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Everything posted by Jon_Kozak

  1. Fun fact-Parris and Stencil have wrestled 3 times for a total of 3 minutes and 14 seconds.
  2. Great match-excited we get to watch those 2 for the next 4-5 years. For a 3-2 match, there was a good amount of action and scoring attempts. Kharchla is just a little better on his feet right now but they are close.
  3. Good point-I am surprised Gross is at the top instead of Zahid. As you pointed out, Zahid has a comparable bonus point history and better placement at NCAAs. However, I do think Gross will finish second in the hodge voting. His 2 years after his freshman year show he's a different guy than the 14 loss season. His bonus rate has been incredible, and he is an overwhelming favorite to win a title. It will be interesting to see if Zahid has the same bonus rate at 184 and if he wrestles a full season with the Olympics approaching. Not sure if Nomads taking that into consideration, but it may be difficult to give Zahid the hodge if he only wrestles around 15 matches and is focusing on Freestyle.
  4. The type 1 diabetes has to be a huge factor in many areas of wrestling-not just conditioning. My dad has type 1 and if his blood sugar levels are off a little it impacts his decision making speed, coordination, energy levels, etc. The fact Verkleeren is able to compete at such a high level with type 1 diabetes is incredible!
  5. Just finished my first draft. Love the concept-excited to participate throughout the season. I have 2 main critiques: 1. A better draft experience is necessary moving forward. I had to refresh every pick in order to see updated draft availability. That's an insane amount of times throughout the 2 hour draft. It felt like I was back using the internet in 1999 on NetZero. 2. Larger rosters are needed. I would increase the bench size to between 6-8...especially with the uneven schedules week to week in how the league is designed. It would make for a truer "Fantasy Team" experience. Instead, you're either going to have a ton of guys on byes every week or there's going to be so much turnover in teams week to week that a draft at the beginning is pointless.
  6. For years our senior level athletes weren't given the earnings they deserve. Secrecy in earnings seems to devalue the athletes. My opinion is if the earnings were made public, the wrestlers would have the ability to better negotiate their contracts based off the ones out there. You see this all the time in football, baseball, etc...the highest contract is the one that sets the new bar. The ability to measure the growth of the sport based on the growth of contracts and sponsorship deals would be another benefit.
  7. Why should they say something? Kyle Snyder is the face of their brand and this is huge wrestling news.
  8. Haha I know that...I would just love to see wrestling move away from secrecy. Another interesting note-Snyder’s main sponsor-Rudis-has been completely silent about his transfer. Seems a little odd-you’d think they’d release some kind of statement of support.
  9. It would be cool if we could start seeing what the wrestlers are making. Contract details and endorsement deals are released in major sports.
  10. What if the NLWC is a better training environment? Wouldn't that make him better? Isn't that what USA wrestling fans should want for Kyle Snyder-to become better?
  11. Whether he makes the team or not, he'll only be 24 years old and one of the most accomplished wrestlers in USA wrestling's history. Also, he seems to have incredible character and work ethic..so he'll be fine wherever he goes.
  12. I'm pretty positive Snyder thinks about things in a completely different way than your takes. 1. He's not worried about school pride, he wants to get better by wrestling better practice partners everyday-not just 1 or 2 top guys brought in once a year. This shouldn't surprise us considering he skipped his last year of high school to train at the OTC. 2. Coaching style/technique does make a difference. He's been with Tervel for many years now-makes them best friends and close but also gives him limited perspective on technique and training that could help him. Also, he's really close to Brandon Slay-the move puts him only a few hours from him at UPenn. 3. Family is important to him. He and his wife (not girlfriend) are both from Maryland-the move puts him much closer to home.
  13. https://www.trackwrestling.com/tw/PortalPlayer.jsp?TIM=1540475318700&twSessionId=eqatvucomwntsil&videoId=741651132 Here’s the interview where Dake said he woke up 3 kilos under the morning of world finals. This was last year after his world title.
  14. My favorite part of the interview was that he didn’t say anything good about Tedeev. In all seriousness though, thanks for the translation...seems like a great guy with incredible character.
  15. As a Michigan guy, it's pretty conflicting for me. I'll always root for Amine and Micic at the World/olympic level but I'd prefer them be competing for USA. I'm wondering where this all goes from here. Does this continue to be a "thing" Michigan does and other RTC's hop on the train. Or is this unique because of the crop of kids at Michigan during this time period. Interesting note-Cam Amine (cousin of Myles and Malik) might be able to compete for Lebanon - his grandpa was an olympic medalist for Lebanon in 1960. He would not be able to compete for San Marino though-that citizenship is through Myles and Malik's mother.
  16. I know my expectations were higher for USA at Worlds this year. However, this was the 4th best finish for the team since 2008. USA freestyle wrestling is better from 2015-2019 than they were 2008-2014. Russia had a better than average performance. In 2010 they had all 7 wrestlers medal (4 Golds, 2 silvers, 1 Bronze)...that might be the only better year since 2008. However I think 5 Golds, 1 Silver, and 3 Bronze (with 1 DNP from a backup) this year is a little more impressive. Iran also had a slightly better performance this year than 17 and 18. What they accomplished this year - 1 Gold, 1 Silver, and 2 Bronze is more indicative of where they've been historically. Much more detail on my research via the link below-if you're into that stuff... https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NImcKBCtXYITUVjq35uxACRaVRQ5VyE0RgslDK1FmKY/edit?usp=sharing
  17. They were definitely not. The UWWs were much better - more announcing action, less cheering and tangents. I paid for track but switched to the UWW feed like 3 days in to get away from the announcers.
  18. What's even more remarkable is this is par for the course for Russia. Since 2008-half of their world reps have wrestled for a GOLD MEDAL. 42 of 84-with 31 winning gold.
  19. So how about Russia having 4 finalists at the first 5 weights and already 2 champs...and their 61 is one of a few favorites.
  20. For what it's worth - Micic beat fix in the junior trials back in 15. Micic beat him 2 matches to none after losing in the junior open to Fix. He took bronze at Juniors that year and then transferred to Serbia in 18. His first competition was Euros in May of 18-where he took Bronze. He is no longer eligible to transfer back to USA or any other country. Can't blame him for not wanting to go through the stacked field at 57 in USA-Fix, Gilman, Lee, Suriano, Micic, Nahshon, NATO, Vito, etc...
  21. It's the sweat....for real though-he's jumped levels the last 3 years. Original schedule says semis start at 6:45 eastern time
  22. Glad they wrestled the second period there...
  23. Metcalf's losses at Worlds In 2015 - Mohammadi from Iran in third round...2 time world medalist (bronze and silver). Mohammadi went on to lose to Chamizo 2-2 in semis. In 2014 - Kaya from Turkey in the second round...this year's Euro champ and couple time 5th placer. Kaya went on to lose to Mohammadi in semis. In 2013 - Taghavi from Iran in the first round...2 time world Champ In 2010 - Tushisvili from Georgia in the first round...4 time world medalist (1 olympic bronze, 1 world silver, 2 world bronze)
  24. Thought I heard last year there was a chance he would go 70kg but ultimately decided to take a year off to help manage weight and get healthy for this year and Olympic run. All speculation of course. Wonder if he tests the waters at 70 after the Olympics.
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