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  1. Some left out information: A draft being held to ensure the league gets the top prospects. For those not draft eligible, an open tryout would be held for two weeks by each team according to their summer schedule for a spot on the roster. This would help those who didn’t compete in college or don’t have the most impressive international resumé. Sometimes, you just need an opportunity. So, this is that moment for those to try and shine. I also thought about the league hosting a combine much like Oak Park-River Forest’s stud combine when college coaches come watch the guys work to see how th
  2. I think we have similar views on this. However, I had decided against a summer schedule because I didn’t want to eliminate or limit our international participation. That’s the time we would evaluate. On the cities, I definitely think we’d have to market the landmark locations. You hit most, but I would include Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and New Jersey among others. We have to make wrestling a priority in order for others to watch.
  3. This is the whole marketing point right here. Your favorite UFC stars can only fight about three times a year, and the other “professional wrestling” isn’t real. The American people love some level of danger, but they also love finesse. A Greco-Roman highlight package was enough to get my friends into wrestling, so promoting our wrestlers’ impressive body control, strength, and unreal athletic ability would have to be a pivotal focus. As humans, we generally aren’t that receptive to change, so I thought if we keep it Folkstyle, people will respond better because it’s something they already kno
  4. When it appeared in my head, I was actually on Twitter looking at Kyle Dake’s poll asking how would fans want to see a pro wrestling league. I don’t know, I guess as a visionary, I thought that was the wrong thing to do and you give them what they want and tell them why they want it. I was looking at it like I would the NFL or NBA in that the entire world has wrestling, but we do it best in the United States with our own Folkstyle rules. We know we can be, at the very least, moderately successful internationally, but how well can we draw at home is the question. If Penn State can constantly se
  5. I think just because I was trying to offer some variation. I know everything gets smaller over time, but there’s always talk of the NCAA creating new weights, so I tried to offer that here so all sizes of wrestlers could be accommodated.
  6. I was bored on this fine Sunday, so I created a fantasy digest for a professional wrestling league. I understand that this probably wouldn't happen (at least any time soon) and it would take a near half-billion dollars to responsibly allocate resources, but with all of that aside, I just want to hear some responses on whether or not you would watch and/or invest in this league. Feel free to offer any other ideas. Just wondering what others would think about this. American Premier League (APL) “To breed competition and provide our fans and communities with the ultimate entertainment e
  7. I have two: 2015 and 2016. Much like the original post said, the build and electricity in the air for the Red/Lee Match was one of the coolest experiences, and also there was great wrestling all-around that year. 2015 was also just another excellent tournament. Highlighted by the shocking Lee upset over James in the semis, Oglesby’s backflip, Jordan Vaughn’s incredible run, Cash pinning J. Lee, Lydy’s overtime thriller, and Kobe Woods’ huge double leg on Morrow. That was some of the best wrestling I’d ever seen that year.
  8. This is my favorite time of the year. So, I’m most active on the message board and I like to propose a lot of “What If” scenarios. Cathedral recently broke the IHSAA record for team points in the state tournament however they lost a dual to Perry Meridian. So, last night, a few of my fellow Cathedral wrestler friends and I proposed a dual between their best of the last ten years vs. Perry Meridian’s best of the last ten years. Here’s our lineups. Cathedral 106 Logan Bailey State 3rd 113 Skylour Turner 4x Placer 120 Brandon Wright 2x Champ 126 John Grey Runner-Up 1
  9. I remember Gelen being 6th in his weight on InterMat with Fletcher Miller and Connor Tolley not too far behind.
  10. This match-up is very interesting. They both have a common loss in Bethel by fall. They have a common win in Warren with Brayton winning 10-6 and Joe winning 19-5. However, Brayton has consistently performed better on the national level, placing higher in the same tournaments, and beating wrestlers that Joe has lost to. If they matched up, I would expect the strength to be on Joe’s side but the technique and speed on Brayton’s side. I don’t see either being rode out, but I see B. Lee being able to fluster Joe and staying composed and winning the scramble positions. In my opinion, B. Lee does t
  11. While another thread is exploding discussing Brayton Lee vs. Joe Lee, I’ve been thinking about another epic clash that will have to remain in the “What If” category. Mason Parris vs. ... Gelen Robinson? They were two of the most dominant 220 pounders in recent memory. Who would win this match-up of multiple-time titans?
  12. I truly do not see that. Brayton is far too advanced of a wrestler to give up bonus points. They’re both great, but this is a match that would be decided on their feet, and on their feet, I’m giving B. Lee the advantage. His attacks, hand fighting, and positioning are incredible.
  13. I have not seen anyone start it yet, so I will. How would this season's state champions fare against those from last season? 106: Brayden Curtis (2017) vs. Jacob Moran (2018) 113: Alec Viduya (2017) vs. Brayden Curtis (2018) 120: Cayden Rooks (2017) vs. Hunter Watts (2018) 126: Alec White (2017) vs. Asa Garcia (2018) 132: Breyden Bailey (2017) vs. Graham Rooks (2018) 138: Brenden Black (2017) vs. Kris Rumph (2018) 145: Brayton Lee (2017) vs. Jordan Slivka (2018) 152: Joe Lee (2017) vs. Brayton Lee (2018) 160: Brad Laughlin (2017) vs. Nicholas South
  14. This is what I was intending to say. I'm good friends with a number of wrestlers who have graduated or are seniors, so it was kind of weird seeing some of them end their careers this past weekend. The wrestlers made such a big impact and were pivotal in what I believe elevated Indiana to more national recognition. Not saying there wasn't any before, but I definitely think that more coaches are on the lookout for Indiana wrestlers. The trend will definitely continue with the bright stars of tomorrow. And regarding the comment of IndianaMat, I understand it existed before 2011, but my point was
  15. This state tournament marked an end to one of the finest eras in Indiana wrestling. I’ve been around this sport since 2011, have done extensive research and questioning on past eras, and closely followed the sport since my exposure to it, and I must say it has been one heck of a ride. Seven years may not seem long compared to many, but it’s long enough for an entire sport to transcend its bounds and give birth to a whole new style of itself as well. We went from predominantly solid technique and power based offense with clean finishes to funk and high-risk wrestling. We’ve seen our sport almos
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