The only match that I have seen that could have matched Gable/Owings would have been if Trenge upset Cael. That is the only match that could have competed. But remember Gable never lost in high school either so he was like 218-0? Even if Trenge had won I am not sure if that would have beat Gable/Owings.
Coon beating Snyder vs Owings beating Gable
Posted 14 February 2018 - 05:17 AM
Confusing Kyle's folk style and freestyle careers could be the only basis for even suggesting this comparison.
While Kyle is a freestyle legend, his collegiate career has been spectacular, but also strained by the demands of his year round worldwide freestyle schedule. Obviously, these problems were exacerbated by his need to weigh in for freestyle at 213 while wrestling folkstyle at 285.
While Kyle had a great win over Gwiz in '16 and an impressive run through the NCAA tournament last year, he never carried anything like the air of invincibility, at the collegiate level, that Gable brought into the 1970 NCAA Tournament. Remember, Kyle also had had the hiccup against Gadson in the 2015 finals.
By March 1970, Gable had been mauling and pinning guys for three years without even the hint of a stumble. As far as the Coon-Snyder match goes, there were fans who saw this coming, and many, many people who felt the weight differential at least created a question mark.
In 1970, nobody but Larry Owings, saw a question mark!
Anyway, hopefully Tom Ryan and Co. can get Kyle ready to go out with a win (or two) that would really put an exclamation point on his college career!
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