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Ragging on T&T is easy. Reality is they do a damn good job keeping Iowa near the top of the heap. Just as John Smith does at OSU. Maybe the twins get it going but that is a long shot right now. A few very good guys but not enough to win a title - for either Iowa or OSU.

 

The hot hand has moved these days and Iowa as well as OSU is chasing the leaders rather than being the leaders. I put those two together because of their history.

 

I don't see that changing for at least a decade if Penn State keeps Cael Sanderson as head coach. Whatever he is not - he is the best coach around right now.

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I believe Nelson Brands (Terry’s son) is name after him so I would say that they hold him in pretty high regard.

 

I'm not sure that's true. Tom's middle name is Nelson (his full name is actually Thomas Nelson Brands II) so I believe it's a family name. See here: http://hof.hawkeyesports.com/inductees/thomas-nelson-brands-ii/

 

That doesn't mean they don't respect and appreciate their former coach, of course.

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Ragging on T&T is easy. Reality is they do a damn good job keeping Iowa near the top of the heap. Just as John Smith does at OSU. Maybe the twins get it going but that is a long shot right now. A few very good guys but not enough to win a title - for either Iowa or OSU.

 

The hot hand has moved these days and Iowa as well as OSU is chasing the leaders rather than being the leaders. I put those two together because of their history.

 

I don't see that changing for at least a decade if Penn State keeps Cael Sanderson as head coach. Whatever he is not - he is the best coach around right now.

Agree. PSU wins this year before Saturday if Nolf can roll.

 

The next year OSU and Iowa will keep it interesting during the season enough for people like us to debate it but I still think PSU rolls in March.

 

After losing the 3 "N's" after next year could make it very interesting in 2020 and could be a 3 team race. Obviously that is what OSU and Iowa are shooting for.

 

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PSU Best Guess March 2020

 

125 Brody Teske / Adam Busiello

133 Gavin Teasdale / RBY

141 RBY / Nick Lee

149 Nick Lee / Jarrod Verkleeren

157 Brady Berge

165 Vincenzo Joseph / Joe Lee 

174 Mark Hall / Mason Manville

184 Mason Manville / Aaron Brooks

197 Cassar / Michael Beard

Hwt Seth Nevills

 

That will still be a very salty line up. 

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PSU Best Guess March 2020

 

125 Brody Teske / Adam Busiello

133 Gavin Teasdale / RBY

141 RBY / Nick Lee

149 Nick Lee / Jarrod Verkleeren

157 Brady Berge

165 Vincenzo Joseph / Joe Lee

174 Mark Hall / Mason Manville

184 Mason Manville / Aaron Brooks

197 Cassar / Michael Beard

Hwt Seth Nevills

 

That will still be a very salty line up.

This is not a Penn state thread. It's been a great thread about Tom and Terry. Start another one of your penn state love threads elsewhere please.

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This is not a Penn state thread. It's been a great thread about Tom and Terry. Start another one of your penn state love threads elsewhere please.

 

 

That is hilarious, because I was responding to another poster who DID bring up PSU 2020. This board is like a courtroom, when a topic gets brought up into evidence it then is fair play to respond. Capiche? 

 

Btw, sorry for your butthurt. I'll send you an e Card to help you get over it. 

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That is hilarious, because I was responding to another poster who DID bring up PSU 2020. This board is like a courtroom, when a topic gets brought up into evidence it then is fair play to respond. Capiche?

 

Btw, sorry for your butthurt. I'll send you an e Card to help you get over it.

Yeah my post had more to do with where Iowa and OSU will be in 2 years (Smith had a post on whether his days are numbered).

 

PSU isn't going anywhere but if there is a chance to challenge them, it's 2 years from now and Iowa is one of those teams.

 

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This is not a Penn state thread. It's been a great thread about Tom and Terry. Start another one of your penn state love threads elsewhere please.

You are right, it is not. Penn State is relevant here as the school/program is why we are discussing Iowa's chances for third place, not a Title.

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Apparently I was wrong. It may be a family name. I know Nelson is named after someone and thought I read it was an old coach but couldn’t find anything to back it up.

 

 

Bill Nelson maybe? Or maybe it's because he is a half-brother?

