Herein lies the conundrum . If we go back to 9 minutes of brutal wrestling the fan base will disappear. After Title IX fewer scholarships became available thus nearly everyone in Div 1 is a 4 star wrestler . Take 2 studs and put them on the mat for 9 minutes and you'll see the same 3-2 scores - everything becomes a battle of attrition .
Coach Blubaugh always said there was about 1 to 2 % difference in a champion and everyone else. At age 45 he could break me down (i was 19-20) as if I were a little girl. I was a walk on -yet he could do the same to Sam Komar. The man was just made of iron . Coach used to ride our hwt (who still holds the pins record at IU) until he puked . And Rod Chamberlain was a very bad ass wrestler.
My son came upon your post about who was the last American to beat Bruce Baumgartner. I had a few good bouts with Bruce over the years. The last time I beat Bruce was in 1980, but I know Lou Banach beat him in March of 1981 at the NCAA's in Princton. Erland Van Lidth de Juede was also Canadian.
Hope it helps.
This is the e-mail Rod sent me -he should be the one to know .
i posted this e-mail a few years back when a discussion over the last American to beat Bruce was being bantered about.