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    Silvertone1696 reacted to Jimtown 138 in Gimson Brothers   
    Rock-Paper-Scissors...
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    Silvertone1696 reacted to piscis1956 in THE BEST SEATS AT STATE   
    I stood in line more than 2 hours to be in front on line.  Then I hurried in only to find 3 coaches of one school, who obviously had gotten access without standing in line, saving a block of 50 seats.  When I told them they weren’t allowed to save that many, they told me that’s what they were doing and I couldn’t stop them.  Then as soon as their 2 wrestlers got promptly beat Friday, almost all of their “fans” immediately got up and left.
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    Silvertone1696 reacted to Y2CJ41 in Which none state ranked wrestler is set to have the deepest run?   
    In our defense Alaskamat.com had him ranked.
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    Silvertone1696 got a reaction from indianmorg in State Finals Noteworthy Draws   
    Alrad? C'mon guys for a kid this special mind your spelling. It's Allred.
     
    Cole Solomey vs Jett Boots at 120 should be a heckuva match. Solomey has had a great year having stayed under the radar being in the same sectional with a pair of proven seniors in Bettich and Diaz. Now he may be on the podium. 
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    Silvertone1696 got a reaction from FCFIGHTER170 in State Finals Noteworthy Draws   
    Alrad? C'mon guys for a kid this special mind your spelling. It's Allred.
     
    Cole Solomey vs Jett Boots at 120 should be a heckuva match. Solomey has had a great year having stayed under the radar being in the same sectional with a pair of proven seniors in Bettich and Diaz. Now he may be on the podium. 
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    Silvertone1696 got a reaction from NW Indiana Wrestling Fan in State Finals Noteworthy Draws   
    Alrad? C'mon guys for a kid this special mind your spelling. It's Allred.
     
    Cole Solomey vs Jett Boots at 120 should be a heckuva match. Solomey has had a great year having stayed under the radar being in the same sectional with a pair of proven seniors in Bettich and Diaz. Now he may be on the podium. 
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    Silvertone1696 got a reaction from UncleJimmy in 160 state finals...best potential match of entire finals   
    Steenbeke will give Perry everything he can handle. I know that record is unimpressive but the kid is wrestling well right now for a frosh especially. He pinned his first three opponents in under 3 minutes each time at semistate before giving Hollendonner everything he could handle in losing 3-2. I was impressed after someone had mentioned his first round opponent as a likely upset over him. 
     
    As Lee Corso says...not so fast my friend!
     
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    Silvertone1696 got a reaction from piscis1956 in East Chicago Semi State   
    Attica has a really nice little team for the sub 300 student Fountain County high school, with 5 qualifiers that include a couple hammers in Hargan and Douglass. However the draw certainly didn't do this crew favors, though Douglass it could be said had a relatively favorable draw in one of the weaker weights. I haven't got to see Hargan wrestle but regardless of the schedule it takes some skills to arrive undefeated in SS. But drawing Pack in the bloodround will certainly mean if he makes it to state he definitely earned it. Miller at 106 is the lone senior in the group and has a pair of 2nd place finishes this post season thanks to standout sophomore Jake Stall of McCutcheon by scores of 8-4 and 9-4. 
     
    Unfortunately I think fellow small school warrior Jeffrey Bailey of River Forest will be too much for Miller in what figures to be a fantastic blood round match. 4 of the 5 Attica reps are seniors, with just junior 220 Clayton Kelley being the holdout. Kelley has a tough first round assignment in fellow junior Bobby Babcock of Hobart.
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    Silvertone1696 got a reaction from The Zebra in East Chicago Semi State   
    Attica has a really nice little team for the sub 300 student Fountain County high school, with 5 qualifiers that include a couple hammers in Hargan and Douglass. However the draw certainly didn't do this crew favors, though Douglass it could be said had a relatively favorable draw in one of the weaker weights. I haven't got to see Hargan wrestle but regardless of the schedule it takes some skills to arrive undefeated in SS. But drawing Pack in the bloodround will certainly mean if he makes it to state he definitely earned it. Miller at 106 is the lone senior in the group and has a pair of 2nd place finishes this post season thanks to standout sophomore Jake Stall of McCutcheon by scores of 8-4 and 9-4. 
     
