We scored 84 points in 09 and 72 points in 08. We finished 6th last year and 3rd this year. I know everyone thought we would win, well Cyclone fans anyway, but we finished where the people in the know picked us. It appears on paper the guys wrestled better than last year. If you take off your cardinal and gold glasses and look at it from the outside the guys improved year over year but not enough to get the NC.
The wrestling singlets with the "I-State" logo look trendy and cheap. Go back to the simple block gold "I" that we wore during the glory days. It was classy and simple, and recognizable around the nation.
Rebranding is fine for football and basketball, but not wrestling...
How short sighted do you have to be to pick a perfomance where our team places 3rd nationally with the youth we have, to call out the program and say we are settling for sub par performance and are a laughing stock.
I even hate it when people talk that way about the football program but don't get this upset. But picking a wrestling season where we had to work very hard to get our ducks close to in a row and calling it a laughingstock really is an immature view.
I would say your comment was making you a laughingstock if it weren't so sad a reflection on your respect for what they worked to acheive this year. Youth, Injury and the stunning move against Z were all difficult to swallow, but to look at it as a failure is just plain wrong.
In my opinion, like anything else, experience helps. Cael was hired right out of college, a risky move. When Cael was hired the Hawkeyes knew what a great hire it was and they brought in Brands to counter. Brands had two years experience at Virginia Tech already. Cael is a top notch wrestler and coach and each additional year of experience will put us in a position to win
championships. Shoot, we were in it this year. Cyclone wrestling is in great hands.
Right now the team is very much the reflection of it's coach. Cael has always been a guy of little emotion. It seems to work very well for him. I have heard him say that it is not best for everyone. I think he has a good grasp on his own limits as a coach and has started to make adjustments, as others in this thread have pointed out. We should all be proud of the program and get ready for a great year next year!
Queso is literally using every single Wrestling related message board on the internet to continue his personal crusade against Jackson. He's been doing it for several years now. It is tiring and strange. Every single chat during Midlands/Nationals/other big events even gets hijacked to be all about Jackson. The guy has some serious issues.