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  1. Don't really know what the hell you're talking about but as a lifelong wrestler and the father of two sons and two daughters all of them athletes and warriors I hope it says exactly who I am.
  2. Why have the posts in this thread degenerated into discussing whether or not a female wrestler defeated a male wrestler? Instead of vehemently disagreeing with the ridiculous premise of the OP, that woman cannot and should not wrestle? Women wrestle other women. Yes, usually males are stronger than females of the same weight. Most people learn that by the age of 10. For those stressing that point--brilliant discovery. Yes, usually male wrestlers are stronger than female wrestlers of the same weight. I repeat--brilliant discovery. And male soccer players are stronger than female soccer players: women should not play soccer. Male runners, jumpers and throwers are stronger than women runners, jumpers and throwers. Women should not do track & field. Male golfers, tennis players, hockey players, swimmers, skiers, boxers, martial artists, weightlifters, kayakers, gymnasts, archers, volleyball players, basketball players, skateboarders, surfers, mountain climbers, cyclists, equestrians, triathletes, figure skaters, bobsledders, pool players, bowlers, shooters, lacrosse players, divers, rowers, auto racers, dart throwers and friggin' frisbee players are stronger than their female counterparts. Women should not do any of these sports. Oh, wait a minute. I just realized something. Should members of a culture that arrests women for posting selfies or dancing in public be seriously listened to when they give their opinions on women in sports? Should we forget that in their culture women must hide their hair, legally obey their husbands, can't leave the country without permission of their husbands, can be arrested and jailed for holding hands with a man in public, have their testimony in court legally worth half that of a man, and in general live their entire lives as second-class citizens? Gee, I don't think so. So a man from Iran doesn't think that women should wrestle. I'm shocked.
  3. Lee's a hell of a wrestler, he and Luke are evenly matched. I think that Luke can do it but we'll see. Moore is on a mission! :-)
  4. Central Ohio also. NY in high school, D2 3 years in college, cup of coffee at OSU in the 60s under Casey, coached a few different places. Been to every match at the Covelli, love the Bucks, just too many damn holes in the lineup this year! Still very annoyed about what happened at heavy. It's always been a tough decision in college coaching whether to plan for the future or let 'er rip now. Few teams have the luxury to do both.
  5. Big tOSU fan, big TR fan, but he's made some strange redshirt choices. I'm 71, been in and around the sport most of my life, had some brutal weight cuts myself in HS and college, saw many others coaching and elsewhere. It is and always has been the curse of the sport. Finally decided many years ago that the best way is for a young athlete to eat normally--within reason, being smart of course--and to train hard, very hard. His body will do what it will do, his weight will be what it will be. Then wrestle that weight! That's what I'd recommend with Decatur: work hard, learn a lot, see where you're at next Fall.
  6. I think you're being too conservative. They win 9, with only 184 going elsewhere. Then count all the seconds, thirds, fourths, etc. It's hard to think of any college sport where one conference is this dominant.
  7. I like Decatur a lot and eventually he'll be a high AA, maybe even contending for it all, but why in the world his shirt was pulled this year I cannot understand!
  8. What do people see as the biggest potential upset (a lower seed winning it all)? Not Steveson over Parris, I mean a true upset.
