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Coach Sammie Henson

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Maybe he is coaching in the wrong place. Could be a plethora of reasons. But the fact is, too many of these coaches produce a product that the fans don't  like or don't  want to see, will hang around too long. After a few years the program doesn't grow, get the hell out and try somewhere else!

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Things were looking really good at first with the success zeke moisey saw right away. A few recruits have left and gone to mizzou and are now starting there (though I don't think any have done too much just yet at Missouri either). DJ Shannon just signed up to go there and they are getting other solid prospects as well. Just takes some time and I doubt west Virginia cares too much about their wrestling program on top of things.

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Henson made such a huge spectacle trash talking at John SMith last year when Dylan Cottrell beat Chandler Rogers @ Big 12s.  it was ugly enough to turn me off permanently.

 

Henson has no business talking smack to Smith about wrestling OR coaching.

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Met Henson about 15 years ago. No doubt an impressive wrestler. Thought he was very self centered which is a characteristic that doesn’t help a coach/leader. He also acted like he had no use talking to me.

 

On the other hand, about 25 years ago I took my team to a team camp at TCNJ. John Smith was there and he introduced himself to me. He was engaging and made me feel like Dan Gable in front of my team.

 

Big difference between Smith & Henson.

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Smith has always been the paragon of class in wrestling, even as a young guy when it was easy for him to be big-headed. That’s why he is my favorite athlete ever in any sport. Many years ago, I went to one of John Smith’s camps which he ran with Myron Roderick. Smith was less than a year away from his second Olympic gold and very actively training, doing camps to make a decent living. After the sessions, to stay sharp, he would drill with TJ Jaworsky, who was a counselor at the camp. Being the little fanboy that I was, I would skip lunch and sit against the wall to watch every one of these practices. Smith wasn’t teaching his patented low single at the time (he only started teaching the finer details of the move and his finishes after he retired from competition). I picked up on a few details and tried them during the live wrestling sessions of the camp, completely botching my attempts at imitation. On the final day, after camp was over and the other kids had left, Smith stopped his practice with Jaworsky and called me to the mat, then showed me what I was doing wrong. I still remember every detail, what he was wearing, how quick he was, what color the mat was and what was hanging on the walls, every word he said to me. The GOAT of American wrestling, while actively training for the Olympics, took 5 minutes off mid-practice to help a completely nobody he’d never see again. I will never forget that.

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I read this site often, but don't post much. 

 

I met Henson at a social event about a year ago and he seemed like a nice guy.  He went out of his way to introduce me to his assistant coaches.     

 

Also, I wrestled John Smith back in the day - lost a freestyle match to him by a score of 18 - 9.   

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How the hell did you manage to hang 9 points on John Smith?[/quote

 

How did I score 9 points? It was a long time ago - 1982 freestyle nationals at the University of Iowa - I scored with a headlock and a couple of crotch lifts. He was lightning quick and scored a lot of takedowns with a high crotch. I believed Smith placed 4th that year. I fell two matches short of the round robins.

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How the hell did you manage to hang 9 points on John Smith?[/quote

 

How did I score 9 points? It was a long time ago - 1982 freestyle nationals at the University of Iowa - I scored with a headlock and a couple of crotch lifts. He was lightning quick and scored a lot of takedowns with a high crotch. I believed Smith placed 4th that year. I fell two matches short of the round robins.

 

Sure you aren't thinking of his older brother? John didn't graduate HS until '83.

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Sure you aren't thinking of his older brother? John didn't graduate HS until '83.

No, I wrestled John not Leroy. I graduated HS in 82. The tournament I wrestled John in was the Junior Freestyle Nationals.

 

Before the match my coach told me to watch out for his shooting and to try to go upper body. After the match coach told me that I lost to a very good wrestler whose brother was an AA at OSU. So, I wrestled John Smith before he was John Smith!

 

Back in those days we followed wrestling in a monthly publication called Amature Wrestling News so we were much less worldly than today.

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Thanks! The sport seemed smaller then, and I was almost good, so I have a few stories. The "I wrestled John Smith" story is one of the better ones.

 

If scoring 9 points on John Smith isn't the best story, I'm pretty sure I speak for everyone when I say we want to hear the others. Pray tell.

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If scoring 9 points on John Smith isn't the best story, I'm pretty sure I speak for everyone when I say we want to hear the others. Pray tell.

Pretty certain I've reported mine before. But yes I did beat him. Believe it was 84 (summer after his Fr yr) but might've been 83 (on campus after HS). I was in grad school at the time, so older but not in great shape.

 

... oh ... did I mention it was a golf match at Lakeside course? :)

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If scoring 9 points on John Smith isn't the best story, I'm pretty sure I speak for everyone when I say we want to hear the others. Pray tell.

Ok. I was invited to train with 1983 US Pan American team. The coaches were JRob and Stan Dziedzic. There were 40-45 wrestlers at the camp - some that I remember are Bruce Baumgrdner, Lee Kemp, Dave Schultz, Greg Gibson, Nate Carr, Kevin Darkus and Charlie Heard. My room mates were Fred Bohna, Jim Baumgardner, Jody Taylor and Pablo Sainz. We ran and drilled in the morning and wrestled live in the afternoons. There was an optional evening practice for anyone that was interested.

 

My drilling partner - I don't remember his name - was on the Army team. We were about equally skilled.

 

I was present when the team members were given their uniforms - very cool experience. All of them were very proud!

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Ok. I was invited to train with 1983 US Pan American team. The coaches were JRob and Stan Dziedzic. There were 40-45 wrestlers at the camp - some that I remember are Bruce Baumgrdner, Lee Kemp, Dave Schultz, Greg Gibson, Nate Carr, Kevin Darkus and Charlie Heard. My room mates were Fred Bohna, Jim Baumgardner, Jody Taylor and Pablo Sainz. We ran and drilled in the morning and wrestled live in the afternoons. There was an optional evening practice for anyone that was interested.

My drilling partner - I don't remember his name - was on the Army team. We were about equally skilled.

I was present when the team members were given their uniforms - very cool experience. All of them were very proud!

The drilling portion of the morning session started with one of the veteran wrestlers teaching a technique that we would then drill for the next two hours. Gibson taught a gut wrench and Schultz taught a crotch lift.

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