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12 hours ago, Scrap Iron said:

Illinois  Sorry, I am not up on results.  This was off top of my head 

Larry Kristoff  Olympics

Tim Wright  4x DII NC  Rock Island

Earnest Benion  NC

Mike Poeta

Ron Clinton

Kevin Puebla  Moline

Mark Johnson  Rock Island

Booker Benford  NC

Al Sears  NC  All time pin record

Allan Grammer  DII NC and DI placer

Matt Lackey  Moline  NC

Mark Kristoff

Kip Kristoff

sure I am missing a few

This is a weird list indeed.

Joe Williams - 4x HS champ, 7, 1, 1, 1 in college, then a 2004 Olympian, a two-time world silver medalist, and five-time World Team member at two different weights.

TJ Williams (Joe's younger brother) - 4x HS champ, NJCAA runner-up, then 1, 3, 1 at Iowa, finishing with a 99-1 record for the Hawkeyes.

TC Dantzler (cousin of Steve, Joe, and TJ Williams) - one-time HS state finalist, 4x D1 NQ for Northern Illinois U., five-time World team rep and 2008 Olympian in Greco-Roman.

Steve Marianetti - one-time HS state finalist, in college at University of Illinois, Steve went NQ, 4, 5, 1, stopping Lincoln McIlravy from becoming the second 4x NC in D1 history, then he was the 1998 World team rep at 76 kilos. Not bad for a kid who was a preferred walk-on and didn't receive wrestling scholarship money until his RS sophomore season. He turned into an pretty darn good coach, too.

Some other decent kids: Joe Rau, Sean Bormet, Mark Massery, Jimmy Kennedy, Tommy Erikson, Mike Mena, Scott and Mark Trizzino, Eric Tannenbaum...

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On 3/17/2020 at 8:53 AM, klehner said:

New York:

 

  1. Kyle Dake 4x NCAA champ
  2. Dave Auble 2x NCAA champ (1x Outstanding Wrestler), 55-1 college record
  3. Yianni D. 2x NCAA champ

What about the Banachs and Nickerson?

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1 hour ago, Tofurky said:

This is a weird list indeed.

Joe Williams - 4x HS champ, 7, 1, 1, 1 in college, then a 2004 Olympian, a two-time world silver medalist, and five-time World Team member at two different weights.

TJ Williams (Joe's younger brother) - 4x HS champ, NJCAA runner-up, then 1, 3, 1 at Iowa, finishing with a 99-1 record for the Hawkeyes.

TC Dantzler (cousin of Steve, Joe, and TJ Williams) - one-time HS state finalist, 4x D1 NQ for Northern Illinois U., five-time World team rep and 2008 Olympian in Greco-Roman.

Steve Marianetti - one-time HS state finalist, in college at University of Illinois, Steve went NQ, 4, 5, 1, stopping Lincoln McIlravy from becoming the second 4x NC in D1 history, then he was the 1998 World team rep at 76 kilos. Not bad for a kid who was a preferred walk-on and didn't receive wrestling scholarship money until his RS sophomore season. He turned into an pretty darn good coach, too.

Some other decent kids: Joe Rau, Sean Bormet, Mark Massery, Jimmy Kennedy, Tommy Erikson, Mike Mena, Scott and Mark Trizzino, Eric Tannenbaum...

Yeah I found that list odd having not included the Williams brothers. TC Dantzler and the Williams's are cousins? Wow, i did not know that.

Adding to the list

Jack Griffin-1990 NCAA Champ

Jon Llewelyn- 3,3,1X NCAA Champ at HWT. Fun fact, wrestled 155 as a senior in high school.

Tony Davis 2x Finalist, 1x Champ

Ed Giese

Kirk Mammen 4xAll American.

Daniel Dennis

The list probably go's on but that's it for the moment.

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7 hours ago, VND said:

Yeah I found that list odd having not included the Williams brothers. TC Dantzler and the Williams's are cousins? Wow, i did not know that.

