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  1. 1. I was told beforehand by a former NCAA champion that I would not like it. He had tried, very low key, and given up. I'm 71, been involved in wrestling for 65 years as a wrestler, parent and coach. Thought I'd give it a try. 2. Way too much testosterone-fueled, bully boy bragging, threatening, insulting. Nastiness is the best descriptor. This is endemic on all internet forums, of course, perhaps that wrestling is the topic here only makes it worse. 3. A shortage of reasoned, logical, fact-based discussion/argument: arguments are good, they're just an exchange of diverging views, they educate. They don't have to end in punching someone in the face. Literally or in a post. See #2 above. 4. The hardest thing for humans to do is admit they are wrong. Many people have never said or heard these words said to them: "I believed this, but after listening to your argument and thinking about it, I see that I was wrong." Again, see #2 above. 5. Pet Peeve: Googling does not make you an instant expert on a subject. 6. An amazingly small number of posters, relatively speaking. I wonder how many potentially interesting, wrestling-knowledgeable, well-spoken and perceptive posters either quit entirely or just lurk because of the overly aggressive, jump-down-your-throat tone of the boards. It is the forum's loss. 7. I realize that I read and posted for a very short time. There seems to me some very old grudges, even hatreds, that clog-up and eventually sidetrack almost every thread of any length. I'm a 10-year member of a stock board with an expert, respected and respectful moderator who stops that kind of crap immediately! Stay on point, be rational, no ad hominem attacks. It's remarkable how quickly the loud-mouth bullies leave the room under those rules. 8. I was astounded how many truly elite-level (back in the day) wrestlers post here. In my brief visit, I counted 12,482 high school state champs and 3,723 NCAA AA's. Mind-boggling! 9. I don't mean to paint everyone with the same brush. I encountered some very informed, sophisticated posters, able to give and take with affable courtesy. NJDan and irani come to mind, I'm sure there are many others. 10. In closing, it's not a great experience for a newcomer and not something I'll recommend. That's really too bad, because when all is said and done we all love the sport of wrestling and a fair, thoughtful, civilized meeting place for the exchange of information and opinions (even strong and passionate ones) would be great.
  2. I totally agree, just highway robbery. Look and listen to the U.S. judge, he's disgusted. Not only did Yazdani have the two, but the earlier passivity call should have gone against Goziumov. So at that point in the match, instead of Yazdani being down 2-0, he should have been up 3-0!
  3. What a coincidence! About 20 minutes ago Seth Shumate committed to Ohio State! Very early, he's got a long way to go, but he's going to be a very, very good one. Gantry: that I don't know, but it certainly is unusual in any state. As I mentioned before, watch a few of his matches at Fargo or at the Ohio State Championships. He is a force.
  4. From Wikipedia: The last series of Olympic medals to be made of solid gold were awarded at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. Olympic Gold medals are required to be made from at least 92.5% silver, and must contain a minimum of 6 grams of gold. All Olympic medals must be at least 60mm in diameter and 3mm thick.
  5. Apologize if this has already been posted. The medals are made from recycled cell phones!
  6. Sure...Not to mention most members of the U.S. Congress who went to schools other that PSU, 99.999 % of the U.S. population who did not attend PSU, the entire Supreme Court just because they like to take part in massive conspiracies, the Pope who was mad because PSU was ranked above Notre Dame, those well known masters of corruption Santa's elves and finally, God himself, who was jealous of Papa Joe.
  7. Do many of your guys take a year off for a church mission?
  8. Was also there to support tOSU. Thought we had a chance but we ran out of potential point scorers in the upper weights. Was a great match, both for the wrestling and the atmosphere!
  9. Also a tOSU supporter, and since I live in Columbus have seen Dublin Coffman's Seth Shumate a number of times. Just incredible. State champ, Fargo FS & GC champ at 195. If you haven't seen his throws, check out some of the videos on YouTube. Yes, way too early to think about college, he's only going to be a soph, but I know he's on Ryan's radar. Still strongly believe Amos is coming to Columbus. But if not we're still OK: this year Singletary at heavy and Moore at 97, next year Kerkvliet at heavy and Singletary at 97.
