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    Austin Boone (Lowell) over Alec Viduya for the championship? Austin Boone isn't a familiar name - was he at state last year?
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    Ben Askren

    Thankful I didn't purchase the PPV on this one
  3. A regional tournament could be nice - not necessarily as a qualifier, but possibly treated similar to semistate in HS and used for seeding purposes (and potentially avoiding early matchups against local wrestlers) at the state tournament
  4. As to the 12 weight classes - hard to believe that a wrestling-focused state like Pennsylvania is proposing this change. With 14 weight classes, there is a better chance of having more wrestlers close to their natural weight. Other than opportunities for 2 additional wrestlers in tournaments, the only event that I can think of that would be affected is the dual meet. Now, it is nice to win some dual meets, but at the expense of losing 2 additional spots for kids to be varsity wrestlers?? Doesn't make sense to me. I do like Joe's proposal to allow teams to enter more wrestlers at the sectional level
  5. I have really enjoyed the format that USA wrestling has setup with the US Open, WTT Challenge tournament, and FinalX This weekend's WTT tournament had some great matchups and also some surprising results. The winners have earned the right to challenge the "favorites" (either world medalists or winners from the US Open) at the Final X matches. Who do you have winning at each of these weights? June 8 @ Rutgers 65kg Yianni Diakomihalis (US Open Champ) vs Zain Retherford (WTT Champ) 79kg Kyle Dake (World Medalist) vs Alex Dieringer (WTT Champ) 86kg David Taylor (World Medalist) vs Pat Downey (WTT Champ) 92kg J'den Cox (World Medalist) vs Bo Nickal (WTT Champ and US Open Champ) 125kg Nick Gwiazdowski (US Open Champ) vs Gable Steveson (WTT Champ) June 15 @ Nebraska 57kg Daton Fix (US Open Champ) vs Thomas Gilman (WTT Champ) 61kg Joe Colon (US Open Champ) vs Tyler Graff (WTT Champ) 70kg Ryan Deakin (US Open Champ) vs James Green (WTT Champ) 74kg Jordan Burroughs (World Medalist) vs Isaiah Martinez (WTT Champ) 97kg Kyle Snyder (World Medalist) vs Kyven Gadson (WTT Champ)
  6. How impressive was Cornell sophomore Yianni Diakomahalis at the US Open? He runs the a murderers row of Frank Molinaro, Jordan Oliver and Zain Retherford to win the title. His ability to turn an opponents attack into a scoring opportunity was just incredible. Now the question becomes who will fight their way back to challenge him at the WTT? After the match against Oliver, I gave him a chance against Retherford, but thought Zain would have too much - I was definitely proven wrong! Also impressive was Daton Fix taking out Thomas Gilman, Bo Nickal winning his weight class, and Northwestern wrestler Ryan Deakin beating world team member James Green on a last second score The World Team Trials are May 17-19 in North Carolina. Should be some excellent rematches!
  7. One thing that might resolve some issues is expanded sponsorship of ISWA teams. If ISWA can line up sponsors so that "Team Indiana" events are virtually free for the wrestlers and their families, then you would take away the cost argument and may start seeing some families that have earned a spot but can't afford the trip begin to participate more. Wrestling has a lot of successful, extremely loyal alumni. I think it would be appealing to know you are sponsoring the official "Team Indiana" and be able to show a lineup of events they are raising money for.
  8. Wow that first one is really big news - but I'm not sure it really translates to "no travel restrictions" What does the line "shall be sponsored or co-sponsored by a member high School" mean? Also, great for girls - let's hope they can surpass that minimum number and launch a true state championship!
  9. Excellent to see these young men achieving on and off the mat!
  10. Beat the Streets event has announced this may be a possibility. Also discussion about a Burroughs vs Askren matchup. Would there be any close matches?
  11. Best of luck in your future careers - wrestling and otherwise - Mr Streck !!
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    Tony Stewart wrestled?? Thought he was 100% NASCAR
  13. Galagore - do you think going to 3 classes could hurt other sports at the smaller schools? Current situation is that athletic kids are expected to play 2 or 3 sports. Your suggestion is that by classing the individual championships, more students may go out for wrestling, they might be more encouraged to do offseason training, and although the number of college scholarships will not change, more of them may begin to go to the smaller school athletes who will now be noticed by college coaches where they weren't before. Could all this small school wrestling love also encourage more athletes to specialize in wrestling, which could then hurt the football/baseball/track teams who are competing for their availability also?
  14. What other schools was Asa considering?
  15. Took a look at California's setup (http://www.cifstate.org/sports/wrestling/index) It's a 3-day tournament, not 4 (Wednesday is registration/workout day. Thursday is half-day, then full days on Friday/Saturday) It is a true double-elimination with full wrestlebacks to 3rd place There are 40 wrestlers per weight class State is divided into 10 Sections Number of qualifiers in each weight class is set for each section - and is the same for each weight class: Southern(9) Central(10) Sac-Joaquin(6) North Coast(3) Central Coast(3) San Diego(4) Northern(2) Los Angeles*(1) Oakland(1) San Francisco(1) Pairings for the weight classes will be done by the State Rules and Operation Committee and the state meet director (Brackets are SEEDED) Looks like the top 16 for each weight class are seeded then the rest are drawn into open spaces
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