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    RJChicago reacted to pa in taiwan in Yianni-Zain: Who is favored in the wrestleoff?   
    These threads are getting really tedious, with social media like attacks, anger, and little content. Wrestling should try to steer away from this poison that seems to affect so much of American society.
    Content, please. I feel that if Zain can get to the double, and he certainly had no trouble with it in match one, sit Yanni to his butt and elevate his foot, preventing him from posting it on the mat, he will be able to ease him back for an exposure. Mike Mal does a good breakdown of this on Behind the Dirt on Flo. By shooting the double instead of the high-crotch, keeping control of both legs, Zain will be able to prevent Yanni from sitting the corner, a skill that Yanni is unmatched at in my opinion.  Elevating Yanni's foot and pulling it away from the body prevents him from posting and rolling through. Yanni is a magician when the attacking wrestler shoots a single. He is able to keep the attacker super close and work the crotch lift, or attack the leg and shift to the corner. My bet is that Zain will come out and attack with double leg shots. Whether he is effective or not remains to be seen.
    One thing is sure. Both wrestlers at this point have put the arbitration far in the past, out of the view of their rear-view mirrors, and are focused only on the match. 
     
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    RJChicago got a reaction from Mphillips in Best NCAA Championship Match of All-Time   
    Hello all,
    I'd love to know what you all think the best NCAA championship matches of all-time are?
    Obviously, Gable/Owings (I think that was his name Owings or Ownings) is a famous one. 
    One of the best I've ever seen was Kyle Snyder beating I can't remember who - in overtime I believe - after his red shirt was pulled late in the season.
     
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    RJChicago got a reaction from qc8223 in In terms of actual on the mat scoring calls   
    The Flo guys are nice guys and I appreciate the Flo service, but I do not put any weight - literally zero - in their opinions of things like this. I'd like to listen to their podcast to support it, but it is so devoid of actual wrestling insights that it hurts my soul. When they are discussing wrestling news kind of things or reviewing the logistics of events, they are good at those sorts of things - but when it comes to their wrestling breakdowns I've heard them misapprehend analysis of matches and technical aspects of important situations and mangled understanding of rules that I had to stop listening.
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    RJChicago got a reaction from qc8223 in Final X - Lincoln   
    Damn just looked at that Fix/Gilman call again, I'm so torn because glad to have Fix on the team but damn, how can they mess up such an objective call. That is a world team deciding call, with review, and it is not a hard call or really even a judgment call. Damn, why can they not get basic calls right.
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    RJChicago got a reaction from GockeS in Final X - Lincoln   
    Making the world team meant so much to him - he could barely get words out. He probably felt ridiculous because he was trying really hard not to cry - but he shouldn't, it was awesome to see - how much the sport means to him and how much he has given to it and to achieve a pinnacle like this after so many 'almosts' it was touching to see. He said he is very thankful to God. He said he has been humbled a lot in wrestling and he is so grateful and blessed to still be doing it. He said his wife has supported him through many ups and downs and he said he is grateful to his wrestling club and Reece and his training partners and Princeton wrestling and so many others without whom he would not be here.
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    RJChicago got a reaction from ConnorsDad in Final X - Lincoln   
    Making the world team meant so much to him - he could barely get words out. He probably felt ridiculous because he was trying really hard not to cry - but he shouldn't, it was awesome to see - how much the sport means to him and how much he has given to it and to achieve a pinnacle like this after so many 'almosts' it was touching to see. He said he is very thankful to God. He said he has been humbled a lot in wrestling and he is so grateful and blessed to still be doing it. He said his wife has supported him through many ups and downs and he said he is grateful to his wrestling club and Reece and his training partners and Princeton wrestling and so many others without whom he would not be here.
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    RJChicago got a reaction from rpm002 in Final X - Lincoln   
    Making the world team meant so much to him - he could barely get words out. He probably felt ridiculous because he was trying really hard not to cry - but he shouldn't, it was awesome to see - how much the sport means to him and how much he has given to it and to achieve a pinnacle like this after so many 'almosts' it was touching to see. He said he is very thankful to God. He said he has been humbled a lot in wrestling and he is so grateful and blessed to still be doing it. He said his wife has supported him through many ups and downs and he said he is grateful to his wrestling club and Reece and his training partners and Princeton wrestling and so many others without whom he would not be here.
