I don't really think there is any basis for saying Askren would have been better under a different approach. He destroyed Herbert in college and also destroyed him later in Freestyle after Herbert won a World Silver. It's not like people were "catching up" to him in College. I think Hendricks beat him up pretty good when they were seniors in HS and Askren ended up having the better college career. Pendelton had his number but Pendleton was a great wrestler in his own right so I don't see how losing to him as underclassmen can be a knock. It should also be noted that Askren could have wrestled at 165 if he wanted to but he wrestled up at 174 so he was giving up size and still went 2-2-1-1 with his only losses to Pendleton. He wasn't catching guys in "noob traps". As far as the Olympics go I agree that his style didn't seem well suited for Freestyle but that has nothing to do with Folk. And is should be pointed out that Askren had a very short international career where he was concentrating on Freestyle. He tried out for Worlds only twice (in 2005 while still competing in college and in 2010 when he was already competing in MMA). The one time he actually concentrated on Freestyle he made the Olympic team and lost to Ivan Fondura from Cuba who was a very good wrestler with a World and Olympic Bronze medals on his resume and he pinned the guy in the first round.