  9. BIG 10 PRE-SEEDS 125 lbs. (8 NCAA qualifiers) 1. Spencer Lee, IOWA 2. Devin Schroder, PUR 3. Patrick McKee, MN 4. Justin Cardani, IL 5. Jack Medley, MI 6. Michael DeAugustino, NU 7. Liam Cronin, IN 8. Nic Aguilar, RUT 9. Eric Barnett, WI 10. Alex Thomsen, NEB 11. Malik Heinselman, OSU 12. Logan Griffin, MSU 13. Brandon Cray, MD 14. Brandon Meredith, PSU 133 lbs. (7 qualifiers) 1. Seth Gross, WI 2. Roman Bravo-Young, PSU 3. Austin DeSanto, IOWA 4. Travis Piotrowski, IL 5. Sebastian Rivera, NW 6. Ridge Lovett, NEB 7. Sammy Alvarez, RUT 8. Joey Silva, MI 9. Crayden Rooks, IN 10. Garrett Pepple, MSU 11. Boo Dryden, MN 12. Travis Ford-Melton, PUR 13. King Sandoval, MD 14. Jordan Decatur, OSU 141 lbs. (8 qualifiers) 1. Nick Lee, PSU 2. Luke Pletcher, OSU 3. Max Murin, IOWA 4. Chad Red, NEB 5. Tristan Moran, WIS 6. Mitch McKee, MINN 7. Dylan Duncan, ILL 8. Parker Filius, PUR 9. Cole Mattin, MICH 10. Alec McKenna, NU 11. Joe Aragona, RU 12. Matt Santos, MSU 13. Eddie Bolivar, IND 14. Hunter Baxter, MD 149 lbs. (10 qualifiers) 1. Sammy Sasso, OSU 2. Pat Lugo, IOWA 3. Brayton Lee, MINN 4. Kanen Storr, MICH 5. Graham Rooks, IND 6. Cole Martin, WIS 7. Collin Purinton, NEB 8. Jarod Verkleeren, PSU 9. Yahya Thomas, NU 10. Griffin Parriott, PUR 11. Gerard Angelo RU 12. Alex Hrisopoulos, MSU 13. Mousa Jodeh, ILL 14. Ryan Garlitz, MD 157 lbs. (6 qualifiers) 1. Ryan Deakin, NU 2. Kaleb Young, IOWA 3. Kendall Coleman, PUR 4. Will Lewan, MICH 5. Ryan Thomas, MINN 6. Jake Tucker, MSU 7. Peyton Robb, NEB 8. Eric Barone, ILL 9. Michael VanBrill, RU 10. Jahi Jones, MD 11. Elijah Cleary, OSU 12. Garrett Model, WIS 13. Bo Pipher, PSU 14. Fernie Silva, IND 165 lbs. (8 qualifiers) 1. Vincenzo Joseph, PSU 2. Alex Marinelli, IOWA 3. Evan Wick, WIS 4. Isaiah White, NEB 5. Ethan Smith, OSU 6. Shayne Oster, NU 7. Dan Braunagel, ILL 8. Bailee O’Reilly, MINN 9. Drew Hughes, MSU 10. Kyle Cochran, MD 11. Brett Donner, RU 12. Tyler Meisiner, MICH 13. Tanner Webster, PUR 14. Diego Lemley, IND 174 lbs. (9 qualifiers) 1. Michael Kemerer, IOWA 2. Mark Hall, PSU 3. Dylan Lydy, PUR 4. Devin Skatzka, MINN 5. Mikey Labriola, NEB 6. Kaleb Romero, OSU 7. Joseph Gunther, ILL 8. Layne Malczewski, MSU 9. Tyler Morland, NU 10. Willie Scott, RU 11. Jared Krattiger, WIS 12. Phillip Spadafora, MD 13. Max Maylor, MICH 14. NO ENTRY, IND 184 lbs. (10 qualifiers) 1. Aaron Brooks, PSU 2. Cameron Caffey, MSU 3. Abe Assad, IOWA 4. Taylor Venz, NEB 5. Billy Janzer, RU 6. Rocky Jordan, OSU 7. Zach Braunagel, ILL 8. Owen Webster, MINN 9. Johnny Sebastian, WIS 10. Jelani Embree, MICH 11. Max Lyon, PUR 12. Jack Jessen, NU 13. Jake Hinz, IND 14. Kyle Jasenski, MD 197 lbs. (6 qualifiers) 1. Kollin Moore, OSU 2. Eric Schultz, NEB 3. Jacob Warner, IOWA 4. Christian Brunner, PUR 5. Lucas Davison, NU 6. Shakur Rasheed, PSU 7. Jordan Pagano, RU 8. Jackson Striggow, MICH 9. Jaron Smith, MD 10. Hunter Ritter, MINN 11. Matt Wroblewski, ILL 12. Nick May, MSU 13. Taylor Watkins, WIS 14. Nick Willham, IND 285 lbs. (7 qualifiers) 1. Mason Parris, MICH 2. Gable Steveson, MINN 3. Tony Cassioppi, IOWA 4. Trent Hilger, WIS 5. David Jensen, NEB 6. Gary Traub, OSU 7. Seth Nevillis, PSU 8. Thomas Penola, PUR 9. Luke Luffman, ILL 10. Alex Esposito, RU 11. Christian Rebottaro, MSU 12. Jake Kleimola, IND 13. Jack Heyob, NU 14. Parker Robinson, MD
  10. For combat sports, this concept is as old as the hills. The ancient Greeks said that two wrestlers would wrestle, two boxers would box, that was that. From there, every conceivable combination has devolved. The Romans said let's have a wrestler against a boxer. Let's wrap the boxer's hands, let's give them weapons, let's have them fight animals, on and on. There is no combination of martial artists that has not been done. It's always seemed a bit silly to me, cheap and sleazy really, like reducing a noble discipline to a carnival sideshow. What next for Downey, wrestle a bear?