    Unfortunately I think fellow small school warrior Jeffrey Bailey of River Forest will be too much for Miller in what figures to be a fantastic blood round match. 4 of the 5 Attica reps are seniors, with just junior 220 Clayton Kelley being the holdout. Kelley has a tough first round assignment in fellow junior Bobby Babcock of Hobart.
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    Silvertone1696 reacted to aoberlin in Will FW SS have a champ?   
    I have this discussion often and I think there are a bunch of factors that play into it. First off, I think wrestling in the last 20 years in Indiana has gotten much better across the State and North East Indiana hasn't kept up. You can no longer start in high school wrestle for 4 months out of the year do a few freestyle tournaments and one camp and expect to do great things. Just like all the other sports, rather you agree with it or not, kids are becoming specialized and know they have to start young and focus on your core sport 9 to 10 months out of the year. That isn't happening a ton around here. We have had many well meaning individuals step up and try to provide some sort of Academy but they start them and get about 10 kids or so and quickly realize they can't keep the lights on doing it. I personally have went around and priced facilities and done the math on running it as a business that would just break even and there is definitely a risk there. Especially if you want to create a real Academy that screams wrestling when you walk in.
     
    Given that FWCS is our biggest school district with some of our biggest schools and there is a multitude of challenges you have to overcome to produce quality teams or even keep kids out. Like stated before the thing that would make the biggest difference is if we can get middle school wrestling in FWCS across the board and not just a few places. I have talked to a few FWCS ADs about it and a couple middle school Principals and they say the discussions are starting about the logistics of it. I believe there are more challenges then most of us realize. So with the lack of middle school wrestling and the increase in talent overall it gets very hard to get kids with no experience to come out and stay out when they just get their butts kicked. A wise coach, that coached in FWCS for over 30 years once said to me "the hardest thing to do is to convince a kid that getting your butt kicked all the time is worth it." Such a true statement, I don't care how athletic you are if you don't have a room around you with some experienced kids and a great coaching staff you are not going from no experience your freshman year to a State champion your senior year. Their may be a few examples of this but they are very very rare.
     
    So our biggest school district isn't producing anymore and that definitely hurts us. But as one person said many of those kids our going to outer schools like Southwest and Northeast Allen. Hence the rise in Carroll and if everything goes as planned Homestead will be starting to show some real promise soon. The 3 biggest schools in the area are Homestead, Carroll, and Northrop. Northrop is part of FWCS and that has been discussed. Carroll has a program that is well established and has been in the making for over 20 years and has produced a State champion, runner up, and multiple state place winners. As much as we, Homestead, hate them because we would love to beat them, we really work well together at the youth and middle school level, and personally I get along with all the coaches. I will say this, with first hand experience, just because a school is big does not make it easy to build a program and change a culture. We all have our own battles that we deal with to try and get our wrestlers to the next level. 
     
    The Goshen area isn't as up as it has been the past but they always always contribute a ton to Fort Wayne Semi-State. I coached for Dekalb for years and we went to that regional and when Northridge, Goshen, Elkhart Memorial, and Jimtown are firing on all cylinders it is tough. To be honest I just don't know that much about the Peru area but I know there is some pride in that area and Peru always has like 50 matches. We just don't see many of their kids until Semi State.
     
    With all that said the small schools in North East Indiana pull their weight and more. There are a bunch of solid smaller schools with a culture of wrestling that do well. Just to name a few Bellmont, Garrett, Adams Central, Jay County, and Prairie Heights. These schools are consistently invited to team state for a reason but it has been discussed at nauseam the challenges small schools have compared to the big schools so it is tough for them to make up for the rest of the area.
     
