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Everything posted by gsmith58

  1. gsmith58

    NFHS looking to reduce weight classes

    Petition to the NFHS: NFHS Petition Against the Change to 12 Classes
  2. gsmith58

    Chad Red

    I wouldn't disagree that cliches and anecdotes can be helpful motivation, but fact-based evidence is more important for actual results. Of course, upsets happen, but for every upset, there are tens, if not hundreds that that didn't happen. Upsets stick in our mind, because...well they're upsets...and less frequent. Seeds matter; otherwise they wouldn't be so prevalent across all sports. Pick any particular bracket, at say, the NCAA DI finals this year. Count up how many they got right and how many they got wrong. For example, look at the 125 bracket. I believe the higher seed won 28 of 29 matches. That's fact-based evidence.
  3. gsmith58

    Impact freshman

    Oh no you don't. I'm keeping my eye on you. You're suspect!
  4. gsmith58

    Let's shake things up--new rules ideas

    No, I wouldn't want that. It is what it is. I think your proposed jump is too drastic, and would simply reallocate, what you perceive, as 'unfairness.' I thought wrestling prided itself on being a level playing field where the outliers could compete. While there are no doubt a number of very good upperclass wrestlers sitting because of circumstances (Brownsburg, Perry, Mater Dei, etc), I would bet they're a number sitting simply because they have not put in the time and effort that their varsity counterpart has. I am only pointing out it depends on your perspective, and asking you to recognize there are a number, not just my son, of smaller underclass wrestlers that have some talent, have put in as much, if not more, time and effort, and are equally deserving as any upperclass backup. And, I'm pretty certain that if one could to equalize weight, Cernus and Cotty could compete with, say, the HWT finalists. As far as cutting, you and I are of like mind, but I don't see that changing anytime soon.
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    Let's shake things up--new rules ideas

    I have a small 106 son and so I'm, admittedly, biased and a bit prickly about this. Being that he's in a room(s) year-round, I'd sure like the idea of my son being able to compete against kids 'nearly' his size before he's a senior. Not that I think it's a swell idea, but couldn't we apply this logic and similar 'generalization' to the heavyweight class?
  6. gsmith58

    Best Teams

    Depending on how far back you want to go, throw in Delta and Bloomington South.
  7. gsmith58

    Short List ?

    I stand corrected. Nevertheless, he was a lot of fun to watch. He talked about in the same way the four-timers are today.
  8. gsmith58

    Short List ?

    I don't know how widespread it was, but Bloomington South didn't have freshman wrestle in the early 70s, otherwise, Randy May would have been on the list of four-time champs. Freshmen were wrestling at least by 74.
  9. gsmith58

    Perry Meridian RTC

    McKinley, LeCount, or James
  10. gsmith58

    Impact freshman

    I get your point, but I think the degree of difficulty is different. It's my observation that a talented freshman 171 can hold his own with 'most' upperclassmen, but I agree he is likely going to take some lumps. Southridge has a 90lb freshman. I could tell from watching he had some skill, and if he sticks with it he'll do well; but, I don't believe he was able to win a match all year. As mentally tough as a youngster may be, that's hard. I do agree with your larger point and although it was hard, it was a good experience for my son. My main point was and still is, "I" wouldn't do it differently, but I certainly understand why some parents consider it.
  11. gsmith58

    Impact freshman

    Yeah, you're probably right. I hadn't really thought of it in that way.
  12. gsmith58

    Impact freshman

    There are probably 5 or 6 middle schoolers I know of that could arguably fit in the top, lets say, 30. There are also several that have been held back and are soon to be in that top 12 list. I also know of about 4 or 5 freshmen that fit into that category; outside of Evan Dickey (New Castle Semi-State), they're invisible.
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    Impact freshman

    Nope. That's why we didn't hold him back. It wasn't even a consideration; I couldn't justify it developmentally or academically. That said, I get why folks whose sons (and daughters) are very small do. Of course, I want him to do well, but wins and losses are secondary to just being able to compete and compete safely. It may just be my perception since my son is training at academies, but there are a lot of kids being held back. And, I haven't noticed the social stigma. It is certainly feasible, but I haven't noticed.
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    Impact freshman

    I have exhibit A as to why parents hold their kids back. I have roughly 30+ videos of my 87lb son wrestling 106. Trust me on this one.
  15. I recall being at a Middle School tourney in West Virginia. Ike lost a tough match to another very good Indiana kid. What struck me was instead of sulking, he grabbed a tablet and studied his match. As he watched it, he would occasionally purse his lips with a slight shake of his head. I can recall thinking this is a kid that is bound for success. I often remind my own son of that scene and how you conduct yourself.
  16. gsmith58

    Crown Point Regional

    Gotcha. I wasn't disagreeing with your post, just noting where he actually lost to Seltzer.
  17. gsmith58

    Crown Point Regional

    Bettich lost to Seltzer in pre-season at IHPO.
  18. gsmith58

    Middle school predictions

    In addition to 4U2NV's list at the lighter weights, I'd add 75 - Linser, Haines 80 - LaRocca, Schaefer, Ocampo 85 - Billerman 90 - Lowery, Stebbins, Morton, Foster, Marcum 95 - Wolf It's getting good now...
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    Middle school predictions

    Based on where the list stands currently, I would add Bollinger (75) Rioux (75), LaRocca (80), Wood (85), Rinehart (95), Vander Luitgaren (95) and Weems (102) to 4U2NV & MackG's lists as higher podium finishers.
  20. gsmith58

    Top Middle School Wrestlers 2018/2019

    Indeed!! I am certain that Kyle could be competitive at 106 right now. Given 4 more years who knows, might be the next Seltzer or that other freshman at 126...I can't remember his name. Just saying!
  21. gsmith58

    Top Middle School Wrestlers 2018/2019

    ...I'm pretty certain that Kyle would beat him at this point anyway 😀 You going to add any on here? I don't know the little guys weights any longer.
  22. gsmith58

    Repeat champions? Freshman Champions?

    I'm not sure that would threaten Moran or Seltzer. Zeke beat him pretty handily early. I suppose things do change.
  23. gsmith58

    Trackwrestling profile

    Make sure the person entering the information uses the trackwrestling id# associated with his/her main profile. Some kids have multiple accounts for various reasons. I have never had any success getting them to fully remove records not associated with my son's account. There are obviously a number of Nathan Smiths and I think folks just guess at times.
  24. I certainly would not count him out, but a lock...in that class?
  25. Allred is about as close as it gets and I also like Cotty. Relative to Moran, Seltzer isn't going down easy at 113.

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