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International / Cox to Poland Open at 92?
« on: June 02, 2021, 02:19:11 PM »
What the heck?  Whatever, it is hard to understand this kid. 


International / Pan Ams
« on: May 27, 2021, 06:46:04 PM »
So far our GR team are all in the finals. 

60 Hafizov (USA) vs D. Toro Castaneda (COL)
63 R Miranda (USA) vs A. Montano Arroyoecu (ECU)
67 X Johnson (USA) vs E. Feliciano (COM)
72  3 round robins, J Johnson (USA) has 2 wins through 2 rounds, in final round he faces a guy that beat the guy Johnson beat 9-0.   Should be an easy win

That's all that is available at this time.  So we should have 4 gold medallists.  I don't see anyone from CUB entered which is surprising to me. 


Other Sports / Logan Paul vs Floyd Mayweather
« on: May 24, 2021, 05:10:21 PM »
What are the odds that Paul maintains whatever brainpower he currently has?

I'd say odds are pretty good.  But I think he'll get clocked. 


International / Last Chance Olympic Qualifier
« on: May 07, 2021, 07:33:17 PM »
JO did not qualify 65 for FS.  So he does not go to Tokyo.  I guess it was a lackluster match on his part.  I have not seen it, just read about it on

We have Coon and Porter trying to qualify in GR tomorrow.


International / Sr Nationals
« on: May 03, 2021, 01:51:45 PM »
Well, they were held last week.  Key takeaway is that I think pretty much no one cared. 

Here are the final results:


57 Jakob Camacho (TMWC/ Wolfpack Wrestling Club) VPO1 Ethan Rotondo (Wisconsin Regional Training Center), 8-6

61 Shelton Mack (TMWC/ New York City RTC) VPO1 Josh Kramer (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club), 3-2

65Jaydin Eierman (TMWC/ Hawkeye Wrestling Club) VPO1 Domonick Demas (Oklahoma Regional Training Center), 8-4

70James Green (TMWC/ SERTC) VPO1 Alec Pantaleo (TMWC/ CKWC), 7-2

74 Hayden Hidlay (TMWC/ Wolfpack Wrestling Club) VPO1 Joey Lavallee (TMWC/ LVWC), 2-1

79 Taylor Lujan (Panther Wrestling Club RTC) VFO Isaiah Martinez (TMWC/ BEAVER DAM RTC), 0-0

86 Mark Hall PA (TMWC/ PENN RTC) VPO1 Trent Hidlay NC (TMWC/ Wolfpack Wrestling Club), 5-4

92 Nathan Jackson NJ (New York Athletic Club) VPO1 Kyven Gadson IA (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club), 6-1

97 Austin Schafer (New York Athletic Club) VSU Nathan Rotert (Jackrabbit Wrestling Club), 10-0 1:39

125 Nick Gwiazdowski (TMWC/ Wolfpack Wrestling Club) VSU Anthony Cassioppi (TMWC/ Hawkeye Wrestling Club), 12-0 1:48

Gwiz pounded the field which shows the great dispartity here.  Top two guys are in the clouds while the rest all look up at them from the ground.  Green continued to own 70kg. 

Anyway, that's the deal.  Next is the Olympic qualifier next week where we will see if JO can qualify the weight or not. 


Other Sports / Ben Askren to box youtuber Jake Paul
« on: April 14, 2021, 12:54:35 PM »
My kids are kind of excited about this match this weekend.  I hadn't heard a thing about it.  Any predictions?  Anyone care?

I say Askren, who boxes gets frustrated, takes him down and submits him and then the ref.   Banner day for Ben!!


International / Cox missed weight
« on: April 07, 2021, 11:51:30 AM »
This issue is the source for a now 37 page rant on the themat forums.  Not much of a peep here. 

There are some posters over there that wanted USAW to bend the rules just for Cox so he could wrestle.  Cox was not at weight by the time proscribed, therefore he did not make weight.  Pretty simple and has been the way of life for wrestlers forever.  But just this one time, we need an exception.  I find it fascinating that it is so controversial of a call over there.  When asked for examples where this has ever occurred, they cannot bring any, just complain that our best guy was not in the mix. 

Are there any feeling with our guys here that Cox was somehow mishandled in this situation?  That he should have been allowed to wrestle?  How many lawsuits would there have been if that had been the case?  Cox is appealing the decision, but it is really a defense by "my coach told me" so I don't think it will hold much water. 

It is really too bad that Cox was not there.  It would have made the 97 weight class that much more exciting.  But he blew it.  He did not make weight when he was supposed to. 


Off-Topic / Taking a trip to Phoenix
« on: April 01, 2021, 12:13:43 PM »

We are going to Phoenix next week, been planned for some months.  We heard the CDC said covid tests are now mandated before getting on a flight and after coming home.   But we see nothing on the Southwest website about this.  Some states have restrictions.  But not Arizona.  I assume Southwest would provide the latest info. 

Do any of you know different?


International / OTT rosters should be set
« on: March 29, 2021, 03:34:14 PM »
OTT seeds are set.   Going to be exciting this weekend for sure. 


57 kg
1. Thomas Gilman (Nittany Lion WC/TMWC)
2. Daton Fix (Cowboy RTC/TMWC)
3. Vitali Arujau (Spartan Combat RTC/TMWC)
4. Seth Gross (Wisconsin RTC/Sunkist Kids)
5. Nick Suriano (Sunkist Kids)
6. Joe Colon (Cyclone RTC/TMWC)
7. Nathan Tomasello (TMWC)
8. Sean Russell (Gopher WC RTC)
9. Zane Richards (Illinois RTC)
10. Zach Sanders (Gopher WC RTC)

My Pick - I go with Fix.  I am not very clear on this, but Gilman could beat him.  I believe he's the only one with a chance. 

