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Posts posted by BobbyGribbs

  1. 1 hour ago, Gopher82 said:

    I think Kerkvliet is a little overrated personally. Has he beaten any current AA's in folk or free? He is also dealing with injuries. 

    I've seen plenty of his matches in our hometown. He's really good but I think alot of people are just penciling him in as a future champ. 


    Well he will jump ship again when his daddy doesn’t feel his baby is the number 1 guy in the room and whines about getting his rear thumped everyday by a veteran. Yes one of the reasons he shipped out was because he was getting whooped daily in the room by Dhesi 

  2. 21 minutes ago, SamStall365247 said:

    Why was he there? I could be wrong, but I believe he weighed in. Looks like they did the math and thought Conel would win at 197. Unfortunately for them, Conel does not look good. 

    You mean Conel is not good? Way overrated.

  3. 9 hours ago, TobusRex said:

    I see lots of guys in college who don't have cauliflower ears. Granted, a lot DO have cauliflower ears though. I always thought the guys with cauliflower ears were stupid....all they have to do is wear headgear and they don't have to go around with lumps on the side of their head for the rest of their lives. You should hear Randy Couture talk about his cauliflower ears, he hates them.

    I hear ya. I do. I am for making it optional and not mandatory. I always wore them and am glad I can wear ear buds. 

  4. On 6/4/2019 at 4:04 PM, TobusRex said:

    Yeah, you'll just see a lot more guys going around with cauliflower ears. A great recruiting tool for the sport....

    How many wrestlers at the NCAA level don’t have cauliflower ear by the time they step on campus? I bet it is a small number

  5. 17 hours ago, gowrestle said:

    Just one more headgear point. 45 years ago I was working a summer camp as a counselor. At dinner one night I was at a table with Thad Turner from Lehigh, Bill Koll from Penn State, and Doug Parker from Springfield. I was still in college at that time and was an aspiring high school coach. We got on the point of headgear and all of those coaches felt it was important to require its use. I clearly remember Koll saying, “If you care about wrestling you will make your kids wear headgear.”  That conversation had a big impact on my opinion about headgear  By the way, those 3 coaches had a huge impact on the development of east coast wrestling  


    I have to say I always encourage the use of headgear. I even try and promote the forehead protection especially in the youth. But, at the collegiate level why is it mandatory and not at the international? I just advocate for safety but if a NCAA wrestler doesn’t like headgear he or she shouldn’t have to wear it

  6. 20 hours ago, gowrestle said:

    Well stated. But parents thinking wrestling can be a path to MMA are just as delusional as little league parents hoping their son makes it to MLB. Regardless of sport, participation for youngsters is intended to provide valuable life experiences. Parents pushing their children into sports hoping for more, will likely turn off their child and ultimately be disappointed. 

    Dead on!

  7. On 5/1/2019 at 11:59 PM, gowrestle said:

    For those that think it’s a badge of honor, it’s really a badge of stupidity. The toughest guy I coached became a Navy Seal. He didn’t need a tattoo or a disfigured ear to show the world he was tough. His toughness was emblazoned on his heart. 

    Oh I understand your point...but I am stating a point about many parents and wrestlers. I run into many parents that look at Wrestling as the gateway to MMA for their youth and the parent to live vicariously through.  It is not an all statement. And really toughness comes in many forms, as a former wrestler and a Veteran I have seen some tough Cooks, tough supply people, tough Mechanics, tough plumbers, etc. I don't understand the conversation we are continuing? 

  8. 14 hours ago, gowrestle said:

    The medical committee will never approve it. Cauliflower ear looks stupid and is another thing that hurts wrestling. There are many reasons why high school programs are suffering. No doubt some parents equate wrestling with ear disfigurement and won’t  let their son’s wrestle. 

    I see your point. But parents that let there kids wrestle enough to get cauliflower ear don’t care that much if they get it. It’s a badge of honor. It says I am a bad dude. Parents don’t let there kids wrestle because they think it is too violent and they don’t understand it. They think it is safer to play basketball.

  9. On 4/14/2019 at 6:54 PM, drag it said:

    I would view golf as more of a sport than bowling, billiards, NASCAR.  Great golfers have to display a lot of core physical gifts -- hand-eye coordination, strength, precision, and have to be able to focus, concentrate, and compete like great athletes.  

    Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods, and others are much better athletes than the people in the other mentioned sports/endeavors. 

    But golf is a game where a 43 year old with a battered body just won a major tournament, where people in their 40s have won a fair amount, and where a 59 year old almost/should have won a big title several years back.  So it's not the same as wrestling, the big four professional sports, tennis, and others. 

    Even with respect to baseball.  No 43 year old could be a top baseball player (position player anyway; only exception could have been Barry Bonds, but he was one of the top ten players ever and then threw massive amounts of steroids on top of that).  Baseball players generally top out at 27 or 28, then fall off, and are usually out of the majors by their early or mid 30s; only Hall of Famers can keep playing at a high level into their late 30s.  The classic example of this was when Willie Mays, probably the best player ever, tripped and fell on his face in the World Series trying to track a fly ball in his last year at age 42.  Pitchers use to occasionally pitch into their 40s, but that hasn't happened much lately,  either.  

    Golf is a different thing physically.  The dropoff in physical function that happens to everyone starting in their late 20s and unstoppably so in the mid-to-late 30s can be overcome more so in golf than in the "real" sports.  Most of that is because you're playing the course, not other people.  If you drive the ball 10-15% shorter than you used to, you can still find a way to manage the course and win some tournaments, though probably less than you used to.  If you are 10-15% less strong, fast, endurance, etc., you won't beat a number of great wrestlers in a tournament; can't get around on a major league fastball consistently; can't get up and down the basketball court and guard top players, etc.  

    I would say NASCAR is something that is pretty brutal. they may drive in a circle but you try that for several hrs at speeds up to 200mph in bumper to bumper traffic not to mention the heat. Not a Nascar fan but no way could this not be a sprt

  10. On 3/27/2019 at 10:28 AM, Ray Brinzer said:

    In the United States, 4.3% of the male population from 20-29 years old weighs under 130.  There are 23.25 million men in the U.S. in that age range.  That's about a million people 130 and under. Interpolating to 1.94% at 125, I think your son's off by about 450,000 potential wrestlers.

    Anyway, I presently have a very good senior whose major problem as a recruit has been that he walks around at 116.  Definitely not the first time I've had this problem, so I'm not much inclined to agree.

    He is 12 and weighs in at a robust 83lbs. I told him your research and he politely said "thats a lot of little guys walking around, maybe they should lift and eat more" HAHA he is definitely on track to be light weight.

    And good luck to your boy and the weight issue.

    Lastly really the stats are great but lets be honest most 125 guys are fighting hard to be at 125, they are cutting hard to stay there. Speaking of your 450k potential....need to cut that number exponentially to actual not potential. I dont see many 23 -29 year olds in wrestling making the 125 weight. Just read Pamela's response so belay my response here concerning numbers, that response was really articulate.

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