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    The purpose of school isn't to provide a place to wrestle. The purpose of wrestling is to enhance the educational process. It's asinine to make any major educational decision based on athletics.

    When will people put athletics into perspective? They are a means to an end, not an end in themselves. They are an artificial microcosm that has little to do with the realities of life other than the life lessons learned from them.

    I've been involved in amateur wrestling for forty five years, so I greatly respect its importance and value, but I realize that it's just a sport.
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    Is it possible the age-thing is a time-of-year thing? I was born in September (long, long, long ago), and was among the youngest in my class. I graduated HS at age 17, and had just turned 18 when I arrived at Ohio U -- their school year starts after Labor Day.) Back when I was entering kindergarten (when JFK was the president, not an airport), the cut-off as to which class you were going was October 1... so if Colin Palmer were born later in the year, that might be the explanation...

    ... much as I think it was with Steve Mocco.

    Remember all the angst about how he was supposedly MUCH older than his cohort? His birthday is at the end of December.

    It's also possible that SI got the age wrong. I'm working on a story where I quoted information in an article from SI, and the coach corrected it.

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    PS Amen to those who say it's great to see wrestling in Sports Illustrated.

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    There are also good academic / social reasons to hold a kid back.
    My daughter could have started first a year earlier and would have been the youngest in her class. She made the cutoff date by 4 days.
    On the advice of many, we held her back and did not start her until this year where she was one of the oldest in her class and she did great.

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    According to Palmer's MySpace page he was born January 9, 1990.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ODH View Post
    There are also good academic / social reasons to hold a kid back.
    Of course, and I've got no problem with that (except for your use of the word "also.")
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spider View Post
    Of course, and I've got no problem with that (except for your use of the word "also.")
    Did not mean anything by "also", holding a first grader back in hope of athletic glory would be crazy.
    She has shown some athletic ability, but assuming she has inherited just a bit of father's natural athletic talent, she will not be earning any college scholarships

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    At the same time, I think that athletically I could have really bebefitted from being hled back. I was slow to physically mature. I did not really start shaving every day until I was a senior college. I definitely could not compete with some opponents my Soph and Junior year in HS because I was a boy among men.

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    ODH,

    I know you didn't mean anything by "also." I was just being picky and was even going to put a face after my comment - guess I should have.

    I entered kindergarten at age 4 1/2, and was always one of the youngest in my class. My senior year in high school, I was a decent wrestler, but nothing special. Next year, as a freshman in college, I was much better and probably would have been one of the top high school wrestlers in the state in my weight class if I hadn't entered the system early. I don't regret it at all, though. I got a head start on my career and maybe will get to retire a year earlier .
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    FTN,

    It wasn't you. More like an accumulation of things.

    Spider,
    The answer to your question in your first post is money. That's especially true for football and backetball. Wrestling, of course, doesn't have that "problem", though scholarships are about money too. Basically your words of wisdom are roundly ignored by many.

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