Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 9 of 22

Thread: Varner's style

  1. #1

    Default Varner's style

    If there is a down-side to having a still-young, undefeated four-time champ, and offensive juggernaut as a workout partner, could it be that it tends to make you a more defensive wrestler? Varner is the best defensive wrestler in college, but that style caught up with him on Saturday night. Is he that way in part because he spends his practices staving off attacks from one of the best offensive wrestlers ever?

  2. #2
    Olympic Champ ISU2008's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Cedar Rapids
    Posts
    3,305

    Default Re: Varner's style

    I think part of the reason he has such great defense is that he does go against Cael. But, I'm sure it's not just Cael drilling TDs and Varner drilling defense. I believe that they will focus (have to focus) on getting Varner's offense better. You know what they say, defense wins championships, but they also say, the best defense is a good offense.

    I'll say this, Varner was 5 seconds away from winning nationals with his limited offense, if he focuses on that during the offseason, he will be a beast.
    You do the math..... I'll do the alfredo!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

  3. #3
    Olympic Champ RYou's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    8,376

    Default Re: Varner's style

    Quote Originally Posted by ISU2008 View Post
    I think part of the reason he has such great defense is that he does go against Cael. But, I'm sure it's not just Cael drilling TDs and Varner drilling defense. I believe that they will focus (have to focus) on getting Varner's offense better. You know what they say, defense wins championships, but they also say, the best defense is a good offense.

    I'll say this, Varner was 5 seconds away from winning nationals with his limited offense, if he focuses on that during the offseason, he will be a beast.
    If he focuses on that, he'll get out slickered every year. Varner better take a listen from Metcalf and pick up the intensity level a few notches. Right now he's shows less action than the heavies.

  4. #4
    Redshirt Sean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    The Mecca of wrestling - Indiana
    Posts
    55

    Default Re: Varner's style

    His style is horrendous. Did he even attempt a legitimate shot during that match? For that matter, did Pucillo? If either of them did it must have been when I nodded off. Seems like Varner is a bigger version of Dustin Schlatter. When you wrestle that many close matches, eventually it catches up to you. Thankfully there were guys like Metcalf and Jenkins who actually tried to score points in the finals.

  5. #5
    Administrator Gold's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Cambridge, OH
    Posts
    5,188

    Default Re: Varner's style

    It's very difficult to be a great defensive wrestler and a great offensive wrestler. It's kind of like, if you want to be very aggressive and be offensive, you have to sacrifice some position, which takes away from your great defense. So, you could conceivably do them at separate times depending on the situation/mood, but I think it would be nearly impossible to be as defensively dominant as he is now and also be an offensive wrestler.

  6. #6

    Default Re: Varner's style

    I am a big varner critic, not a big fan, but the way he lost saturday rubbed me the wrong way. He may not have tried any leg attacks, but he was trying his shrugs and upper body manuevers whereas pucillo REALLY did nothing at all. I don't think it is a fair way to determine who the best wrestler is by having one more second of riding time...does anyone else feel that that is a crappy way to end a match? Especially one of that magnitude.

  7. #7

    Default Re: Varner's style

    is he going to move up or stay and try to out do Jake Herbert next year?

  8. #8
    Administrator Gold's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Cambridge, OH
    Posts
    5,188

    Default Re: Varner's style

    Quote Originally Posted by vaisforlovers View Post
    I am a big varner critic, not a big fan, but the way he lost saturday rubbed me the wrong way. He may not have tried any leg attacks, but he was trying his shrugs and upper body manuevers whereas pucillo REALLY did nothing at all. I don't think it is a fair way to determine who the best wrestler is by having one more second of riding time...does anyone else feel that that is a crappy way to end a match? Especially one of that magnitude.
    It is definitely a crappy way to see any match end. I mean, it sure does get the adrenaline rushing for the fans, but it's not really very fair. With that said, I don't really know a better way to do it. I guess it's better than watching them circle for 2 more hours until someone gets a TD or a stall point. Anyone have any ideas for the rules committee?

  9. #9
    Administrator Gold's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Cambridge, OH
    Posts
    5,188

    Default Re: Varner's style

    Quote Originally Posted by NUwildcats View Post
    is he going to move up or stay and try to out do Jake Herbert next year?
    I don't know that either Varner or Pucillo will be able to handle Herbert next year, but I hope they Pucillo is. Also, I imagine it would be pretty tough for Varner to make 184 again--he looked huge compared to Pucillo out there. It's really kind of hard to believe they are in the same weight class.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •