As one who grew up in the 70's, and became the man that I am today because of Dapper Dan, I find the name of this tournament to almost be ridiculous.
For us in that age range, Dapper Dan was the guy linked (for some reason, the picture link isn't working for me) below that taught us how to tie, button, zipper, and lace as kids.
UNI Panthers...Because it's just right.
I was just born when Gable won his Olympic gold, so I didn't really get to see him wrestle. I still think he's probably the best ever overall. But when you see a guy like DT, you have to take notice. I think we may be witnessing a modern day great. You never know until it's all said and done, but a lot of people miss out on appreciating it because they don't want to admit it when it's happening.
Last edited by quinn14; 03-27-2012 at 01:49 PM.
I'm old enough to have seen Gable wrestle in college (and olympics). There was an incredible aura around him at the time. No one dominated the way he did and he seemed invincible. Cael obviously had that. DT seems to be showing the same. I thought of Gable as more of a pinner than DT, but DT seems to be changing some with 4 falls at the NCAA's. In Gable's day we didn't have MD's and TF's so the only thing better than a decision was a fall. Gable was awesome at that.
I think once his college career is over and he makes the switch, it won't be a problem. His takedowns are like Cael's and we saw what he did. His turns don't translate right now, but with his sense of balance in the top position, I'll bet he improves those too. I don't know how he feels about getting turned from the bottom because that is where the real difference is, IMO. But he will graduate in a non-Olympic year so he will have the time to focus on that. The takedowns, though, I think would work right now. But I am also biased towards him, so arm-spin may be the guy to ask this question.