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  1. I'll go for 6 Gold, one every time out. Takes nothing away from Jordan Burroughs or Baumgardner at all. Add in John Smiths recognition for technical excellence and you have a winner.
  2. There is the fact that experience and maturity dictate a different approach to winning. Get a lead and keep it rather than Get a lead and keep piling up the points. Younger wrestlers often keep piling on the points while more mature wrestlers often let it ride once they are winning. The goal is the win, not putting on a show. Against top competition results can change fast and one big move means you are suddenly losing. So, get a lead and block out your opponent while only making another move when it is easy to do so rather than taking a chance. See the Sadulaev pin against Snyder compared to the current win where he got a lead and that was basically the match. The fact it looked like a seasoned wrestler against a big High School kid tell me it could have been a 10 point win - if Sadulaev had pushed it, it really looked that easy. We see big wins against lesser opponents, not usually against top competition. Lower weights seem to have more of it than the heavier guys. Age and athleticism plays a part with John Smith and other multi time greats the outliers. Their technique was so superior to opponents they could drill moves in a match without the worry of losing. Maybe "getting caught" on occasion - but knowing anything less than a pin was something they could overcome with their technique and drive. Then we have the Coaches. Top coaching talent is rare. Getting the best from their wrestlers is tough with so many different styles and body types on a team. Cael & Co are doing a good job overall but Snyder would benefit greatly from lengthy sessions with John Smith and Dan Gable. Smith for technique and refinement and Gable for mental toughness - both would be good complements to his current coaching. The US does not have great leadership on a consistent basis and that hurts our program. That we have so many doing well is a testament to individual wrestlers in spite of our National team coaches. Cael without Cunningham? On the College level I think it would mean Penn State is a step lower on the ladder. Team USA with specialized individual coaches matched to the wrestlers - whether a Smith, Gable or whomever - can only help. Yes, I am prejudiced in this. I am also from the Uetake/Gable era in College wrestling. I watched our guys pick up the pace big time when Danny Gable was on the Olympic and World team and then as he went into coaching. I watched John Smith go from high level to "other world" level and now as he was a commentator during the Olympics. This type of talent in the coaching ranks is being wasted. Put them with Cael, our current World team coaches and start refining our wrestlers rather than just pushing them. Match the coaching to the physical skills and many of our aging wrestlers will have a few more good years left.
  3. Every State should have its top State University offer sports that are supported with High School programs. Most States offer Wrestling in High School so should have a University with a wrestling team. Not having it tells these kids they are not valued and not wanted.
  4. Rulon on staff - assuming he doesn't go hiking or biking or snowmobiling and gets lost. He had a good career on the mat but is snakebit in his personal life. Do you think he can do a good job coaching? Any actual track record we of success we can see? I hope he does well as a good wrestling program with success would be good for Western US wrestling.
  5. One chooses their path in life. All the opportunity is there and instead of greatness on the mat he turns to prostitution. It is a sad thing to see.
  6. Still bummed Cael didn't continue with Freestyle. The potential was there for an excellent career on the mat. Yes, he has become a great coach but we were deprived of years of great competition. It is his life and his decision, just wish we had seen him on the mat for a few more years.
  7. Going from a real Athlete and world class competition to Whoring for entertainment is not a good choice. Money is not the answer to everything. He has had respect and now loses it.
  8. Steve Sanderson's living room? Maybe now Cael's also?
  9. He can go to Utah Valley, be the top guy and become a Mormon?
  10. Don't know how Coach Eggum will do moving forward but this season will tell us if he can really put it together. How are his Assistant coaches? One top guy winning Olympic Gold is "one top guy winning Olympic Gold" - not a measure of the whole program. As far as Coaching goes - Cassar under Cael & Cunningham did prevail over a younger Steveson. Utah Valley - wonder how they would have done if Cody Sanderson had stayed as Head Coach? He was doing a good job with a new program that could not enter the NCAA tournament. Then moved on to work in the family business with his brother. With the newer transfer rules it may be harder for some programs to get better. A guy places high at NCAA's and moving to a new school/"Better" program is happening more often.
  11. Bo opens an MMA gym with no experience? Business wise it doesn't sound like a smart move.
  12. Such a short time before competition will play havoc with Jet Lag and may well have negative effects on performance. Not a good thing at all.
  13. California has a lot of mountains you can't live in also. 14,000 foot peaks and vast deserts as well. Death Valley at 232 feet below sea level to Mt. Whitney at 14,505 above. Compare the livable areas and you are comparable.
  14. It is a premier California school. He deserves the higher pay. Both expectations and cost of living are higher.
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