I'm a Penn State fan because of its wrestling philosophy, if one can be defined. Since Cael took over, the plan is to score points. Most PSU wrestlers just go for it. Maybe it started with Ruth and Taylor, but it was elevated by Zane, Nolf and Bo. When you watch a Nit wrestle, expect points. Expect action.Ever watch an Iowa match?
Iowa has always been a 'dominate physically and emphasize defense' team. Boring. Maybe Dan Gable had been trying to prepare them for international styles. Or maybe he just likes boring matches. But Iowa style sucks from a spectator point of view.
To me, that's the point. We have a sport that the casual spectator has difficulty getting in to. And freestyle is worse and Greco is agonizing.
But when the points start flying, spectators have something to watch.
Cael may be personally responsible for moving folkstyle wrestling toward becoming a spectator sport. In the long term, that's the best thing that can happen to the sport and to its participants.