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  1. 21 minutes ago, MSU158 said:

    PA definitely has the depth and I don't see that changing.  However, NJ's high end talent this year was OFF THE CHARTS.  4 Champs, 1-2nd, 2-3rds, 1-5th, 1-6th and 1-7th.

    PA, by contrast had 2 Champs, 1-2nd, 1-3rd, 4-4ths, 2-5ths, 2-6ths, 3-7ths and 1-8th.

    It seems a lot of the NJ guys aren't really from NJ originally.   If a kid transfers into Blair or Bergen, do you consider them a NJ wrestler?

  2. Wrestling is making huge strides in this country and then this tournament happened.   How do you explain to a casual fan what is and what isn't a takedown when hardcore fans don't know and worst of all, the officials don't have a freaking clue.    If someone can explain Deakin/Young to me I'd love to hear it and when your done with that, explain Valencia/Hall in addition to the ones already mentioned.

  3. 3 hours ago, pamela said:

    I thought Manville was undersized and bumping way up when he was subbed in this season. Slotting Mason into the lineup may also create some goodwill for his brother's recruitment down the road, assuming he didn't already verbal somewhere else already.

    Manville bumped up 2 weight classes and held his own against everyone but Martin.  He lost tight matches against Marsteller and Finesilver at the scuffle at 165 so he'd probably be a qualifier there.  His only loss to a non-qualifier all year was to Hidlay who is redshirting or would have been an AA.  

  4. 18 minutes ago, russelscout said:

    I would be very interested to know how they prepared for Nolf specifically. 

    There's a lot of room familiarity between Nolf and Hidlay that played a large role.   A lot of workouts together while Hidlay was in high school.  Grew up about a half hour from State College.

  5. 2 hours ago, tightwaist said:

    Regardless of whether Bo is showing good sportsmanship or not, 197 is a ridiculously weak & boring weight class this year.  

    197 isn't weak at all, it's just that Nickal's dominance makes it seem that way.   If he was removed, people would be talking about it like 133, wide open with multiple returning AAs.    Micklus could be a 4 time AA and is an also ran in this deep, tough weight.

  6. Forgot to add if you go to the Warhol, when you pay, ask if David is around.   His nephew, David Warhola, is often at the museum and gives glimpse into Andy's personal life that only someone close to him can.  He'll often give personal tours.    If you do visit, please make sure to mention that you're in town for wrestling nationals.  We need to dispel the notion that wrestlers are meatheads who don't appreciate the arts.

  7. 1 hour ago, RichB said:

    Is it better than going thru the Yosemite NP Tunnel?

    Yosemite is amazing but you see amazing scenery before Wawona and amazing after.   Fort Pitt is not like that.  I don't want to spoil it for anyone but I've been around the world and have seen nothing like it and welcomed many an international guest by picking them up at PIT and I've yet to find one that doesn't say some variant of "DAMN"  coming out of the tunnel. 

    As an aside, if you don't have tickets for one of the sessions, the Warhol is within walking distance from the paint can.   It's expensive but if you're a pop art fan, it's a must.  Key is to hit the basement first and screen print your own t-shirt or bag then tour the museum while it dries. You'll get a one of a kind memento for peanuts as they sell the stuff for not much more than cost.

  8. If you're flying into PIT make sure you have your phone taking a video when you come through the Fort Pitt Tunnel.   Pittsburgh might have the greatest wow moment entering any city in the world coming from that direction.    

    A really underrated place within walking distance to PPG is the Tap Room at the William Penn Hotel.  Pub Fries are solid and they usually have a couple of local breweries on tap.  Would be easy between sessions.

  9. 1 hour ago, JasonBryant said:

    It’s possible but has that kind of result ever happened. A lot of things are possible that never happen and we don’t just dismiss an idea because of illogical possibilities. If it’s very real, let’s find a result where that very real result happened. Again, it’s not like we have a system that the duals actually impact anything meaningful other than individual matches anyway.

    That kind of results happens.  A team like Rutgers with a couple of great wrestlers and a bunch of middling guys are going to have this happen.  Vs Utah Valley, they won three matches but actually had more points scored during matches as they had  two majors and Ashanault was up big when he pinned.  I'm sure if we looked, we'd find quite a few matches that fit that criteria.

  10. 2 hours ago, JasonBryant said:

    I don’t think you’re looking at this the same way some of us are. The point those who like a PDI kind of dual score is ... you score 15, your team gets 15. I could also be responding to something you’re responding to that is on a different tangent. 

    I understand that some are in favor of cumulative scoring as Wade proposes hoping that it increases action.  I'm saying that if you want to increase action, you need to penalize lack of action by penalizing the team of wrestlers that don't score offensive points.   Cumulative scoring is going to lead to even more low scoring.  Wrestler A is better than Wrestler B.  Under Cumulative, B's objective will be to keep it as low scoring as possible.  Under the penalty proposal, wrestler B better try some offense because his 5-1 loss is the same as a major, team score wise meaning it would be a 4 point swing.  3 for A's decision and -1 for B's for lack of offensive points.  The only change you'd have to make is forfeits would be worth 7 team points, the same as a pin with no offense.

  11. Cumulative scoring won't increase the action on the mat as much as non-offensive penalty scoring would.   It's really simple.  Unless a wrestler scores a takedown, reversal or stalling point on his opponent, there's one point deducted from his team's score.  No more sending out a turtle to save team points, no more trying to steal a win at the end. It would be better to lose 15-8 than 3-2 (with two escapes)

  12. RPI is a terrible system.  50% is opponents W/L which means it thinks that it's harder to beat two middling wrestlers with say 12-10 records that it is to beat a guy with a 20-0 and a guy with a 3-20 record.  This really comes into play if the 20-0 guy beat both the middling wrestlers upping the opponents of opponents which is 25%.   RPI works better in a sport like basketball because almost no one goes undefeated, not in wrestling with standouts like Nolf and Nickal.  For wrestling, RPI should be 50% own record, 30% opponent and 20 % opponents opponents.

  13. Uber into downtown from the airport.  Have the driver stop at Sheetz on Campbell Run Rd.  Grab some food as it's a gas station/convenience store and a PA thing.  Buy something for the driver.   Also grab beer for the hotel as getting beer in PA is different than other states and there's not many places to buy cheaper takeaway beer downtown.

    Favorite restaurants are Church Brew Works, a short Uber from downtown.  Get one traditional and one non-traditional pierogi app for the table and sample some of the beers. Lucy's in the strip district is different.  It's not really a restaurant but a tent that sells the most amazing Vietnamese food.  There's also a great Polish place in the strip, S&D Polish Deli.  The haluski and kielbasy are both really good.   Primanti's isn't going to be worth the lines but if you really want to try it, hit the one in Moon Township on your way back to the airport.  It's not as good as the original but I'm not a fan of their sandwiches anyway.

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