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    Ricky Lundell

    I was just curious how a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu world champion "grappler" with no folk style wrestling experience (at least in high school) ends up on the roster. Is he seriously competing for a spot or is he just considered an attribute based on his other skills?



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    Re: Ricky Lundell

    It does seem odd but I'm sure if he's that committed to Jiu-Jitsu he could become a great wrestler. Probably considered a project.



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    Re: Ricky Lundell

    Quote Originally Posted by BryceC View Post
    It does seem odd but I'm sure if he's that committed to Jiu-Jitsu he could become a great wrestler. Probably considered a project.
    He doesn't appear to have long to work on it as he is listed as a senior. Just curious. I would love to see how competitive those skills make him against a much faster-paced Mueller.



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    Re: Ricky Lundell

    There's almost no way he cracks the lineup. I'm guessing he's in the room mainly to improve his wrestling/mat skills for his "grappling" competitions.



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    Re: Ricky Lundell

    Too lazy to find it, but pretty sure there was an article about him (gocyclones.com?) that pretty much said he's just here to absorb the influence of our coaches and stay in top condition. If he's able to help ISU then all the better (primarily by being another body to wrestle against).
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    Go Cyclones - World champ grapples for starting spot

    "I came here to train with Cael Sanderson and the Sanderson brothers all around," said Lundell. "I wanted to develop my stand-up better and my wrestling, and Iowa State, there's no question, is always in the top three in the nation and there's no better place to go."
    Grappling is a mixture of wrestling, jiu-jitsu and other martial arts techniques, and competing in the sport at a world-class level remains Lundell's ultimate goal, regardless of how successful he might become at wrestling.
    "I would like to become an All-American," Lundell said. "(Gallick and Mueller) are extremely tough, and that's my weight class. I'm pushing (to make the starting lineup)."
    "If I didn't (make the starting lineup), I will continue to train really hard until I'm at All-American level," said Lundell, who has a year of college eligibility remaining. "I had the opportunity to come and wrestle with the team, and it was now or never."


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    Re: Ricky Lundell

    This is a little crazy but I'm curious what the team can learn from this guy. He obviously has been trained to be the best at submitting people. I wonder how many of his skills translate into pinning opponents. I'm sure it's a little more physical then he is used to. But I'm sure the guys are excited to learn some different techniques from this guy. We might be a team that has a few rabbits to pull out of the hat come duel time!

    If anyone gets a chance to interview / talk to Cael I'd be curious what types of things this guy is teaching our wrestlers. It's very different in that this guy is used to wrestling with his back to the mat versus trying to keep you back off the mat. I'm also curious if our riding will get much better this season because of some of the holds our guys will learn.



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    Re: Ricky Lundell

    I'm a student of Ricky's in Utah.

    The statement about Ricky being used to wrestling with his back on the mat is not extremely accurate.

    GJJ is a grappling system based on a positional hierachy. Being on your back with a guard up is considered a neutral position. Being on top in side control, mount, or back mount is prized. As Ricky is a world champion, youngest black belt American, & extremely talented grappler, he doesn't work from a position of equality nearly at all. He is very proficient at climbing the positional ladder.



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    Re: Ricky Lundell

    You said being on your back with your guard up is a neutral position but not with folkstyle. That is what I meant about him being used to having his back to the mat. He is too used to rolling over to defend himself but if he does that with our wrestling then he will be pinned and it's over.

    I really am excited to see what this guy can each our wrestlers. I hope he enjoys his time at ISU.



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    Re: Ricky Lundell

    I'm well aware of folkstyle rules. I wrestled for 8 years (not that I was any good, but I've been introduced to it). Ricky has been working with college level wrestlers on his grappling out here for years. He's well aware of not putting his back to the mat, & I don't think you'll see that be an issue. The point of my post was that Ricky is very rarely in the guard, & if we get to watch him wrestle at all, I think you'll be impressed.

    As I hear it, he's enjoying the wrestling & education as well. They're both tough, but he enjoys it.



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    Re: Ricky Lundell

    I am a friend with Ricky and have to say when I grew up knowing him I personaly could not understand how he became so good at ground understanding without even wrestling. I am an All-american wrestler My Name is Ty Hatfield even at 230 pounds he is very tuff and can work me and 30 other people in row over and over, it is very hard to beat him. I think Cole who is also a friend knew that he will be NCAA champ and being next to win at the Summer Olympics .



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    Re: Ricky Lundell

    I am Ricky's coach. I have coached some very high profile wrestlers that have gone on to do great things in college and other organizations like the UFC.

    He is to Grappling/BJJ what Cael is to Folkstyle. He is here for a reason. I have a suggestion to all of the haters and nay sayers. He has been there long enough now that I am assuming that those critics of Ricky that are close enough to the sport of wrestling must either a-know someone who wrestles for ISU or...b-wrestle themselves.

    Here is my suggestion, rather than pick him apart on chat forums simply walk yourself down to the room and ask Cael or Cody or the guys he's banging heads with on a daily basis. See what they have to say. Or... roll with him yourself. See for yourself what the hype is about. Just like the rest of us in the wrestling community I think you will be pleasantly suprised!



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    Re: Ricky Lundell

    It’s division one wrestling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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    Re: Ricky Lundell

    Quote Originally Posted by BrandonG View Post
    I am Ricky's coach. I have coached some very high profile wrestlers that have gone on to do great things in college and other organizations like the UFC.

    He is to Grappling/BJJ what Cael is to Folkstyle. He is here for a reason. I have a suggestion to all of the haters and nay sayers. He has been there long enough now that I am assuming that those critics of Ricky that are close enough to the sport of wrestling must either a-know someone who wrestles for ISU or...b-wrestle themselves.

    Here is my suggestion, rather than pick him apart on chat forums simply walk yourself down to the room and ask Cael or Cody or the guys he's banging heads with on a daily basis. See what they have to say. Or... roll with him yourself. See for yourself what the hype is about. Just like the rest of us in the wrestling community I think you will be pleasantly suprised!
    I read back through the posts and I don't see anyone "picking him apart". Most are just curious about him. Good talent is always a bonus in the wrestling room, whether he cracks the lineup or not. I don't live in Ames anymore but I would love to seem him go.



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    Re: Ricky Lundell

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    I read back through the posts and I don't see anyone "picking him apart". Most are just curious about him. Good talent is always a bonus in the wrestling room, whether he cracks the lineup or not. I don't live in Ames anymore but I would love to seem him go.
    Concur, I didn't interpret any of the posts as being "haters" or "nay-sayers".



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    Re: Ricky Lundell

    Thing you guys should look at is he will win from riding time and control that is where he is a World champion and why he is 1st team



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