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 I saw this in the tOSU match Friday, and have seen it through Cael's years. It just seems that PSU wrestlers usually out-conditions their opponents and have a distinct advantage in the third period (even Schnupp). How much is it their basic phisiology as athletes and how much can be attributed to the PSU coaching staff's conditioning program?

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43 minutes ago, kgschalhoub said:

 I saw this in the tOSU match Friday, and have seen it through Cael's years. It just seems that PSU wrestlers usually out-conditions their opponents and have a distinct advantage in the third period (even Schnupp). How much is it their basic phisiology as athletes and how much can be attributed to the PSU coaching staff's conditioning program?

Are those our only two choices?

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I think it has more to do with mental preparation. It would seem that any guy who can make it through a 2-hour practice could compete hard for 7 minutes.

But,  look at Mckenna. He ran up the score against a good Michigan kid, but gassed after 2 minutes vs Lee. It wasn't because he didn't calculate the right ratio of play wrestling vs drills vs wind sprints. I imagine when his coach laid out the game plan for beating PSU (winning 5 matches and getting to 18 points), it messed up his head-space ("dark places," indeed).

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1 hour ago, Cooch1 said:

Utter faith in yourself and your leadership and tradition and the guys around you. Synergy of the whole environment

Totally agree. But I also want to add that the physiology of muscle efficiency is largely genetic. I think Cael's team looks for that characteristic when they recruit.

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Totally agree on McKenna. He may have under anticipated what being out over a week does to your conditioning. But I think he under anticipated his opponent and went for the major right out the gate.

McKenna has buried just about every opponent right out the gate, rides them for periods at a time after taking them down.

He hasn’t been in his feet for 3 periods for most of the entire year and I think it shut him down mentally when he wasn’t able to do the same against Lee.

Next time he won’t be as offensive and will pick his spots, which will keep Lee off his legs.

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58 minutes ago, Cradle1969 said:

I think nerves before matches is also key. PSU guys seem more relaxed than most others. 

This is so huge. I was always in great shape, but could never control my nerves. Rarely made it to the third period not completely gassed. Penn State is so relaxed out there and supremely confident in their skills. I'm sure they still get nervous, but they seem to cope really well, and it shows.

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1 hour ago, Katie said:

I noticed that Ohio State guys generally seem more muscled up than Penn State guys. I’m not sure if that’s relevant to anything though. 

I always believed that guys built like Te Shan Campbell, they tire out fast. 

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Nolf ran cross country for at least a year in high school, I believe. He was a  pretty average runner if I recall correctly (maybe 18 minutes for the 5K), but there is nothing like serious and sustained distance running to get one in shape and maintain that.  I wonder how much this is incorporated into various wrestling programs.  

 

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8 hours ago, Cradle1969 said:

I think how teams approach the weight cuts are also important. Ryan eluded to the fact that mckenna may not of handled the cut too well this time. 

I heard the same.  McKenna is an elite level wrestler.  He’ll be better prepared in March, I’m sure...

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Superior technique can make you look like your in superior shape. When you spend less time finishing shots, wrestling out of bad spots, and sitting on bottom, you tend to have way more gas in the tank. Im not convinced that PSU has a superior cardio training system. I am convinced that they have the best technique by far and pace themselves. McKenna gassed himself by forcing shots that weren't there and hanging on a single leg without being able to finish. As good as Nolf is, you never see him just diving in on a shot without a setup. 

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6 hours ago, russelscout said:

Superior technique can make you look like your in superior shape. When you spend less time finishing shots, wrestling out of bad spots, and sitting on bottom, you tend to have way more gas in the tank. Im not convinced that PSU has a superior cardio training system. I am convinced that they have the best technique by far and pace themselves. McKenna gassed himself by forcing shots that weren't there and hanging on a single leg without being able to finish. As good as Nolf is, you never see him just diving in on a shot without a setup. 

Not being able to finish those leg attacks probably threw him out of rhythm too. He's usually such a crisp, efficient finisher, and probably not used to having to expend such a large amount of energy for nothing in return.

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Also interesting that most of the Penn State guys don't really look like physical specimens, in terms of muscularity.  Hall is shredded and Cassar is obviously not a stranger in the weight room.  But Nickal, Joseph, Nolf, RBY, and Lee are pretty ordinary looking dudes.  So was Retherford for that matter, and Taylor was a string bean for most of his career.  Contrast them with Snyder, the Jordans, Tomasello, and Campbell (and going back further to Heflin, Humphrey, Palmer, etc.), and one sees quite a disparity.  I wonder if the aggressive lifting Ohio State obviously emphasizes may be out of place in a technique-based sport?  I don't want to knock them too badly- they've been hands down the #2 team in the country for half a decade, so they've obviously doing something right.  But the disparity in 3rd periods was almost painful to watch.  If I had to take a snapshot that summarized the match last week, it would be of an exhausted McKenna lying belly down on the mat while Lee rode him to the win. 

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