Adding to the list

Jack Griffin-1990 NCAA Champ

Jon Llewelyn- 3,3,1X NCAA Champ at HWT. Fun fact, wrestled 155 as a senior in high school.

Tony Davis 2x Finalist, 1x Champ

Ed Giese

Kirk Mammen 4xAll American.

Daniel Dennis

The list probably go's on but that's it for the moment.

I may have that wrong, but I remember hearing a number of times that TC and the Williams boys are cousins. I could very well be mixing up relationships between Harvey Twisters, but that is what I am remembering.

Great additions!

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12 hours ago, jchapman said:

Wisconsin has five multi-time champs and four Hodge awards:

Ringer 3X Champ Hodge winner

Askren 2X Champ 2X Hodge winner

King Cole 2X Champ Hodge winner
 

Ben Peterson 2X Champ

Tim Hartung 2X Champ

Add John Peterson - Olympic gold and silver. And, two world freestyle medals.

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27 minutes ago, headache said:

Add John Peterson - Olympic gold and silver. And, two world freestyle medals.

I know what you are saying, and I agree, but the topic was best college wrestlers.  In my mind, John became great post college, working out with Ben, who was at Iowa State and Gable and others at that level.

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20 hours ago, jackwebster said:

Speaking of Myron Roderick: what happened to ye olde-time mat.com celebrity BigApple?

Who was the @BigApple?  I looked at his profile and activities yesterday.  He seemed to know everyone and he shared fantastic stories.  He hasn't been on this website for a couple of years.  How is he connected to Myron Roderick?  Roderick passed away in 2011.

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On 3/18/2020 at 1:39 PM, taylor said:

Just a few of the PA greats 

Wade Schalles 4X NC Clarion

Carlton Haselrig 6X NC 3 D1 and 3 Dll UPJ

Jody Strittmatter 3XNC 2 D1 1 Dll  Iowa and UPJ

Ed Perry 3XNC Pittsburgh

Rick Bonomo 3X NC Bloomsburg

Greg Jones 3XNC West Virginia

Ed Ruth 3XNC Penn State

Zain Rutherford 3XNC Penn State

Jason Nolf 3X NC

Nate Carr 2x NC Iowa State

Kurt Angle 2X NC  Clarion

Cary Kolat 2X NC Lock Haven

Jake Herbert 2XNC Northwestern 

Vincenzo Joseph 2X NC

Spencer Lee 2X NC "at this time" 

First Post.

Must rep my alma mater, Waynesburg Central High School.

Coleman Scott 1xNC , 2x Finalist, 4x AA, 2012 Olympic Bronze, OK State

What the hell....Josh Koscheck 1xNC , 2x Finalist, 4x AA, Edinboro

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1 hour ago, jross said:

Who was the @BigApple?  I looked at his profile and activities yesterday.  He seemed to know everyone and he shared fantastic stories.  He hasn't been on this website for a couple of years.  How is he connected to Myron Roderick?  Roderick passed away in 2011.

Big Apple coached at Oklahoma 

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On 3/19/2020 at 6:53 PM, jchapman said:

Wisconsin has five multi-time champs and four Hodge awards:

Ringer 3X Champ Hodge winner

Askren 2X Champ 2X Hodge winner

King Cole 2X Champ Hodge winner
 

Ben Peterson 2X Champ

Tim Hartung 2X Champ

ADD Andy Rein 1 x Champ, Olympic Silver, Tblisi Champ, 3 X AA

Jimmy Haines 1 x Champ, World Silver/Olympic Trials champ in 80

Jack Reinwand 1 X Champ, World Bronze

Rick Lawinger 1 X Champ, 1X runnerup

Pat Christensen 1X Champ

Matt Hanutke 4 X AA

Eric Jetton Runnerup -3X AA

Ron Parr and Bob Konovsky (Runnerup) 3 X AAs

Mark Schmitz 1 X Runnerup-2X AA, wins over A Metzger, K Jackson, R Alger, M Kistler, K Monday (freestyle)and N Carr

