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John Morgan

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  1. 1 hour ago, Fletcher said:

    If singlets were so great, people would wear them at practice. No one does at any level, including college.

    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.  

  2. 7 hours ago, LJB said:

    A “Johnny come lately” sport that has been contested since the first modern Olympics in 1896...

    Based off a style of combat/training from Ancient Greece...

    fukn mook...

    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.

  3. 14 hours ago, Katie said:

    Wrestling is certainly under pressure at the Olympics. It stinks.

    The pressure, however, is not caused by other sports. The pressure is caused by wrestling’s  gender imbalance (thanks to Greco) and by a relative lack of interest by spectators.

    The answer, however, is not to attack other sports. The answer is to make wrestling better.

    I agree their is a gender imbalance in wrestling but GR isn't a "johnny come lately" sport.

  4. 1 hour ago, pamela said:


    It's not an either/or proposition. Your stodgy events will still be there. This is about expanding the Olympics' portfolio to attract a bigger, more modern and representative viewership.

    I am not sure if you consider wrestling stodgy or not but it does appear to be either or from the article below.


  5. 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.  

  6. 20 hours ago, headshuck said:

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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? 

  9. 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.


  10. As mentioned by coach_J, we don't need to abandon what we have but enhance it.  I wouldn't categorize the need to score feet to back points as a "throw" however.  For instance, a simple knee block can be thrown sideways (think Gadsen over Snyder in NCAA finals)...very low risk.  The reason it is difficult to execute is guys constantly burying their heads in the guys chest.  We used to see more feet to back takedowns because the refs always yelled "head up blue" during freestyle as this was considered passivity.  This also encouraged chest to chest, over under positions, which is exciting wrestling (Randy Lewis, Andrea Metzger, Sergei Belaglozov, Bo Nickol, etc., etc.,).

  11. Great question actually and I assume you mean left leg lead.  However, the left leg lead position doesn't necessarily mean the guy is left handed...it is just the way they feel more comfortable wrestling.  In boxing for instance, the right handed fighters lead with the left leg and vice versa.  Regulator has it correct as the left leg lead will usually shoot singles to the opponents right leg.  If more wrestlers lead with the right leg, they have an advantage of seeing this look more often than the right leg lead does in seeing the left leg lead stance.  Flip side though, it makes it more difficult to hit the hi-c.  So if a left leg lead's favorite shot is the hi-c he will have to have a good set up to get the back leg forward.  Lastly, the double leg probably won't matter as much as either way, you step with your lead leg directly between the stance.

  12. The ncaa used to invite the Dii and Diii champs to the Di championship.  The Dii and iii nationals were basically qualifiers and this produced many lower level guys becoming Di AA's.   This actually helped smaller schools recruit top kids because they still had a chance to win the Di's.  I would prefer this over a "Tournament of Champions" because when you go through a grinding season to hit your peak performance at nationals, it is very tough mentally and sometimes physically to be your best again shortly thereafter.  Like an earlier poster mentioned, no incentive for the Di champ to complete.

  13. On 1/24/2019 at 10:03 PM, GoNotQuietly said:

    Well, I've been to the ER twice for a scratched cornea from "H2F", and it is undoubtedly one of the most painful injuries I had during my career.  Maybe that's why I'm a big fan of the new rule, but those two guys from the video have the option of MMA now if they want to stupidly slug eachother rather than wrestling...

    Yes, clarification in order...the Kilgore/Brown video demonstrates unnecessary roughness (initiated by brown) and should have been called as such.  The ref let that match get out of hand.  However, those were not examples of a "head post" but more of a jabs.  Of course, eye pokes have always been illegal and should be called.  I think posting on the forehead (palm to eyebrows or above so fingers are above the eyes) should be ok.  Also, a quick pop to the face with an open hand, level change and double is ok too.  The unnecessary roughness rule applies here as well.  

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