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  1. I always wondered how much of a difference age makes at the Division 1 level. What further complicates this is there can be a big difference between biological and chronological age. For example, before they wrested in the 1992 Division 1 finals, Tom Brands, a senior was less than 3 weeks from his 24th Birthday while his opponent Alan Fried, a sophomore, was just a bit over 20.5 years old. Not that a guy like Fried would ever make excuses; he did pin Brands at The Midlands earlier that year. But wrestling a guy who relied on physicality as much as Brands did, I have to imagine it factored in to a degree. Interestingly, they probably didn't have the biggest age range between two opponents that year in the finals. Both Todd Chesboro (lost) and Mark Kerr (won) wrestled ex military guys (Charlie Jones and Randy Couture) who were fairly older than them too.
  2. 125 - Lee 133 - Fix 141 - Eierman 149 - Sasso 157 - Dellavecchia 165 - Griffith 174 - Kemerer 184 - Brooks 197 - Ferrari HWT - Steveson
  3. According to Wikipedia they were one of the earlier nations to announce. The initial order was the Soviets then: Bulgaria, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos and Czechoslovakia. All the other nations came after that. Mongolia was a Communist Nation in 1984 and since its inception as a communist country received considerable aid from the Soviets, including protection by a large number of Soviet Troops in Country to dissuade a Chinese invasion. They sided with the Soviets over the Chinese during the Sino-Soviet Split (The Chinese were one of the few Communist Nations that participated in the games). So I have to imagine that all was a big factor.
  4. 1985 Worlds in Hungary: Soviets = 5 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze. 22 of the 30 medals (Including 8 of the Golds) in this Championships were won by nations that boycotted the 84 Summer Games Of further note, 6 of the 10 Members of the USA Olympic Wrestling Team were not on this squad (Weaver, Davis, Lewis, Rein, Banach, Banach). For what varying reasons they did not compete I do not know though I do know that Ed Banach had terrible problems with concussions. In fact I think he wrestled the Gold Medal Match against Ota while suffering from one. I believe he retired after the games. That change in squad dynamics represented a loss of 4 Golds and 2 Silvers. How all this figures into the asterisk is up for debate. Interesting data though. Joe Gonzales is the only athlete to compete on both the 84 and 85 teams who didn't medal either year (DNP in 84, 4th in 85) .
  5. It is a definite no on Karelin: Lots of pins but in each tournament he had at least one victory by decision. Though watching Johansson in 1992 basically roll over on his back in the Olympic Finals instead of getting thrown was pretty incredible.
  6. What is equally amazing about Wells is the same year he won an Olympic Gold Medal he earned his law degree, passed the bar exam and served as an assistant at Oklahoma.
  7. That is completely insane. Has anyone in either style ever come close to repeating this? Karelin or Lopez in Greco maybe?
  8. Makes sense. So using a Neutral Country as a factor, the 1982 Soviet Team is the best. And they had to travel to North America (Edmonton, Alberta Canada): 7 Gold 1 Silver 2 Bronze
  9. That is incredible. Especially considering how much tougher worlds got with so many different former Soviets competing under new flags.
  10. Fadzaev won his first world title. 10 Medals in 10 Weights 7 Gold 2 Silver (Dave Shultz and the North Korean took gold) 1 Bronze (Yordanov took Gold) Is anyone aware of a more successful Freestyle Wrestling Team ever? USA in 1984 had: 7 Gold 2 Silver 1 DNP Though it is hard to compare the two due to the boycott.
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