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John Morgan

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  1. I don't think folkstyle wrestling is easy to understand, we just grew up with it and it all seems natural/obvious now. Had a friend from Russia live here for awhile and he gave up after a couple meets because of how confusing all the rules were. Also a big reason why it's struggling to get traction outside of the US, if you didn't grow up here a lot of it is weird and nonsensical. Totally agree with the rest of your points though... My point is...people who grow up in wrestling love wrestling (for the most part). Grow the sport at the grassroots and you sustain the craft. Hard to get people who love tennis to start watching wrestling if they didn't grow up doing it.
  2. Being a dad is tough...when to push and when to hold back. Parenting is like coaching, it becomes an art form. I don't know enough of your personal situation to offer advice but I can say that Tulsa tournament is a tough one so if he is placing there he is salty.
  3. Hi LJB, That is one way to do it but I have found if you love wrestling, you can learn any style. It depends on your end game I guess. I remember in the my final trials match in 92 I lost to Dan Henderson. Dan was a great all around wrestler but he didn't take the traditional college route after HS and went to Russia to train in GR. Worked for him but I would say it is even more difficult today because you are dealing with fewer weight classes (Olympic years anyway). Right off the bat you have a 40% lower chance of making the team than in say 1992 because of this alone. I remember when someone asked Lincoln McIlravy why he retired and he simply stated because I didn't have a weight class anymore. Personal opinion though...I think the Olympics are way over rated and there are much better opportunities to pursue. I had three sons all wrestle through HS and I was their coach. All enjoyed the sport and what it offered them and they wouldn't trade the experience for anything. However, none of them had the same level of passion I did for the sport and now pursue different professions. In the end, to even keep them in a sport as demanding as wrestling is a challenge...especially when the world around them offers instant gratification. I digress though as that is another topic altogether.
  4. To Whaletail yes, good GR is being taught. However, there is a lot of ground to make up and it takes a lot of practice to get comfortable in the intricate details of the holds, positions. It can be done though.
  5. I'll chime in here...from personal experience being on a couple US GR World teams. Oftentimes when training and traveling overseas we would work out at the local gym prior to competitions. I was always impressed with the GR technique while watching some of the kids/youth wrestlers in places like the Scandinavian countries, former eastern block countries, Russia, and Cuba. Their GR technique was well developed at younger ages. Not that this makes it more popular but it is an advantage in these countries that don't do folkstyle. We in America are used to folkstyle because we grow up with it. The rest of the world does not. How to grow a sport is from the youth level on up. People once said soccer will never take off in the U.S., but it has and you know what...they DIDN'T change the rules. As more people competed the more they appreciated the finer details of the sport and the sport earned their admiration. Don't get me wrong, my favorite style is actually folkstyle and one of the main reasons is because our coaches make up the ncaa rules vs some bureaucratic officials organization like the WWE (formerly FILA) that changes rules every other month it seems. With all the rule changes over the years in international wrestling, there really isn't a greater fan base in wrestling than when I was a kid. Go to most wrestling tournaments and it is family members who are the spectators but this is no different though than swimming, gymnastics, skating, cycling, etc. The majority of people who watch and follow any sport are people who grew up doing it.
  6. Select your own dates but overall a very cool database
  7. LOL and you are correct Ching...patty cake sessions.
  8. Jdowntown: I too love the mat wrestling and more so if top guy is working toward a pin. More grueling type of wrestler on top that is punishing. I don't like the 4 points for tilts though as I think this has actually reduced the type of riding that worked for pins. I will mention though that par terre defense may appear to be "lay and pray" but in actuality there is an art to it. I made some videos to help others get better at par terre and it does frustrate me to no end how many guys give up turns from underneath. Anyway, good conversations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZQM6ctICJs
  9. You said it brother and good post. The 2 point tilt gets way to foggy and the refs have a hard time seeing/scoring it. I would also impose only 2 officials just as we do in the NCAA finals which would eliminate probably about 20% of official travel expenses. I don't say 1/3 expense elimination as I am sure back ups may be needed to give officials a break.
  10. many places throughout the world wear singlets in practice. We used to as well when we were getting close to competitions and wanted a more realistic feel. We also did it many times in local practice as well as at usoc for simulation matches.
  11. We practice in shorts and T-shirts, when warming up we are in shorts, now we compete in them. I think the look appears too casual vs a more formal/official look for competition.
  12. True...Meant to type "isn't." Don't be too fast to make personal attacks over a typo though. I was on the 1989 GR World Team which happened to be the 1st year women's wrestling appeared.
  13. I agree their is a gender imbalance in wrestling but GR isn't a "johnny come lately" sport.
  14. I am not sure if you consider wrestling stodgy or not but it does appear to be either or from the article below. https://www.flowrestling.org/articles/5066784-the-olympics-cut-56-wrestlers-from-2020
  15. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/09/ioc-announce-plans-to-make-2020-tokyo-olympics-more-youthful-urban-women From the article...The IOC president, Thomas Bach said the Games will be “more youthful, more urban and include more women.” A total of 48.8% of the Tokyo 2020 quotas will be female, a record, compared with 46.1% at Rio 2016. The quote by Bach seems to be discriminatory towards mature athletes (what age is that?) and bit more hipster. Make sure nothing in the Olympics appeals to some country hick.
  16. I'll give it a try...Verne Gagne, Larry the axe henning, the Hulk, Baron Von Raschke, Mad Dog Vachon, Nick Bockwinkle, Ray The Crippler Stevens, The Crusher, Marty O'Neill, Jim Gagne, Jim Brunzel, Jesse Ventura, Man Mountain Mike, Adrian Adonis, Wally Karbo...Missing is my uncle Red Bastien...also from Minnesota.
  17. Another mark of a smart wrestler is someone who doesn't beat themselves. This can be long before the match/tournament with improper preparation in all regards. Very talented athlete but can't seem to get out of their own way by continuing to make poor choices. In addition, during match time, they are acutely aware of the situations, score, and time remaining, ie, they don't do something stupid to beat themselves. Simple example, down 2-1 with 20 seconds to go and they go out of bounds. Wrestler who is down looks at the clock and is aware of situation, yet at say 10 seconds left they look at the clock AGAIN and lose a split second of focus. What? You can't estimate in your head 20 seconds and what you need to do? When I used to coach it was a sin to look at the coaches or the clock during live wrestling. You only look over or at the clock after a whistle. I could go on but you get the drift.
  18. Interesting and a fitting topic from someone's who's handle is "Sublime." It would take a book to encapsulate all that goes into being the top guy at the right time. Discipline, focus, interest level, athletic ability (strength, power, flexibility, endurance, agility), the ability to learn, being open to learning, creativity, problem solving, the ability to perform under pressure, emotional control, etc., etc. If you practice all of the aforementioned I guess you would be considered pretty smart in that regard. I don't know if the average IQ is a bit above or below the average person but not sure if it would matter if you are laser focused and determined. Lastly, I would have to mention the level of motivation that drives the person to do all of the necessary things to come out on top. In other words, you need a strong reason why you would make that level of commitment. Is the reason "why" you are doing this strong enough to get you through all the difficult times?
  19. Don't get me started on the three officials but I will chime in my two cents. Three officials is one too many. Granted Freestyle is more subjective on the tilts or who initiated the move but three officials is silly. Even more silly is the official on the mat doesn't have the authority to call a pin without confirmation from the others. How stupid is that? Call the pin if you see it.
  20. This one has better explanation of what to do first.
  21. appreciate a guy who does his homework. Good points.
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