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Everything posted by Tofurky

  1. No, it's not and it's not even close. What's a far, far worse take is convincing people that access to D1 is an issue. It isn't; not everyone scholarship-level student-wrestler NEEDS to go to Penn State, Ohio State, Iowa or Okie State to have had a successful career in D1. There are many programs out there offering ample opportunities to be a D1 student-athlete. Even worse than that is convincing kids and their parents that they are the next Logan Stieber or J'Den Cox, when they were a two-time state qualifier and finished fifth once as a senior. What actually might be the worst is the prevailing ideology on this and almost every other wrestling comment board that the only real collegiate wrestling experience that matters can be had is in Division 1. This year in the NCAA, Division 1 wrestling makes up 31 percent (76 programs from 242 total; 62 in D2 and 104 in D3) of the opportunities available to aspiring college wrestlers. You're telling me that more than three out of every ten high school senior student wrestlers is a Division 1 athlete? I will stridently disagree with you immediately. In terms of access, add in NAIA (63 programs in 2017-18) and NJCAA (47 programs in 2017-18) and high school senior wrestlers have 352 different opportunities to compete in college in 2017-18. That number doesn't include the more than 100 NCWA "club" teams out there. Of those, roughly 70% (D1, D2, NAIA and NJCAA) have the opportunity to offer financial reward for student-wrestlers. Maybe right sizing kids to not only meximize their potentials, but also to use their talents to afford college, is a better slogan than "D1 or Bust."
  2. Is Division 1 the ONLY option in your mind? If you go back and read the original post, and not take the title at face value, you'll see I said, in the second sentence, no less, "Would the wrestling community be better off limiting the number of Division 1 programs to, say, 40 in order to keep the best talent there, so then as to focus on growth in D2, D3, NAIA (you can throw in NJCAA and maybe even develop RTC-type programs at institutions without an NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA program, as an addendum), but that aren't going to be in the running for the likes of the kids in the Intermat/Mat Talk/Flo rankings?" Right there, I gave a far more reasonable and cost effective solution for 98-99% of high school wrestlers out there to continue competing after high school. https://www.flowrestling.org/articles/5067286-you-do-the-math-high-school-participation-numbers - the numbers of high school wrestlers are shrinking. Of the 250,653 high school wrestlers in 2015-16, how many were girls who will not be competing for any men's programs in college? Take that number out and the number continues to drop. Then, how many of the remaining kids were high school seniors? My assumption is that the largest numbers you'll find are at the freshman level, where kids are trying the sport for the first time. Most won't stick with it, but they are among those numbers. Of those seniors, how many of them are "Division 1 athletes" who will ever be starters for the teams for which they intend to compete? Why would we push for more Division 1 opportunities, so wrestling can make an effort keep up with football and basketball to make the fan base feel better about where the sport stands in the landscape of collegiate athletics? So dad (and maybe mom) can boast to their friends that their kid is on X Division 1 team? So we can kid ourselves into further believing that wrestling is more important to American culture than it really is? American society has spoken... for the last 30-some-odd years. The numbers are not in our favor. Public perception is that wrestling is seen as little more than breeding ground for mixed martial arts and, to a far lesser extent, a core Olympic sport that people think happens once every four years. We, as a community, need to be more honest with ourselves about this and figure out how to adjust for the benefit of those involved with this sport we all enjoy. Part of this means growing programs at levels which are not D1 (because it costs a hell of a lot less and the interest is there) and to stop kidding ourselves that every kid out there is worthy of D1 designation, leading high school coaches, club coaches, dads, moms, grandparents, siblings and everyone in town that there just isn't enough access. There IS enough access at the D1 level, but the level of talent isn't there to support all those programs.
  3. If less than half of all teams that have reps at Nationals--and that is not all 76-odd teams every year that do qualify someone--are remotely competitive, what's the point in keeping the consistent cellar dwellers around? Why would fans want to increase the number of D1 programs if more than half of teams each tournament can't score double digit team points and a quarter of teams or more are scoring five points or less each year? Also, if fans already don't follow the teams that are currently in the bottom 60% of teams annually, why add more teams that will not be competitive? Why not reduce the amount of Division 1 teams to concentrate the top talent, get rid of the coaches who aren't producing at that level and make for a truly competitive division instead of pretending that any of us really give a $#!* about those teams that are never in contention for anything but who can score the least amount of points?
  4. Are there too many D1 programs out there to support the talent that Division 1 athletics is supposed to attract? Would the wrestling community be better off limiting the number of Division 1 programs to, say, 40 in order to keep the best talent there, so then as to focus on growth in D2, D3, NAIA, but that aren't going to be in the running for the likes of the kids in the Intermat/Mat Talk/Flo rankings? Without me citing names, we all know to which programs I am referring. From a fan perspective, there seems to be very little support for teams who "don't produce" on a regular basis Is it time to significantly "thin the herd," so to speak and let "the cream rise to the top," to quote a well known coach?
