the team at 70kg. IMO Green would always beat Metcalf at 70kg, and there's no guarantee Metcalf can beat guys like Schlatter and Marable at 70kg, either. I don't assume he can. So what you're hypo is really saying is Metcalf would have a good shot at a medal at 70kg provided a number of people didn't exist, and provided he got a good draw. 
     
    You can say that at 65kg as well. If Chamizo, Navruzov, Ramonov, and Mohmmadi didn't exist, and if Metcalf got a good draw, I think he'd have a good chance of medaling at 65kg. 
     
    Neither hypo is really going out on a limb. 
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    Katie got a reaction from WreslingSuperior in What do you think about Kyle Snyder join to MMA?   
    It's possible that Snyder has no intention of ever trying MMA, and it's possible that he thinks it might be a possibility down the line. At this point none of us know. 
     
    But what I do know is it's too early to tell if MMA is even something that could make any sort of sense for him. I'm sure he's going to wrestle through the 2020 cycle, and 2024 is not a bad bet, either. In 2024 he would only be 28, which is still young enough to transition to MMA. Cormier was 29 or 30 when he transitioned. Makhov is already 27 and will transition next year. 
     
    Winning a world title at 19 suggests Snyder will be elite for a long time. With that comes enough money to live on, and down the road coaching opportunities. I don't think Snyder will ever need to switch to MMA in order to extend his athletic career. It's more a question of what he wants to do. 
     
    On a related note, I've recently become less enthusiastic about MMA. CTE (brain damage due to head trauma) can only be diagnosed after you die, and it's a recently-created diagnosis, so we still don't know a lot about it. But a recent study found that 87 out of 91 former NFL players studied had CTE. That's a rate of 96%. Not good.
     
    Based on that study it's a good bet that MMA fighters will also suffer from a high rate of CTE. Personally, I wouldn't want my child playing football or fighting. Brain damage is nothing to play with. I'll be looking into tennis.
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    Katie got a reaction from newyorkwrestler in What do you think about Kyle Snyder join to MMA?   
    It's possible that Snyder has no intention of ever trying MMA, and it's possible that he thinks it might be a possibility down the line. At this point none of us know. 
     
    But what I do know is it's too early to tell if MMA is even something that could make any sort of sense for him. I'm sure he's going to wrestle through the 2020 cycle, and 2024 is not a bad bet, either. In 2024 he would only be 28, which is still young enough to transition to MMA. Cormier was 29 or 30 when he transitioned. Makhov is already 27 and will transition next year. 
     
    Winning a world title at 19 suggests Snyder will be elite for a long time. With that comes enough money to live on, and down the road coaching opportunities. I don't think Snyder will ever need to switch to MMA in order to extend his athletic career. It's more a question of what he wants to do. 
     
    On a related note, I've recently become less enthusiastic about MMA. CTE (brain damage due to head trauma) can only be diagnosed after you die, and it's a recently-created diagnosis, so we still don't know a lot about it. But a recent study found that 87 out of 91 former NFL players studied had CTE. That's a rate of 96%. Not good.
     
    Based on that study it's a good bet that MMA fighters will also suffer from a high rate of CTE. Personally, I wouldn't want my child playing football or fighting. Brain damage is nothing to play with. I'll be looking into tennis.
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    Katie got a reaction from quanon in So, some thoughts on Freestyle Rules   
    Instead of repechage, they could have two or four regional qualifiers, and limit brackets at worlds to 16 or 32. Then the seeding could be based on placements in the qualifiers. Much like soccer's world cup. That way if you lose early in the tournament, you at least had the chance to have had a better placement in the bracket by performing better at the regional qualifier. 
     
    The regional qualifiers would probably have to be randomized or only loosely based on geographic location because most of the talent is located in a small band from Turkey to Iran.
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    Katie got a reaction from silver-medal in Folkstyle: Is it best for our athletes?   
    Too soon to have this conversation. The focus now should be on making folkstyle more exciting. It's without a doubt a horrible product right now.
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    Katie got a reaction from levityrel in Hall and Lee to Nebraska?   
    I'm wondering how tOSU turned a world champ into a 4-loss wrestler. I'm genuinely puzzled. 
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    Katie got a reaction from Eagle26 in Freestyle style is a good style   
    Exactly. All the added controls on refereeing are there because the UWW is a loose coalition of national federations with limited control over referees and a limited ability to police corruption. The NCAA is a strong central organization that has the ability to discourage and punish corruption. 
     
