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  1. Bajrang's throw by against Ashnault was way cooler. Then he added the back roll for exposure. I think that entire sequence was awesome, and not something you'd see from our wrestlers. Most of his scoring was highlight reel worthy.
  2. JO might be the best wrestler to have absolutely zero credentials internationally. The guy is already 30 years old, so it's not like he has a lot of time left. Pantaleo did wrestle a great match though, so maybe we should give him more credit instead of thinking it was a tactical error on JO's part.
  3. Could be totally wrong but I thought I read a few years ago when Zain signed to NLWC he was making around 60k.
  4. I was referring more to away duals. You know what schools have a heavy scale. There's no "check" scale. You get off the bus and weigh in. And that scale could be heavier than the one you know in your home locker room.
  5. Not uncommon if you've wrestled before. You hear from your more experienced teammates which scales are "heavy." I guess this happens at this highest level too. This is not a Burroughs problem, and that narrative is bothering me. This is a scale calibration problem. Simple as that.
  6. I have no problem with the endless turns. There's a reason we don't see them a lot; they are very hard to pull off. On another note, seeing Graff's win had me tearing up. Had no idea how old he was. He puts so much passion and heart into what he does. Truly rooting for him come Worlds.
  7. You got me good. Do we have a timeframe when we can expect a response? I hope whatever they choose, that they are transparent with how the rules are interpreted.
  8. Hi all. Final X is quickly approaching. Bouts are as follows: Session 1: NoonBout 1: Men's GR 87 kg - U.S. Open champion Joe Rau (Chicago, Ill./Titan Mercury WC/Chicago RTC) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion Ben Provisor (State College, Pa./New York AC/Nittany Lion WC)Bout 2: Women's FS 72 kg - U.S. Olympic champion Alyvia Fiske (Napa, Calif./Titan Mercury WC) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion Victoria Francis (Litchfield, Ill./Titan Mercury WC)Bout 3: Men's GR 82 kg - U.S. Open champion Kendrick Sanders (Marquette, Mich./New York AC) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion John Stefanowicz (Camp LeJeune, N.C./U.S. Marine Corps)Bout 4: Women's FS 50 kg -U.S. Open champion Whitney Conder (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion Victoria Anthony (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids)Bout 5: Men's GR 55 kg - U.S. Open champion Max Nowry (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion Brady Koontz (Plover, Wis./Ohio RTC)Bout 6: Men's GR 67 kg - U.S. Open champion Ellis Coleman (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion Jamel Johnson (Camp LeJeune, N.C./U.S. Marine Corps)Bout 7: Women's FS 57 kg - U.S. Open champion Becka Leathers (Chapel Hill, N.C./Titan Mercury WC/Tarheel RTC) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion Jenna Burkert (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP)Session 2: 6 p.m.Bout 1: Women's FS 65 kg - U.S. Open champion Forrest Molinari (Iowa City, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion Maya Nelson (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids/OTC)Bout 2: Men's GR 77 kg - U.S. Open champion Kamal Bey (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids/OTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament Pat Smith (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm)Bout 3: Women's FS 68 kg - World bronze medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion Alexandria Glaude (W. Sacramento, Calif./Titan Mercury WC/McKendree Bearcat WC)Bout 4: Men's FS 125 kg - World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C./Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion Gable Steveson (Apple Valley, Minn./Minnesota RTC)Bout 5: Men's FS 65 kg - U.S. Open champion Yianni Diakomihalis (Rochester, N.Y./Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes RTC) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion Zain Retherford (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) Bout 6: Men's FS 79 kg - World champion Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes RTC) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion Alex Dieringer (Stillwater, Okla./Titan Mercury WC/Cowboy RTC)Bout 7: Men's FS 92 kg - World champion J'den Cox (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion Bo Nickal (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) Besides Whitney Conder vs Victoria Anthony, I must admit that none of the noon matches pique my interest too much. Highly considering just attending the 6 PM session. Don't really want to spend all day in New Brunswick anyway. I was wondering what everyone else was thinking about doing. P.S. Feel free to call me names for only wanting to see the marquee matchups. I deserve it.
