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    Jagger's Friday Mailbag - 10/29/2021

    Nick Suriano at Penn State in 2016-17 (Photo/Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

    Let's get right to it!

    I would like to hear a @Jagger712 synopsis of Vision Quest for someone who's never seen it. @TheMr_Amazing

    Vision Quest is the story of a starving artist from New Jersey who travels to San Francisco without a map, thus ending up in Spokane, Washington, during the balmiest winter in ages and gets mixed up in the local high school wrestling scene. Her path crosses with local star and denim enthusiast Brian Shute in a hallway, who's being challenged by some lanky goofball who thinks he's Danny Hodge because he placed eighth at States in his first year and now wants to come at the King. Hilarity ensues.

    Are you a fan of the matches before the actual meet they did last year? When women's wrestling becomes more mainstream, do you think they will do women's wrestling the same night as men's or a separate night? Phil S.

    I love the extra matches and I do think they will continue moving forward. Perhaps the most unique quirk between wrestling and other sports is the inability to get proper work for your backups. Alabama can unload their bench in the second half with every 45-3 blowout. That doesn't work here. These kids need work, most opens of the non-Dresser variety dry up during the second half of the season, and that can make for a long winter for kids just banging heads in practice every day. I think women's duals should be Thursday and Saturday, making a four-day block of action that doesn't interfere with each other and gives both the spotlight they deserve.

    What program would you want a shirt from to wear for #WrestlingShirtADayinMay? @DutrowJim

    Easy. Oklahoma State with the wrestling cowboy logo. Bonus points if you can get it to do the Ferrari flex.

    Best Music to get the sweat off? @MichWrestlinRef

    Being a bit of an old hat, I've always been privy to some Metallica or Pantera types if I'm in an angry mood. Now, if you want to turn that frown upside down while shedding some pounds, try a little disco on the Spotify and see where that takes you. If you can't get hyped to some KC and the Sunshine Band, that's a you problem, not a me problem.

    Do people in real life know about your Twitter exploits? @OldestGreatest

    They think I'm @Rhino184.

    What's your story? When, why, how did you get involved in wrestling @bananacoffeeman

    Good question, since it does seem I appeared out of thin air. I grew up wrestling, so I've always been around it, but only ever followed the local Jersey scene into adulthood. I really got back into it during the Suriano HS run and on a boring day in December 2016, I decided to check out how he was doing in college, yada, yada, yada…

    I somehow ended up here. I'm a pure fan; I never claimed to be an expert. I enjoy watching wrestling, talking about wrestling, joking about wrestling, and am grateful that I've been accepted into this world.

    Fav Bon Jovi concert we attended. @BulldogTCOB

    New Jersey tour 1989 at The Meadowlands, of course! We were in the “Lay Your Hands on Me” video!

    Do you think @UHSPEutectics is in the dark about the previous job experience (and subsequent resignations) of their current head coach, who was given opportunities at 2 Top 5 programs and lasted maybe a combined 6 months? Both were omitted from his bio NJCAA and DII programs. @Swayzhappens

    Fake it until you make it!

    What's your biggest fear? @Pelikanhead


    I'm super excited for the Stanford-Oklahoma State Dual, just 17 days away. Since it is at 2PM on a Friday, what is the perfect snack to cook for an afternoon dual?
    Luke Wise

    PB and J, three slices, toast the bread. That should hold you over until suppertime.

    First match this season involving two D1 teams is Buffalo vs. Wisconsin, would love to hear your breakdown of how the match will play out. #FirstTimeLongTime @Obrats

    You couldn't give two poops about my opinion on this and you know it. I say the Bulls Mafia turns into the Bills Mafia and puts the Sconnies through a table for a 22-17 victory.

    Well, that's it for me! Thanks for sending in your questions and I wish I could get to them all, but like Matt Damon in the green room at Jimmy Kimmel, we just ran out of time. You can ask again, or I'll just try to get back to them. Until then, have a great weekend and watch Street League 2! Dysen Gould skipping high school and going straight to the pros!

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