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Everything posted by MattM

  1. Other than the “use common sense” statement listed above, there is a part of the seeding criteria that says “semi-state quarter finalist or higher” and another that says “farthest advancement in the pervious years state tournament series” which give some credit to the prior years accomplishments and often covers most of those issues. There is sometimes squabbling over getting the advancement one with the must have 10 matches Winning Percentage criteria, that’s where again the the “use common sense” statement could be used if enough coaches feel strongly strongly about it.
  2. "nobody go in there for about 35......(sniff)...45 minutes”
  3. While this should be used in a few cases, according to the prior post the issue is likely that he was 0-0 with no high school matches. That make it a little harder to determine the optimal spot to put him in compared to some other wrestlers whose coaches want to get them into decent position too. It may not workout well for someone in the end, but with not much high school information to go on it sounds like the coaches were willing to roll the dice on where he would land.
  4. I’d assume it’s one or two things. Someone at Jasper got the inside info about being able to get it once Ford Center declined. And two, like many other schools in the state, Seymour may not be looking to take on any additional outside events during this Covid situation. Besides if the IHSAA plans to restricting fans you wouldn’t need a mega size gyms anyway.
  5. To try an look on the bright side we went from a 2h 30min drive in a mini-bus with a time change to now a 2 hour drive with no time change. Yet the comfy confines of the Ford Center will be missed.
  6. Another point of depth that’s hasn’t been addressed yet is its effect on recruiting. These top level recruits want to be in room with multiple practice partners that can push them at their level. This is something that is going to be harder to find at most weight classes for none top tier programs. When IU and/or PU can develop some consistent NCAA qualifiers and All American threats around a weight cluster those top recruits will become more interested in taking a shot at the school because the partners are there for them. Until then they just have to hope those recruits will take a chanc
  7. Lot of people on the national boards believe Illinois has a pretty high ceiling this season. So, that match may have been a “coming out party” for the Illini as much as a rough start for IU. Angel and the coach staff showed last years he can get some fight out of this group, so I have hope they can still get in the groove as the season progresses. Hopefully, some cardio gets built up to, which seemed to hurt a few of the Hoosiers as the match progressed. We all know those final team scores can be deceiving compared to the actual in match action, so we may still see some lob sided end resu
  8. I read some people speculating he’s got a little bit of burn out due the prior years of none stop training and competing his last few years of HS. But, adjusting to the weight could also still be an issue. I know, similar to Moran, he was pretty light coming out of HS and it was believed he maybe need a few years to really get to a comfortable 125 level. Having to adjust to college level wrestling including riding time is tough enough for the full size 125lber. Trying to push yourself to making it even close 125 weight limit all while having to adjust for the added weight and muscular d
  9. Moran over McHenry in the extra matches is a positive outcome from what is expected to be the Hoosiers next 125lber.
  10. Indiana guys with a solid showing in this one. Wish we would have saw a couple more, but it seems like some coaches are being more conservative with their dual lineup due to the dynamics of this shortened season.
  11. I’m all for Hudkins and glad he helped upgrade IU at 125. That being said Ragusin has been much better than expected so far and I’d expect him to win this one if Mich. puts him in. I also agree Hudkins needs to get himself to another gear than what we saw against the Illini. Hopefully Angel can get him and of the other Hoosier to work up to their peak level as we get into the Big10 tournament. The team still a work in progress and Angels guys are just now starting to take over the room and starting lineup. They have potential to be a solid Big10 team if Escobedo can keep getting t
  12. Definitely one of my favorite finals matches ever.
  13. We have survived so many bouts of ring worm and other funk, so a wrestlers resistance to this virus has to be stronger than the average person.
  14. Maybe it’s just my selfish opinion, but if you are a national title contender that has not yet won a title entering your final year(s), you get the pick of your lineup spot and the rest of the team will have to work around that. I’m sure Nicks all for being a “team player” but that is where the coach looks out for what is best for the athlete too. Nick has already helped Penn State win a team title, so he’s due to earn his own at the weight he believes works best for him. In the modern era coaches seem to be judged on individual titles as much if not more than team titles, and Sandersons st
  15. This article was created for the 2017 Hall of Fame induction which was held prior to Matt winning his state title in 2019. So yes, the Lee’s are now the second family to accomplish this feat. This family connection maybe something for another thread, but the extensive success of the entire Maldonado clan shouldn’t be overlooked either when taking about family accomplishments to Indiana wrestling. And while not all have multiple state titles/placers to their name here are a few other family to consider https://sites.google.com/site/inwrestlingcoaches/history/hoffamily
  16. Guessing they lock in the location almost a year ahead of time, so not likely to move or they would still have to pay for the cancelation cost. Maybe just as affordable to spread out entire immediate families in the big area as to pay that cost just to downsize and only allow one or two guests. Sadly this years athletes won’t get the crowd experience they deserve regardless of the location.
  17. Dang re-opened that wound to CP, Hook.
  18. Good to hear. Hoping for the best this season.
  19. Rumor is Kirkvliet may not compete this season.
  20. Not sure on other school corporations guidelines, but both Columbus schools are restricted from traveling to a county which is Covid Red for competition or having schools from a Covid Red county travel to their school for a competition. Hamilton County is currently orange and I’m assuming was orange earlier this week. Johnson’s County being Red as of Wednesday’s Covid map update caused East to have to drop out of the event as of yesterday’s report. The Columbus school teams and their scheduled opponents have to had to make quick changes or lose competition this whole season.
  21. You guys are doing the best you can do in light of the constantly changing situation. Your hard work and quick troubleshooting are appreciated.
  22. There are a few good wrestling related doc on Prime that are worth a watch.
  23. Finding some spaces in Indiana depends on the county. Some counties are more open to allowing outside events beyond school related ones than others. But I’d say there are only certain places that have a good enough size facility to spread even limited spectators out in order to minimize some of the current health concerns.
  24. This was actually old news from a few months ago, but I missed it with all the Covid chaos. If you also missed the memo here is some info. BTS Announcement https://www.btschicago.org/mike-dixon-joins-team/ MatTalk Interview https://t.co/Y4sekIgwOz?amp=1 It looks like Jason Tsirtsis is currently listed as taking over Dixon’s #2 roll at IU.
  25. According to Twitter he does.
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