I am a proponent of innovation more than most, but I do believe there is a time to scout and there is a time to open up, wrestle your match and have fun. I very rarely ever believe in absolutes.
I respectfully disagree - Cale has been fortunate to have multiple hammers - when you have Taylor, Ruth, Nolf, Nikal, and Rutherford, you don't have to game plan. He doesn't have those types of wrestlers now as each of them were almost two champions at NCAA tournament in terms of points scored with bonus in multiple rounds. While he has good wrestlers now, none are at that level and the current wrestlers who are even or slightly less skilled will need to have a strategy to beat the elite wrestlers.
We need to improve our feeder program, ie youth, middle school, high school wrestling. We need to invest more into our RTC. Talent will be there and be developed if we play the long game. If we focus on the short game constantly, it will be feast or famine.It’s all about talent. We need more of it and PSU has had a bunch of it. The good news is with these recent classes it looks like we will be able to make that happen (needing more).
Sure we need to develop that talent and there is some concern about being able to do that in the same manner that PSU can but you get enough talent and it makes everything a lot easier and coaches much smarter.
Actually that's true, PSU doesn't scout the opposition. Cael wants his wrestlers to be completely unaware of the other guy's tendencies. Cow catchers, double boots, headlocks - it doesn't matter. He simply tells them to "be like water" before they step on the mat.
Oddly enough though, he does plan out their dodgeball games. Every throw & every catch is scripted in advance. Very Bill Walsh like.
While I think that is true overall, there are several recent examples of PSU wrestlers scouting for and wrestling a very specific game plan for a particular wrestler. Again talent also dictates this to a degree.
RBY vs DeSanto 2 last year is a shining example.