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  1. Ones that have not been mentioned... 1. Jim Scherr over Makharbek Khadartsev by throwing him to his back at the last second! 2. Lazaro Reinoso over John Smith by crotch lift in OT I think. What made this one crazy is also that it was at the Olympics during the double Elimination yearsSmith won gold, while Lázaro had to settle for bronze. Special note: if you ever end up at a wrestling camp in Kentucky (back in the early 2000’s), and your coach happens to be good friends with Lázaro, don’t ask him to sign your John Smith wrestling shoes.
  2. The thing is, as bad as his standup is, he was getting the better of Maia. Why not use your wrestling in reverse and stick with what’s working. No...let’s go do some funk with a BJJ legend, who eats black belts for breakfast. SMH. Ask ten should hang it up. Breaks my heart but he’s too one dimensional to be relevant in the big leagues.
  3. Well played...the thing is he wrestled like a very out of shape 160 pounder at the Olympics. I wonder what those pills were that he claimed a Russian doctor gave him. Masking agents? Some undetectable designer PEDs?
  4. Are you being serious? Wow! If you are then was on some heavy stuff and was the definition of steroids. It doesn’t surprise me because if one was taking state sponsored stuff and then having nothing after coming back to Russia with that performance. Anyone find any pics? I’d love to see the before/after comparison.
  5. I think Snyder and Cox can beat Sadulaev. I also think that 97 kg OTT will be very interesting. Cox will win the challenge tournament, and then I see a war in the best 2 out of 3 for the Olympic spot. At the Olympics...if Snyder is our man he is the top 3-4 wrestlers and I think will get at least bronze. It’s not a lock though. People are scouting and figuring him out. I was very surprised that Sharifov beat him. If he runs into Sadulaev or does not wrestle well/gets beat by a Sharifov, or someone who has him figured out in the early rounds, then I could see him not making the podium. 97 kg was insane in 2016 and a lot of people who were “locks” did not get it done due to the carry through system. If Snyder wrestles Sadulaev it breaks my heart to say its very unlikely that he beats him. I also see Cox as being one of the top 3-4 wrestlers at the Olympics at 97kg. What he has going for him is not as many people are scouting him in such detail as they are Snyder. I see the same situation as Snyder here. Likely he will come home with a medal. But he could come home empty handed should the same situation happen as mentioned above. However, I think he has a better shot at beating Sadulaev. Yes, the sweat is a factor, but that’s not what will help him. Sadulaev has not been against someone with a length advantage, whom is also extremely athletic, and can keep the pace up for 6 minutes. With it being the Olympics Sadulaev may wrestlers conservative. Cox will let it all hang out. Cox also has great defense. Mix all of that together and you have recipe for beating/upsetting Sadulaev.
  6. I beat Makharbek Khadartsev. Nuff Said!
  7. Greco is a snooze fest because of the risk/reward factor. Wrestlers at the world level just do not take enough chances on their feet. Another reason is the current rules we have in place.....Stop doing forced par terre, and bring back forced clinch for the next cycle. Also would be interesting if we brought back the “slip”....I know it’s already in place but use it more often and it needs to be better defined for the officials. At the end of the day we need to see more throws. Wrestlers at a high level just don’t do it any more because one missed throw (even if they belly out) will cost them the match.
  8. How dare you sir! There is only one DF Medicineman and myself (formerly Matburn) are DF’s humble acolytes.
  9. I think he is just as good of a coach as Cael (with a completely different style of coaching, mind you), but he doesn’t have the name Cael Sanderson. So many great wrestlers want to wrestle for the living legend. David Taylor would have won his two titles be at Iowa State had Koll been at PSU. So when you mix the name, the great coaching ability, and getting everyone from Pennsylvania it’s just a perfect storm for a dynasty. I do think Koll would have won between 2 and 5 titles. But they would have been closer and you would see some down years.
  10. Mitch Clark: NCAA Champion at 177. Don’t know his exact height but have seen him in person and he’s pretty tall. Tommy Rowland’s: 6’4” also a Champion from Ohio state he was pretty tall for a 230lb heavyweight.
  11. Like I said the kid was loaded. I’m not an expert on the current state of war with Chechnya, except to say they are always fighting someone. Back then he/his parents were really loaded and got them there though. As far as getting there, there are a lot of foreigners show up to train Dagestan. Any problems with passports would be on our side. Don’t go as a team and don’t go all at once. Should be no problem if a visa is required. All we have to do is get passed Alexander Karelin lol. I was watching a documentary on Dagestan, and a lot of foreigners were in the room. And in that one wrestling room 7 world, Olympic, etc Gold.
  12. I’d rather not say his name on here but his parents were insanely rich, he wrestled for a private school and community, and . He graduated either O3 or 04. Everyone in Georgia should know it now lol
  13. I think everyone on our freestyle team could benefit from spending a few months a year in Dagestan. Think of how many world, Olympic, Asian, and European champions are in one wrestling room. I saw a documentary and they said just at one wrestling practice at a gym there were 7. Imagine how good we would be working with all of those guys. Back in high school I know this kid that was not state championship material. He just didn’t have it. No way this kid was going to ever win state. His parents flew him out to Dagestan every summer and he becomes a 3x champion. By the time he was a junior he was teching or pinning everyone.
  14. I never said I was writing off Musakaev. Putting up all those points on Yianni was impressive and showed holes in his game, but there were also some very questionable calls in some of those scrambles. Also, that match still had a minute to go and Musakaev really needs to get in shape if he wants to do anything against an American/Iranian hyper conditioned wrestler. As far as Retherford is concerned...I really think Yianni has improved against his “nemesis”. He was beating him and then threw him in a very savvy move for four. Personally I think some of his biggest competition will be getting past Americans and making the team. If he were our rep this year I’d give him slightly better odds (40-50%chance) to place, even with 65kg being such a meat Grinder. I agree that if he keeps wrestling and stays away from major injury he will win it within the next 2-4 years.
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