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SharkBit last won the day on December 23 2016

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  1. Dodging matchups

    Certainly did not mean to imply that it did involve Graham. He just seemed to be a good subject for my hypothetical. Graham is one that has earned respect and reputation for taking on tough challenges!
  2. Dodging matchups

    Since Graham Calhoun is the original example, if you were wrestling Plymouth and had a pretty good kid, possibly ranked at 152, everyone would expect to see that match. If for some reason your kid did not wrestle that particular dual or was bumped up to wrestle 160 (for the good of the team) it may be perceived as a dodge? Again being impartial to both sides of the argument....if you bump your kid to 160 and win (or lose) the dual by six or less...justified coaching move.
  3. Traicoff

    So based on Individual rankings think it will go according to team seeds?
  4. Dodging matchups

    Back to topic...agree. If a wrestler (or his coaches) are more concerned with win/loss record and/or ranking I believe it will undermine the achievement of goals. Now to be totally objective...not everyone has the same goals. For some it may be to qualify for Semi State, punch a ticket at State, place at State. A great win/loss record or high ranking will still not help you achieve those goals. If a wrestler's goal is to wrestle under the lights, the best way to achieve that is to have first hand knowledge of the other 15 guys in the state bracket! It is rare to go undefeated, and those that have ended their season without blemish, are the least likely to have ever "dodged" a match up to get there. "Best way to make a name for yourself...is by taking someone else's name away" aka "if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best". Great example is Jacob LaPlace-Mishawaka 138# who placed 4th at State as a freshman. Jacob had 13 losses on his record going into State. The reason that Jacob placed that high as a freshman WAS the 13 losses. That is what prepared him to reach his goal. And I've never heard anyone stick an asterisk next to that accomplishment with a note that says....yeah but he had 13 losses. Is there a wrestler out there that will not admit that they have learned more from a tough loss than from an easy win? From a fans standpoint, we respect a wrestler that steps up for a challenge...win or lose.
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  6. Young Guns?

    I noticed that it was mentioned that Mater Dei had a relatively young team. Any other young up and comers? Mishawaka lineup last Saturday consisted of 6 Freshmen - 5 Sophomores - 2 Juniors - 1 Senior Hopefully the "Young Guns" are poised and ready to experience the "MEATGRINDER" that is the Traicoff of Calumet! Welcome to the big league youngsters.

    113 - Mishawaka Brendon Mark over Fernando Flores of Goshen (#5 @ 106) 5-4 132 - Mishawaka Gabe Weeks over Shawn Hollis of Lowell (#12 @ 126) 10-4
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  14. Traicoff

    Can someone remind me when Pool draws are usually available? Wednesday....Thursday?
  15. Great event at the Penn Palace as two NAIA top ranked teams with a lot of Indiana talent faced off before a sizable crowd for Friday Night college wrestling in Mishawaka. #6 ranked University of the Cumberlands knocked off #3 Indiana Tech in a pretty dominant performance 31-13. Penn did a nice job of hosting the event and had a huge crowd on hand, Mishawaka brought a great following north of the river to support former Cavemen Jake Sinkovics and Tristan Macri. Saw John Glenn brought a bus, Jimtown had a pretty good size group, Riley was there in force and many others from the surrounding communities like Bremen and South Bend to support many of the Indiana boys. Good dual with some great match ups. 15 of the 20 participants ranked nationally in NAIA. Good example for some of the High School and younger guys to realize that NAIA offers a great option for those wrestlers that have the desire to compete at the next level. It was a good night for wrestling and in particular Indiana wrestling!