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  1. josephe

    Howard commits to . . .

    Did Rutgers have a shot at getting Howard, did they recruit him hard? Another loss of a top NJ wrestler to a school other than RU. Granted they've made great strides over the years but their recruiting is fair at best. Lucky Ashnault wanted to stay right down the road from home and Suriano coming back home was a gift. They have 2 AA's this year and maybe 1 or 2 more. They're going to get rolled in their big10 matches. I'm a fan and pull hard and admire the work put in thus far but tired of seeing them lose out on the best NJ wrestlers. And they're not even landing the McFadden's, Lewis, etc - solid AA contenders. They need at 5-6 solid AA's to compete in b10 and finish 4,5,6 spot.
  2. -USA MFS did great with 7 medal haul. Feel it should've been better. JB, Gilman just missing on higher placement. Knew Steiber and Green were question marks and hunch Snyder not his self. -John Smith is an excellent commentator - one of the best I've heard in wrestling. And he was down on the refs, which was a correct observation. Changes needed in international freestyle wrestling -The seeding needs work. Travesty what occurred. -The refs were bad again. They're too involved. Is wrestling morphing into gymnastics where the refs seem like judges. All the challenges and reviews seem unnatural to the sport. -Leadership of UWW is still bad. Too much BS in seeding, refs, rules, politics -Still want some tweaks in the rules. Not a fan of the easy points for exposure, ref being able to put wrestler on the clock. -Just seed the guys right and let them wrestle - it's that simple. ALL OF THESE ISSUES CAN BE RESOLVED WITH STRONGER LEADERSHIP Future of USA wrestling -Most in the know had a sense Snyder would go down this year. Knew Sads was all in for the rematch and the kill. There were many examples of Snyds being off this year. He looked fearful during the handshake at the start of the match with Sads. -if Dake comes down next year JB could be done. JB's problem is his speaking out. And I'm a big fan of his. If he didn't lay claim to surpassing 6 he wouldn't have this self imposed pressure. Tiger Woods did the same thing saying he wanted to surpass Nicklaus. Hear Snyder talking like this, Sads? Nope. Not once did I hear John Smith during the broadcast talk about his career, not once. Humble pie would've gone a long way to a few more golds for JB as I don't think his age is an issue as much as he and others make it to be. It's more his head. -Near future is strong for but need more medal contenders in first 4-5 weights.
  3. I'm with what rcoates says and I'm a JB fan since his HS Jersey days. He has the Tiger Woods syndrome - set himself up for failure by saying he wanted to surpass J Nicklaus 18 majors and stuck on 14. Same with JB. Let your record speak for itself when your days are over. None of the 'greats' ever talked about wanting 6 golds or whatever. Just let their records speak for themselves and talk history when their career is over. JB needed a bit of humble pie - his biggest downfall. This is exactly why is lost in Rio -way to much pressure on himself by running his mouth. And IMO, you need at least 2 Olympic Gold to be considered GOAT compared to those he wants to surpass. Look at Baumgartner with 13 medals total!
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    Suriano Happy

    The level of immaturity and hate on this forum is pathetic. But mostly sad. You look at what you write? Easy to hide behind the keystrokes of a computer. Talked to an RU coach recently and Nick was unhappy at PSU and just didn't fit in. At PSU It's a total buy in to Cael's ways and his beliefs. NS now happy at RU but as others say, and I agree, he gave up a lot in terms of resources and who his partners are. He needs to get better. I believe he would be no challenge for Lee and I'm a fan of NS and wish him well. dmm53 in earlier post nailed it and unfortunately I agree with his assessment. NS really has to step it up to content at 25 or 33.
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    Burroughs vs Chamizo

    why tix start at $350? cynical imo to mission of organization. seriously, what father can take their kid to see JB at 700 pair? offensive. why promote it if only a select few can afford it?
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    Top 10 programs of the Future

    Steamboat, spot on in your analysis. I agree with most. I'm a RU fan and agree. They're not on the way up, they will stagnate at this level. Good tournament team but for duals depends on who they wrestle and how they match up - competed with IA but rolled by the big two. Reason being is they only have 2 legit AA's and will stay that way until they take it to the next level and recruit more studs and have 4,5,6 AA's. And a true stud in NJ has many college choices and a free ride so tons of competition against other/better college programs. Even though they run one of the highest expenditures in the B10 they need more funding to land the best recruits. And I think the coaching, nothing against them, applaud their efforts, will hinder from taking them to the elite level. Lehigh kind of in same boat due to geographic location. NC State on the other hand, exceptional HC and due to location, they will flourish and have done so in a shorter time frame. Same for Cornell just to give examples of how geographic and exceptionally awesome HC allow them to flourish.
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    Damion Hahn