  5. I understand where you're coming from, but I would like to believe that most ADs know where their teams stand in the grand scheme of each sport and do not need a tournament of this magnitude to tell them that information. That said, with the first weekend being that only the two winners from each region move on, every other team is guaranteed at least two duals (and maybe more, if the coaches schedule them... though I am using my more of my kids level/high school mind on that one).
  6. Agreed on the accommodations. And, as I mentioned, if, for example, we can get that AMAZING Iowa fan base to travel to a place like Atlanta or have the Ohio State fans flood the KFC Yum! Center (I wish I were making that up) in Louisville, KY, this could mean investment in and growth for the sport of collegiate wrestling on the Division 1 level. The reason I have been sticking with previous year point totals is that it's far easier to follow from a fan perspective; there's no deciphering what teams lost how many points and who transferred where. "Why is Penn State dualing Fresno State in the first round? Oh! I see last year's results; one versus sixty-four." There's no confusion involved. Also, not every team is going to be the same strength from year to year. I think this is where one is likely to see upsets occurring from teams that might be better dual teams than tournament teams and it adds another level of suspense to the tournament. Did Fresno currently stand a chance against Penn State this season? Obviously not, but next year they're going to be even better and more competitive than they were this season, so it makes for a more interesting match up going into 2018-19. Maybe in 2020, with this tournament and a different seed, you see the Bulldogs sneak into the Sweet 16 or Elite Eight. Maybe I am wrong.
  7. Then don't crown a team champion at the individual tournament. Use the points at the individual tournament only as a seeding basis for the next year's dual tournament and announce the team placewinners at the individual tournament.
  8. One (presumably) on the way up is Jeremy Spates at Southern Illinois at Edwardsville. In 2016, Spates made $61,198.40. I am going to guess he didn't make an extra $40K on camps. In the same year, Doug Schwab made $121,601. Terry Steiner made $105,000 in his first season with the Bulldogs two years ago.
  9. Thanks for the support, folks. Some of that goes to killdozer. I don't remember all of his points, so I riffed off what I could remember.
  10. I'd like to think this is possible, but here are my arguments in opposition to your idea as of today: 1. You want to have the tournament set as early as possible for scheduling/venue selection for the following season. 2. The new transfer rules make it really hard to do just that in a reasonable amount of time and meet number one. 3. I like the idea that last year's place winners have to defend something, but that another team could bump them off and change the order. Sure, we all know when a team is losing strength, but not all of us are superfans of the sport and to a lot of folks (fringe folks and others who might be interested), that adds the element of "instability" that you see in the NCAA basketball tournament and gets people to watch or check up on scores when they might not have otherwise. 4. To bolster point three, if you want to win, you have to win out. Period. 5. Maybe the NWCA and NCAA strategically set two of the two day regional tournaments each year in places where they want to grow the sport... For example, maybe they every year find two host schools they want to (re-)establish programs and contract with them for the tournament. Here are some examples: Syracuse U., Boston U., U of Louisville, Clemson U. Georgia Tech, Florida State U., U of Kansas, U of Texas at Austin, U of New Mexico, U of Washington and Washington State U, among others. Invite the university president, board of trustees, AD and a bunch of dignitaries to come and schmooze them.
  11. I was talking more about the youth levels of the sports, not the adult levels. Where youth wrestling is losing ground, I am confident in saying that BJJ and other similar combat sports are and have been gaining some steam. That and these folks you mention who are becoming involved as adults are likely to involve their kids, too.
  12. Maybe there are incentives tied to this gig? Also, does anyone know if this position is similar to the Fresno State job in that X-amount of student-wrestlers must come from a specific geographic region, specifically Arkansas. I have to imagine that the AD understands the landscape of Arkansas wrestling as it stands now, specifically when thinking long term. Also, Erisman had his fingers in those eastern states, and Oklahoma. My guess is that the first few rosters have a good mix of kids from PA, NJ, some Ohio, New York and Illinois and some Oklahoma, given its proximity. I am going to guess, too, that you're going to see more of those kids from Texas taking a good, hard look at UALR. How many transfers from four year schools who might want to start in D1 sooner than later will they have? Does Erisman hit the NJCAA circuit, too? The 125 from Wyoming (by way of Uzbekistan) would have been a really nice get, as would have the 133 from Iowa Central, who is a native of Georgia (the state, not the country).
