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  1. Getting to meet some of the competitors may be tough because they'll be preparing, but there will many wrestling celebrities in the stands or coaching and they will probably be very approachable.
  2. Protests handle in sports all the time. George Brett and the pine tar bat sound familiar? Royals had to fly to NY just to play an inning. Every year at nationals there are several protests. As a matter of fact, they have a protest committee in place before the start of the tournament for the sole purpose that just in case there is a protest they are equipped to handle one. Every sport has protest procedures in place, and the fact that very rarely are games/matches overturned means that it was fairly obvious in an unbiased, neutral observer's eyes, that a bad decision was made in the match.
  3. Some of my most memorable going back to 1999: Dake /Taylor because of the names attached to it. So much anticipation, plus enough action to make it a good match. Caldwell/Metcalf : There was no way I saw Caldwell beating the crap out of Metcalf Ness finish was unbelievable Coleman pin just electrified the crowd Rohn/Lambrecht - (biggest turn of events, plus I was sitting in OU section a few rows above Lambrecht's dad. UC Davis kid who just kept getting the tilts.
  4. Most of you commenting have no idea what you are talking about. Here is the rule: >>>The request will be granted if a certified medical doctor’s note is provided within the appropriate timeframe. In the case of a delayed Final Wrestle-Off, the National Coach and athletes involved shall determine the date, time, and place for the Final Wrestle-Off. If consensus cannot be reached, the Greco-Roman Sport Committee shall make this determination.<<<< All the rules state is the athlete will be granted to delay the Final X if he has a Certified Dr's note. Kyle was not ready to compete due to an injury. It was completely legal and within the rules. The athletes and National Coach will determine the date. No where does it say the Final Wrestle-off will be held the 1st day he is allowed to compete. They apparently decided the date, and no one on this board knows how they came to that conclusion (including me). Also, no where in the rules does it say he cannot compete between Final X and the Final Wrestle-off. If anyone on this board can find that rule, then please post it.
  5. If either Dake, Nashon, or Yianni make the Olympic team it will be a great year to be a Cornell fan, regardless of how the team does. I didn't even mention US Open runner-up Honis or Vito. The fact that we are discussing multiple Cornellians potentially making the Olympic team is a great thing in my mind.
  6. Great time to be a Cornell wrestling alum. I knew Cornell could be good but to be having this conversation about multiple Cornell wrestlers is unbelievable.
  7. Cael, because of his lack of support for national duals. He has stonewalled anything that is remotely good for the sport as a whole.
  8. Oklahoma wrestling is down from the past. OSU is still getting the same # of top dogs, but the difference is the quantity is no longer there. I grew up in Oklahoma, wrestling in high school in late 80's and for Cornell in the early 90's,, OSU had lots of Oklahoma guys, OU had several, but then Notre Dame had 3 or so starters, MN had Nix, Clemson had a couple, Nebraska, Army had a couple. My school, Cornell had 4 NCAA qualifiers from OK one year. Now, you rarely see any Oklahoma wrestlers at NCAA's from any school other than OSU. OSU generally has gotten the top Oklahoma natives, and OU got the second tier. Now, the second tier isn't nearly as good.
  9. NCAA eligibility doesn't start until he/she starts school full time. So the "grayshirt" term is for an athlete who doesn't start full-time for a year after high school while he/she trains somewhere. Basketball players do this at Academies or Prep Schools. As for the Ivy League, there is technically no such thing as a redshirt, at least you cannot do it just because you don't want to compete that year. However after 4 years, you can apply for an extra year of eligibility if you can prove you couldn't compete one year due to an injury. I believe this is fairly easy to prove, but I don't know who actually makes a decision on this. The reason Ivy League athletes take a year off is because, unlike at other schools, a Graduate student cannot compete at an Ivy League school. So if you normally would graduate in 8 semesters of classes, the only way you can compete your 5th year is if you take a year, or at least semester, off from school.
