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    Quote Originally Posted by jammen View Post
    As Cael would say "be grateful", as I am.
    You guys are getting a lot of mileage out of my line about Everything PSU being hijacked. I can tell that wrestling news is slow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quinn14 View Post
    While I always root for tOSU, I can't help but root for the Ohio HS kids that I watch every year at the state tourney either. Still love Taylor, Jordan, Dong, the Thomusseit brothers.....Roberts will have to convert me to a fan. That doesn't always happen. Derek Garcia is a guy who didn't convert me this year (not saying he won't later). But I always root for Ohio HS kids.
    So if Taylor wrestles a tOSU guy who do you pull for? I realize this year it was Garcia. But supposing next year he wrestled Heflin--who would you pull for? I'm guessing Heflin.

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    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.

    http://cdn100.iofferphoto.com/img/it.../71/719c_1.JPG
    UNI Panthers...Because it's just right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomWright25 View Post
    So if Taylor wrestles a tOSU guy who do you pull for? I realize this year it was Garcia. But supposing next year he wrestled Heflin--who would you pull for? I'm guessing Heflin.
    That's an unfair question on a public board!! But, I will answer honestly anyway. I root for DT no matter who he wrestles. I couldn't say for exactly how many, but I know I've logged hundreds of miles to watch him wrestle in HS because I thought he was the best I ever saw. If you would have seen his freshman state tourney when he was at least 5- 10lbs lighter than everyone else, you may understand why I was quick to be impressed.

    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomWright25 View Post
    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'll bet Taylor would be the pinner Gable was if there weren't TF's these days. He makes it look so easy, that sometimes I think he doesn't pin because he wants to stay out there. I can't say that's the reason, it just looks like he enjoys it so much that he would rather spend more time on the mat honing something he feels may be a weakness instead of just pinning. PSU needed pins in the NCAA and he gave it to them. With the title all ready sealed, he went ahead and teched. He is a freak of nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quinn14 View Post
    I'll bet Taylor would be the pinner Gable was if there weren't TF's these days. He makes it look so easy, that sometimes I think he doesn't pin because he wants to stay out there. I can't say that's the reason, it just looks like he enjoys it so much that he would rather spend more time on the mat honing something he feels may be a weakness instead of just pinning. PSU needed pins in the NCAA and he gave it to them. With the title all ready sealed, he went ahead and teched. He is a freak of nature.
    You're probably right about DT and the TF's. If he had wrestled in Gable's day I'm sure he would have had more falls (not that he doesn't get a good many now--but not AS many). How do you think DT will make the transition to freestyle? So far he's had a bit tougher time, losing to Polz and DSJ in freestyle so far (that I know of). He's such a worker and solid wrestler that I can't help but think his freestyle talents will grow a lot when he starts focusing on it.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quinn14 View Post
    I know. I was just kidding. I actually think you all should start another PSU thread b/c there are a lot of PSU fans who post and it gives you a place to do all that insider talk that a lot of you like to do. Anyway, back on topic....

    I find it a tad ironic that DiCamillo is from Ohio but is going to VA and he beats a kid from PA who is going to tOSU. I would have loved to keep DiCamillo here, but there is some sort of weird pipeline from Ohio to Virginia that I don't understand. A lot of Ohio kids go to VA or VaTech. Not sure the reason.
    Guess that must be why I am down here now....

    There is also a pipeline from Lexington, OH to DUKE.
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