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Everything posted by gsmith58

  1. It's my observation that those little "ISWA" fella's become darn good wrestlers 8 years later (many start making the top of the ladder 1 to 2 years later). It's the kids that enter late middle school and freshman year that struggle a bit.
  2. Mr. Miller, I'm just shaking my head just like I used to do. Why is it always you...and you know what I mean.
  3. It appears to me their JV is going to be a Top 20.
  4. I can say without any hesitation, Kyle would win well over 30 matches as a 106 right now. He is going to be a beast in High School.
  5. He was a shorter for sure, but he's been pretty muscular for few years even as a younger kid.
  6. You need to be promoting that Dillon Graham kid instead of monkeying around promoting Freshman. Seems that Graham kid has beaten several of the kids that made the list. On a related note have you seen the size of Mr. Ocampo? He used to be in my son's weight class for years. He's a tad bigger these days
  7. Petition to the NFHS: NFHS Petition Against the Change to 12 Classes
  8. 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.
  9. Oh no you don't. I'm keeping my eye on you. You're suspect!
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. Depending on how far back you want to go, throw in Delta and Bloomington South.
  13. I stand corrected. Nevertheless, he was a lot of fun to watch. He talked about in the same way the four-timers are today.
  14. 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.
  15. McKinley, LeCount, or James
  16. 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.
  17. Yeah, you're probably right. I hadn't really thought of it in that way.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Gotcha. I wasn't disagreeing with your post, just noting where he actually lost to Seltzer.
  23. Bettich lost to Seltzer in pre-season at IHPO.
  24. 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...
  25. 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.
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