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  1. Japan just called off going to World's this year.
  2. The ball grab and subsequent start off a high single WAS ridiculous. That got eliminated after the 2012 games. I think the best 2 out of 3 period seriously hurt the sport. It inhibited scoring. Also, the rules that restricted consecutive gut wrenches or consecutive leg laces did nothing more than reduce scoring, which is what the IOC wanted. Lastly, the escape point had too many criteria to stay viable (bottom must be flat, build himself back up, break the lock of the top wrestler, stand up fully on his/her own power, turn, face, and immediately be engaged in contact). What we have now is less ambiguity in scoring (correct throws must land flat on the chest or side to score, blast double where the attacker never lets go of the legs only scores for him so long as he continues though the technique and doesn't get significantly stopped or redirected), although the 7 relevant angles (referee, judge, chairman, red coach, blue coach, camera, commentator) to the infinite number of angles that the action is seen from the crowd can cause disagreement on whether things landed in danger or not. In the USA, the Living the Dream fund has kept our superstars in the sport longer since they can now make good money performing at the World Championships ($50,000, $25,000, $15,000) and the Olympic Games ($250,000, $50,000, $25,000).
  3. USA considers you the age you turn that calendar year as your age for the entire year. Since she turned 11 this calendar year, she is a 12U. Starting Jan 1, since she turns 12 during the calendar year of 2021, she will still be 12U. This is all assuming you are using the USA Wrestling national age groups and weights. Many states have their own age divisions and cutoffs for the folkstyle season. If that is the case, consult your state association leaders.
  4. In all likelihood, the is the case. Many of us have been to contentious high school or college seeding meetings. Well, a seeding meeting for Russian Nationals would be exponentially more challenging to conduct and manage. It is easier to just have them random draw, especially if first place is all that matters. I don't know if even conduct an Olympic Trials, or if it is a direct selection as was done previously (Kareline reportedly wasn't the top Russian 130kg GR wrestler when he lost in the 2000 Olympic Games, but they wanted the propaganda of the great champion winning 4 gold medals).
  5. Wrestling is in a good place. We have a solid set of rules, and they haven't messed with the rules the way they used to do when someone was dominant with a technique. Other than criteria to determine a winner when the match is tied, UWW has an exciting product that the IOC should adopt for long term participation at the Olympic Games.
  6. That is a over generalization to say that "people stop studying the sport when they ref." Referees see more technique from many different sources than just what happens in your practice room. What was initially bouncing to ones own elbows in many instances turned into bouncing the opponent's head off of the mat. As a mentor referee, I always evaluate the action as it occurs for that action that happened in the moment. Far more often than not, the head was being bounced into the mat.
  7. 10 to 15 years ago the "bounce him" technique was being coached all around. So, when it is ok for a kid to attempt to cause a concussion for 2 lousy points? Never. Anytime I hear "bounce him", I then tell the wrestler you better not bounce him. If he does, I will blow the whistle. Depending on the level of force, I will call potentially dangerous or unnecessary roughness. The few times I was taken to table about it, I asked the coach is it worth giving a kid a concussion for 2 points? I never had a coach disagree with me after that question.
  8. Having been around high level competitors for many years, on many trips, and at many events, the mental game is what separates the great wrestlers from the elite wrestlers. Jenna has made it very clear that now she is in a much better place mentally and emotionally, which in turn helps her be the best wrestler she can be. A big part of how she got to that much better place was being true to herself and finding her life partner. This has gotten her mental game to its peak level and made her a better wrestler than before.
  9. Coach, There is no wording on many things in that occur in matches, but mechanics and common sense need to take over at that point. Wrestler A is DQ's for FMC, he is ejected and no longer part of the event. Now, this is my practice and opinion, but Wrestler A has no more obligation except to get out of the building. In fact, I send Wrestler A directly to his coach and do not allow him to participate in the end of match procedure. This situation comes up every year in our referee meetings. I always bring up my procedure. From most of the referees they understand and agree with the idea. A few always want to "force" the handshake situation to prove they are in control of the match and wrestlers. Reach out to your local and state rules interpreters so that they can look into and address this issue, or at the very least give you a logical reason why they want a wrestler who was just ejected to be face to face with a wrestler he/she just violated in the most egregious manner.
  10. The Jadidi and Douglas match was before those set criteria were created. The escapes were so subjective FILA worked to refine and define what an escape needed to be over the years. By the end of the escape era, it was so tedious they decided to do away with it altogether.
  11. One of the reasons that wrestling was almost kicked out of the Olympics is that it had created rules to prevent scoring. The IOC wanted to see more points on the scoreboard. The multiple lace rule, when it was in place, was created to eliminate an advantage by a few wrestlers, but hurt the scoring overall. The multiple gut rule, when it was in place, was also to eliminate an advantage by a few, but hurt the overall scoring. So, the leg lace and gut wrenches were not illegal move, so why restrict potential scoring attempts? The IOC wanted more scoring, and everything that UWW has done is an effort to create more scoring and eliminate the blocking out / locking up with no attempt / keep my opponent from scoring defensive actions.
  12. It was too subjective / tedious a rule. All of the following had to be met for an escape to be awarded. 1. All action had to be started from the bottom wrestler. 2. The bottom wrestler had to be on his belly to start, then stand up on his own power to get to his feet. 3. The bottom wrestler had to break the hands of the top wrestler (so if the top wrestler was not locked up, no escape could occur. (Often times the top wrestler would just let go completely and shove the bottom wrestler away which negated the escape.) 4. The bottom wrestler had to turn and face his opponent immediately and stay in close proximity. (Most USA folkstyle escapes you create distance to get a chance to reset. This would automatically negate the escape in FS and GR.) 5. The bottom wrestler had to immediately advance on / attack his opponent.
  13. Well, what in the heck am I supposed to eat during the breaks at the Olympic Trials if there is no Taco Bell?
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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