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John Morgan

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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. This one has better explanation of what to do first.
  5. appreciate a guy who does his homework. Good points.
  6. 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.,).
  7. Mikhail Mamiasville...Soviet Olympic and World Champ. Lost all three matches to him and was constantly reacting and fighting out of his positions.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Hate is a strong word and gets attention as a topic. I would wager very few people actually hate someone else. They may have mannerisms that are annoying, behavior you don't agree with, or beliefs you don't share. Hate? doubt it
  11. 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.
  12. and 10 AA's which I believe is the only time in history of ncaa's.
  13. MN wins NCAA without a finalist. https://nwhof.org/NCAA-Brackets/PDF/NCAA 2001.pdf
  14. Correct. As would Zane R, Cael S, and tons of other wrestlers. After having wrestled and coached most of my life...I keep trying to recall the emergency room visit resulting from H2F.
  15. I was watching the match live and enjoyed it as both Fix and Suriano are very good wrestlers. I agree they were both cautious but that can happen when guys are working to get the other out of position for their scoring opportunities. Back in the day we had "C" class and "A" class boxing matches. The fans got more excited for the "C" class fights because these fighters didn't have the skill/experience to "slip" a punch. Thus, haymakers abound and mouthpieces were flying...crowd loved it. Better fighters come in and sometimes the crowds didn't appreciate the skilled fighters as much. This is the same in today's mma.
  16. I have wrestled and coached wrestling nearly all my life and I don't recall any emergency room visits due to "hands in the face." I wouldn't see this as a rule providing "safety" to the wrestlers as the announcers mentioned during the Rutgers/OKST dual. Since I don't know where the original problem or the analysis of the problem originated, I can't speak beyond what I am witnessing.
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