Let's face it you're referring to Jordan&chandler,kubec,and mangrum and garcia to name a few,right? Here's my take on that
If those aforementioned names are some of the ones ypu hsd in mind,you may be right.
jordan rogers:for whatever reason he just didn't materialize on the highest level. Could the fact that he was rarely ever pushed in the state of Washington have something to do with it,tho? Had Jordan have been raised in PA where riding is life would he have made it on the big stage? I think yes,for sure, but you're right his top game wasn't very effective and he rarely ever seen the bottom postion in folk and those reasons ultimately played a pivotal role in him not making,imho. We'd be fools tho to think he didn't have what it took.
Kubec: He was groomed for D-1, he definitely had what it took to compete on the high level,and was doing a great job in proving that with every outing he had,but from what I hear outside interferences were his downfall. Imho,he would've all-Americaned atleast 2x he really had what it took.
Mangrum did his thing.he excelled on both the freestyle and folkstyle scene and was solid all around...he should be excluded from the convo.
Garcia: another example of someone just not getting pushed/tested enough (outside of his match with fio), he relied heavily on a 3-quarter stack and had a limited arsenal on top. No one ever rode him so he rarely ever had to figure things out from the bottom. One could make an argument that injuries plagued his carreer and ultimately caused his downfall,but his match with David Taylor told me different. He looked to be experiencing a culture shock in that match. He had no idea a pace like that existed and that someone could come at him from so many different angles and just effortlessly beat the breaks off him. He ended up rebounding against multiple time all American Mike Evans,but his lack of top and bottom work did play a huge role in him not making it,imho.
(Just for shits and giggles)Now to the vombaurs: first of all, both had amazing leg rides and top game,hence cory being able to knock off the dynamic Mike Rodriguez twice in one year (people still call those matches huge upsets and claim Mike was too small but I think Mike's lack of bottom work ultimately cost him...he lost fair and Square). The only difference was Ben was a little flashier and funkier and took more risk whereas cory was more fundamental and wasn't a big risk taker (for the most part). Both enjoyed stellar careers in college but Ben ultimately had the more successful career.
on top of being solid in every position ben was also a little bit of a high flyer-steam roller type...maybe that was the ultimate difference. Ben arguably faced the stiffer competition in college as well so one can't argue that the era's were the reason.
Now I'll take off my troll mask and ask you a serious question? What do we (washington) have to do to get on par with the east coast or even the mid-west? Is it even a probability given the circumstances of them having WAY more resources,high-level clubs, and countless D1 colleges(not to mention ton of lower level division colleges). I can't fathom how we(washington) could possibly get up there with those states. How do we do it? A better question is how did YOU do it? I realize the area you guys came from was a hott bed for wrestling at the time,but I'm sure you played a pivotal role as well.
The real troll