  10. I have an October birthday and started Kindergarten when I was 4 because in OK at that time, the cutoff was November 1. My daughter has an October Birthday and now in KS, the cutoff is Sept or August, so she started Kindergarten when she was a 5. I started college when I was 17. My freshman year, I wrestled a 5th year senior who was probably close to 5 years older than me. It makes a difference. I didn't redshirt, but had I done so, and started Kindergarten a year later, I think those two years could have made a difference and there is a better chance I would have been all-American. But who knows? I made big strides from Freshman to Sophomore year which age alone would not have done, but rather the experience of wrestling my freshman year helped in my development. But that's just the way it is. I have read things that a lot of the great athletes were on the older end of the spectrum for their given sports. Ex: Gretzky's birthday falls in such a way that he was one of the older ones. Gretzky was obvious a great athlete and probably would have been great at any sport, but being a little older probably allowed him to excel at hockey first given him confidence at that particular sport. That being said, I believe we are nitpicking here. Whether Lee or Yianni won nationals as a young freshman or as an old freshman is still impressive.
  11. I think it's a great idea. I think a Dual meet championship can draw in the team fan who wouldn't otherwise watch wrestling. I wrestled at Cornell, and grew up a Sooner fan. If Cornell lacrosse or ice hockey is playing in the NCAA tournament I watch it, otherwise I don't care. I am a golfer and watch PGA a fair amount, but rarely watch college golf. When OU was in the NCAA finals as a team, I followed it on my phone when I was on vacation and watched it on the golf channel. I watched the team event but not the individual event. I have a college friend of mine who will not turn in and watch the NCAA wrestling tournament, but I think would watch a dual meet if they were in it. Why? he doesn't want to watch 4 hours of wrestling to watch 1-4 Cornell wrestlers. I think he would tune in to watch Cornell. I, on the other hand, will watch both. You could use any school here as an example. As for why the NCAA would sponsor 2 championships. If it makes them money they will. Right now, Wrestling is one of about 3-4 sports which the NCAA makes money on the tournament. (football is not one since it has no ncaa tournament.) If they can secure a good tv sponsor, then the NCAA will ok it. I'm guessing all of the current viewers of the individual championships will continue to watch, plus you'll bring in the sports fan who has a college affiliation. Those are my two cents worth.
  12. The reason you don't see the best athletes the best coaches in a lot of other sports is the money. Great football players have long careers, and make a lot of money and they don't need the money from coaching. Cael was still in his prime and stopped wrestling to become a college head coach. Would Tom Brady be an excellent coach? Most certainly!!! But there was ZERO chance of him quitting the NFL after his first super bowl to coach at Michigan. When he's done, he will not become a head coach. He'll retire, enjoy the good life, live off his football earnings the rest of his life. And if he needs extra money he'll do a commercial or sign autographs somewhere. Wrestling is different. John Smith, Tom Brands, Cael Sanderson, etc. didn't make enough money in their career to last 10 years, so they have to coach to make a good living. Listen to the wisdom of Jack Nicklaus sometime and you'll realize he could have been an excellent golf coach. You don't have to be the greatest athlete in your sport to be the greatest coach but it's possible, we just never find out in the money sports.
  13. I actually like the current system, other than it is hard to explain to someone. Is it perfect? No. But no system will ever be perfect. It rewards a good year. Let's say you have Wrestler A who beats Wrestler B 4 times during the regular season. Wrestler A gets the flu during the conference tournament and loses to Wrestler B. B finishes high enough to get an automatic qualifier and A does not. I say Wrestler A deserves the spot, and he'll probably get it through the wild card since he is mostly highly ranked. Well, Wrestler B will also gets rewarded by having a good tournament. The guy that gets left out is the 30-33 ranked guy, who is borderline deserving and performed only average during the regular season and only average during his qualifier. We have rewarded the guy who performed well during the season, the guy who performed well in the qualifier and didn't reward the guy who was average at both. Also, one of the complaints of the past is that coaches didn't care about duals, often times sitting guys. It still happens, but not as much. The more a guy wrestles, the better chance he has in securing an automatic bid by increasing his RPI. Under the old season, qualifiers were based on the last 3 years. How fair was that. If you were a wrestler, you would be at a disadvantage at a conference that was getting better. Under some proposals, a regional systems means you are at a disadvantage wrestling in a tough region, which varies by weight. Under this system, EVERYONE is at equal standing at the beginning of the year. Now, the season is important. The qualifier is important. And we have the best chance of getting the top 33 in the nation fight it out to be an all-American.
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