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    John Morgan got a reaction from Housebuye in PSU's Brady Berge suffers severe injury at U23s   
    %$#$@ Ref.  From being in the room for thousands of hours and referring tons of wrestle off's, you know immediately when someone is injured like that.  That should be her last match.  Fired!
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    John Morgan got a reaction from MDogg in PSU's Brady Berge suffers severe injury at U23s   
    %$#$@ Ref.  From being in the room for thousands of hours and referring tons of wrestle off's, you know immediately when someone is injured like that.  That should be her last match.  Fired!
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    John Morgan got a reaction from RealAmericanHero in PSU's Brady Berge suffers severe injury at U23s   
    %$#$@ Ref.  From being in the room for thousands of hours and referring tons of wrestle off's, you know immediately when someone is injured like that.  That should be her last match.  Fired!
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    John Morgan got a reaction from Big Nasty in PSU's Brady Berge suffers severe injury at U23s   
    %$#$@ Ref.  From being in the room for thousands of hours and referring tons of wrestle off's, you know immediately when someone is injured like that.  That should be her last match.  Fired!
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    John Morgan got a reaction from TBar1977 in PSU's Brady Berge suffers severe injury at U23s   
    %$#$@ Ref.  From being in the room for thousands of hours and referring tons of wrestle off's, you know immediately when someone is injured like that.  That should be her last match.  Fired!
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    John Morgan got a reaction from MDogg in All these People Who Say Greco is Popular   
    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.
     
     
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    John Morgan got a reaction from whaletail in All these People Who Say Greco is Popular   
    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.
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    John Morgan got a reaction from Lurker in All these People Who Say Greco is Popular   
    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.
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    John Morgan got a reaction from jon in All these People Who Say Greco is Popular   
    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.
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    John Morgan got a reaction from whaletail in All these People Who Say Greco is Popular   
    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.
     
     
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    John Morgan got a reaction from websterk149 in Top NCAA DI Wrestlers of the 2010s   
    Select your own dates but overall a very cool database

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    John Morgan got a reaction from headache in Top NCAA DI Wrestlers of the 2010s   
    Select your own dates but overall a very cool database

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    John Morgan got a reaction from Ching in Free vs Folk - The great compromise!   
    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
     
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    John Morgan got a reaction from gowrestle in NCAA approves shorts   
    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.
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    John Morgan got a reaction from Plasmodium in Adam Coon & Kyle Snyder hitting the gut wrench   
    This one has better explanation of what to do first.  
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    John Morgan got a reaction from TBar1977 in Why do people hate Cael?   
    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
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