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  1. I don't check his social media, and I urge those who do to exercise maturity when passing judgment on him or any young person. Perhaps you're simply not a fan of his, and that's ok. I do think that some would view grown men obsessing over a college athlete's social media and making "life predictions" about him to be labeled as "douchey behavior." I recommend that you reflect upon my statement: "Immaturity and self-centered/arrogant/boorish behavior can be overcome over time by a person who finally "sees the light" and accepts that he must make some changes in himself if he truly wants to maximize his potential in life." On a personal note, I have led what most would consider a very successful life. I have succeeded and been a high-achiever in most of what I've attempted as an adult. People who observed me when I was Ferrari's age would likely not have thought I was capable of this, since at the time, I thought beer was food and carousing with women with "casual standards" was my main priority. I grew up and got serious about the direction of my life. I'm betting Ferrari will do the same.
  2. I was hoping someone had captured Teemer and Robb shaking hands while laying next to each other exhausted. When I saw this live on TV, I immediately thought of Teddy Roosevelt's famous "Man in the Arena" quote.
  3. I think Ferrari is an amazing talent with supreme self-confidence, and a flair for showmanship. I've only watched a few of him NCAA matches and it's obvious that he likes to showcase his "swagger." Now, I don't know what I don't know about his past behavior, etc., but my gut sense is that he's a solid young man raised in a good family. Like all of us at his age, he's got a lot to learn about life, and I suspect his recent "religious experience" will do much to recalibrate some of his priorities. Overall, I think he's going to do well in whatever arena he chooses to compete in after college wrestling. PD3 is a different story, based only on what I've seen from him and read about him on social media. We are all products of the environments we grew up in, and it appears that some of what he was exposed to/allowed to do/encouraged to do as a young man was not conducive to what most of us would deem appropriate development for any person. I'm not letting him off the hook for some of the obviously poor choices he's made or things he's done in the past...he alone made those choices. In his case, I think the critical factors that will shape his future are the environment he lives in and people he chooses to associate with. I have no idea what he's doing these days, but I do hope he's making wise choices relative to both of these factors. In summary, I think the single most important factor that will ultimately shape the futures of the athletes mentioned in this thread, and for that matter, everyone - is their character. Immaturity and self-centered/arrogant/boorish behavior can be overcome over time by a person who finally "sees the light" and accepts that he must make some changes in himself if he truly wants to maximize his potential in life. Character, however, in my opinion, is a fairly static personal quality and very, very difficult to change. I have a plaque on a wall on my home that says this: "A man's character is his fate." - Heraclitus.
  4. I’m so glad that there’s no recordings of me waxing philosophical when I was in my mid-20’s! I get that Suriano rubs some people wrong, and truthfully, I’m not a fan of his personality, either. But, he’s young and still has lots to learn about life. If I had to bet right now on whether or not he’s going to live what most of us would call an honorable, successful life, I’d bet on him doing well. If I’ve learned one thing during my many years in leadership roles, it’s that one should never give up on people too quickly; it just takes longer for the goodness to surface in some of them. He does need to un**** his haircut ASAP!
  5. Yes.... No old man jokes, please! LOL!
  6. Wow...I don't know anything about the Citadel kid. Did these two wrestle before or did the CItadel kid come out of nowhere to beat O'Connor. As an aside, I really liked how O'Connor carried himself last year while Stanford was dropping wrestling. He certainly helped bring enormous pressure on the Stanford decision makers!
  7. Thought I'd start this thread so we can keep track of any upsets that happen throughout the tournament. I won't be able to watch any wrestling until tonight, so if any upsets have already happened, please list them!
  8. I saw an interview years ago in which Kessel said he wasn't able to see if Hendricks's far shoulder blade (the one under Churella's body) was flat and wasn't about to slap the mat assuming they were...he needed the visual confirmation, as in any other pinning situation. If you watch the video, I think he's right...there was a lot of movement/blind spots and we've all seen guys in the same position as Hendricks was who managed to keep one shoulder off the mat. Now, I do think a couple of the takedowns awarded were questionable at best. I do know that Kessel was regarded by most of the upper tier D1 coaches to be one of the most competent refs at the NCAA's for many years.
  9. Yes...just wanted to see if I could sneak him by viewers...LOL! Nice catch!
  10. Jack Spates, Rico Chiapparelli, Greg Jones, Gregor Gillespie, Chris Taylor, Derek Moore, Quentin Wright, John Smith. Someone listed Marsteller. I thought he was mesomorph all the way...stocky, muscular, not tall, etc.
  11. For quite a long time, many of the top high school recruits have been a year or more older than many other high school seniors. This was not a practice exclusive to Brandon, in fact, I'd wager that during the last 10-15 years more Blue Chip recruits were "old seniors" than those who weren't. I do think that keeping kids back 1-2 years, while often providing significant benefits in high school, also increases the odds of them contracting HEW earlier. From what I can see, the nation's premier recruits...the Top 10 guys...have all wrestled year-round for many years before they enter the crucible of DI wrestling. That type of intensity and stress exacts a toll on many fine wrestlers who become mentally worn-out by the time they are 20 year old college freshman.
  12. David Craig seemed to be a lock for one or more NCAA titles, based on his high school results. I believe he was the #1 Recruit his senior year, and had won everything to be won at the national level. Not only did he win nationally, he dominated. He had incredible talent and untapped potential. But, he apparently did not like wrestling, much less love it. It was pretty evident that after his freshman year at Lehigh, he was simply going through the motions and couldn’t wait for it all to be done with. Wrestling is a tough sport, especially at the DI level, and even more so when there are high expectations attached to a kid. One has to wonder what he could have accomplished had he actually enjoyed and loved the sport? I hope he’s done well since college.
  13. ^^^^ Love the Flying Dropkick he used!
  14. Heard this as a kid in the mid-60’s. Used to describe someone who was easy to beat. On a related note, to be called a fish was an insult, if you had actually wrestled a while. True Story: The summer before my senior year of high school, I lost to a kid in a local tournament. He was very big and strong, and he handled me. I was really never in the match. Fast forward a few months and we were to meet in the finals of a Christmas tournament. My teammates came to me and said they’d heard the guy laughing at me and calling me a fish. He told one of them “I beat him up last summer.” To further inflame me, the guy’s girlfriend had already snatched the weight bracket off the gym wall, since it was a foregone conclusion her man was going to win When I heard this, I was duly insulted and became furious at being made fun of. I resolved to wrestle so hard that he’d have to kill me to beat me. When the match started, I tied up with him, locked my hands behind his head and pulled and squeezed my face into his as hard as I could. It hurt like hell and I know it really took him by suprise...as it was not a legit wrestling move...I was just trying to inflict pain and show him he was in for a battle. After several long seconds of the George “The Animal” Steele treatment, during which I heard him cry out in pain, I pushed him away and saw terror in his eyes. He clearly sensed that I was either crazy or on some type of drug, or both! I went after him and just physically beat him up until I pinned him in another minute or so. I had no business beating this guy, but he did to me what my coach always told our team to never do...insult or demean an opponent to the point that they became enraged and juiced up with “crazy man strength.” This guy went in to play several years in the NFL. I’ve always wondered if he learned as much that night as I did!
  15. Cheap Tilt: Late 70’s, when tilts became common, they were often viewed by some as a “cheap” ala not legit way to score.
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