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    Idea Middle School Sectionals

    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
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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)
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. Excellent to see these young men achieving on and off the mat!
  8. 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?
  9. Best of luck in your future careers - wrestling and otherwise - Mr Streck !!
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    Awards

    Tony Stewart wrestled?? Thought he was 100% NASCAR
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    New State Format

    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?
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    Asa Garcia

    What other schools was Asa considering?
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    New State Format

    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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    Short List ?

    Surprised me that even in the modern era there have been so few, especially those over 106/113! Mendez has some good company in Tsirtsis and Maurer on the list Im wondering how many freshmen came one match short - runner up - at weights 126 and up especially those upper weights
  15. Wow, so Jesse and Asa have never crossed paths - I thought maybe during a national team practice or something they might have. I would give the edge to Asa based on experience but it would be a very entertaining match!! Great weekend by both young men, congratulations Team Garcia and Sig40!
  16. Has Asa wrestled Mendez? Let’s make this dream matchup happen Notorious! Difficult to imagine Allred being beaten because he was so dominant this season, but by last year’s senior Davison... hmm, maybe - would love to see this match
  17. From past experience, I can tell you right now that this discussion will end with Joe saying "Let's just have one weight class then and one champion for the entire state". Dang it, I don't word it as smoothly as Joe...
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    Impact freshman

    Most of them are 1st year Cadets - born in 2004. This means that they will be either 15 (born Jan-May) or 14 (born June-Dec) at graduation time at the end of May. Fast forward 4 years from now when they are seniors in high school, and these 1st year cadets will all be 18 years old or will have just turned 19 within a few months. Not really extreme outliers
  19. Normally when I've been watching matches, if the pin is imminent (defensive wrestlers is rocking side to side maybe) as soon as the top wrestler "settles" the shoulders the pin is called. Do officials realistically do this silent one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two count with shoulders on the mat?
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    Impact freshman

    This puts everything in the perspective of athletics/wrestling and it is not always about that. Although it could cost them a year of earnings, being an older student among peers in school could also have the young child more mentally prepared for rigorous/advanced schoolwork, and could also potentially set the child in a position of leadership at a young age. It could be argued that these advantages might outweigh a year of earnings. I used to feel similar to you, but realized that IHSAA has a rule in place that does not allow athletes to compete after their 20th (I think?) birthday. Is that too "old"? Possibly, but that is the rule. And although some students are held back for athletic purposes, there may also be other factors such as maturation and behavioral issues that we do not know about.
  21. In my opinion (and very clearly/vocally the opinion of the announcers on TrackCast) Noehre had Rodgers pinned midway through the 2nd period. I think the official missed that call On the flip side, I would say Rodgers had the toughest path to the championship among anyone in the tournament so a big congratulations to him! He had a brutal first round draw of Nathan Conley from Avon, then Fort Wayne semistate champion Ethan Hicks. Then Merrillville semistate champion Brock Ellis and finally the New Castle semistate champion Noehre
  22. Annual breakdown on team scoring. Teams score ONLY advancement points for Friday night matches (A TRAVESTY!) then count advancement AND activity bonus points (fall = 2, technical fall = 1.5, major decision = 1) from Saturday morning on. Points awarded are for advancement (2.0 per round you move forward in championship, 1.0 in consolation) and placement points. Since the advancement and placement points are locked in, here is how the placers will score - the variable then is the bonus activity points. 1st = 22 points + bonus on 3 Saturday wins 2nd = 18 points + bonus on 2 Saturday wins 3rd = 13 points + bonus on 2 Saturday wins 4th = 11 points + bonus on 1 Saturday win 5th = 8 points + bonus on 2 Saturday wins 6th = 6 points + bonus on 1 Saturday win 7th = 4 points + bonus on 1 Saturday win 8th = 3 points (no bonus possible) TEAMS IN CONTENTION (and # of wrestlers) Brownsburg (9) Mater Dei (9) Avon (7) Crown Point (6) Merrillville (6) Portage (6) Perry Meridian (6) Warren Central (5) Roncalli (5) Cathedral (5) Columbus East (5)
  23. Would be really nice if IHSAA would Determine team scoring rules Publish team scoring rules Stick to the rules
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    Laplace vs Brewer Friday night

    I have to cheer for Brewer - he’s earned this spot and to lose based on these circumstances would be really unfortunate
  25. Curious as to who has scored the most falls in the state this year - Let's hear some numbers! Is there a state record that anyone knows of? I would guess Mason Parris from last couple of seasons put up some huge numbers - unless he possibly received a lot of forfeits from opponents calling in sick that day 😀
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