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    Yes, and many others have learned how to compensate for being on the shorter side. One of the great things about wrestling is that all types of bodies and builds can succeed.
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    I don’t disagree with anything you’ve stated. I’m assuming the DI coach was referring to the “long bodies” who had already demonstrated they had the attributes you mentioned, and had learned how to maximize the use of their long limbs.
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    Several years ago, a DI coach told me that his view was that more often than not..."length beats strength." He said if all else was equal, he'd recruit the long, lanky guy over the short, "Fire Plug" wrestler. He also said that there were plenty of exceptions and that some Fire Plugs could consistently beat opponents of any build.
  4. Yes, of course. What was I thinking? On second thought, every American who has every served in combat was a deranged and merciless baby-killer. Thanks for the intellectual discussion.
  5. I concur with all.
  6. Absolutely. This was drilled into my head by my parents before I ever participated in sports, and most of my generation, too. Then, my first coach told us that he wanted to win, but he valued sportsmanship over winning, and that win or lose, we were expected to always act with dignity and respect. Wrestlers act up because they’ve not been yoked up by a parent or coach the first time they crossed the line. Wrestling will not survive if it follows the model of UFC and WWE hype and antics.
  7. Post-match emotional meltdowns are embarrassing and indicate a weak mind. Trying to intentionally physically harm an opponent is pathetic. Lots of excuses being offered here. 19 and 20 year old grunts are trained to have restraint during and after firefights, and they are held accountable if they don’t. I suspect some of the “mat heroes” being discussed here would be prone to folding into the fetal position if they experienced that kind of stress. Our sport is diminished by poor sportsmanship and those who tolerate or rationalize it.
  8. I hate to see anyone do this - throw medals away right after the awards ceremony. In addition to showing poor sportsmanship, it is disrespectful toward our sport.
  9. I was at an event where someone asked Dan Gable: “Who was the best all-around wrestler you coached at Iowa?” He paused for about 5 seconds and said, “Randy Lewis.”
  10. I’m not sure he was flat, but it was so close (and obscured from fans and cameras) only the ref could tell. I think there’s a chance that Kessel didn’t see the shoulder blades throughout the entire sequence, and most refs at that level aren’t going to call a pin unless they literally can see it.
  11. 2010 NCAA Semi’s Borschel vs Heinrich
  12. Jay Borschel over Chris Henrich I was able to watch this one from “ringside seats” at the NCAAs. Borschel’s comeback from an early 7-9 point deficit (not sure about the score) was one of the most amazing displays of mental toughness and “refuse to lose” attitude I’ve personally witnessed. I can’t find the video, but if someone can, this match is worth watching!
  13. Thanks, everyone. Your suggestions and comments are appreciated! I have actually researched and written some material on this topic as related to special operators and members of elite combat units. Many of these guys had a wrestling background; most were average wrestlers, but almost all credited the sport with instilling many traits and qualities in them that helped them be successful in high-speed units. I’m hoping to do some good interviews with guys who have solid credibility in the “mentally tough” aspect of our sport. I think their insights and advice would resonate with the target audience of my book: youth and high school wrestlers. I also think coaches and parents will find value in this book, but my aim is to keep it on a level that will essentially replicate the type of “knowledge transfer” that occurs when a J Rob, Kolat, Ironside, Gable and others sits down in front of a group of kids in a wrestling room and speaks on this topic. It will be more of a “mentor/mentee” flavor than a research study. Many of you know how challenging it is to get kids these days to read anything longer than a social media post, so the book must be written at their level and in a way that keeps them engaged. Thanks again for your help and please keep it coming!
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