Started by Aquinaswrestling, March 01, 2023, 02:56:48 PM
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Quote from: whatever on March 01, 2023, 06:08:23 PM.....same old (unconvincing) arguments.Seems like anyone who takes the time to post on this topic has their minds already made up.
Quote from: Handles II on March 02, 2023, 07:45:29 AMIf the WIAA goes to two divisions in just a few years, as is the discussion, we will lose far more than 40 kids at State. A proactive restructuring of weights lead by head coaches and the WWCA could at the very least buy several more years. This 14 weight experiment has gone on for 20 years. It hasn't increased numbers as many of us (myself included) envisioned it would. Going to 15,16,17, weights would not increase numbers. The higher number of weight classes vs lower number of weight classes simply changes the perception of what is a full team, close to full, half full, that administration tends to see. A team with 9 wrestlers across 12 weights is simply a different animal than 9 wrestlers across 14 weights. I'm not saying that going to 12/13 weights will add the thousands of kids we no longer have out for the sport (girls wrestling might be what helps with that) but it can change the perception. There will still be forfeits, just an average of fewer of them. A team giving up 18 points in ff certainly can be a dual team threat vs giving up 30 points. Same number of wrestlers, very different outcomes. Teams with 9 kids now are often avoiding team tournaments, as they already know the outcome. Going to 12 weights and that team can be competitive, they can win! What does that do in your wrestling room, your school, your community? It creates positive vibes and energy. What can that do? Get more kids to participate. While I love that we have the number of qualifiers at State that we do, I worry much more about the overall package and experience of our sport at the local level. I'm voting 12 and hoping for a few more JV matches and opportunities along the way.
Quote from: Willie on March 02, 2023, 10:50:45 AMAssuming you have 9 wrestlers I doubt you will need any jv opportunities. Coaches that vote for 12 and have 9 wrestlers are just lazy and are hoping to stay relevant, but sorry to say if our team of 24 wrestles your team of 9 in 12 weight classes the outcome will be the same or worse. I've said it before, our school has 200 kids we have 24 boys out in high school, 20+ in middle school and 70+ in K-4th. Build a program not just a high school t