Craig Henning 1 X Runnerup screwed out of NCAA title versus Paulson, 2 X AA

 

note: John Peterson wasn't a good wrestler til he began freestyle with Ben and Gable

Edited by BadgerMon

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On 3/19/2020 at 5:56 PM, DRC said:

Ok, so totally bored senseless by this virus thing,  here is my NY top 15 ever:

1. Kyle Dake. 4 x Nat. Champ MOW

2. Ed Banach 3 x  Nat. Champ, 4 time finalist

3. Nick Gwiz 2 x Nat. champ, 3 time finalist 4 time AA

4. Lou Banach 2 x Nat. champ 3 x AA

5. Yianni D. 2 x Nat. Champ

6. Kerry McCoy 2 x Nat. Champ 3 x AA

7. Jeff Prescott 2 x Nat. Champ 3 x AA MOW

8. Dave Auble 2 x Nat. Champ

9. Troy Nickerson 1 x Nat. Champ 4 x AA

10. Gregor Gillespie 1 x Nat. Champ 4 x AA

11. Jesse Jantzen 1 x Nat. Champ, 3 x AA MOW

12. Brad Penrith 1 x Nat. Champ 3 time AA 3 time finalist

13. JP O'Connor 1 x Nat. Champ, 3 time AA

14. Josh Glen 1 x Nat. Champ 3 time AA

15. Car Anderson 1 x  Nat. Champ 3 time AA

Hopefully did not miss any.

How about Mitch Clark from Ohio St--NCAA champ (tech fall in finals)?

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This is gonna be tough but I'll do my best....

Eric Larkin, 4x AA, NCAA champion, Hodge Trophy winner

Eddie Urbano, NCAA champion, 2 or 3x AA

Curly Culp, 3x AA, 1x NCAA champion

Anthony Robles, NCAA champion, 3x AA

Nate Gallick, 1x NCAA champion, 3x AA

Aaron Simpson, 3x AA (I think)

Justin Gaethje, 1x AA

Ryak Finch, 2x NAIA champion

Can't think of any others who won nationals or were All Americans off the top of my head....

Edited by TripNSweep

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On 3/19/2020 at 11:32 PM, Tofurky said:

This is a weird list indeed.

Joe Williams - 4x HS champ, 7, 1, 1, 1 in college, then a 2004 Olympian, a two-time world silver medalist, and five-time World Team member at two different weights.

TJ Williams (Joe's younger brother) - 4x HS champ, NJCAA runner-up, then 1, 3, 1 at Iowa, finishing with a 99-1 record for the Hawkeyes.

TC Dantzler (cousin of Steve, Joe, and TJ Williams) - one-time HS state finalist, 4x D1 NQ for Northern Illinois U., five-time World team rep and 2008 Olympian in Greco-Roman.

Steve Marianetti - one-time HS state finalist, in college at University of Illinois, Steve went NQ, 4, 5, 1, stopping Lincoln McIlravy from becoming the second 4x NC in D1 history, then he was the 1998 World team rep at 76 kilos. Not bad for a kid who was a preferred walk-on and didn't receive wrestling scholarship money until his RS sophomore season. He turned into an pretty darn good coach, too.

Some other decent kids: Joe Rau, Sean Bormet, Mark Massery, Jimmy Kennedy, Tommy Erikson, Mike Mena, Scott and Mark Trizzino, Eric Tannenbaum...

Slight correction, Joe’s two world medals were bronze not silver. He also won Midlands like 10 times I believe. Back when more post grads still wrestled in it and it was still a premier tournament.

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On 3/19/2020 at 11:32 PM, Tofurky said:

This is a weird list indeed.

Joe Williams - 4x HS champ, 7, 1, 1, 1 in college, then a 2004 Olympian, a two-time world silver medalist, and five-time World Team member at two different weights.

TJ Williams (Joe's younger brother) - 4x HS champ, NJCAA runner-up, then 1, 3, 1 at Iowa, finishing with a 99-1 record for the Hawkeyes.

