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  1. Here's one of my favorite displays of wrestling sportsmanship. Dave Schultz in the corner of Kenny Monday, the man who beat him out for the Olympic spot, in the Olympic finals. After Kenny wins in overtime, Dave carries him around the mat on his shoulders (at 6:15 in the video). Which of our current guys could you see doing something like this?
  2. Oh, I totally agree. I live in California. Over 800 schools and 1 division makes it incredibly difficult to win state. I have a ton of respect for anyone who makes the podium in California. But I still don't think someone like Lou Roselli would feel confident he could sell the idea of Zahid to the powers-that-be on his campus right now.
  3. Put me in the "Cael to ASU, no way does Zahid leaveTempe" camp. I just don't see it happening. Monster Garage has incredibly strong ties to ASU/Sunkist Kids. It would be astounding if Zahid left that environment. Plus, given his recent suspension, I think it would be difficult for any college program to go to bat for him to their administration. "We want to bring in Zahid." "You mean the guy who just got popped?" "Yeah, but if we get him, I think we can get his younger brother." "How good is is his younger brother?" "Well, he took second in California twice."
  4. I'm in favor of a step-out and criteria for folk style. But I think the last point (as opposed to the first point) should gain the advantage in criteria. In any close match, there will always be someone protecting a lead. But if a guy is up 2 with 30 seconds left and gets taken down, I feel like the person who earned that takedown is more deserving of the win. Plus, I think it will be far easier for the audience to keep track of "last score wins" rather than "first score wins" (even if there are underlines on the scoreboard). How would criteria resolve a 0-0 match? I've thought about this. I personally don't like shot clocks to force scoring. I'd like to see an experiment with something like this: if no points are scored in the 2nd and 3rd period, the person with choice that period is penalized and the other person is given a point. Chose top and ride him out but no points are scored in the period? Penalty to the top man, point to the bottom man. Choose bottom and don't escape? Penalty to the bottom man, point to the top man. Choose bottom and get penalized for stalling on bottom? No penalty because a point was scored in the period. Choose neutral and no points are scored? Penalty to the person who chose neutral, point to the other wrestler.
  5. While that may be true for enrollment purposes, as far as I am aware, a student in that situation would not be allowed to compete in HS athletics in California if they did not meet the age requirements for the CIF. If he was born in 1987, he would have been too old to compete in the 2008-09 season regardless, but he did (took 3rd at state).
  6. He graduated high school in 2009. He couldn't have been born in 87.
  7. That kid – Andrew Sparks – was one of my favorite stories in California this past year. From what I understand, the first time he stepped on a wrestling mat was his freshman year of high school. I'm not sure how many times they had wrestled each other previously, but at the very least: He lost to Cael 6-5 in the semis of the Doc Buchanan (Cael went on to win in the finals, Andrew took 3rd). He lost to him 5-1 the week before state at the Southern Section Masters tournament (state qualifier). Then he totally controlled the state finals and beat him 7-1 (YouTube video of finals).
  8. These videos are so good. Proud to be a Patreon supporter!
  9. My JC team mascot was the Aztec's. At some point, I lost access to the account, and despite multiple attempts to gain access I gave up and started over. Hence, Return of Aztec. I like how Aztec combines Az- (as in Arizona, where I lived for a long time) and -tec (kinda like tech fall). Thank you for listening to my story.
  10. Having seen both guys up close in the last 3-ish years (Chamizo more recently), in my head Dake is quite a bit bigger. I don't think it's fair to call it a duck by Chamizo. I think this is a case where they aren't really made for the same weight class.
  11. The 125 bracket when Jesse Delgado was a senior might be the toughest bracket ever in California. I'd be surprised if any other time in California a state bracket had two multiple time NCAA champs and another multiple time AA. Chris Mecate beat Isaiah Martinez in the quarters. Jesse Delgado beat Chris Mecate in the consolation semis, freshman Isaiah Martinez beat senior Jesse Delgado for 3rd.
  12. It is very unlikely to happen, but if California really cares about this so much, maybe they'll ditch the NCAA and do their own thing. Kinda like community college wrestling in California does its own thing compared to community college wrestling every where else. But the chances of this happening are slim to none.
  13. Good match and really happy that Zain got the win. Great interview from Zain afterwards. Go get 'em at Worlds!
  14. Dake dictated the match with movement and stronger ties. His strategy appeared to be to suck Dieringer in, cut him off, and win the ties. He worked that strategy expertly and made Dieringer look one-dimensional. Dieringer was reacting to Dake's movement and this prevented Dieringer from ever getting Dake in a position where Dieringer could score. Dieringer needed to get Dake to move where Dieringer wanted, but that just didn't happen. My no-so-serious take is sung to the tune of Sir Robin's minstrel from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Brave Sir Kyle ran away Bravely ran away, away When Ringer reared his curly head Sir Kyle moved his feet and fled Yes, brave Sir Kyle turned about And gallantly he pushed him out
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