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2021 NCAAs as watered down as the 1984 Olympics?

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If the Ivy League combined is as salty as Russia perhaps.

Think at the very least Navy is at risk right now, I am sure there will be others dropping but hopefully not too widespread.

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No, it's not close.  You would need Iowa out to begin to draw that comparison, plus the weakened field is massaged by everyone rolling their best lineup due to the eligibility relief.

In fact you would need more than Iowa out... The only prohibitive favorite not in the current field is Yianni.  

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45 minutes ago, JHRoseWrestling said:

No, it's not close.  You would need Iowa out to begin to draw that comparison, plus the weakened field is massaged by everyone rolling their best lineup due to the eligibility relief.

In fact you would need more than Iowa out... The only prohibitive favorite not in the current field is Yianni.  

There are a bunch of AAs and multiple guys who could make an ncaa final sitting out this year 

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Not even close. The 1984 Olympics was super watered down. The USA won 7 golds and 2 silvers in FS in 1984.. The year before at Worlds the Russians had 7 World champions, 2 Silvers and a Bronze. The USA in '83 had 1 champ, 2 silvers, and a bronze. No comparison between the teams whatsoever in strength. If Russia had showed for the 1984 Olympics I have little doubt we'd have seen, MAYBE, 2 or three champs (if we were lucky). For further comparison check out what happened at '85 worlds: Russians had 5 Golds, 2 silvers, and a bronze. The USA had 2 golds, 2 silvers and a bronze. Russia was better than the USA before 1984, and better after. 

 

Here's an apt comparison: imagine if the Big 10 decided to boycott the 2021 NCAA championship: that would roughly equal the impact of the Russians boycotting the 1984 Olympics. 

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7 hours ago, Antitroll2828 said:

There are a bunch of AAs and multiple guys who could make an ncaa final sitting out this year 

There are also potential all-Americans and finalists who would be redshirting or taking an Olympic year but have chosen to wrestle in the shortened season, or have had their redshirt pulled because it is a free year.

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