Iowa Wrestling Update: Brands, Wrestle-Offs, Schedule Changes

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EverywhereIgoIseethesameclones's picture

Why is there a picture of Brett Favre at the top of this article? Does Ross have a deal going on with Wrangler to pick up a little side cash?

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BirthdayPitchers's picture

That's probably about the worst insult you can give to Tom Brands.  Especially considering how little Brett Favre packs into his Wranglers.  

Oh, my choices are Keystone Light or Keystone Light? I guess I'll go with Keystone Light.

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Klug's picture

It think you are confusing Brett Favre with Chuck Norris

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RossWB's picture

I would not say no to some sweet, sweet sponsorship cash from Wrangler. My cable operator refuses to accept blogbucks (which is strait bullshit). 

GetLoose's picture

Hopefully Ross also worked in a deal with Copper Fit and Micro Touch Razors as well.

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Hawktober's picture

Count me in as one who is heavily in favor of an official dual meet championship tournament.  I don't really care how it falls in relation to the traditional individual tournament, just make it happen!

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snowpork's picture

I've always been an advocate for a dual meet championship and I think could help grow the sport. It would allow a school's brand take a more central stage. A match between Mark Hall and Zahid Valencia might not mean much to outsiders, but maybe if they see Penn State vs Arizona State they'll be more inclined to check it out based on that sort of name recognition.

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RossWB's picture

I would like to see it too if they could suss out a workable schedule and format. Dual meets are awesome and the team vs team aspect of it would be an easier sell to a wider audience, I think. 

Klug's picture

Why isn't the NCAA Individual Tournament not being moved to April. I assumed the season shift is, in part, to avoid going head to head with March Madness during the NCAA Tournament time but holding the championship in the middle of the season makes no sense.

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RossWB's picture

That was the most surprising thing about this schedule to me and one of the biggest headaches. Having dual meets before and after the individual tournament is weird, not to mention the fact that right now guys train to peak for the individual tournament in March. How is that impacted if there are another six weeks to go on the calendar after that? And I've long been a proponent of moving the individual tournament away from the first weekend of March Madness, which tends to suck up all the oxygen in the sports world. If they do go ahead with the single-semester approach, I hope they look into tweaking the dates for the individual tournament. 

One idea I've pondered is a split-season that focused on tournaments for half the year and dual meets for the other half. I don't know if that would be entirely workable (are there enough tournaments? would enough people care about that many tournaments?), but it might be a smoother way to handle things than just plopping the individual tournament in the middle of dual meet season. I dunno -- obviously a lot of details still need to be worked out. I will be very curious to see what changes they come up with (and what gets approved). 

IowaChemE's picture

Did I miss something? Is there any reason Marinelli is not wrestling?

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RossWB's picture

Sorry, I meant to include a note about that in the post. It sounds like he's a bit banged up, so they're holding him out of wrestle-offs. It doesn't seem too serious, so hopefully he's able to go at Iowa City Duals in a few weeks. 

IowaChemE's picture

Ah, sweet, that's good at least and makes sense why there hasn't been much news

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rosko-p's picture

Assume that Lee's knee is ready to go?

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RossWB's picture

It sounds like he's doing well, yeah. As much as I want to see him in an Iowa singlet, I'd personally still prefer to see them be verrrry conservative with him and let him get fully healed, but we'll have to wait and see if that's the approach they take this year. 

RossWB's picture

Thursday night update: 

141: Murin d. Meyer, 10-4
197: Brownlee d. Cook, 6-4
197: Warner d. Corbin, 21-6

Tyler4587's picture

I'm a day late and a dollar short, well more than a day, but anyway here goes...

As far as desired results, let's not be Nebraska here.  Iowa is still consistently one of the three premier programs year after year.  There is a lot more parity in college wrestling than there has been in the past, and let's face it Cael Sanderson was one of the best American wrestlers ever so it’s not surprising he is now one of the best coaches ever.

Crowning the team national champion based on a dual tournament would be best for the sport.  Duals are much easier to follow and understand for a casual viewer.  They are also more entertaining to watch for a casual viewer because the viewer is going to be invested in every match (when they are watching).  I know insiders prefer to keep with tradition, but “team” really is the operative word, and you can’t say your team is better than another if you aren’t going head to head against them with your entire team.  Going into the national tournament, generally there are only about four teams that have a shot simply based on how many wrestlers they qualified.  And yes, it doesn’t make sense for the individual tournament to be in the middle of the season.  I wonder if that has something to do with contracts already in place?

Off topic, but does anybody know if Midlands will have general admission at Sears Centre?  I like to think I’m better with the google than my parents, but I can’t find the answer on the interweb.

You can't grow a great mullet in a day, you can't win a Big Ten title in a day. -Sammy Brooks

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