    I really hope we can change things around here but it will take all of us to do it. A single Academy isn't going to fix it. I think all the coaches around the area would be happy to work with each other to get things moving again but as many of you know there is only so many hours in the day and this sport doesn't pay anyone's bills and it is hard enough getting your own program going. It is all for the love of it. Personally I am always willing to help, just shoot me a message and I will respond. Just like everyone else on this board I know how this sport changed my life and I have witnessed it change many others.
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    Silvertone1696 reacted to SWINfan in Hoosiers in College - Post Season Results/Discussions   
    I want to give kudos to IU's Jake Kleimola (Merrillville).  While he was a IN HS State Champion, wrestling at 197 in college hasn't been easy.  
    2017 - He redshirted his freshman year and went 3-4 with his only wins against wrestlers from Eastern Michigan (non-starter), DII Findlay and Muskegon Community College.
    2018  - Things didn't get much better as he stepped into a starting role for IU, obviously before he was ready.  Jake went 0-13 last year but only 4 of those lossed were major (or higher) decisions.  There were several close matches, including seven by one or two.
    2019 - Jake finished a respectable 13-18 on the season with an 8th Place finish at the Big Ten Tournament.  That's a huge jump and one I thought should be recognized.  He has two more seasons to go.  
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    Silvertone1696 got a reaction from AJ in Conferences Merging   
    I know Eastern Michigan is hurting financially and had to make a cut, albeit a silly one considering the low end cost of wrestling in terms of all sports. Hard for me to understand why Toledo, Bowling Green, and Western Michigan don't revive with all the talent in the Midwest. Ball State...come on boys Worthen Arena would be a great venue.
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    Silvertone1696 reacted to SWINfan in Darden Schurg NCAA DIII Champion!   
    Wabash's Darden Schurg pulled a rabbit out of a hat and won himself a National Championship tonight in Roanoake VA.  A two-time Indiana HS State Runnerup at Crown Point, Schurg was down 3-1 in the final period and tied the match via a stalling penalty point and an illegal move/hold penalty point (think it was grabbing the headgear).  Jairod James from Mt. Union got in deep on a double leg shot in sudden victory, but Sshurg rolled him through, elevator style, and came out on top for the winning takedown.  
    174 lb. Final Score:
    Darden Schurg 5
    Jairod James 3 SV1
    Congratulations Darden!
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    Silvertone1696 reacted to MarianWrestling in Conference Champs   
    Knights Wrestling For the first time in program history, the Marian wrestling team has been crowned conference champions as the Knights won the American Midwest Conference Tournament Saturday in Batesville, Arkansas. Head coach Steven Bradley and the Knights accomplished the feat in just the program's third season. Coach Bradley was also named coach of the year. 

    Marian will send nine wrestlers to the NAIA Championships and earned four individual AMC titles. Marian's 175.5 points bested Williams Baptist's 163.5 for the team title. The Knights are off for the rest of the month until the NAIA Championships March 1-2 in Des Moines, Iowa. 

    AMC Conference Champs: 
    125 Class: Chris Sharp 
    133 Class: Brandon James (AMC Newcomer of the Year) 
    141 Class: Mason Miranda 
    149 Class: Bailey Moore 

    NAIA Championship Qualifiers: 
    125 Class: Chris Sharp 
    133 Class: Brandon James 
    141 Class: Mason Miranda 
    149 Class: Bailey Moore, Logan Hurley 
    157 Class: Brett Johnson 
    174 Class: Jack Servies 
    184 Class: Sam Osho 
    285 Class: Ethan Bunce
     