TC Dantzler (cousin of Steve, Joe, and TJ Williams) - one-time HS state finalist, 4x D1 NQ for Northern Illinois U., five-time World team rep and 2008 Olympian in Greco-Roman.

Steve Marianetti - one-time HS state finalist, in college at University of Illinois, Steve went NQ, 4, 5, 1, stopping Lincoln McIlravy from becoming the second 4x NC in D1 history, then he was the 1998 World team rep at 76 kilos. Not bad for a kid who was a preferred walk-on and didn't receive wrestling scholarship money until his RS sophomore season. He turned into an pretty darn good coach, too.

Some other decent kids: Joe Rau, Sean Bormet, Mark Massery, Jimmy Kennedy, Tommy Erikson, Mike Mena, Scott and Mark Trizzino, Eric Tannenbaum...

How about this one....Joey Gilbert 161-1 4 time state champion, only loss his freshman year, 2 time all-american at the University of Michigan, finishing 3rd and 6th.

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7 hours ago, tec87 said:

Slight correction, Joe’s two world medals were bronze not silver. He also won Midlands like 10 times I believe. Back when more post grads still wrestled in it and it was still a premier tournament.

Correct! I'm sorry for the mistakes, and thank you for correcting them.

Yes to Midlands! Wasn't hosts last title the one surrounded by controversy against one of his own student-athletes?

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On 3/17/2020 at 8:31 PM, RichB said:

Vermont:

1 Robert Hamlin as a senior

2 Robert Hamlin as a sophomore

3 Robert Hamlin as a Junior

4 Robert Hamlin as a Frosh

5 Robert Hamlin his redshirt year 

Perhaps a similar situation in Delaware, as Sheldon Thomas is the only elite college wrestler I recall.  I suspect there are others, but they were likely before my time.

I can't remember his underclassmen results at Clarion, but I'm pretty sure he won 118 as a junior, and was either the 1 or 2 seed as a senior in '97.  I was at NCAAs that year, and remember 8th seed (I think) Jesse Whitmer busting the bracket early, and eventually winning the weight over a tough Lindsey Durlacher.

Having wrestled him dozens of times since middle school, and sitting next to his family (a complete coincidence), I was unabashedly cheering for Sheldon.  Unfortunately, I think he was beaten in the semis, but wrestled back for 3rd to finish as one of Clarion's most decorated wrestlers.

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19 hours ago, TMK1 said:

How about Mitch Clark from Ohio St--NCAA champ (tech fall in finals)?

after looking at my list I would add Carl Adams in spot 5, and put Mitch Clark in with the guys at 15

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On 3/20/2020 at 7:54 AM, jross said:

Who was the @BigApple?  I looked at his profile and activities yesterday.  He seemed to know everyone and he shared fantastic stories.  He hasn't been on this website for a couple of years.  How is he connected to Myron Roderick?  Roderick passed away in 2011.

Warren Applegate, IIRC. He knows a lot about wrestling.

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47 minutes ago, whaletail said:

Perhaps a similar situation in Delaware, as Sheldon Thomas is the only elite college wrestler I recall.  I suspect there are others, but they were likely before my time.

I can't remember his underclassmen results at Clarion, but I'm pretty sure he won 118 as a junior, and was either the 1 or 2 seed as a senior in '97.  I was at NCAAs that year, and remember 8th seed (I think) Jesse Whitmer busting the bracket early, and eventually winning the weight over a tough Lindsey Durlacher.

Having wrestled him dozens of times since middle school, and sitting next to his family (a complete coincidence), I was unabashedly cheering for Sheldon.  Unfortunately, I think he was beaten in the semis, but wrestled back for 3rd to finish as one of Clarion's most decorated wrestlers.

Bobby Telford is from Delaware.

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10 hours ago, southend said:

Ok, so far, what state wins? Who produced the best?

I would say Oklahoma, with PA, NY and OH in a group behind, but the information for PA so for is maybe not as complete as it could be.  Iowa, CA and Illinois are close to that group of three as well.

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