  13. I was in St. Louis last week, hanging with this board's own killdozer (supremely excellent dude, by the way), and he mentioned an idea about changing the season and an idea about tournaments. He mentioned something about regionals and it had me thinking... what if the dual team national tournament included EVERY team in Division 1? How is that possible you ask? Well, let me tell you MY thoughts! 1. Break the tournament up into four distinct regions. Instead of tying them to geographic locations, let's call them regions 1, 2, 3 and 4. 2. Break the tournament up into two weekends. The first weekend would feature (using the 76 teams in D1 as of the 2017-18 season) four, 19 team tournaments. The tournaments would have four rounds on the championship side of the bracket and would be designed to find the two finalists from each Region. Those two undefeated teams would not compete until weekend two, bringing the top eight teams from the four dual tournaments to another site two weeks later. The rest of the teams would finish the tournament out, guaranteeing each team at least two duals on the weekend, and maybe more if the coaches wanted to find a way to make it happen. For an example of this, see the NWCA Multi-Divisional Dual brackets for everyone except Division 3. 3. Not unlike the NCAA basketball tournament, teams in each Region will be seeded 1-16, with proper seeding and the top four teams garnering the top seeds in each of the four regional tournaments. In this case, seeding is based on point scoring from the previous year's national tournament (let's use 2018, for example: found here). As you can see, Penn State would face Fresno State out of the gates in Region 1. In Region 2, Ohio State would face Cal Poly. Region 3 would feature Iowa versus Binghamton and Region 4 would start off with Michigan vs. Oklahoma U. 4. As I mentioned, since there are 19 teams per Region (as of the 2017-18 season), for those final 12 teams outside of the top 64, three teams are randomly drawn into each Regional site. 5. Those top eight teams would convene in a centralized location, say, Chicago (selfish me) and determine the top eight teams for that dual year. What does any of this accomplish? Here are my thoughts: 1. Every single team is now included and has a stake in the game. That makes programs, colleges/university ADs and the NCAA very happy. 2. It (typically) breaks up the traditional powers. While that will change year to year, you see no more than four B10 teams in any of the brackets. 3. Who can be the "bracket buster" each year? Yeah, I know... this isn't basketball. That said, what teams wouldn't relish the chance at making the "Elite Eight" by knocking off a highly ranked team? Maybe a non-traditional power each year can take advantage of injuries or lack of a gas tank... maybe? 4. Teams that might not normally face one another are now facing one another in this format. It's great for the sport's fan base. Here are some of the rat tail match ups that I came up with at random to give you an idea of what I mean (not all are sexy, if any): Region 1: Gardner Webb face Northern Illinois and feeds into Lock Haven Northwestern faces Citadel and feeds into the winner of Eastern Michigan and Bloomsburg Region 2: SIUE and Stanford go at it with Pitt waiting in the wings Bono's Wisconsin team duals Davidson, the winner then seeing Rider Cornell and Air Force go at it, with Franklin & Marshall on the receiving end Region 3: Oklahoma State goes against VMI, who then feeds into the winner of Michigan State and Brown SUNY Buffalo takes on Columbia U, the winner moving on to see Duke U. Region 4: Cleveland State face Iowa State and feeds into UNorth Carolina Sacred Heart duals Clarion, with the winner going up against South Dakota State Oregon State battles Ohio U and the winner takes on Utah Valley 4. Each year is something new! It's not always the same old teams dualing one another and it offers (somewhat of) an element of surprise. My final thought on this is that you could even do away with conference tournaments and go to this exact same medium for individual tournaments. You place the top eight wrestlers with the one wild card per weight going to the last kid who lost to the young man who finishes seventh in each bracket. Though the teams in each region are based on last year's results, the individuals are seeded based on individual criteria. Here would be the example of the teams in each region (again, based on 2017-18 results): Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 1.Penn State 2. Ohio State 3. Iowa 4. Michigan 64. Fresno State 63. Cal Poly 62. Binghamton 61. Oklahoma 32. Virginia 31. Pitt 30. West Virginia 29. Purdue 33. CSU Bakersfield 34. Stanford 35. Drexel 36. Edinboro 17. Minnesota DI. SIUE 19. Wyoming 20. UNC 48. Chattanooga 18. Wisconsin 46. North Dakota State DI. Cleveland State DI. Gardner Webb DI. Davidson 14. Oklahoma State 45. Iowa State 49. Northern Illinois 47. Rider DI. VMI 13. Illinois 16. Lock Haven 15. Lehigh DI. Michigan State 52. Bucknell 9. Nebraska 50. Appalachian State 51. Brown 12. South Dakota State 56. American 10. Arizona State 11. Rutgers DI. Sacred Heart 24. Northern Iowa 55. Indiana 54. Old Dominion 53. Clarion 41. Penn 23. Kent State 22. Duke 21. Oregon State 25. Northwestern 42. Army DI. SUNY-Buffalo DI. Ohio U DI. Citadel 26. Princeton 43. Columbia U 44. Utah Valley 40. Eastern Michigan 39. Northern Colorado 27. Maryland 28. Hofstra DI. Bloomsburg 7. Cornell 38. Central Michigan 37. Navy 8. Virginia Tech DI. Air Force 6. Missouri 5. NC State 57. Campbell 58. Franklin & Marshall 59. George Mason 60. Harvard DI = Drawn In (finished outside of top 64) The teams (and their strengths) in each region change from year to year, and it keeps the Thoughts?