    All that's needed to make folkstyle more exciting are a few common sense rule changes:
     
    1) push out
    2) no OT (this incentivizes scoring in regulation and eliminates ride outs)
    3) a better mechanism for penalizing defensive wrestlers. Stalling calls do not work. Shot clocks work much better but occasionally are a problem. (see Bonne-Lebedev). A smaller push out circle after 90 seconds of no scoring might be the best option. People say this would result in sumo wrestling, and it might with heavies. With smaller guys, i think we'd some exciting stuff. Either way I'd rather watch sumo than slow dancing.
    4) Stand ups after 30 seconds of riding. If you stood your guy up more than he stood you up, you get a point. 
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    Katie got a reaction from 2td3nf in Seventh as a team   
    After Dlagnev dropped out, I only expected one medal. Two medals of any color was an absolute best case scenario. Two golds and a bronze is beyond what I thought was realistic. So as far as I'm concerned, the men's freestyle did an incredible job. Here's a breakdown of each wrestler's performance:
     
    57- Ramos. He performed as expected. I was happy he put himself in a position to beat Rahimi. A few small adjustments and he would have won. But when all is said and done, he's not top four in the world. 
     
    61kg- Humphrey. He gutted out a win over Kazakhstan. Then he lost to a better wrestler. No shame there. 
     
    65kg- Metcalf. Better than expected. he had a brutal draw. The Chinese wrestler was a pure stud, and Metcalf survived him. Then he lost to number one ranked Iran narrowly. He got unlucky when the Iranian was later pinned when he made a mistake. Medaling was not out of the question, but winning three matches is by far his performance ever. Previously, his best performance was 1-1. So I think Metcalf performed better than his past performances suggested he would. 
     
    70kg- Green. At the high end of what we expected. A bronze medal your first time out (and fresh out of college) is phenomenal. 
     
    75kg- Burroughs. Let's just take in the glory.
     
    86kg- Herbert. Performed as expected. Lost to a better wrestler. 
     
    97kg- Snyder. Performed way better than expected. I thought he was on track to be a medalist in the next few years. But I did not see him winning gold at the age of 19. Nobody did. Absolutely phenomenal. 
     
    125kg- Rey. Performed as expected. Ran into a better wrestler. 
     
     
    There's really not much more to say. Our guys performed at or above expectations. Honestly, it was a good showing. 
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    Katie got a reaction from Billyhoyle in Seventh as a team   
    After Dlagnev dropped out, I only expected one medal. Two medals of any color was an absolute best case scenario. Two golds and a bronze is beyond what I thought was realistic. So as far as I'm concerned, the men's freestyle did an incredible job. Here's a breakdown of each wrestler's performance:
     
    57- Ramos. He performed as expected. I was happy he put himself in a position to beat Rahimi. A few small adjustments and he would have won. But when all is said and done, he's not top four in the world. 
     
    61kg- Humphrey. He gutted out a win over Kazakhstan. Then he lost to a better wrestler. No shame there. 
     
    65kg- Metcalf. Better than expected. he had a brutal draw. The Chinese wrestler was a pure stud, and Metcalf survived him. Then he lost to number one ranked Iran narrowly. He got unlucky when the Iranian was later pinned when he made a mistake. Medaling was not out of the question, but winning three matches is by far his performance ever. Previously, his best performance was 1-1. So I think Metcalf performed better than his past performances suggested he would. 
     
    70kg- Green. At the high end of what we expected. A bronze medal your first time out (and fresh out of college) is phenomenal. 
     
    75kg- Burroughs. Let's just take in the glory.
     
    86kg- Herbert. Performed as expected. Lost to a better wrestler. 
     
    97kg- Snyder. Performed way better than expected. I thought he was on track to be a medalist in the next few years. But I did not see him winning gold at the age of 19. Nobody did. Absolutely phenomenal. 
     
    125kg- Rey. Performed as expected. Ran into a better wrestler. 
     
     
    There's really not much more to say. Our guys performed at or above expectations. Honestly, it was a good showing. 
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    Katie got a reaction from Cletus_Tucker in Hall and Lee to Nebraska?   
    I'm wondering how tOSU turned a world champ into a 4-loss wrestler. I'm genuinely puzzled. 
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    Katie reacted to headshuck in Freestyle style is a good style   
    I'm totally loving the rules now.  God this is better than watching folkstyle riding time, fleeing the mat and OT.
     
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    Katie got a reaction from CoachWrestling in Disgraceful Officiating   
    It seems reasonable to assume that if you get the only actual offensive points in the match you should win. 
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    Katie got a reaction from WreslingSuperior in Disgraceful Officiating   
    The shot clock has worked really well for the most part. IMO it lead to a bad result in the Bonne-Lebedev match. The problem seemed to be how the ref used his power to make a subjective determination. 
     
