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  1. 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.”
  2. Geez, you'd think after 50 years you'd have noticed that there aren't any ropes.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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."
  11. 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
  12. I've done the computer work at the EiWA's for the last 12 years. I've also been the Competition Manager for the World Championships at the Garden in 2003 and have been part of the organizing committee for the Grapple at the Garden and the 2016 NCAA's there. This past weekend I floated the idea of having the Garden host both the EIWA and the BiG side by side with Hofstra (host of the 2016 NCAA and this year's EIWA) and Rutgers serving as the respective hosts. I spoke to the powers that be at Hofstra and they love the idea. Then I see the Rutgers announcement for 2020. I sent the proposal to my contact at the Garden who also likes the idea, at least in the abstract. I've not spoken to anyone at Rutgers. The biggest hurdle would be to guarantee the host schools that they would not lose the significant revenue from hosting an event that only comes their way once every blue moon. And it is significant. But I think the novelty of the idea of the two most prestigious qualifiers in the World's most famous arena should be something the wrestling community would love to see. It would be great for the sport.
  13. Actually, if everyone wrestled Folk, we'd have to re-name it because it wouldn't be Folk any more.
  14. Assuming we can't go to double elimination, I think a good adjustment would be to cross bracket the semi-finalists. This way, if the 3 best wrestlers in the event are in the same bracket and the 2nd an 3rd best both lose to the best, all 3 would/should medal. The way it is now, the 2nd and 3rd would meet in the consi-semi's and only one could medal. It's not perfect because the 2nd and 3rd may have met each other early in the tournament and one would be completely eliminated, but it would lessen the chance that the 3rd best wrestler would not medal at all.
  15. So the real question is whether or not the Final Trials is a stand alone event or the culmination of a series of events to select the team. As a stand alone, there should be a more even playing field. As a culmination the whole purpose is to give those who might have just been "off" physically, mentally, whatever, a second or even a third chance while rewarding the athlete who has outdistanced the field during the entire process. (placed in Worlds or Olympics or won Nationals). If we were going to pick the team based on having a strict even playing field, why bother with the final trials? Just bring the National Champion. Apologies if I am making a case that has already been made. Came late to this party and didn't have time to wade through all the pages.
  16. I wonder if it would make sense to propose a system like Soccer has where all countries can enter all weights in qualifying tournaments just before and the top 16 move to the competition during the actual games? This is different than the current qualifying system where a country qualifies its teams through the most recent worlds, continental championships, last chance qualifiers, etc. What I'm suggesting is that everyone who enters the qualifying event would actually be the Olympian from his/her country and that athlete would move on to the final rounds at the games. Each country would enter only one qualifier, I assume geographically set up, although that could ultimately water down the finals. They would not have to wrestle the qualifiers to conclusion, only down to the final 4 (if 4 qualifiers) or 2 (if 8 qualifiers with a true second match). This way there would actually be more "Olympians" since each country could enter a full team but the IOC would have its goal of cutting numbers. In our country, once he/she made the team, our Olympian would have his/her fate in his own hands as to whether or not he got to the actual games. Then I would look for a true wrestle back from the round of 16 or at least from the quarters.
  17. Florian Ghinea, couple time D3 Champ from Montclair State was from Romania. Came to US Open Invitational in Teaneck, NJ and never went home. Running a great club now in NJ.
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