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    Silvertone1696 got a reaction from busstogate in Impact freshman   
    Take a drive around Crown Point and you will see the heavy investment the community has made in youth sports, it really is the class of the region in that regard.
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    Silvertone1696 reacted to BlackOak in Thank you AJ Fowler   
    I've been rockin my 'stache since playing ball at the Black Oak little league! 
    AJ thanks man. Watching you wrestle that match being behind i had no doubt in my mind you were ready for the challenge and wouldn't stop till that whistle blew the heart can't be measured or ranked. I knew from my years in the program Coach Wadkins had you ready to go. Props to the Brownsburg team you guys are beast. 
    Oh for those who understand SYP!  There will be a handful of guys who know that. 
    Love you Coach.
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    Silvertone1696 got a reaction from Sweats McFurley in Carson Brewer   
    If i would have pulled out a sandwich like that before my match you can believe my old wrestling coach Walt Prochno would have had me eating sandwiches the next monday followed by copious amounts of stair laps whilst I yack in the trusty Rubbermaid located conveniently at the base of the concrete stairs near mezzanine entrance. 
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    Silvertone1696 got a reaction from Matdad in Thank you AJ Fowler   
    Hopefully FSN Indiana will expand their coverage in light of the ever increasing attendance and participation numbers...i understand covering the entire state championship would probably be a bit much to ask but expanding the coverage to increase at least the semifinals would be desirable. With the blind draw we often have some incredible matches when it comes down to the final four and as mentioned that type of draw often leads to some imbalanced brackets.  I felt like we missed out with semis like @ 126 with Watts v Mendez, Rioux v Curtis...the implications of having a chance to be in the primetime spotlight often lead to some unbelievably inspiring matches worthy of TV.
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    Silvertone1696 got a reaction from nfowler219 in Thank you AJ Fowler   
    There were several great championship matches aired on FSN Indiana...but the 220 weight class was so satisfying for this region rat. I'm sure Aiken is a good kid but honestly that little injury timeout maneuver was a bit bush league, but clearly within the confines of the rules. He clearly wasn't suffering from any ailment aside from lactic acid build-up. I thought it was poetic justice that Fowler returned from that timeout a new man and on the strength of a sweet freight train blast double he threw Aiken to his back and won the whole darn thing for Coach Wadkins and Black Oak nation! Respect for BBurg and their heavy contingent on here, those boys come to wrestle. Thought the region represented well with Moran, Mendez, and Fowler. Special props to Brennan Cernus for knocking off Cottey as well.
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    Silvertone1696 reacted to ontherise219 in Thank you AJ Fowler   
    The ‘Staches grow strong in the Oaks. Great match for AJ in the semis and finals. What is better is that he is a great kid from a great family. If you guys ever get a chance to meet a fowler they will be one of the nicest and most respectful kids in the state. 
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    Silvertone1696 got a reaction from ontherise219 in Impact freshman   
    Take a drive around Crown Point and you will see the heavy investment the community has made in youth sports, it really is the class of the region in that regard.
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    Silvertone1696 got a reaction from Champ725 in Thank you AJ Fowler   
    There were several great championship matches aired on FSN Indiana...but the 220 weight class was so satisfying for this region rat. I'm sure Aiken is a good kid but honestly that little injury timeout maneuver was a bit bush league, but clearly within the confines of the rules. He clearly wasn't suffering from any ailment aside from lactic acid build-up. I thought it was poetic justice that Fowler returned from that timeout a new man and on the strength of a sweet freight train blast double he threw Aiken to his back and won the whole darn thing for Coach Wadkins and Black Oak nation! Respect for BBurg and their heavy contingent on here, those boys come to wrestle. Thought the region represented well with Moran, Mendez, and Fowler. Special props to Brennan Cernus for knocking off Cottey as well.
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    Silvertone1696 got a reaction from bergwrestler in Thank you AJ Fowler   
    There were several great championship matches aired on FSN Indiana...but the 220 weight class was so satisfying for this region rat. I'm sure Aiken is a good kid but honestly that little injury timeout maneuver was a bit bush league, but clearly within the confines of the rules. He clearly wasn't suffering from any ailment aside from lactic acid build-up. I thought it was poetic justice that Fowler returned from that timeout a new man and on the strength of a sweet freight train blast double he threw Aiken to his back and won the whole darn thing for Coach Wadkins and Black Oak nation! Respect for BBurg and their heavy contingent on here, those boys come to wrestle. Thought the region represented well with Moran, Mendez, and Fowler. Special props to Brennan Cernus for knocking off Cottey as well.
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