    Maybe a better alternative would be to have a smaller step out circle that becomes the out of bounds marker if there is no scoring for 90 seconds.That way any points would not be left up to the subjective opinion of the ref.
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    Katie got a reaction from GranbyTroll in Disgraceful Officiating   
    It seems reasonable to assume that if you get the only actual offensive points in the match you should win. 
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    Katie got a reaction from GoNotQuietly in Disgraceful Officiating   
    It seems reasonable to assume that if you get the only actual offensive points in the match you should win. 
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    Katie got a reaction from Axe_Spartan in Disgraceful Officiating   
    Bonne's entire year wasted because of some ref.
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    Katie got a reaction from Billyhoyle in Disgraceful Officiating   
    Bonne's entire year wasted because of some ref.
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    Katie got a reaction from pjm46 in Snyder & 97kg discussion   
    Honestly, I didn't think Snyder would beat Gadisov, either.
     
    I didn't even think Snyder would win a medal of any kind this year. I was totally on board with the idea that he was on track to win a medal in the next few years.
     
    But winning a gold tonight was just not on my radar. i don't think anybody predicted it two days ago.
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    Katie got a reaction from 2td3nf in Ramos & 57kg discussion   
    Ramos has a tough path to gold. It'll likely be:
     
    Round 64. Unranked Colombia.
    Round 32. Unranked Spain/Uzbekistan
    Round 16. #4 Rahimi (Iran)
    Quarter. #6 Jong (North Korea)
    Semi. #2 Lebedev (Russia)
    Final. #5 Erdenebat (Mongolia)
     
    Notable items:
    North Korea is sending #6 Jong instead of #1 Yang.  #3 Bonne and #2 Lebedev could meet in the Round of 32.
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    Katie got a reaction from Hawk Eye in Burroughs & 74kg discussion   
    We won't see the brackets for hours...
     
    But in the meantime, I saw this DailyKos article about JB. Basically, it says that Iran's recent team successes in wrestling -- coupled with JB's popularity with Iranian wrestling fans -- gave the Iranian government that extra push it needed to engage more with the West. That's a lot of weight to heap on JB's shoulders!
     
    Here's the article: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/11/1420310/-International-Wrestling-and-the-Iranian-Nuclear-Deal#
     
    What do you think? Is JB the wrestling Jesus?
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    Katie got a reaction from 2td3nf in Snyder & 97kg discussion   
    I don't think we should replace folkstyle with freestyle. But I do think we should borrow from freestyle when it gets something right. Here are the things freestyle gets right:
     
    1) push out
    2) shot clock
    3) no OT
    4) ten point techs
     
    These four rules have been really effective at forcing the action. I now prefer watching freestyle to folk.
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    Katie got a reaction from bwh27 in Askren suggests international wrestling is a waste of time   
    Mods, any interest in locking this thread?
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    Katie got a reaction from HuskyHero133 in Askren suggests international wrestling is a waste of time   
    I'm not understanding the hostility toward trying the MMA route after college. Here is why:
     
    1) MMA is folkstyle's cousin. In the colonial period and in the first decades of US history, collar-and-elbow wrestling was one of the most popular sports. It was practiced by men of all social classes, including presidents. Catch wrestling then picked up steam in the second half of the 1800s, which basically engulfed collar-and-elbow wrestling. Catch wrestling in turn spawned folkstyle and freestyle. In the 1900s catch wrestling as a distinct wrestling style was also incubated in the UK and later Japan, and experiments with catch wrestling styles against other styles resulted in the framework for MMA. 
     
    2) MMA has created a ton of interest in folkstyle. Go to any MMA message board and they will talk respectfully about folkstyle. They will discuss fighters' wrestling backgrounds. And they will watch old NCAA matches.  
     
    3) MMA has inspired tons of kids to join their school's wrestling teams. Most small towns don't have MMA gyms. But they do have scholastic wrestling teams, and they can participate for free. For kids who enjoy watching MMA, joining their school's wrestling team is the closest thing they can do to emulate their idols. Without this recruitment effect, high school wrestling would have smaller participation numbers, and would perhaps be on a clear decline. 
     
    4) MMA fighters support wrestling all the time. 
     
    5) The UFC joined the effort to save Olympic wrestling. 
     
    6) Most elite folkstylers have no realistic shot at the Olympics. With only six weight classes, maybe only 24 guys or so have a realistic shot at making the Olympic team -- and that is over the course of four years (!). But every year the NCAA pumps out far more elite folkstylers than that. What's wrong with those guys trying MMA if they feel like extending their athletic careers?
     
    7) Brain injuries are a real concern. But there is no evidence that ten years of MMA is worse than ten years of football. (My guess is that MMA is safer than boxing.) With more developed training methods, and with good training partners, concussions should normally only be a risk during actual fights. And if a person is unfortunate enough to experience a concussion they are uncomfortable with, retirement is ALWAYS an option. That's what Steve Young did (after his seventh concussion). 
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