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  1. Hmm...I was 22 when I was a 5th year senior back in the 90's. Senior year l wrestled through an injury (herniated disc) that had occurred near the end of my junior year. I don't remember hearing of a "medical" redshirt at that time. Maybe there was, and just no mention of it was made to me. Had I had the opportunity, I don't think I would have taken a medical redshirt. At that point in my life, I was ready to move on from college. That being said, I didn't have aspirations of a wrestling career beyond college, so there's that. I can only guess that factors into some of these decisions being made about whether or not to return. Also, if you're in graduate/law/medical school and you're getting some of that paid for by wrestling, that could be a factor as well. So to each their own. I will say, I'm not a fan of the NCAA not counting this year. I see it as a robbing Peter to pay Paul. Just my opinion.
  2. There were well over 100 programs into the early 90's. In addition, champions from the lower divisions (D2 & D3) could participate in the D1 tournament. This ended after the 1991 tournament.
  3. You're right. I was way off. Here is a link to the story: https://www.oregonlive.com/ducks/2015/10/goe_the_university_of_oregon_t.html
  4. When Oregon was dropped, the administration allowed Oregon to fundraise in an attempt to get the program endowed and therefore reinstated. The number that was given was 30 million. Oregon gave the old coach an office on campus to conduct those fundraising activities. When it appeared that Oregon might actually reach the goal, the university changed course and said 300 million or something along those lines. It was all a charade. Someone on these boards might be able to recap the story a bit better than I, but that is what I remember from it.
  5. Zalesky was in a tough spot, following Gable. It would have been tough for anyone to follow Gable as you'd be compared to Gable. Brand's on the other hand, followed Zalesky, so he compared favorably. It is what it is. Zalesky got another opportunity, while Brands has kept Iowa relevant.
  6. I wrestled back in the 90's. Stalling was called much different then, too frequently in my opinion, but now we've gone too far in the other direction. The wrestler needs to attempt to turn the man or it's stalling.
  7. Or in 2018 when it came down to the last match between tOSU and PSU. That was an exciting tournament.
  8. They literally just beat them. So you're correct, 1st is a level higher than 2nd. Geez.
  9. Cael's demeanor as a coach is similar to when he was competing. His style worked for him as a competitor and now for many years as a coach. Dan Gable had a much different approach, Brands was coached by Gable, so there's that. Both are highly successful coaches. Iowa just won, they were the favorite to win last year. PSU may very well be the favorite next year, so it would appear even though their approaches are different, both are successful.
  10. Snyder beat Cox at the NCAA tournament when Cox was a sophomore.
  11. Olympian Matt Lindland was 0 - 1 as the #1 seed in 1993. Back then there was no true wrestle-back.
  12. There is a rumor floating around that the event may be moved to the Edward Jones Dome, that is where the Rams used to play for you NFL fans. I don't know if this is true or not, but if so it would greatly increase the seating capacity. Plus as many of you know, St. Louis no longer has a permanent tenant for that venue.
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