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This topic always drives me nuts, and I realize I'm trying to be rationale with un-rational people, but I'll give it a try anyway.

 

Cael has raised the bar for all coaches and his current run of dominance is truly remarkable. However, if we are comparing every coach to him, every coach currently comes up short. Only one team can win a title in a season, but that doesn't mean he is the only good/great/elite coach in the game.

 

Iowa is held to a different standard than any other program, even Penn St. Anything less than a national title is a failure. John Smith has gone on a longer title draught than Brands, does that mean he cant get it done anymore or is no longer an elite coach? Not hardly. Oklahoma St has had far worse seasons than Iowa in the last 10 years, finishing outside the top 5 a couple times. Nobody calls for Smith's head when this happens.

 

Comparing Zalesky and Brands, most people on here only look at the national titles. How about consistency? Iowa had the longest streak of podium finishes, 8 straight years from '08-'15, not even Penn St could say that. As I said before, it's Iowa, so if you aint first youre last, but being top 3 or 4 every single year is pretty damn hard to do. Minnesota couldn't do it, Oklahoma St, Missouri, Cornell, all the programs that don't win a title but still get a ton of love and credit, don't actually perform as well as consistently as Iowa. The one year they miss the top 4, they are 5, and miss by what, 1 point? Next season they are back in the top 4.

 

Look at the dual results. I know, "duals don't matter" but during Penn St first 4-peat, Iowa beat them in the dual 2 of the 4 years. Iowa has regular success against Oklahoma St, remember the time Iowa won 8 of 10 matches at Gallagher-Iba? Can you imagine what people would say on here if Okie St took 8 of 10 from Iowa at Carver?

 

How many guys was the HWC and the Zalesky staff putting on world and Olympic teams?

 

Oh yea, let's not forget about "the sideline antics." Give me a break, I've watched matches or read about matches with coaches walking half way out on the mat, jumping around, doing all the things the Iowa guys do and nobody cares. When Iowa coaches do it, it's different.

 

Some like to say Iowa doesn't develop their guys. I find that laughable. Where was a Brandon Sorenson in recruit rankings? I know he wasn't a top 10 kid, probably not top 20. If I remember correctly I think McDonigh was ranked in the 60's or so? I know he started his freshmen season ranked 18th or 19th with very little expectation of even being an AA. I think they develop mid-tier recruits incredibly well, and if I had to criticize them it would be that they aren't getting enough top tier bluest of blue chip recruits, the top 10-15ish types. Recently they have landed a few with guys like Lee, Kemmerer and Marinelli, and those guys have performed like top tier recruits would be expected to.

 

If any program other than Iowa had the kind of consistent top 4 NCAA finishes, dual wins and freestyle success Iowa has had, the praise would be thru the roof. But since it's Iowa, and fans either love them or hate them, more so hate them, anything less than a national title is failure 

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This topic always drives me nuts, and I realize I'm trying to be rationale with un-rational people, but I'll give it a try anyway.

 

Cael has raised the bar for all coaches and his current run of dominance is truly remarkable. However, if we are comparing every coach to him, every coach currently comes up short. Only one team can win a title in a season, but that doesn't mean he is the only good/great/elite coach in the game.

 

Iowa is held to a different standard than any other program, even Penn St. Anything less than a national title is a failure. John Smith has gone on a longer title draught than Brands, does that mean he cant get it done anymore or is no longer an elite coach? Not hardly. Oklahoma St has had far worse seasons than Iowa in the last 10 years, finishing outside the top 5 a couple times. Nobody calls for Smith's head when this happens.

 

Comparing Zalesky and Brands, most people on here only look at the national titles. How about consistency? Iowa had the longest streak of podium finishes, 8 straight years from '08-'15, not even Penn St could say that. As I said before, it's Iowa, so if you aint first youre last, but being top 3 or 4 every single year is pretty damn hard to do. Minnesota couldn't do it, Oklahoma St, Missouri, Cornell, all the programs that don't win a title but still get a ton of love and credit, don't actually perform as well as consistently as Iowa. The one year they miss the top 4, they are 5, and miss by what, 1 point? Next season they are back in the top 4.