65 kg
1. Zain Retherford (Nittany Lion WC/TMWC)
2. Yianni Diakomihalis (Spartan Combat RTC/TMWC)
3. Jordan Oliver (Tar Heel WC/Sunkist Kids)
4. James Green (SERTC/TMWC)
5. Joey McKenna (Pennsylvania RTC/TMWC)
6. Nick Lee (Nittany Lion WC/TMWC)
7. Frank Molinaro (Sunkist Kids WC/TMWC)
8. Anthony Ashnault (New Jersey RTC/NYAC)
9. Nahshon Garrett (SERTC/TMWC)
10. Evan Henderson (Spartan Combat RTC/TMWC)
11. Mitch McKee (Gopher WC RTC)

My Pick - Yianni.  Zain will fall to either Yianni or Oliver.  But Oliver will not be consistent, never has.  He has been at it for a long time but JO will not be our rep.  And we have to get the weight qualified.

74 kg
Jordan Burroughs (Nebraska WTC/Sunkist Kids) – sitting to best-of-three finals
Kyle Dake (Spartan Combat RTC/TMWC) – sitting to challenge tournament semifinals

1. Isaiah Martinez (Beaver Dam RTC/TMWC)
2. Jason Nolf (Nittany Lion WC/TMWC)
3. Chance Marsteller (TMWC)
4. Thomas Gantt (Wolfpack RTC/ TMWC)
5. Logan Massa (Cliff Keen WC/NYAC)
6. David Carr (Cyclone RTC/TMWC)
7. Evan Wick (Wisconsin RTC/TMWC)
8. Vincenzo Joseph (Nittany Lion WC/TMWC)

My Pick - JB.   Dake will make a great run but JB will be ready and will be the Olympic rep at this weight.

86 kg
1. David Taylor (Nittany Lion WC/TMWC)
2. Zahid Valencia (Sunkist Kids)
3. Pat Downey (Unattached)
4. Myles Martin (Ohio RTC/TMWC)
5. Gabe Dean (Spartan Combat RTC/TMWC)
6. Bo Nickal (Nittany Lion WC/TMWC)
7. Nate Jackson (New Jersey RTC/NYAC)
8. Sam Brooks (Hawkeye WC/NYAC)
9. Brett Pfarr (Gopher WC RTC)
10. Aaron Brooks (Nittany Lion WC/TMWC)
11. Carter Starocci (Nittany Lion WC/TMWC)

My Pick - Taylor.  He is just heads and shoulders above anyone else at this weight.  Zahid might give him fits but I don't think he has enough to overcome Taylor.

97 kg
Kyle Snyder (Nittany Lion WC/TMWC) – sitting to best-of-three finals
J’den Cox (USOPTC/TMWC) – sitting to challenge tournament semifinals

1. Kollin Moore (Ohio RTC/TMWC)
2. Hayden Zillmer (Gopher WC RTC)
3. Mike Macchiavello (Wolfpack RTC/TMWC)
4. Kyven Gadson (Sunkist Kids)
5. Ty Walz (SERTC/TMWC)
6. AJ Ferrari (Cowboy RTC/TMWC)
7. Ben Honis (Pennsylvania RTC/TMWC)
8. Braxton Amos (Wisconsin RTC)

My Pick - KS will be our rep.  I think it will come down to him and Cox and I don't think Cox will prevail.  I would be pretty amazed if he did prevail.  He's the only one with half a chance.

125 kg
1. Nick Gwiazdowski (Wolfpack RTC/TMWC)
2. Gable Steveson (Gopher WC RTC)
3. Mason Parris (Cliff Keen WC)
4. Dom Bradley (Tiger Style RTC/Sunkist Kids)
5. Anthony Nelson (Gopher WC RTC)
6. Daniel Kerkvliet (Nittany Lion WC/TMWC)
7. Tanner Hall (Sunkist Kids)
8. Garrett Ryan (Sunkist Kids)
9. Jordan Wood (Lehigh Valley RTC)

My Pick - Gwiz, but Steveson is right there.  I think this will be Gwiz's last chance though, Gable takes over next year. 


Off-Topic / A Deer Hunting
« on: March 25, 2021, 03:47:41 PM »
I thought this was pretty funny.

I guess the hoof is on the other foot or whatever.


International / Sadulaev just lost to B. Saitiev
« on: March 04, 2021, 07:15:49 PM »
I heard it in my head.   As nothing else is going on here, I thought I'd throw it out there.  Actually Adam might have given him a run for his money.  He was really really good.

99 WC at 76Kg   Pinned Joe Williams in 1:14 in this tourney in semi-finals. 
200O OC at 85Kg
2002 WC at 84Kg

As an interesting side note, Bouvaissa wrestled Joe Williams in 2001 WC's and beat him 5-4.  Adam was that good!!


International / 2021 Matteo Pelicone tourney
« on: March 01, 2021, 04:51:10 PM »
UWW has released the list of participants in this year's tourney.

Burroughs will be there, Taylor, Snyder not.  The full list is interesting.  PDIII looks to be there too.


International / NLWC 5.0
« on: February 09, 2021, 03:11:06 PM »
Dake vs Nolf.   I can't find anything else about this.  Supposed to happen later this month. 


International / Henri Deglane
« on: January 15, 2021, 04:23:32 PM »
Well, the women are done and we had 4 gold medallists, including Maroulis. 

The FS men now have their draws and wrestling commences tomorrow.  Gilman, Green, Yianni, and KS are there as well as others. 


International / Can Flo get a Brinzer / Sadulaev match
« on: December 11, 2020, 05:25:37 PM »
I would join Flo if they could get Ray in a match or two against Sadulaev, or anyone really.  Would be entertaining.   


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