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  1. With Suriano headed to Michigan---that gives them another 24 year old to add to the lineup? With Micic graduating high school in 2014, does this make them one of the oldest in the country? Or are the Iowa super, super seniors still king?---Honestly I get the idea of not penalizing wrestlers for a cancelled season, but you have to feel bad for the 17-18 year old freshman competing against 7th year college guys in their mid-20s.
  2. Such a loss for the Clark family and all his friends in Canton NY. The Clarks are wrestling legends in the North Country of NY and such good people. My condolences.
  3. Yeah---its always fun to sit around and make fun of women, or just people different than you. Thanks for proving my point.
  4. Gotta love the celebrations mixed with misogynistic jokes.....do better guys. And I hope they hire Clarissa Chun or another female coach.
  5. When you look at the most well funded club in the country NLWC---the support seems like alot less than figures quoted above. In 2019 the total reported expenses of NLWR were 1.62 million (see link below), which includes coaches, travel, and stipends for at least 10 resident athletes. My bet is, maybe a David Taylor, Kyle Dake, Jordan Burroughs, or Kyle Snyder can command 100k a year from the club but there are only a handful of those. Promotions in wrestling cannot be that lucrative, so lets add another 10-20% on top of that. Gold medalists can certainly command a hefty camp appearance fee, and national team members do receive a stipend from USA wrestling. So, I do imagine someone like JB could make 150k+ bonuses for several years, but that is for only the absolute top wrestlers (3-5 in the whole country). What we really need is real salaries with 401k benefits for the top 6-8 in each weight. 250k is a nice bonus for a gold medal, but it is not something that anyone can count on to pay the bills and support a family----too risky. To live comfortably (even in a college town) and devote full time to training and partially support a family, 50k-60k a year (+benefits) seems like the minimum to keep someone in the sport So imagine a system like this (with performance bonuses on top). I am sure USA wrestling would love to provide it, but a 12-15 million dollar a year budget, plus the Living the Dream fund is not gonna cut it---so we should all donate to USA wrestling and local clubs to keep these athletes competing. National team salaries---in a dream world (30 weight classes, MFS, MG, Womens)--+insurance, retirement, travel expenses and performance bonuses 1- 120,000 2- 100,000 3- 80,000 4- 70,000 5- 60,000 6- 50,000 Total- 14,400,000 in stipends alone Benefits (health care, retirement, etc)- add in another low estimate of 25%= an additional 3.6 million Total cost- 18 million a year (3 million more than the last total reported budget of USA wrestling).......which includes coaches, travel, admin, youth, etc.... https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/display_990/237302974/02_2021_prefixes_23-25%2F237302974_202005_990_2021021717716396 https://www.teamusa.org/usa-wrestling/about-us/financials
  6. Just joined Peacock premium (9.99 pm with no ads) and can't find any Olympic wrestling yet---just the Olympic trials......Anyone know how to find it or is it a case of false advertising, as I don't mind waiting for a re-broadcast given the time difference but not interested in watching this next month.....
  7. I think we have to be honest and realize that the high school season is not sustainable this year. Masks are impractical and really won't be effective since there is no way to avoid close and sustained contact in wrestling. Until a cheap, effective and rapid test system is implemented along with better therapeutics and a vaccine, HS wrestling needs to pause.
  8. Nice joke.....even Iowa may just break even on Wrestling. Football in a power 5 conference......one of the only football programs which make millions---most don't
  9. Karelin has to be at the top of the list- no one has ever been able to replicate his lift dominance
  10. Indeed--this was left off of much of the reporting on it. Good catch, as I wanted to post the official press release. Either way it is not a good sign for a potential NCAA season. Though honestly I can't imagine a way to do it safely at this time.
  11. https://tcnjathletics.com/news/2020/6/27/general-tcnj-athletics-fall-semester-statement.aspx The College of NJ (Div III) cancels all "high risk" sports for the fall with Wrestling also mentioned. Not sure how one plays basketball 6 feet apart so this seems like it could start a snowball effect for Div III.----updated from the poster below
  12. Late 1970s so it is great to see this after such a long time. Hopefully alumni will support the university in this as well.