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    RJChicago got a reaction from TheOhioState in Final X - Lincoln   
    Making the world team meant so much to him - he could barely get words out. He probably felt ridiculous because he was trying really hard not to cry - but he shouldn't, it was awesome to see - how much the sport means to him and how much he has given to it and to achieve a pinnacle like this after so many 'almosts' it was touching to see. He said he is very thankful to God. He said he has been humbled a lot in wrestling and he is so grateful and blessed to still be doing it. He said his wife has supported him through many ups and downs and he said he is grateful to his wrestling club and Reece and his training partners and Princeton wrestling and so many others without whom he would not be here.
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    RJChicago got a reaction from ConnorsDad in Pico shoulda stuck with Wrestling   
    The glass jaw stuff - I think that is inaccurate or at least is not proven to be accurate just by virtue of the Pico's last two consecutive knockouts. The last one was a dirty boxing head pull right into a full-wind-up-with-body-weight-behind-it hook that I think would have knocked out about anyone at that weight. Of course, it was poor tactics on Pico's part in that fight to allow himself to be put in that clinch at that point in the match, but the shot he took I think would have put anyone out at that weight. It was kind of like Cormier's knockout of Stipe - yet even more force in my view because the pull hand added quite a bit of force to the hook.
    And this flying knee - I would again say that would put down probably anyone at that weight. The hardest I've ever been hit in my life - and one of the only times I've been knocked out - even flash knocked out - was when I shot into a knee like that. It is probably not as commonly addressed by commentators on TV as it should be how much more force one takes when they are moving into a blow versus moving away from it. This is why some of those dirty boxing/clinch strikes can be devastating even though they do not look as big of shots as some of the big strikes from distance.
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    RJChicago got a reaction from Housebuye in WTT Schedule   
    Thank you very much! That is so disappointing - I didn't know that Senior Men's Freestyle didn't start until tomorrow. I was all geared up to start seeing some of these matches today. Thanks again.
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    RJChicago got a reaction from spladle08 in Our guys lift weights too much   
    Could you show that other video (or point me to it) with the "weird device" for grip strength? I'm always trying to work on my grip strength. Thank you!
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    RJChicago got a reaction from herma48852 in WTT Schedule   
    Hello all - I'm so sorry if this is in a different thread, but I couldn't easily find it. Does anyone know the schedule for the next few days? Are there brackets anywhere?  Again, I'm sure these answers are obvious to most of you, but I really can't find it. Thank you for any help.
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    RJChicago got a reaction from DocBZ in Not a takedown   
    I really, really like Yianni. I thoroughly enjoyed watching his run last year at NCAAs and can't wait to see what he does in the future and I wanted him to win the NCAAs this year. But that was a terrible takedown call at the end. I thought that was almost a takedown for McKenna just a second after they called a takedown for Yianni, but in no event would I ever consider that I takedown. To see a national championship decided on that call was horrible to watch. I'm torn because Yianni going into next year as a two-time defending probably makes the sport more fun and interesting, but it made me sick to my stomach to see that call. With that and the Nolf call yesterday - it is very frustrating to see. Obviously there are always going to be tough/close calls - and difficult judgment calls like stalling and the difficult to swallow technical calls like momentary locking of the hands/hands to the face/accidental hands in headgear - but those two takedown calls, all of us know what a takedown is and isn't and those two were not and they were not hard calls - and they were hugely important calls - AND they had review. Even Nolf thought that was takedown. And the Yianni one was even worse today. 
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    RJChicago got a reaction from GreatWhiteNorth in 2019 Seniors You'll Miss in College Wrestling   
    Despite the fact he doesn't seem particularly likable or anything, I will miss Ethan Lizak. His matches were always interesting and I learned from watching him on top and to see someone like him dominate good wrestlers on top without much strength like he nearly always did was interesting to see. He even turned Surriano in this tournament. 
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    RJChicago got a reaction from BallandChain in Not a takedown   
    I really, really like Yianni. I thoroughly enjoyed watching his run last year at NCAAs and can't wait to see what he does in the future and I wanted him to win the NCAAs this year. But that was a terrible takedown call at the end. I thought that was almost a takedown for McKenna just a second after they called a takedown for Yianni, but in no event would I ever consider that I takedown. To see a national championship decided on that call was horrible to watch. I'm torn because Yianni going into next year as a two-time defending probably makes the sport more fun and interesting, but it made me sick to my stomach to see that call. With that and the Nolf call yesterday - it is very frustrating to see. Obviously there are always going to be tough/close calls - and difficult judgment calls like stalling and the difficult to swallow technical calls like momentary locking of the hands/hands to the face/accidental hands in headgear - but those two takedown calls, all of us know what a takedown is and isn't and those two were not and they were not hard calls - and they were hugely important calls - AND they had review. Even Nolf thought that was takedown. And the Yianni one was even worse today. 
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