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    Nerves of steel is right. I was always impressed by Gatsalov's ability to win the close matches, an ability he seemed to lose this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ODH View Post
    Won't be the first time a Russia has overlooked an American and then paid the price.
    Well said.
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    ODH, As much as I can agree with your thoughts, there have been countless times. But I think in this case, a long time theory of mine is very valid here.

    IMHO, Amreicans do very well on their first outing against international competition. Obviously there are exceptions, but once an American gets some regular exposure outside the US, they become more scoutable and more easy to strategize against.

    If you think about it, Cormier has been around the longest comparatively to anyone on the olympic team. I would consider him in his prime at this point and if he's going to make some serious noise, it will be in the next three years, if he makes it past Bejing.

    This is the toughest Cormier we've, or anyone else for that matter, has seen to date. He'll be a threat, but this is a stacked weight class. Looking at what big posted, Cormier is the least of all those evils in terms of draw. That doesn't mean he isn't dangerous, he's a terrible style match up for anyone in the US and more or less for anyone else.

    Honestly, and this is just my dumb opinion and I'm not knocking our team, I really like Cormier and I think he has all the tools to win gold, if not certainly make the finals. But honestly, I don't think there is any universe in which he would have beaten Gatsalov. Muradov beat Gatsalov, but we all know that common opponents don't mean squat.

    Muradov might be a good match up for Cormier, I would suppose from watching Muradov on flo that Cormier could give him fits, BUT, if I were Russia and I was forced to over look an American at any weight, this is the weight I'd pick. Because at least Hrovat can pin you seemingly for no reason at all, from any position. And Askren, well, you can't look past anyone at that weight.

    This is all assuming that Cormier hasn't wrestled Muradov in the past because I'm just going on memory.

    M
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    it seems to me something has changed in cormier's mentality. i cant put my finger on it, but im betting it results in him upsetting some big names.

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    Default Re: Muradov doesn't consider Cormier his top opponent at Olympics

    I think Cormier our best wrestler, but agree that he is a long shot for the gold.
    I also doubt that any wrestler will take any US lightly. We are a wrestling powerhouse and while not as dominant as Russia, we are definitely stilll one of the top in the world.

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    search for giorgi gogshelidze vs daniel cormier 2003 and you will find a great match!

    i can't post the link myself because i'm new

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