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  1. I had known Greg for a few years already, but my first opportunity to really get to know what made him tick was when I was the Team Leader for the US at the Espoir World Championships in Colorado Springs in 1985. We had used the mats from the 1984 Olympics which were being stored in Stillwater, OK USAW had not yet moved to the Springs. After the event, Greg and I and a few others loaded the mats up on an un-airconditioned U-Haul and he and I drove them from the Springs to Stillwater. You really get some insight into a person and his character on a 9.5 hour long drive in the August heat and thunderstorms with no AC. From that point I developed an enormous respect for Greg, not just as a wrestler/administrator but as a human being. His insight into things and his calm manner of dealing with people and situations earned my respect and I cherished his respect for me. When we got to Stillwater, I stayed at Greg's house where he and Donna were the best hosts. For the last 14 years I've worked the computers at the head table at the EIWA and one of the reasons I continue to do so even after moving to Florida is that I so enjoy being around all the great people at that great event from all the schools in it. Coaches, Admins, Athletes, Fans, Fellow head table crew and on and on. Greg was at the top of that list of people I look forward to seeing in one place every year. I'll continue to look forward to that trip every year, but it won't be quite the same.
  2. I feel compelled to post on this topic. For most of my adult life I have been a white guy working in urban settings and therefore among minority communities. My first real experience was as the Dean of Students at St. Anthony HS in Jersey City. Later I was a director for two different Boys and Girls Club organizations. Later still, those experiences would lead me to marry two of my passions, wrestling and kids in urban America, and become one of the founders of Beat the Streets in NYC. As my experience in urban America continued, I came to understand that the everyday life of people of color, whether they are poor or rich, urban, suburban, or rural, is different than mine. My understandings on this have evolved from someone coming from a typical suburban conservative background to seeing the world as I see it now. I’d hardly call myself a liberal, but I’ve been awakened to the variety of how different life is for people who are not me. I distinctly remember, when I was running the Hoboken Boys and Girls Club, that we had a 5 year old Hispanic girl who was he same age as my blonde haired, blue eyed niece. I remember thinking that while my niece was learning how to read on her parents’ knees, our B&GC girl was learning from her brothers and sisters how to safely navigate the trip home from the club through the streets and up the elevator (or stairs since the elevators were often out of order) in the Housing project she lived in. Both 5 year old’s learning skills needed for the future but with vastly different priorities. Beat the Streets became the tool used to try to fill the advantage gap, like the one that that my niece and her friends enjoyed, for the kids who came from lesser advantaged situations, using the sport of wrestling as the vehicle. The following is what I posted on my Facebook page right after the incident in Minneapolis, edited slightly for this forum. “People that read my posts know I stay away from taking sides on most things political on any forum. But this is not political. This transcends all that is political and is about right and wrong, not about right and left. I can't pretend to know what it's like to live in the skin of a man of color. That would be arrogant at best. I hear the word "privileged" being used a lot. I understand what is meant but I sometimes think it's the wrong word because there's no real word that means the opposite in this context. I think the real word is "advantaged." I absolutely have an advantage over my friends who are not white. But I have enough friends, former students, wrestlers I’ve coached and colleagues who are men of color that I know that their everyday fear and anxiety is as real as it gets. They will be pre-judged before I will. I will get the benefit of the doubt before they do. And I know that all I can do in that regard is commit to not doing that pre-judging myself and encourage others with the same advantage to do the same. This morning I read a post from one of the Beat the Streets wrestlers we took to Fargo when I was in New York. It was in my opinion a gut wrenching plea for civility. And that wrestler is the nephew of one of the most infamously reported black men killed by rogue cops for no reason in history. Yet his appeal wasn't anger. It was an appeal to the better person inside each of us. All of us. This is what he posted: ‘God have mercy on us, Lord you are the one who change hearts and make good out of Evil please guide these misguided officers to the right path and protect us instead of harming us.’ I pray for the family of George Floyd. And I pray that someday those friends and colleagues I mention above won't have to leave their homes and wonder if today is the day they have to deal with this themselves. Yes, I have an opinion on the looting and riots. No. I'm not going to speak to riots and looting in this post. They are another separate issue.”
  3. Geez, you'd think after 50 years you'd have noticed that there aren't any ropes.
  4. I would like that, but it would be pretty unwieldy with that many. And everyone except seniors who used all 4 years at least still have the opportunity.
  5. Two of the issues seem to be how team scores at conference tournaments might be affected and how granting another year of eligibility might impact other wrestlers including incoming freshmen. Here's my idea that I think addresses both issues. 1. All seniors who qualified for 2020 NCAA’s are granted another year of eligibility. a. May not be used as Red Shirt year 2. All seniors who qualified for 2020 Division 1 Nationals are considered as having qualified for 2021. a. Must be in the same weight class as 2020 b. Must compete for the same school as 2020 c. Schools that have a wrestler who is choosing this route may enter another wrestler in the 2021 Conference qualifying event at that weight. d. Seniors who qualified in 2020 who choose this route to the 2021 Nationals may not compete in their local qualifying Conference event. i. If they do, they live or die with the results of the Conference Tournament and they must be the only wrestler entered from their school. ii. Wrestler may compete at a different weight than 2020, but by doing so must enter qualifier and school forfeits the option for the school to enter a second wrestler. e. At NCAA’s wrestlers from the same school will not automatically be separated from each other. If their seeded positions pair them against each other early, so be it. 3. Field at 2021 NCAA Division 1 Nationals increases from 31/weight to accommodate seniors who qualified in 2020. a. Pig tail added for each 2020 senior who chooses this option. This is likely to be a small number since only seniors from 2020 who choose to remain in school at the same weight would qualify for this exception. b. Schedule of rounds/sessions would need to be adjusted to accommodate more pig tails in both championship and consolation rounds
  6. Not exactly the same thing, but when I was the competition mgr for the 2003 World Championships at the Garden I wanted to get our volunteers something more unique than at most big tournaments. Everyone has so many shirts, bags, etc. So we ordered 200 blankets with the event logo on it. It was really well received. That blanket was one of the only souvenirs I took from the event. A few years later when we got a puppy, she decided it would be a good move to chew the logo off the blanket. I also got a "plaque in a box" (one of those where it opens and stands like a tripod). Folded in it, I keep the list of all the volunteers from that event that I know were responsible for making me look good. I look at that list every once in a while to remind myself how great this team effort was. Sad to see how many of those people are no longer with us.
  7. Fund Raiser for the Friends of Long Island Wrestling is showing the finals at the VFW in Levittown. For tickets go to Friendsoflongislandwrestling.com. Tickets can be purchased at dny-nyhof.ticketleap.com/ncaa-finals-2019. All wrestling fans
  8. Here was my idea: Every year someone comes up with a proposal to create a more relevant scoring system for wrestling. The most common one is to give each wrestler’s team the number of points that he scores in the match. In other words, an 8-1 decision would give the winning wrestler’s team 8 points and the loser’s team 1 point. The problem with that system becomes how do account for a pin without having to create a convoluted system of bonus awards. I think I have the solution: · The winning wrestler’s team gets the differential between his score and his opponent’s. So, in the 8-1 scenario, the winner’s team gets 7 points. · If the differential gets to 15, the match stops as a tech fall. · To address the pin situation, here’s what I would suggest: o 3rd period fall – 16 points o 2nd period fall - 17 points o 1st period fall – 18 points o DQ’s for something not bad (something off the penalty chart leading to DQ) same as pin o DQ’s for something bad like flagrant misconduct – 20 points. o Forfeits could be 19 so as to encourage teams to actually put a wrestler on the mat. · This system allows for the weakest wrestler on the team to make a significant contribution to the team effort. A wrestler who gets pinned in the first period has contributed to his team because a forfeit would have given the opposing team one point more. · This system could be adapted to tournaments by o Eliminating advancement points o Adding an “inverse bonus” for each place. In a tournament that awards 8 places: § 1st – 8 points § 2nd – 7 § 3rd – 6 and so on
  9. Since the advent of the current qualifying system, would it not make sense to allow wrestlers from other NCAA divisions to be considered for the final spots after the allocations if: They had a high enough RPI meaning they would have had to have competed against enough D1 competition to get such a high score and They were D1 eligible.
  10. Interesting way to demonstrate just how hard it is to ever get a starting spot on a 4 year college team. Consider this: Teams 326 Starters 3260 Starters per weight 326 (that was a hard calculation.) Avg. # of Starters per HS graduating class (5 years counting red shirts) per weight 65.2 Of course these are averages. So a wrestler has to project in the top 66 for his college weight in the year he graduates HS counting all the HS's in the country that have wrestling. And that's just to start for one season. It gets even less when you consider that most starters start for more than one year.
  11. Here's how I would word it: "If a wrestler intentionally goes out of bounds to avoid being scored upon, his opponent will receive 1 point."
  12. Side by side = 8 mats/4 each conference. Each conference uses 4 mats now. We already know that the Garden can accommodate 8 mats from the NCAA's
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