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    I think he just doesnt care for Cael, thus the vomit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaisforlovers View Post
    I think he just doesnt care for Cael, thus the vomit.
    I vomit a little every time I think of him too. It's why I had to give away my signed Wheaties box that my Dad gave me for Christmas.
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    I think the Illinois staff is doing a nice job. Perry's influence has made a big difference in the way they wrestle. Can't wait til he becomes a head coach somewhere.

    My early prediction for next year is Doug Schwab.
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    I can't imagine why.

    If he wins his second consecutive National title in a dominating fashion it'd be hard to make the argument that there is a coach in the country who did a better job than he did.

    Sorry, your misunderstanding my response. I would AGREE and I'd still probably want to throw up a little in my mouth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herkey#1 View Post
    I think the Illinois staff is doing a nice job. Perry's influence has made a big difference in the way they wrestle. Can't wait til he becomes a head coach somewhere.

    My early prediction for next year is Doug Schwab.
    I could see that coming to fruition.

    I think with Branch it's this year or none. Wyoming is a pretty tough sell probably to some recruits but he's wrestlers seem to continue to improve. I NEVER thought I'd see Onufer hold down that #3 ranking for the majority of the year as he has.
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    Coin flip for me between Heffernan and Branch.

    A strong case could be made for both. If I were voting, I'd have to go with Branch. But I'm always more impressed when a guy builds a program. Turning one around, e.g. Cael at PSU last year, and Heffernan at Illinois has it's own challenges, but to get kids to come to Laramie especially with limited in-state talent is tougher in my mind. If you've ever been to Laramie, you'll understand why I'm impressed with Branch's recruiting skills.

    PSU this year was just maintenance. Last year was impressive to get that young talent to perform to that level. This year, they're just doing what was expected, with nearly everyone back. Not an easy task, but not as impressive to me as what Branch and Heff have done.

    With all of that said, how teams perform at NCAAs will go a long way in sorting out who's more deserving. They don't give out awards for how you did through February.

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    I agree, just wanted to ask the question now to see what everyone is thinking. I think J Rob could be in that argument as well if they win it all.
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    As a PSU fan I've struggled with JRob's aggressive criticism of Cael. But I agree that Minnesota's performance this year has been remarkable--all the more so with the loss of Deitchler. They have a win over PSU and won the National Duals (as BBL noted). And this success without any #1 guys or even many potential finalists. They have a very solid team down-the-line, without any real super stars, and seem to maximize what they have in key matches as noted above. Yes, they have 3 losses, but they came through in most of the big settings--and all of those were on the road!

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    I would say Branch, and it sucks to give praise to the Traitor Perry but he is a big factor in Illinois' success right now. Concerning JRob I always put him in my top 5 sometimes even my top 3 when I say who I think is the best coach in D1.
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