    AD at Indiana is fool. Look at the contract he gave Crean, former bball coach. Better yet, fault the President for signing off on that. Nothing against Angel, hope he builds IU up in the B10. Just life, weird how jobs open and who gets them despite many, many qualified HC candidates sitting in the wings. If I were an AD at a big time wrestling school in 5 minutes, if you know anything about wrestling, you could put together a short list of awesome HC candidates.
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    Hahn to SDSU

    Surprised he went there. After spending 12 yrs in the trenches figured he was first up at a bigger name program. Did they give him a look for WI job? Is Grey next up now at Cornell? Like any job, a lot is luck. Lot of assistants go the nod in last 2 years - Minn, Michigan, Indiana. Good luck to Damian, one of Jersey's finest, he was an awesome talent, made it look so easy, was just so smooth for a big man. Kind of like Snyder to a degree.
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    FS rules - like them?

    All good point made - thanks. With these tweaks in the rules I think FS would be that much better. That was my point, FS in a good place but could be excellent and there is room for improvement in the rules and referee involvement. In regard to points raised about exposure - it may be tough to get a leg lace or gut wrench but to endlessly turn one with it is not 'incredibly incredibly hard' nor should one get enough points for a tech fall for doing so. I've only been around wrestling for decades so...
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    Anthony Ashnault

    Who on here speaks the facts and knows the eligibility rule? AA had shoulder and knee surgery - fact. Much needed and did he do it to duck his competition - have to ask him but he was cleary injured and needed surgery. He's wrestled 3 seasons. Because he got injured for his 4th does he get a do over (or the 6th year as they call it)? That's the question and where is it in black and white? Guess it's not because it's the NCAA and they change as they go along as we know. I'm curious to the b&w answer.
  11. Not keen on the last points scored to tie a match makes that wrestler the winner. I'd vote for OT. Not keen on the exposure either as some is so quick and not like an earned turn in Folk and a match could be over in 20 sec. Not different than a pin you could argue but a pin typically seems like it's earned. Serious replies only please. Curious to opinions because most here in US not in love with Folk or FS rules and feel both need modification - again.
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    Goldman Retired....

    Bit shocked as others to this news. Great that Goldman finally is out but Angel? This is the b10, big time, guys toil for years behind the scenes in hopes of landing one of these jobs and must say, nothing against Angel, but no surprise at all that Glass let this happen. One of the worst AD's. See the contract he gave Crean the former basketball coach - was a ransom for IU to get out of. Did the President review it? Now we get a retire and hire in the same day. Angel, while credible, I can think of many others, if I were AD, whom I would've at least interviewed. Not wowed by the last 3 wrestling HC hires in the B10, especially IU. Thought these were coveted, dream jobs and nearly impossible to get.
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    Rutgers

    You're happy with RU results? I'm a fan and have complemented the progress but feel it's stalled and don't see the light going forward. Eager to hear different. It's all about your horses and who do they have and who's coming in? 2 AA's. Getting Suriano to transfer in has been a gift. Wasn't on RU radar on his way out. Out of Delvecchio, Lewis, Gravina figure'd 1 would AA. Delvecchio - happy for him but bit over achievement, same for VB, expected Lewis to AA, Gravina has always been over rated. AA would've had a tough time at 141 this year. So 1 maybe 2 AA's was expectation. 4 would've been awesome. RU good tournament team but their lack of depth shows up in duals. Until they get more solid AA types in lineup will be more of the same. Granted not going to get every great wrestler in NJ but why is McFadden at VT, Heilmann at UNC, on and on? Why is Kinner going to OSU? My beef is not landing the studs and growing it exponentially. And they need a lesson in class as RU and their style getting a bad rep.
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    Suriano to 133 next year

    Concur with first post. Felt this way back in Feb after watching a few Lee matches. Knew he would beat Suriano. I'm season ticket holder for RU and big fan of Nick but knew he wasn't the hammer that Lee is. Believe Lee will go on to be the next Retherford. Not sure how things would be different if Nick didn't hurt his ankle last year. One thing it did do is cast him into a light of controversy and thus he's been getting a ton of press and maybe was over hyped. He's definitely AA but needs more strength, size and more in his arsenal to separate himself. Everyone is awesome in the top 4 to 8 but to be #1 year in and out you have to have that 'it' factor that separates you and puts fear into the guys who face you.
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    Lowest Seed with a Chance at Winning

    Thanks Tobus. Just glancing over last few years and only about 5,6 maybe 7 #1 seeds actually finish 1st. This year 25, 41, 57, 65, 97 even heavy are tossups and no high probability the 1 seed will win. Should be a real exciting tournament this year.
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