  10. Gopher forum says he is still suspended, which I think is correct. Criminal investigation could take a year, 90 days was only mentioned as a best case scenario. Even if he's cleared, the university will decide on its own with much tighter standards. Also, maybe minor maybe not, UM wrestling's official Twitter account mentioned nothing about his wrestling at the Medved.
  11. Generally I agree, but there have been some. McIIravy/Abas '93 NCAA final, think it was 14-13. A few others, but yes, two elite guys will be low scoring.
  12. I agree with spladle and CA_Wrestler: the Olympics are revenue driven and amateur wrestling appeals almost exclusively to wrestlers or ex-wrestlers. Olympic TV coverage is now almost 50% "up close and personal" human interest stories about the athletes. They know that maybe one or two people in the living room really care about the sport or the event itself, the rest of the family couldn't give a hoot and just want to watch the pre-packaged personal drama clips. Then a commercial, then some talking heads, then another human interest clip, then another commercial, then more talking heads....and finally a couple minutes of sports! And those few minutes of sports sure as hell are not going to be wrestling.
  13. It's got to be related in some way to Judo or even martial arts in general. They have such heavy hips, just immovable at times. Though things are slowly changing, US women come from a background of other sports while the Japanese women come from a Judo culture.
  14. He's exactly right, just what I'm saying. Human beings learn things from the bottom up: the simplest bit of knowledge or action, then another, then another as the structure gets more and more elaborate. An expert in nuclear physics or cross-country skiing could learn a complicated new theory or technique in a short amount of time, while I--who know nothing about either--might take all day understanding what an atom is or how to put on my boots! Keep it simple. Drill, practice, repeat over and over again. Try it in a mini-match in the room. Try it in a real match. Eventually, if the young wrestler likes the move/series and can execute the move/series effectively, he or she will make it their own. Then on to the next. Best of luck!
  15. We're probably saying the same thing, although instead of "series" I would say "moves", and instead of "position" I would say "situation." In other words, both wrestlers are on their feet, moving in and out, circling, whatever. A standard takedown situation (or position). You're first making sure that their feet, legs, hips, upper body, arms are ready for attack and defense. They simply practice circling, feinting, half-shots, light sprawls, etc., in a smooth and natural manner. Beginners just need to learn how to move around the mat correctly. All this will depend tremendously on how advanced the wrestlers are, but if you're saying that in general your team has low skills, then the repetition of basic drills will help everyone: learning for the real rookies, practice for the better guys. This type of drilling will probably go on all season, when you're warming-up for a match, etc. You can't do too much of it, elite wrestlers do it their entire careers. Pick two or three basic, standard takedowns from the many available, keeping it simple: a double-leg, a single-leg, an ankle pick, a duck-under, an arm drag, many more. Demonstrate, pair the guys up and have them learn and practice. Keep at it, it takes a long while. Eventually, beginning wrestlers will pick what works best for them and make it their own. Better for someone to know one move very well, like second nature, and be able to use it smoothly and effectively in a live situation than to half-know ten moves, the attempt at which will only get them into trouble. The same for all the other standard positions or situations, whatever word you use. Teach two or three basic rides, no more, all of which should transition into basic pinning combinations. Resist the urge to get too fancy! Keep it simple. Teach two or three basic reversals: an outside switch, an inside switch, a whizzer, many more choices available. Two or three basic escapes: a stand-up, a Granby roll, etc. Don't try to teach too many and don't overload them with ultra-sophisticated advanced stuff! It will only get them into trouble. Again, a beginning wrestler will always gravitate towards what works for them and eventually perfect that. Jordan Burroughs uses a double-leg and Kyle Snyder uses an ankle pick that both probably learned in grade school! As I said in my first reply, all this must be accompanied by work on general fitness and somehow must be kept FUN! That's tough to do. Show them as much film as you can. Have them go to as many live matches as they can. These days action movies and video games are certainly attention-grabbers, but you've never seen a person more enthralled and almost hypnotized as a beginning middle school or freshman wrestler at a college meet! There are many, many experienced wrestlers and coaches on this site and others who will be glad to help.
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