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7 hours ago, EM_1996 said:

What's the back story on this?  It seems quite odd that a guy who some claim was a generational talent just decides to give it up after high school and not even attempt to take advantage of the educational opportunities his talent could unlock.

I echo what schute wrote. We all were waiting on him to go to OSU and it didn't happen and then he just never wrestled...

Phillips was a 171lb freshman at Ironman that wrestled nationally ranked Corey Peltier ( Beast of the East champ, Cadet Nationals champ,  and FILA Cadet Nationals champ), the #1 ranked wrestler in DII in OH, Zac Thomusseit, and the nation's #1 171lber,  Brian Roddy from STED. Phillips had 10 takedowns to zero in those three matches and was never scored on. That was his freshman year. Seems, "generational" enough to me. 

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10 hours ago, Mphillips said:

I echo what schute wrote. We all were waiting on him to go to OSU and it didn't happen and then he just never wrestled...

Phillips was a 171lb freshman at Ironman that wrestled nationally ranked Corey Peltier ( Beast of the East champ, Cadet Nationals champ,  and FILA Cadet Nationals champ), the #1 ranked wrestler in DII in OH, Zac Thomusseit, and the nation's #1 171lber,  Brian Roddy from STED. Phillips had 10 takedowns to zero in those three matches and was never scored on. That was his freshman year. Seems, "generational" enough to me. 

He went to NC State and redshirted. I had a good friend in his recruiting class. I know that Phillips thought that NC State was his most fun recruiting trip. It made no sense that he chose NC State. NC State was absolutely horrible before Popolizio and Phillips could have probably gone to any school he wanted. I do recall my friend saying that Phillips did not enjoy wrestling, but that is hearsay and I am not certain. I recall some unfortunate events occurred over spring break or maybe summer break that changed everything for him. NC State then cleaned house the following his redshirt year when Pop took over. Not sure exactly how it all went down and if Popolizio was the reason he was off the roster or if he did not have a team prior to his arrival to NC State. Any kid that had any issues with getting in trouble was off the team with Popolizio got there. Basically only Tommy Gantt stayed.

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1 hour ago, juniorvarsity said:

He went to NC State and redshirted. I had a good friend in his recruiting class. I know that Phillips thought that NC State was his most fun recruiting trip. It made no sense that he chose NC State. NC State was absolutely horrible before Popolizio and Phillips could have probably gone to any school he wanted. I do recall my friend saying that Phillips did not enjoy wrestling, but that is hearsay and I am not certain. I recall some unfortunate events occurred over spring break or maybe summer break that changed everything for him. NC State then cleaned house the following his redshirt year when Pop took over. Not sure exactly how it all went down and if Popolizio was the reason he was off the roster or if he did not have a team prior to his arrival to NC State. Any kid that had any issues with getting in trouble was off the team with Popolizio got there. Basically only Tommy Gantt stayed.

I somewhat remember that, and I believe after this, the rumor was he was joining the other 3 at Oh State, but it never happened.  Sad to see 

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On 3/27/2020 at 2:29 PM, TobusRex said:

Tony Cook from Perry, Oklahoma. He was a 3 time state HS champ in Oklahoma in the 80's, and was a FS World Champ (Cadet or Junior, can't remember which).  I guarantee John Smith knows Tony Cook (at least by reputation). Don't know what happened to Tony, if he got HEW or something else, I never heard of him accepting  any wrestling scholarships or saw any results for him after he graduated from HS.

Tony Cook is my neighbor in the hallway. He tells me he went to NC State right out of HS. Not sure what happened there. 

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43 minutes ago, gwoodburn133 said:

Tony Cook is my neighbor in the hallway. He tells me he went to NC State right out of HS. Not sure what happened there. 

Is he still involved in wrestling? BTW your dad and Baze coached me in several camps back in the day. Great guy. 

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3 hours ago, Schuteandscore said:

I somewhat remember that, and I believe after this, the rumor was he was joining the other 3 at Oh State, but it never happened.  Sad to see 

He was the #3 overall recruit that year I believe...

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11 hours ago, juniorvarsity said:

He went to NC State and redshirted. I had a good friend in his recruiting class. I know that Phillips thought that NC State was his most fun recruiting trip. It made no sense that he chose NC State. NC State was absolutely horrible before Popolizio and Phillips could have probably gone to any school he wanted. I do recall my friend saying that Phillips did not enjoy wrestling, but that is hearsay and I am not certain. I recall some unfortunate events occurred over spring break or maybe summer break that changed everything for him. NC State then cleaned house the following his redshirt year when Pop took over. Not sure exactly how it all went down and if Popolizio was the reason he was off the roster or if he did not have a team prior to his arrival to NC State. Any kid that had any issues with getting in trouble was off the team with Popolizio got there. Basically only Tommy Gantt stayed.

Phillips was a known HEW and every coach I knew said he wouldn’t make it in college before he ever stepped on the mat 

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On 5/13/2022 at 5:48 PM, ResiliteMarine said:

Tim Darling, Garrett Scott (RIP), Nathan Galloway all 3X PA Champs. Throw in a Alton. All went to PSU.

Thomas Haines, 4X PA champ went to Lock Haven couple time NQ, but no hardware.

 

Haines committed to PSU, but Carl reneged.

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