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College / Re: Wisconsin
« on: July 12, 2019, 11:58:09 AM »
Zander Wick retired after his latest hip surgery.

College / Re: Looking at who Penn State loses after this season
« on: April 04, 2019, 09:49:43 AM »
apparently, Casey Cunningham has said that Shakur received his 6th year. I can only assume Cassar gets one too now, since he has a much stronger case.

Agreed on Cassar, but in the same statement where Cunningham confirmed Rasheed had received his 6th year, he stated Cassar had not yet heard back. It makes me wonder if they really did ask for two years. Otherwise, I'm not sure what the hold up would be. Then again, like in any administrative process, I'm sure there are paper work snags and other issues that crop up. I can't imagine Cassar getting denied completely in any case.

I wonder if Zalesky's seat is getting warm yet.

I will never understand the NCAA making a rule to allow for a 3rd party reviewer, then not using it at the NCAA tournament. Then again, they still have bye points in the rulebook and they don't give those out at the NCAA tournament anymore so I guess I shouldn't be THAT surprised. The challenge system is ridiculous as currently constituted.

College / Re: NCAA Seeding Curiosities
« on: March 12, 2019, 02:12:41 PM »
All the seeding is done by formula now so we can largely calculate it with enough time/data.

Rivera will be the 1 seed over Picc thanks to coaches ranking, quality wins, and RPI.

Fix will be the 1 at 133, but I haven't run the numbers on Micic/Suriano or Micic/Phillippi.

The HWT mess is going to be interesting. It will probably be decided by the coaches ranking, but White will be #1 in the RPI. If he compares favorably to Cassar in quality wins, he could jump him. However, if the CR goes Cassar, Steveson, White, Cassar and White may never get compared if Cassar compares favorably to Steveson and Steveson compares favorably to White. This will be very close.

College / Re: NCAA Championship Trivia
« on: March 12, 2019, 02:06:36 PM »
No one has given the answers to my easy questions in the first post of this thread. I guess they were too easy.

Maybe this one is a little harder. In what two consecutive years did an undefeated D1 wrestler take the only loss of his college career in the NCAA Finals? Who were the two wrestlers, and by whom were they upset?

1970 - Dan Gable (Iowa State) upset by Larry Owings (Washington)
1971 - Dwayne Keller (Oklahoma State) upset by Roger Weigel (Oregon State)

Adding to the misery, both were seniors who won every college match they wrestled until the final one. The match after Dwayne lost to Weigel, his brother Darrel won his second NCAA title, completing his first undefeated college season by beating...Larry Owings.

High School & Lower / Re: Keep an eye on....
« on: February 25, 2019, 04:53:07 PM »
Saw him live at Perry. He is very impressive. I'm excited to see where his career goes.

College / Re: First #1 to go down?
« on: February 25, 2019, 04:49:46 PM »
I mean, technically Gross went undefeated too.  :D

I can't remember if it was last year or the year before that there were 10 undefeated after the conference tournaments, 1 at each weight. I tried to look up whether we'd ever had 10 undefeated champions. I couldn't prove it had. It may have in the early days, but the records are spotty.

I'd say the most likely wrestlers to win the title with a loss include Zahid, Fix, Suriano, Spencer Lee, Kolodzik, or McKenna. Maybe the White/Dhesi/Cassar triumvirate at 285, but Gable looks great.

College / Re: Oklahoma
« on: February 07, 2019, 10:18:35 AM »
He has done really good work with the Oklahoma RTC but, obviously, the success at the college level has yet to follow. I still think you have to give him next year and the year after to see how his recruits develop and to get rid of a few more holdovers. It can be difficult to change the culture when the old guard is still around.
Not many of those holdovers left actually.

If OU was scoring 20 or 30 points at the tournament and if there was some obvious enthusiasm or if there was some improvement in the performances of some of the older wrestlers on the team I guess I would agree with giving him more time. But when his team scores 2 points in the tournament, the athletes appear apathetic even at home, and your (non transfer) junior and senior starters appear to have gotten worse since their mildly successful freshman seasons its hard to believe that patience is warranted.

He didn't recruit Moody, Jeffries, the Thomases, or Hayden Hansen and MacCallum is a stop-gap. Judging a new coach on the performance of guys who were already there when he was hired is tough. On the one hand, it would be great if the new staff could come in, get buy in, and help them improve. On the other hand, if those guys don't buy what the new guy is selling, it can cause a lot of issues. I don't have any inside info on that front, but IMO we should at least wait to see if Madrigal, Demas, Mantanona, Woodley, and Boyd improve next season. If they do, maybe Lou just needs his guys. If they don't, I'll be more on board with another change.

College / Re: Oklahoma
« on: February 06, 2019, 01:04:19 PM »
He has done really good work with the Oklahoma RTC but, obviously, the success at the college level has yet to follow. I still think you have to give him next year and the year after to see how his recruits develop and to get rid of a few more holdovers. It can be difficult to change the culture when the old guard is still around.

« on: February 04, 2019, 12:46:57 PM »
In addition to Piccininni, Jack Mueller (Virginia) is undefeated at 125. Alex Marinelli (Iowa) is undefeated at 165, Pat Brucki (Princeton) is undefeated at 197.

College / Re: Is there any way to MUTE someone on this forum?
« on: February 04, 2019, 11:04:29 AM »
Go to your Profile, hover over Modify Profile, then Buddies/Ignore List, click Edit Ignore List, then add the member you'd like to ignore.

International / Re: Yarigan
« on: January 28, 2019, 02:38:02 PM »
Tamyra Mensah-Stock also won gold becoming the first American to win 3 Yarygin/Yarigan/Yariguin titles!

College / Re: Kevin Dresser
« on: January 28, 2019, 10:09:13 AM »
All of this is 3rd hand info/observation from afar, but he seems to be excellent at identifying the strengths of his staff, then delegating tasks that use those strengths in the best ways possible. He also seems to be a good CEO, raising money, and dealing with issues that come up. The Zadick situation was a good example of that. I believe Zadick is a good coach, but there was obviously an issue there that threatened to derail the progress the program was making. Instead of burying his head in the sand or trying to make everyone happy, Dresser dismissed a guy who had been with him for several years. At the time, some wondered if that was the right call, but the way they are wrestling right now, it is hard to argue with.

We'll see where this goes. They aren't back to the level they need to be for the Dresser era to be considered a success, but I was impressed with the way they battled against Oklahoma State yesterday. Carr looks like the real deal as well. If the recruits keep coming, all signs point to the Cyclones climbing back into the top 10.

College / Re: Rankings
« on: January 09, 2019, 12:20:52 PM »
No, I think it's that OkieSpladle didn't like seeing what Steveson did to his homeboy White.

1) I am no longer affiliated with TOM.
2) I never did the HWT rankings, even during my tenure.

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