 

Look at the dual results. I know, "duals don't matter" but during Penn St first 4-peat, Iowa beat them in the dual 2 of the 4 years. Iowa has regular success against Oklahoma St, remember the time Iowa won 8 of 10 matches at Gallagher-Iba? Can you imagine what people would say on here if Okie St took 8 of 10 from Iowa at Carver?

 

How many guys was the HWC and the Zalesky staff putting on world and Olympic teams?

 

Oh yea, let's not forget about "the sideline antics." Give me a break, I've watched matches or read about matches with coaches walking half way out on the mat, jumping around, doing all the things the Iowa guys do and nobody cares. When Iowa coaches do it, it's different.

 

Some like to say Iowa doesn't develop their guys. I find that laughable. Where was a Brandon Sorenson in recruit rankings? I know he wasn't a top 10 kid, probably not top 20. If I remember correctly I think McDonigh was ranked in the 60's or so? I know he started his freshmen season ranked 18th or 19th with very little expectation of even being an AA. I think they develop mid-tier recruits incredibly well, and if I had to criticize them it would be that they aren't getting enough top tier bluest of blue chip recruits, the top 10-15ish types. Recently they have landed a few with guys like Lee, Kemmerer and Marinelli, and those guys have performed like top tier recruits would be expected to.

 

If any program other than Iowa had the kind of consistent top 4 NCAA finishes, dual wins and freestyle success Iowa has had, the praise would be thru the roof. But since it's Iowa, and fans either love them or hate them, more so hate them, anything less than a national title is failure

Iowa's problem isn't they don't develop, they are losing the recruiting game.

 

Part of that is PSU and tOSU dominating the elite recruits, part of it is geographics and part of it is the mystique of Iowa where it isn't fun.

 

Think about this. If Suriano did not leave PSU and you combine the PSU/tOSU starting lineups, 15 of 20 starters are from OH, PA, MD and NJ.

 

That did not exist 15 years ago and has hurt Cornell overall as well.

 

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This topic always drives me nuts, and I realize I'm trying to be rationale with un-rational people, but I'll give it a try anyway.

 

Cael has raised the bar for all coaches and his current run of dominance is truly remarkable. However, if we are comparing every coach to him, every coach currently comes up short. Only one team can win a title in a season, but that doesn't mean he is the only good/great/elite coach in the game.

 

Iowa is held to a different standard than any other program, even Penn St. Anything less than a national title is a failure. John Smith has gone on a longer title draught than Brands, does that mean he cant get it done anymore or is no longer an elite coach? Not hardly. Oklahoma St has had far worse seasons than Iowa in the last 10 years, finishing outside the top 5 a couple times. Nobody calls for Smith's head when this happens.

 

Comparing Zalesky and Brands, most people on here only look at the national titles. How about consistency? Iowa had the longest streak of podium finishes, 8 straight years from '08-'15, not even Penn St could say that. As I said before, it's Iowa, so if you aint first youre last, but being top 3 or 4 every single year is pretty damn hard to do. Minnesota couldn't do it, Oklahoma St, Missouri, Cornell, all the programs that don't win a title but still get a ton of love and credit, don't actually perform as well as consistently as Iowa. The one year they miss the top 4, they are 5, and miss by what, 1 point? Next season they are back in the top 4.

 

Look at the dual results. I know, "duals don't matter" but during Penn St first 4-peat, Iowa beat them in the dual 2 of the 4 years. Iowa has regular success against Oklahoma St, remember the time Iowa won 8 of 10 matches at Gallagher-Iba? Can you imagine what people would say on here if Okie St took 8 of 10 from Iowa at Carver?

 

How many guys was the HWC and the Zalesky staff putting on world and Olympic teams?

 

Oh yea, let's not forget about "the sideline antics." Give me a break, I've watched matches or read about matches with coaches walking half way out on the mat, jumping around, doing all the things the Iowa guys do and nobody cares. When Iowa coaches do it, it's different.

 

Some like to say Iowa doesn't develop their guys. I find that laughable. Where was a Brandon Sorenson in recruit rankings? I know he wasn't a top 10 kid, probably not top 20. If I remember correctly I think McDonigh was ranked in the 60's or so? I know he started his freshmen season ranked 18th or 19th with very little expectation of even being an AA. I think they develop mid-tier recruits incredibly well, and if I had to criticize them it would be that they aren't getting enough top tier bluest of blue chip recruits, the top 10-15ish types. Recently they have landed a few with guys like Lee, Kemmerer and Marinelli, and those guys have performed like top tier recruits would be expected to.