  14. 2007 - six golds and a bronze in seven weights... though the seventh gold medalist (Sahin "from" Turkey) grew up in and trained in Dagestan with the likes of Adam Saitiev, Farniev (the bronze medalist that year at that weight), Makhach Murtazaliev, the Batirov brothers, et al.
  15. In the combat sports universe, MMA is king and everything else short of boxing (for now, thanks only to its long legacy) is small potatoes. The average Joe doesn't care about who has the best double leg, the best kimura, the best jab-cross combination or the best leg strikes, all by themselves. Blend all of those things together and people start paying attention because they want to know who the single biggest bad @$$ around is, not who can score the most nearfall points from a roll through tilt. While the backgrounds/martial arts bases of the competitors might be interesting to some fans, I'm willing to bet that jiu jitsu and muay thai have seen more growth in the last 10 years, because their skills (submissions and strikes, respectively) are more practical than scoring two for a takedown. I wish it weren't so, but I do suspect as much.
  16. The Intermat story states that young Renteria has three seasons of eligibility remaining. Is he sitting this season due to in conference transfer and then making his way back for the 2019-20 season or is he somehow eligible immediately?
  17. I understand what they're doing, but I'd be more interested in finishing the night with Dake vs. Valencia. I just don't see Reenan making a run at Taylor at the moment. That said, how about this schedule: Taylor/Reenan Clodgo/Watters Gray/Bullock Stieber/McKenna Velte/Miracle Dake/Valencia
  18. I agree with you on the OTC. I think there's definitely a very good reason why you see some of the best Junior wrestlers in the country staying for one year (or less) and then heading to college. That may be a sign to other wrestlers, not to mention that these guys talk to one another at tournaments, camps, clinics, etc. With that, not everyone wants to live in Colorado Springs. PA and Ohio kids are well-regarded for wanting to stay home. Might Carl make such a bold move in the not-too-distant future? Pico, Cejudo and even Snyder. I think the Snyder thing was very much a case of "you do right be me, I'll do right by you," with Tom Ryan. I do have to imagine that if Ryan told Kyle that they'd raise the money for him via the RTC to continue his education at no cost, while focusing on Freestyle 100% of the time, Snyder would have said, "where do I sign?" You could probably go back as far as Dave Schultz, John Smith, Cary Kolat and many others to see the same thing taking place, had it been available, and even further than that. It's pretty rare to find a top end guy who chooses the early finality of American Folk and the grind associated with it as opposed to that Freestyle. If the model was a bit more open, I have to believe we very well might see more fellas joining those ranks... not to mention it could bring in more international students.
  19. That's the point: most guys are not the guys you mentioned. This model I am suggesting would be one that takes very good high school wrestlers who might need some opportunities to grow, but the student-athlete doesn't necessarily want the physical and mental grind of college wrestling, and makes them contenders on the world level. They can choose to or not to earn their degrees at that point. The better the partners, the deeper the pool, the more fans the sport pulls in...
  20. Humans (especially Americans) have a fascination with who is the toughest/biggest bad @$$ around. It's a cultural thing here in this mostly wonderful country. Whether it be real (MMA) or staged (professional sports entertainment), fighting sells and the money pumped into it by the respective fan bases says so. Why will wrestling never be at that level? The sport is not as multifaceted as the other two are. Both MMA and "fake rasslin'" have a combination of punches, kicks, grappling, submissions and, most important of all, personalities you can follow. While not necessarily my cup of tea, so to speak, my kids and I get a charge out of the over-the-top productions and story lines and so do most folks. I think this is great and I hope JK goes for it.
  21. I had heard the same about Renteria... Gunther being a two-time qualifier might play into Iowa's decision. If they say yes, does the B1G automatically look at it and follow the wishes of their member institutions or do they make their own determination?
  22. We all know that the traditional route to an RTC is through the collegiate style of wrestling and then take one on come graduation. Does anyone foresee RTCs making a greater push to not only raise funds to recruit student-athletes to compete in Freestyle (Penn State has somewhat opened the door to college graduates), but are they recruiting Fargo and the UWW trials for talent? Are there any high schoolers out there currently who are more likely to explore such the route of skipping past college and focusing their full-time competitive careers on Free?
  23. Is Guenther planning on sitting next season or is Iowa giving him a rare free pass to become an Illini immediately? Also, same can be said for Renteria. Does he plan on sitting a year and coming back for his last two in the black and gold, or does he head out of conference and start right away (presumably)?
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