  11. Coronavirus Could Break Iranian Society The government has refused to impose quarantines and is encouraging people to visit the city of Qom, the center of the outbreak. February 27, 2020 https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/02/iran-cannot-handle-coronavirus/607150/
  12. My grandfather was a wrestler in the Ukraine, his father and his father, on and on. After he emigrated here, he made sure that my father was a wrestler and I pretty much had no choice as to my terrible fate! :-) Started when I was 4 or 5, actively wrestled till I was in my early 60s. I now have a neurological illness that affects my balance and walking but I still hobble to high school and college meets. My early coaches were very, very tough, very unforgiving: this includes my grandfather and father and my youth coaches in New York in the 1950s. Even my high school and college coaches in the 1960s. It was a different era, almost incomprehensible to most athletes and coaches today. I was a rebellious, anti-authoritarian, mouthy little jerk. That kind of behavior in the room earned me a hard slap in the face. This did not result--as it would today--in a lawsuit or a firing. It was the norm, everyone experienced it. I remember one time, it was somewhere around 1962, I was a HS freshman, just getting to know the coach who had been a well-known wrestler himself. I must have made some stupid, smart-ass remark and he just hauled off and slapped me so hard my ears rang. My father was right there. He said to the coach, "Next time hit him harder." :-) Just imagine that scenario today! By the time I became a parent and a coach, thankfully things were changing. It's not a sport for the weak of body, mind or spirit: it never was, it never will be, it cannot be. It's a tough activity and it makes one tough. But there's a fine line between making kids tough and brutalizing them. I was lucky enough to work as a graduate assistant and as an assistant high school coach under good, experienced head coaches. I learned, adapted, as all coaches who want to succeed I went with what works. Looking back, it was a lot of fun. For me, at the end of the school day, taking off my teacher outfit and putting on my wrestling stuff was like an enjoyable and thrilling trip in a time machine. I actively wrestled almost every practice, I didn't really know any other way, I wanted to wrestle! I loved it! One sees many younger coaches who were wrestlers show off. They feel a need to beat people in the room, it's some kind of authority/ego thing. This is bad, bad, bad. We're there to make them greater than us. I used to tell the kids that if they worked hard and gave it everything they had and trusted me I was going to show them how to beat me. And if they could beat me I couldn't guarantee that they'd be state champs, but I could guarantee that they'd be there at the tournament! The parent thing...ah, that's a tough one. I was too hard on my oldest son, I see that now. I think that young athletes need both a father and a coach, and if you have to choose between the two then be a father. Wrestling shaped me, gave me an identity, influenced how I acted and what I did, how I saw myself and my place in the world. I always felt, and still do, that there's an unspoken, unwritten wrestler's code, it's the warrior's code: tough but gentle, strong but compassionate, all-out on the mat but easy-going and kind in real life. Once it gets in you it never leaves.
  13. And it certainly could use some raising. As a 72-year-old former wrestler, coach, parent and fan--and just an occasional visitor here--I've suggested that before but was hooted down. Oh well...
  14. Didn't know that Lance Armstrong was Russian. Marion Jones, Justin Gaitlin, Tyson Gay, Roy Jones Jr., Mark McGwire: all Russians? I had no idea. Barry Bonds is Russian?!?! Who would have thought it!
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