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Just now, VakAttack said:

Taylor just appears to have aged, significantly from where he was.  Obviously the injury plays a part in that, but part of what made Taylor special was his offensive output, and it's been lacking all tournament.  Honestly in his one-off matches with FLO and NLWC Rokfin also.

I think this was a good adjustment and done on purpose, not just because of age. What made him so exciting also made him vulnerable. He could've done more tonight but no need, he was wrestling little bro.

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1 minute ago, GoNotQuietly said:

Why don't you think he can punch harder?

At some point he's looking at a penalty, at which point the punches become counterproductive.  IMO, he's already over line, but I'm biased, and I get that the ref doesn't want to influence the match if at all possible, but any harder and he's going to have to.

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When two wrestlers from the same club meet in the finals the room is a bit too good ..... probably not a good situation for either wrestler.  I it good for the USA team?  Would RTCs would be better if they could only send one wrestler in every weight?

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1 minute ago, wrestlingnerd said:

I think this was a good adjustment and done on purpose, not just because of age. What made him so exciting also made him vulnerable. He could've done more tonight but no need, he was wrestling little bro.

I feel like it's been all tournament, and also in his prior one-off matches, like I mentioned.  Maybe I'm wrong.  He's, by far, our best shot to win Olympic Gold at the weight, so I hope I'm wrong.

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1 minute ago, swoopdown said:

When two wrestlers from the same club meet in the finals the room is a bit too good ..... probably not a good situation for either wrestler.  I it good for the USA team?  Would RTCs would be better if they could only send one wrestler in every weight?

No. Iron sharpens iron is true. Nickal made DT better and vice versa.  At some point, if someone is really competitive, they'll leave. Its' only natural. JO left when Yianni was starting to catch up. Gilman left after Lee overtook him. Etc. Nickal never left because DT always has and always will big brother him.

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4 minutes ago, headshuck said:

He didn't even celebrate with both outstretched arms.  Never seen that before.

I didn't notice anything amiss in the Dean match, and he certainly won it handily, but I didn't notice anything in the Spencer's B10 final either, so...

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3 minutes ago, nom said:

Yea, I'm no longer considering Taylor a big favorite for gold.  I hope he does ... seriously hope he does.  But his dominance has faded a bit.  

Yazdani beats him imo this time around

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Just now, wrestlingnerd said:

No. Iron sharpens iron is true. Nickal made DT better and vice versa.  At some point, if someone is really competitive, they'll leave. Its' only natural. JO left when Yianni was starting to catch up. Gilman left after Lee overtook him. Etc. Nickal never left because DT always has and always will big brother him.

That's my feeling too, but Nickal's such an unknown (to us at least) at 86, I'm a little nervous.  Wasn't expecting him to handle Zahid like that either.

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