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The Best 1X NCAA Champ?

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BRuce Baumgartner.

+1 beat me to it....can't imagine a 1x champ with better overall career accomplishments.

 

4 Olympic Medals (2-Gold, 1-Silver, 1-Bronze), 9 World Championship Medals (3-Gold, 3-Silver, 3-Bronze) and 4 Pan-American Medals (3-Gold, 1-Silver,); he has also won 12 World Cup Medals (7-Gold, 5-Silver), an NCAA title (and 2 Runner-Up finishes), 4 Olympic Festival titles, 2 AAU National titles and a Junior National title. Presented with the 1995 James E. Sullivan Award by the Amateur Athletic Union as the outstanding amateur athlete in the U.S.

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Dan Chaid all time wins leader at OU beat Goldman when they were juniors. Goldman won his senior year because of a very questionable stalling call. Anybody who watched Chaid wrestled would never say he stalled. He also is the all time pins leader at OU.

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One thing flawed with these arguments is that you favor guys that reach their potential earlier and are biased against guys that took a couple years to hit their stride and therefor maybe placed lower when they were young. Sure David Taylor was better than Jordan Burroughs and John Smith during their freshman years, but is he a better wrestler than them when he is leaving college? Is a few spots higher your freshman worth more than actually being a better wrestler as a senior?

 

This seems to happen a lot in recruiting. People love the 4 timer but many times the kid that took some lumps and worked his butt off his first couple years end up with only 2 titles but better wrestler leaving high school.

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Not sure how you measure something like this. Yes Taylor lights up the scoreboard but he's lost to Jenkins, Dake, Howe, Burroughs. Something tells me there was a 1xer from the past that was unbeatable, just not lighting up the scoreboard vs the field.

 

By definition it would be very tough for a 1x champ to be unbeatable.

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