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  1. In 2016, the weights in which we had already qualified the spot, we sent our top wrestler to the Pan Am Championships. We didn't have a competitor in the Qualifier since we already earned the spot. So, 74kg was already qualified, so Burroughs wrestled the first week in the Pan Am Championships. No one wrestled the following week at the Qualifier. For weights in which we didn't have the spot qualified, a back up wrestled the the Championships. This then qualified a spot for the Qualifier. Out best wrestler competed in the Qualifier. At 125, we were not qualified. Bradley wrestled at the Championships. Dlagnev wrestled at the Qualifier.
  2. Texas has the Texas Outlaw at Allen High School and the Cy-Fair Invitational in Cypress at the Berry Center. Unfortunately they are usually the same weekend.
  3. You are correct that Nick K is one of the best FS/GR refs in our country. But it wasn't Nick K of California reffing this match, it was Peter K of Minnesota. He still nailed the call.
  4. Agreed, with Yianni's left hand posted on the mat which makes it a takedown in FS. With two seconds on the clock, Yianni is also clearly on his left knee, his right leg is secured, McKenna's left arm ha secured Yianni's left hip.
  5. The clocks were synched. The event was scored with Flo on the computers connected directly to TVs and monitors for the scoring displays.
  6. I just watched both matches very closely. Lazor vs Molinaro, on all but 1 of the turns, Molinaro got back to both knees touching the mat and left hand touching the mat. This enough for a fresh start and new turn. The second turn was white paddles because he didn't get to both knees. Molinaro vs Eirman, Eirman never got hips facing down, never got back to both knees, never got back to a fresh start position, so only the initial turn scores. The two referees I see in the match vs Lazor are both International level referees with their UWW licenses. The jury member who goes out to talk to the coach before they review the challenge is one of the top officials for education and rulings in our organization and is a high level UWW official. The referee who gave the final ruling is an Olympic referee and one of the best referees in the world at this time. Now, after all that, go back and look at the matches from a perspective of neutrality. As officials we hone in on the slightest subtleties such as the ones I described above. The crew vs Lazor did white paddle the second turn attempt because Molinaro did not get back to a base and fresh start. The fairly evaluated each turn attempt based on their individual merits. They were different turns.
  7. Above is a great example of why weight classes do not need to be reduced. Let us all remember that wrestling first and foremost is an individual sport. My high school team was ranked in the top 10 in the state my senior year. We made it to the state semi-finals in the duals series, which was nice. But people remember the 2 individual place-winners we had on that team much more than the dual team. Also, at the state tournament, most of our team laid an egg. There was 1 team that had 1 qualifier who won state. They placed higher than us in the team race. For the most part, other than their team and our team, no one remembers or cares. What we all remember was his individual state championship and our two state place-winners. Team points were put in place so that schools could try to fill trophy cases. The origin and heart of our great sport is individual competition. Your teammate cannot help you when you are on the mat. We have gotten so hung up on dual meet scores, tournament scores, and forfeits. Don't reduce opportunities for wrestlers at schools that fill a full lineup because other schools are not capable of finding 14 kids in 14 weight classes.
  8. The key word is when "voting" on seeds. So, those that placed at the Open this past year will get priority seeding. When they get down to a tie / disagreement, the information above will come in play.
  9. This is a new Division 1 program that started this year in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was initially reported as the University of Arkansas Little Rock, but they are rebranding all sports as Little Rock Trojans Wrestling, etc. They are in the PAC 12 for wrestling only.
  10. My sophomore year of high school, we went to a dual meet tournament. It was a novel concept in TN back in 1997. I had to wrestle four matches that day. Based on event sizes of previous tournaments and/or my ability to advance or lack of ability to advance in tournaments, I had never wrestled that many matches in a day. Well, by the end of the fourth match, all of which went the distance, I felt like I was going to kill over. I can definitely see a safety factor in more than 5 matches in a day.
  11. Yes, the article had the United World Wrestling kick Flo to the curb. Flo had the UWW contract for the foreseeable future for the world level events except the Olympics. After they broke their investigative story, UWW told them to kick rocks. UWW is managed by mostly former referees, so they definitely took issue with Flo's article. Flo wants to be everything to wrestling, a promoter, an event organizer, an event management system, investigative journalism, trying to tear down the system. Well, they bit the hand that fed them and were told to take a hike.
  12. The easiest thing to do is for people to simply add those 4 points and declare Dean the winner. Well, if those points are awarded and the score changes at that moment in the match, the strategy for the rest of the match changes. I am not pro-Dean nor pro-Nickal on this call. It is not as simple as adding points. There is another minute of wrestling that would be have been wrestled with a different strategy by both competitors.
  13. I am displeased, and reminded just now watching a video on FloGrappling, that I have to sit through a commercial before I can watch the video. Didn't I pay for this service? Why should I have to watch a commercial to see content. The numerous Rocket Mortgage commercials during Beat the Streets were so annoying.
  14. Flo has just announced the newest member to their announcing team, via Imgflip Meme Generator
  15. Well, that MatTalk Online logo is real snazzy.
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