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Re: Now that Mason has moved on
The jump from Jr. High to high school is pretty insignificant if you're 120 lbs. or less but gets increasingly more difficult as you go up from there. The jump from high school to D1 wrestling is huge and it takes athletes a year or two to close that gap, not just in wrestling but many sports which is why we see red shirts. As for the who has acquired "greatness" or who will achieve it in the future? If you All American at D1 you are a great wrestler, if you made the roster at a highly successful D1 program and went 4 to 5 years and graduated, you are a great wrestler and probably a great student too. Most of the names I've seen mentioned in this thread could have opted to wrestle NAIA, JUCO, D2 or D3 and taken multiple national titles and All American titles home and achieved "greatness" if hardware is all you're worried about but they took a chance at the BIG SHOW instead. Maybe they fell short of AA or never took home a national title. Only a handful of the greatest do that every year. It's like b###hing that they didn't make the World Team or go to the Olympics! Look at some of the name that DIDN'T make those teams! The armchair quarterbacks on this board and their standards for greatness are entertaining nonetheless but I'd sure like to see some of their list of accomplishments...just like every sport, athletes have gotten better. Winning national titles gets more difficult every year as well.