  9. Wow. Does PD3 automatically claim the spot now?
  10. They kept showing her over and over... talk about distracting, I'm trying to watch wrestling!
  11. He looked up and saw 16 seconds on the clock. He didn't feel like rolling through. He was already up, and the team race was secured. Really, why should he have gone for it?
  12. They challenged it being TD and 2 backs I believe. That sequence should have been 2 TD 2 Backs for Yianni. 1 escape for McKenna. 3rd period no TD. Lots of controversial calls in thia year's finals unfortunately. Something has to be done about that.
  13. Would have been strange to be a 3x NCAA Champ while having 0 Big 10 Titles. Didn't feel right because he would squeak by some of his opponents. I feel the same way about Mark Hall.
  14. Seems like the guy didn't even want to be helped up. Bo is like "okay man, whatever." Lol.
  15. Just ironic. Ducks so Martin can't get a feel for him. And then loses to a 15 seed and doesn't even get to face him. Maybe a case of counting your chickens before they hatch... Or however that saying goes.
  16. So many matchups I would have liked to see in that room. Nolf vs Retherford. Nickal vs Taylor. Ruth vs Taylor (folkstyle only... the one freestyle match they wrestled was so poorly officiated that I couldn't take anything from it, although it is noticeable that Ruth wasn't great at freestyle). Probably some others I can't think of off the top of my head.
  17. They also said Ashnault was the first NJ 4x State Champion, which is wrong. First undefeated 4x State Champion more like. But yeah I also heard the 4.5 and scoffed. As a Penn State alum I can confirm they, and no other reputable college/university, gives out weighed grades. 4.0 being an A is the highest GPA you can achieve (I didn't achieve that).
  18. Maybe not now.. but he's quite a bit younger than DT so who knows what happens in the future.
  19. Is Jordan Oliver one of our top wrestlers? The guy has never even made a world team. You don't have to be captain literal man. Any person that has a fair chance of making the team can be deemed on the list of our top wrestlers. I like how that's what you chose to contribute instead of posting any meaningful insight into technique, tendencies, etc.
  20. I didn't watch him at the Kolov, but I'm glad that's the case. And I don't think it has anything to do with body type. Most of our guys are a folkstyle product, so introducing par terre later in their development (and not truly emphasizing it until after college) would probably make most of them not as confident in that skillset against higher levels of competition. Obviously there are some notable exceptions such as Kyle Dake and Joe Colon, but that's just how I see it.
  21. This may come off as a bash topic, but it's really not. As I watch more and more wrestling at the world level, I get more curious about the finer details of the sport. In this topic I'd like to examine some of the tendencies of our wrestlers, and what the theme is in their losses. Hopefully people can chime in with more analysis of different wrestlers. I'll go first with two wrestlers: Kyle Snyder 2015 - Gold 2016 - Gold 2017 - Gold 2018 - Silver Obviously top notch. Something he lacks however is a good par terre offense. Relying on takedowns and good defense has worked for him so far, but wrestlers can score a quick bunch on him then sit on a lead. Making a comeback 2 points at a time is harder than if he could get 2 + 2 via a turn. If he had an explosive top game like Dake... well then he'd be Sadulaev. The only thing separating the two. Frank Molinaro Love the tank. Just a gritty, physical wrestler. But against highly technical foreign opposition he gets moved around. It looks like he is heavy with his posting and ties, and relies on his strength advantage. But against great technical wrestlers, they are able to misdirect this linear strength and use it to their advantage to create angles on shots. Also it seems he only has one shot (lefty high crotch) so when that gets shut down he doesn't have much offense.
  22. Well that probably answers where he's going. He doesn't know much else. I love Frank, but can't help feeling that this is a mistake. Who am I to say he is wrong to follow his dreams though.
  23. Little thing that bothers me about Hrovat... He keeps pronouncing it Kyle Schneider instead of Kyle Snyder... Like nails on a chalkboard...
  24. Hrovat is too low energy and monotone, forcing Shane Sparks to say things to try and fill the silence. Not a great pairing IMO.
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