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  1. Kazushi Sakuraba...his base was catch wrestling and then he transitioned into MMA. Many people believe he had the best single leg in MMA of all time. His nickname was “The Gracie Hunter”. He was the first to beat a Gracie, he broke Renzos Arm, and then had a legendary fight with no rules or time limit or time limit against Royce. After fighting for 1 1/2 hours Gracies Corner threw the towel in. I have no Doubt if went all in on freestyle or Greco he would be very successful.
  2. Open Sat vs. every medal winner not named Besik Kudukhov from 2007-2012. Would have loved to see him against Asgarov at 60 kg in 2012.
  3. Mavlet Batirov won Olympic gold at 55 and 60. Add a world gold and bronze to that as well. He’s got to be pretty high on the list.
  4. Beat me to it! Saitiev was coming off of a dominating performance 1996 at a very young age. He was hitting what most would consider to be a wrestlers prime in 2000. I’d also add that Karelian was a heavyweight, and they generally have more longevity. Strength is the last thing to go, while for a lighter weight speed and agility’s the first to go That’s why We say John Smith was our greatest, instead of Big Bruce. That’s why we consider Saitiev the best, instead of Medved
  5. David Taylor would win this match.
  6. Yeah they all came over at the same time during a tournament held in the states. Reinoso came through legally, declaring political asylum. Wilson was MIA for a while, but made it work out.
  7. I would add Lazaro Reinoso to that list who was a Division 2 National Champion for Carson Newman. Internationally he was an Olympic bronze medalist (beat John Smith at that tournament as well), as well a World silver medalist.
  8. Very good analogy. If one of your Forte’s is strength and conditioning this will make a huge difference. When I made the move from 103 to 130 people thought I was getting into trouble or not working as hard because I was gassing, when it was simply: A: I needed to adjust my strength and conditioning and B: I needed to acclimate to the weight. After a brutal offseason I finally corrected the problem. This was only at the high school level....I can’t imagine the difference at the world level. Yaz has had time to adjust to the weight. He should adjust his Strength and Conditioning.
  9. Back in the early 2000’s Iran were slow to get to the center, always taking injury time, busting out the cold spray, etc... They were incredibly technical, but lacked conditioning. Now they are hyper conditioned and always attacking, and have kept their very sound technique. Any theories as to what happened around 2004-2008 to the Iranians?
  10. Sad to see that people like the one who started this thread care nothing for anyone else. I am a healthy person. I am a 33 year old man who works out, does cardio, and Thai boxing daily. I eat very healthy. So I’m a very low risk person. That being said, I am also a family man and I am very close to some loved ones that are at risk. My 80 year old grandparents are very healthy for their age, but they are at risk. My mother is a tad over weight so that puts her at risk. Lord knows we all have unhealthy friends who are at risk. Heck, If you care about nobody except your own family, surely as a wrestler you care about Dan Gable. At his age he at risk. This stuff is not political. I have a close family member who works at the cdc, and told me two week ago (when my main concern was the NCAA’s being Canceled) that it’s not a matter of if, but when, that the government will have to start closing schools, canceling events, etc... I suggest people that believe this is a bio weapon listen to someone who knows their stuff. Listen/watch Joe Rogan’s recent podcast (# 1439) with an infectious disease Epidemiologist. This guy breaks it down and proves just how bad it’s going to get in America. He also states that man could not come up with a bio weapon this bad. The reason it came from China is because they eat any kind of food from monkeys straight from a tree, to dogs on the street.
  11. Please read the reply above. That should clear things up. Thank you for being classy and not making it personal like a lot of people these days. I know the view is not popular to women, and other people. I mean this in all sincerity.
  12. Yes and I am a taxpayer, so I have to pay for women to wrestle at the expense of men getting scholarships FOR wrestling. Men are more exciting.... that goes for wrestling and basketball. Do I really need to go into anatomical and physiological differences between men and women for you to understand why men can do more explosive techniques,and are faster and stronger I was using basketball as an example. Think of it this way: The pinnacle of women’s wrestling is the World/Olympic level. Now how many people tune in for men’s wrestling compared to women at the world/Olympic level? A very low percentage. Haha....First post you say I’m stupid because you can’t understand what I am saying. And now I’m stupid because I believe men’s wrestling is a better product to watch. But more importantly I do not like the fact that women who have wrestled for a year getting a scholarship, and a man who has devoted his life to it and has a much higher winning percentage can not get one. Now that I’ve spelled it out for you do you understand? You can think what you want about my opinion or “stupid take” differs from you, but I am not the only one with that opinion. So...go ahead and get personal and tell me how stupid I am. I’ll take the high road and let you have the last word. Enjoy trying to tear down my character, integrity with your oh so brilliant pithy comeback. Tell me how stupid I am while you are at....I’ll be eating comfort food.
  13. Yes I am glad it finally came to my state. I don’t think women should wrestle though, period. It is at the cost of men’s scholarships, at the collegiate level that some colleges have women’s programs. That’s where Title IX came from in my post. It takes away from men’s opportunities at the Olympic level. Compared to men, it is boring. Does any basketball fan get fired up for the WNBA? Very few. This isn’t a doctorate thesis. Work on your reading comprehension.
  14. My state finally had their first girls state championship last year and i could not be happier. That being said, I had to wrestle girls while in high school (mostly at camps and out of state tournaments) and I absolutely destroyed every one of them. It was especially brutal if they caught me at a time when I needed to sweat a lot to make weight, or at a camp where they just made you keep wrestling for a certain amount of time, even if you pinned them in 5 seconds. My coach was from Iowa so he taught us to be brutal on the mat. I never did anything illegal but if you chose to step on the mat with me then It was not going to be pleasant. With all of that being said, I hated wrestling girls. It was awkward. I would not allow my daughter, should I have one some day, to wrestle boys...not even in the practice room. I ask if anyone who is for wrestling boys, have you ever had to wrestle a girl in high school? I recall the kid from one of the Carolina’s who was one of the best in the state forfeiting the first round for religious reasons. So before you say something about Iran not wrestling women, you may want to look in your own back yard at a Christian, Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, etc...and take that into account. I’m not going to get into this, but screw title IX. And John Smith said it best: “Its a mans sport”.
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