  13. https://www.albion.edu/news-and-events/recent-news/news-archive/14883-albion-college-adds-mens-and-womens-wrestling-esports-to-athletics-lineup At Enrollment/tuition driven institutions like Albion, this a great news for wrestling as it clearly shows that there is a market/demand for college programs. Private DIV III institutions like Albion depend on sports as a way to recruit students to campus and it should be a great way for wrestlers to benefit from the small classes, networking and research opportunities small liberal arts colleges offer. Adding both men's and women's teams should be applauded as the new model moving forward---for gender equity and also to maximize recruiting and resources. My sense is that wrestling is a pretty low cost sport per athlete for a university to add since one does not need an indoor ice rink, expensive equipment or vast infrastructure to support. I used to teach at Albion, it is a great school. I hope the wrestling community will support moves like this with applications and donations to encourage other schools to see wrestling as an essential extra-curricular offering. A great model for all levels, especially Division III which has the largest number of programs.
  14. With classes online in the spring and perhaps the fall for most, universities will lose 10s of millions of dollars in lost revenue. Division I football might be next with the loss of 10s of millions more in revenue for power 5 conferences. Since these fund athletics, often independently from the university budget, it may have a disastrous impact on non-revenue Div-1 sports like wrestling. Even some of the wealthiest schools are already announcing draconian cuts. For instance, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins and Georgetown have already said they are suspending all retirement contributions for faculty and staff. And this is what the wealthiest schools are doing.......I can't imagine more tuition dependent institutions bailing out non-revenue athletics over other parts of the university---namely academics. And this says nothing of the impending doom state education budgets will face....Its going to be a bloodbath in highered without significant federal support---which is unlikely to come.
  15. I worry that this is the first of several programs. I work in higher education and the industry is facing a potentially devastating revenue shortfall as a result of COVID-19. Wrestling programs may be low hanging fruit for administrators forced to cut millions. The best thing the wrestling community can do, is donate to your local university's wrestling program endowment. Show schools that they would anger a large contingent of donors if a program is cut.
  16. Good move for Kolat as Campbell only has a 180+ million dollar endowment for more than 7,100 students (In this climate, the institution would need 5x this amount to be relatively free from the financial struggles of higher ed). Thus Institutionally, I would worry that the university would be at risk and very unlikely to invest and capitalize on the recent success of the DIV 1, non revenue sport (I hope I am wrong). Navy likely pays more (so good for Kolat and his family) and is funded by the federal gov't, providing a good deal of job security. Navy will never be a top program, but can compete in a much higher profile conference. Plus with the elite athlete program in the Army/Marines for Greco, there could be potential to develop a Freestyle program as well.
  17. Yes there is likely some savings, but a 5% loss in revenue for a non-profit institution is devastating. Not many institutions could weather that without significant layoffs and cuts to programs.
  18. Its not based on tuition, just room and board. Without firing residents life staff and dining services staff, there won't be much of a savings
  19. At least at my university, there is no insurance policy---even for bringing students home from Italy, China and other areas where the state department has declared a level 3 advisory. Most administrators claim that pandemic insurance does not exist.
  20. Good point---only the richest schools like Princeton and Harvard have announced refunds and modest financial support for students. With billions in their endowments, they can afford it, but most universities will be crippled.
  21. Good point, but many schools have policies for room and board refunds for medical withdrawals---without a pro-rated refund, I see lawsuits coming. This will also hurt retention and recruitment efforts at tuition driven colleges----all small private schools with wrestling programs will be hard hit by this.
  22. Indeed there are exceptions but not much that will dent a 20 million plus hole in the university budget next year---add that up across all colleges with similar policies as we are talking hundreds of millions.
  23. Ohio State reports this number as referenced in US News and World Report---"Ohio State University--Columbus has a total undergraduate enrollment of 46,820, with a gender distribution of 51 percent male students and 49 percent female students. At this school, 32 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 68 percent of students live off campus." See the OSU policy here https://news.osu.edu/coronavirus-prompts-travel-restrictions-at-ohio-state/ ----do the math, its a big number (and Universities will need to provide this for students---who certainly need it too).
  24. You don't---but the all 14,046 are required to leave university owned properties and dorms.....thats the policy most universities are taking across the country. (this is only 32% of the undergrad population but it is still a huge number). And at many schools, fraternities and sorority houses are owned by the university.
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