 

If any program other than Iowa had the kind of consistent top 4 NCAA finishes, dual wins and freestyle success Iowa has had, the praise would be thru the roof. But since it's Iowa, and fans either love them or hate them, more so hate them, anything less than a national title is failure 

 

I agree with your assessment as Iowa will get more flack for not winning NCAA titles compared to any other team, however the reason for that is Iowa's own doing. The wrestling fan base isn't the one that created the standard of Iowa Must Finish First, otherwise its the same as finishing last. Iowa did. Iowa created the whole its us against the world argument. Iowa created the mantra of First place is the only place that counts and 2nd place is the same as last place.

 

As for Zalesky vs Brands, some people (myself included) point out that their results in terms of team titles and team finishes aren't all that different.

Brands supporters point out that Zalesky never had to face the likes of PSU or tOSU.

This is true, but one could argue that without the likes of modern day PSU and tOSU, the 3-10 teams from the early 2000's were stronger than today's due to more talent being spread out across the top 10 teams making finishing 3-5 tougher back then than it is today. 

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This topic always drives me nuts, and I realize I'm trying to be rationale with un-rational people, but I'll give it a try anyway.

 

Cael has raised the bar for all coaches and his current run of dominance is truly remarkable. However, if we are comparing every coach to him, every coach currently comes up short. Only one team can win a title in a season, but that doesn't mean he is the only good/great/elite coach in the game.

 

Iowa is held to a different standard than any other program, even Penn St. Anything less than a national title is a failure. John Smith has gone on a longer title draught than Brands, does that mean he cant get it done anymore or is no longer an elite coach? Not hardly. Oklahoma St has had far worse seasons than Iowa in the last 10 years, finishing outside the top 5 a couple times. Nobody calls for Smith's head when this happens.

 

Comparing Zalesky and Brands, most people on here only look at the national titles. How about consistency? Iowa had the longest streak of podium finishes, 8 straight years from '08-'15, not even Penn St could say that. As I said before, it's Iowa, so if you aint first youre last, but being top 3 or 4 every single year is pretty damn hard to do. Minnesota couldn't do it, Oklahoma St, Missouri, Cornell, all the programs that don't win a title but still get a ton of love and credit, don't actually perform as well as consistently as Iowa. The one year they miss the top 4, they are 5, and miss by what, 1 point? Next season they are back in the top 4.

 

Look at the dual results. I know, "duals don't matter" but during Penn St first 4-peat, Iowa beat them in the dual 2 of the 4 years. Iowa has regular success against Oklahoma St, remember the time Iowa won 8 of 10 matches at Gallagher-Iba? Can you imagine what people would say on here if Okie St took 8 of 10 from Iowa at Carver?

 

How many guys was the HWC and the Zalesky staff putting on world and Olympic teams?

 

Oh yea, let's not forget about "the sideline antics." Give me a break, I've watched matches or read about matches with coaches walking half way out on the mat, jumping around, doing all the things the Iowa guys do and nobody cares. When Iowa coaches do it, it's different.

 

Some like to say Iowa doesn't develop their guys. I find that laughable. Where was a Brandon Sorenson in recruit rankings? I know he wasn't a top 10 kid, probably not top 20. If I remember correctly I think McDonigh was ranked in the 60's or so? I know he started his freshmen season ranked 18th or 19th with very little expectation of even being an AA. I think they develop mid-tier recruits incredibly well, and if I had to criticize them it would be that they aren't getting enough top tier bluest of blue chip recruits, the top 10-15ish types. Recently they have landed a few with guys like Lee, Kemmerer and Marinelli, and those guys have performed like top tier recruits would be expected to.

 

If any program other than Iowa had the kind of consistent top 4 NCAA finishes, dual wins and freestyle success Iowa has had, the praise would be thru the roof. But since it's Iowa, and fans either love them or hate them, more so hate them, anything less than a national title is failure

Per Earl, McDonough was 14 and Sorenson 27.

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