Before I get too deep into my journal entry for the week, I wanted to let you all know that this column will be undergoing a bit of change. Instead of releasing all four parts in a single shot, we at LHW have decided that it will be better if we unveil each piece of the weekly blog, day-by-day for three consecutive days. That way, none of you will get burned out or lose interest by the time you reach page three. Heck, if I had to do what I was asking all of you to do, I think I’d be completely bored out of my mind by the half way mark too. My apologies for that. Hopefully, you will find the new format to be more pleasing and enjoyable to read.
The way we will go about releasing each segment is like this: On either Monday or Tuesday, I will publish my journal entry for the week, along with the “Wrestling Recap”. The following day, the Diano Top-10 will be unveiled. Then, on the third and final day, I’ll put on my swammy hat and make my predictions for the week.
With regard to actual wrestling, all I’ve got to say, is that snow stinks. As a lot of you learned from last week’s journal entry, I was planning on making my first trip to the Eastern States tournament. This was an experience that I was extremely pysched about. Unfortunately, the snow storm, combined with the fact that I needed to be home on Sunday morning to attend the Giants’ playoff game (don’t get me started on this topic), meant that once again, I found myself in the position of having to take a pass on the tournament. I guess as they say in sports movies, “there’s always next year.”
However, thanks in large part to the efforts of Bill Miller and Marty, all was not lost. While I admit that it is not the same as being there, the amazing coverage brought to us by the great people at LHW allowed me to at least partake in seeing 30 of the finest wrestlers in NY, Connecticut, New Hampshire, etc. compete for individual and team glory. My sincere congratulations to Shenendehowa on emerging with the team title. An equal amount of respect goes out to Timerlane, who for the longest time appeared as if they would be the ones to leave Sullivan Community College with the hardware in hand. As I understand it, there was some heavy signature betting that rested on the final results of this tournament. Hopefully, all winners showed some degree of mercy. To the victors go the spoils.
In addition to watching the Eastern States broadcast, I also had my laptop tuned into LiveSportsVideo.com’s presentation of the NWCA National Duals. And, I must say, for the first time in quite a while, I was blown away by the quality of the broadcast. Those of you who have tried to watch wrestling on LSV in the past know that the organization does not have the best reputation for delivering on their promises. Heck, in my experience, some of the past LiveSportsVideo coverage has been so bad that they offered refunds on a free service (Corny joke of the week; OK….George Carlin I am not). Anyhow, I take back any mean things that I’ve ever said about LSV (and anyone who lives with me knows that I’ve said quite a bit). They obviously have learned from their mistakes and made the necessary adjustments.
Looking forward and not backward, I am extremely pumped about the upcoming week in NYS Catholic High School wrestling. In addition to today’s much anticipated and debated dual (which a prior commitment will prevent me from attending) between rivals, Chaminade and St. Anthonys, Saturday Monsignor Farrell High School will play host to the annual CHSAA duals, an event that I was scheduled to make an appearance at last year, but had to miss due to a house fire and medical emergency (not related to each other) that occured on the eve of the event. This year, I am extremely optimistic that I will be able to make my way to the duals. I owe it to the Farrell coaches to be there. After all, for the past year and a half, I’ve been chatting with them and promising I would stop by and introduce myself.
Since I plan to be there anyway, it is also my intent to see if I can provide some coverage of the event on behalf of LHW. At this time, I am exploring the possibility of doing live video for all five rounds. However, because I am only now discovering that I own almost none of the necessary equipment (trying to borrow the camera from my brother), I am not able to make any promises. I am able to promise that at the very least, there will be text based play-by-play. If there is a certain dual that you definitely want me to pay attention to, feel free to send me an email or leave a comment under this posting.
On the collegiate scene, I am gearing up for the always explosive Iowa/Oklahoma State dual, scheduled for Sunday. While I am not going to be able to watch the dual (the economic recession has really limited the number of All-Access packages I’ve allowed myself this season), I will be able to listen to the dual, courtesy of Oklahoma State. If you have a few hours to kill and like me are appreciative of the rich history between these two schools, I urge you to tune it. The audio coverage is free. Therefore, the price is right.