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    Bo Nickal

    I think that's a pretty foolish/narrow view. There's real talent at this tournament. There are many more quality champs than there are Richie Lewis'. What better way to simulate a world championship? Here are some of the guys that competed in U23's last year: Idrisov -- wins U23's last year, wins Russian nationals this year. Rei Higuchi -- doesn't need an introduction. David Baev -- 2nd at U23's last year, wins Russian nationals this year. Salkazanov -- just took 3rd at Dogu. A. Kentchadze -- senior world silver, plenty of other senior level accomplishments. N. Kentchadze -- senior Euro bronze. Ghasempour -- senior Asian champ, now ranked top 5 in the world. Naifonov -- senior Euro champ. Plenty of senior level accomplishments. Russian nationals champ. Suleymanov -- ranked top 10 at the senior level. Zubairov -- just took 3rd at Dogu. Matcharashvilli -- senior Euro silver. Gamidov -- Russian nationals runner-up. Shabani -- just teched Alborov and took Snyder down to the wire. Is Nickal too good for this tournament? Because every one of these guys is more credentialed than he is at this point.
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    What we learned at Dogu

    I don't really think we learned too much about our guys over the weekend... rather, reinforced what we already pretty much knew. I was, however, very impressed by Shabani. Alborov had nothing for him. I did not see that coming.
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    Yasar Dogu 4am Friday (results will be in this thread)

    I mean... OK, but he's not being unreasonable. I'm positive Yianni was not pleased with that performance.
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    Yasar Dogu 2019 Day Three Bracket Reactions

    I'll take Punia over Downey straight up if anyone wants the other side of that bet.
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    2019 California H.S. State Champions status

    It's pretty common these days. These kids are the first true social media babies... they've never known anything different. Even just being ~5 years older than them, your experience growing up might have been pretty different. The entire essence of the social media sharing movement is "look at me." I try not to blame them too much... just hope they grow out of it.
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    Wrestlers in business

    Jokes on you--I'm a svelte 251 pounder.
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    Yasar Dogu 4am Friday (results will be in this thread)

    Right. He might already have secured it but he's gunning for the 3 seed to get on the opposite side of Geno.
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    Yasar Dogu 4am Friday (results will be in this thread)

    What kind of odds would you guys put on the Gwiz / Akgul match?
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    Yasar Dogu 4am Friday (results will be in this thread)

    Agree with all of that. It just reminded me of many Stieber matches over the years. Still... Yianni's attack rate since the beginning of this freestyle season has been pretty insane, and that is definitely reminiscent of Stieber.
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    Wrestlers in business

    Imagine bragging about going to trade shows...
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    Yasar Dogu 4am Friday (results will be in this thread)

    Strong win from Ringer. Teymouri is really tough... that's a guy he very well may see again in September. Everyone talks about the dumps and the points in bunches from Dieringer... but damn, how good is his defense?
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    Yasar Dogu 4am Friday (results will be in this thread)

    Musukaev is tough... but not "dig yourself a 9-0 hole in the first period" tough. Shades of Logan Stieber in that match. Sure, Yianni won, but relying on comebacks like that is a dangerous recipe.
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    Yasar Dogu

    At this point I'm just here for the chaos. Imagine if this one also comes down to an overturned call via retroactive review, but in Yianni's favor. And if Zain wins, is Koll going to call for some Turkish ref's job too>?
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    Yasar Dogu

    I know the loss to Deakin should have been an obvious indicator that Green wasn't better than last year (and probably worse) but I was still holding out hope he might turn the corner. I don't see any way he can medal this year, even in a pretty shallow 70kg bracket, which bums me out since this is almost certainly his last chance. His offense just isn't there.
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    Yasar Dogu

    He's not on the team, and thus doesn't have a world championship to prepare for. Fix's goal is to peak in September. This very well could be Yianni's last tournament of the season.
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    Yasar Dogu

    After Final X Fix's camp said immediately that he won't be going to Dogu. I think that's a good choice--he's the only guy on the team that went through the college season grind. I'm sure he'll be at the last tune up tourney.
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    Braxton Amos

    Just guessing here, but my prediction is that if Ferrari goes somewhere other than Oklahoma State, Amos goes there. You could convince me of any of the above being the frontrunner, though. 1) Oklahoma State he's been linked to for a while. John Smith. Dieringer is there and moving into a closer weight class. He fits the lineup, and he'd be joining the by far #1 recruiting class with a chance to be on a perennial title challenger. 2) Ohio State has the best upperweight training situation in the country, is close to home, just opened their new world-class facility, and he fits the lineup slotting in with a redshirt year before taking over for Moore. 3) Penn State is Penn State. They have Cael, Varner, Taylor, Nickal. The problem is they also have Beard. Maybe they sell him on some sort of cockamamie 8-year double redshirt plan, but it seems like he'd just be surplus to requirements. 4) Virginia Tech is also relatively close to home, is on the rise, just proved that they can turn a young recruit into a champion, and he has Ty Walz and Hunter Bolen to work with. 5) Wisconsin seems unlikely, but then so does their inclusion on the list in the first place. Madison is awesome. Reader is a great young coach to work with, and he gets to be the face of a revitalized program.
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    Braxton Amos

    No inside info. You listed 4 of his top 5, the other being Wisconsin. Considering Penn State, Oklahoma State, and Ohio State are also on Ferrari's top 5 list, he's probably just waiting for AJ to make his decision. Oklahoma State looks to be in good position to get 1 of the 2 to add to their monster class of 2020. Penn State and Ohio State will both have strong pitches though.
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    Teasdale Interview

    Pot shots (pun intended) on the way out always reflect poorly on the one taking them. From the rest of what he said though, it sounds like he's done some self-reflection and has his head on straight at the moment. Hope he does well. If he starts winning... he'll be an interesting one to watch.
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    Dake to compete in Spain before wrestle off with Dieringer

    You were shakin' in your boots. Admit it bub!
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    Dake to compete in Spain before wrestle off with Dieringer

    If he does he'll join DT on the illustrious list of champions of both the Spain Grand Prix, AND Paris Grand Prix. The proverbial "Grand Slam" of international competition.
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    Dake to compete in Spain before wrestle off with Dieringer

    Wait until Dake comes back with another "doctor's" note after injuring himself in Spain...
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    Yasar Dogu

    No--I'm specifically referring to Dogu being a ranking series event, that counts towards the ranking point totals that can earn you a top 4 seed at the World Championships. I'm not saying Yianni beats Zain at Dogu he suddenly becomes our rep. I'm saying if Yianni were to beat Zain at Dogu and prevent him from potential securing a seed at World's, that could be seen as a problem for Team USA as a whole. Again, I'm not sure if it's mathematically possible for him to get a seed. I suspect probably not now that I've spent another 5 mins looking at it, so this is probably a moot point. Unfortunately we can't transfer McCrystal's points from Pan Am's to him, or he'd be right in the mix.
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    Yasar Dogu

    That depends... is the #4 seed totally out of reach for Zain? It might be... he didn't go to Sassari or Kolov, and he would have only gotten a few points at Yarygin. I haven't dug into the numbers though.
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