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    Quote Originally Posted by Big View Post
    Also, it seems he was in a relatively weak weight that year. None of the AAs and Branch have done anything internationally.

    I know you want this, so here ya go.
    DNP-Charles Burton-Olympina
    DNP-Brandon Slay-Gold
    That was a week weight class......internationally speaking.

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    Slay and Burton both came into their own much, much later. It was a 3:2 match between Slay and Branch as a senior a few years later.

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    This was way before your time Big, this weight class had some major studs.
    Hepp, Kwortnik, Fry, Burton, Renner, Slay, Branch, Brinzer, Leonard, Banks, that's some talent!

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    I wrestled Slay the year he lost to Branch in the finals so it was not before my time. Slay was not very good in 1994. He got very good after working with Brian Dolph.

    Slay wasn't even top 6 at 163 freestyle the year before he won Olympics.

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    I wrestled Slay the year he lost to Branch in the finals so it was not before my time. Slay was not very good in 1994. He got very good after working with Brian Dolph.

    Slay wasn't even top 6 at 163 freestyle the year before he won Olympics.
    Sorry about the "before time" thing...I thought you recently(4-5 years) finished your college wrestling. Where did you wrestle Slay?

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    I wrestled him at Penn State Open. Penn State coaches wanted me at 158 but I didn't want to cut weight so they decided to teach me a lesson and put me 1st round against Slay. He beat me I think 11:3, although I threw him with a headlock.

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    I wrestled him at Penn State Open. Penn State coaches wanted me at 158 but I didn't want to cut weight so they decided to teach me a lesson and put me 1st round against Slay. He beat me I think 11:3, although I threw him with a headlock.

    So when was your eligibility up? Sounds like you gave Slay a respectable match, also sounds like you grew a bit.

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    I wrestled 95-2000. I was 142 in 95 at Rutgers, 158/167 in 96 as I transferred to Penn State, took a year off to lift and eat in 97 (went back to Rutgers), wrestled 197 in 98 and HWT in 99-2000.

    Big weight jumps kept me average as a wrestler as I never had enough time to adjust.

    At 142 I beat 3 or 4 future NCAA qualifiers and one AA. At 197 I beat two NCAA qualifiers. At HWT I beat Pat Cummins when he was a freshman.

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    I guess.....42 to heavy. Don't see that too often.

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