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matts last won the day on April 1 2018

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  1. Interesting how Coach Goldman took so much criticism but usually got someone on the podium, or at least did more often than not. Purdue seems to keep spinning its wheels year after year after year... I dont get it.
  2. Lawrence Central is really still open?
  3. I have enjoyed reading this thread…. much to consider. I have one more wrinkle to add to the discussion: the impending/inevitable wrestling coach shortage. How many of us who have spent the last 20 to 30 years in education would make the same career choice today? I LOVE teaching high school and do not regret for a moment my career path. That being said, if I were 19 or 20 now I would have to look elsewhere; I just do not see how most young men (and women) would consider teaching and coaching a viable option anymore. Enrollment in university education programs supports this. Finding teachers, let alone keeping them in classrooms for longer than a year or three, is tougher and tougher each year. Now add to that the ability and drive to run a solid wrestling program year in and year out. Visit your favorite school's wrestling website and count the number of education majors on the roster. I just do not see how having more than just a few solid wrestling programs throughout the state will be sustainable and what will look like transferring and recruiting will simply be families seeking competent coaching and an actual program to join. This, far more than academies, open enrollment, and recruiting, could be the downfall of wrestling and many other high school sports.
  4. I am fortunate to have known Mr. Beeson. He was truly a good, kind man. Here's to him!
  5. S Several VERY big time coaches came for the Wisconsin job… It isn't hard to imagine Hahn (Cornell) or Snyder (Nebraska) considering the possibility of Indiana: Bloomington is a great college town smack in the middle of Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan…if a new coach could start landing Indiana talent, perhaps nearby blue chippers would take notice. Would Bono have looked at it? I have no idea, but to think there isn't a huge upside to IU is off base... if the right person took over. Sadly that ain't happening until some things change at the top.
  6. When I began my coaching career in Indiana in 1994, Mr. Beeson was one of the most supporting, patient, and kind figures in Indianapolis wrestling to me. I will never forget his advice and direction. He truly is one of the great ones.
  7. For the last year nine years I have spent a Sunday morning in February drinking coffee by the pool and watching the State Finals from 12 time zones away here in SE Asia. Of course I have always enjoyed Coach Goebel's commentary, and with the addition of Blake Mauer, this year's broadcast was the best ever. It was great to get some "new school" perspective, and I hope they bring him back next year. Anyway, thanks to the IHSAA, Coach Goebel, and Coach Mauer for keeping us displaced Hoosiers in the game . I sure don't miss Indiana weather in February, but I do miss the heck out of that tournament. Cheers.
  8. The pessimist in me has a sneaky suspicion the event on Saturday night may have much more in common with reality TV as it does with sport. The real goal may be to create more narratives to generate millions more dollars for Corporation Mayweather and Corporation McGregor. I hope I am wrong.
  9. Maybe 1985 or 1986?- Cathedral vs. Delta at the IUPUI Natatorium. The atmosphere was insane, Coach Rhodes was at his best (or worst depending on your views), Coach Patton was also fired up, and every match was battle. If you were there you remember.
  10. Obviously I have zero information, but it seems a whole lot more plausible he was a bit dinged up and needed some time to heal. Glad he is back and got a B1G win tonight. At the beginning of the season I was hoping he would be an additional podium threat along side Jackson. Obviously this year hasn't gone as many hoped it would, instead let's hope his year ends on a positive note.
  11. Where is Elijah Oliver? Will he be back for Big 10s?
  12. Agree 100 percent. I dont know what happened in Pennsylvania with Red or Minnesota with Manville. I'm sure both situations were complex and there is probably much more going on behind the scenes than most of us need to know. All I know for certain is as a fan I was really looking forward to seeing Red and Pletcher again. I'm sorry it didnt happen.
  13. This is true but also a little misleading. Fans still got what they paid for as Parriott and Manville wrestled an exhibition match after Parriott had his hand raised for the forfeit. Manville won the match 4-1.
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