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  1. The coaching staff for each program (FS/GR/WO) sets the criteria for their Trials. There used to be criteria for a "skip" as well in freestyle, but the new leadership changed that - or so I think.
  2. teach: You must be obtuse. Sooners fans are wondering what's up with a team that prior to the season was a viable national title contender but ended up the year barely in the top ten. For them, there's concern, and that's the reality of operating in an elite program.
  3. There's this thing called context. Compared to pre-season expectations of legitimate title contention, 10th place is NOT GOOD at all.
  4. Couple technical clarifications on baseball. While Super Regional structure has been in effect since 1999 (now 16th year), there have been some technical changes within the structure in recent years. Starting with a couple years ago, all number one seeds (of which there are 16, the top 8 of which are called national seeds) will host at the regional level -- unless they are not able to due to a technical consideration. If a "national seed" wins their regional, they automatically host the Super Regional round. If a number one seed wins their regional, but the associated national seed does not, said top seed will host. In cases where neither number one seed advances, the highest remaining seed has the right to host (if same seeds advance, then it's discretion). In terms of pairing, the eight national seeds are matched up against the other eight number one seeds to determine which regional winners meet in the Super Regional. The committee alignment of teams is not straight competitive (i.e. 1 vs. 16, etc).
  5. Hunter is NOT ELIGIBLE for FILA Juniors. He was not eligible last year either. His FILA Junior eligibility years were after his sophomore year of high school, junior year, senior year, and then freshman year of college. Hunter has freestyle productivity over the years. Not as much as Logan, but few do, it's not like he is a "rookie" to the style. FILA Junior eligibility for this year is 1994 through 1997 birth years.
  6. In virtually all cases, the schools looking for "headcount" (i.e. we want to grow enrollment, and sports are a relatively cost-effective way of bolstering the brand/attracting students who would otherwise not even consider your school) are outside of D1. D1 athletic departments - whether they be in a BCS conference or not - are evolving towards being more corporate in nature. Most of these "headcount" type schools are the D2 and NAIA types.
  7. I would be more keen to argue for three divisions in PA as opposed to one. With just under 500 schools having wrestling, two divisions is a pretty compressed set up. For example, Ohio has a similar number of defined teams (8 or more in the sectional lineup) and 550-600 overall schools in three divisions. From a thought experiment standpoint, a three divisional setup would enable more kids/schools to be exposed to the state tournament. It would help the lower chunk of the big-school and small-school divisions. In terms of the expanded brackets, I don't know the full logistical implications of things. However, from the standpoint of talent and ability level, there is certainly a case to justify expanded participation. It's not like all of the sudden you're going to have a bunch of "soft" state qualifiers - at least that would be my take on first instinct. From the standpoint of engaging more state participants, it would obviously be a positive.
  8. Small schools outside of D1 are adding male sports as "loss leaders". They are using the stimulus of sports to bolster (male) enrollment. In terms of of D1, the disparity in sport numbers b/n men and women is because of the presence of football on the male side. You need more women sports to make up for the headcount associated with a football program relative to T9 compliance. I don't know the politics of the Fresno State situation, but can answer those two questions.
  9. You can't just all of the sudden turn a program out of thin air into Penn State as some poster suggested. First of all, very few schools have the athletic department revenue of a Penn State (thank 100K+ in attendance at football games for that). Nobody is going to have the fertile access to in-state talent of a Penn State. Just look at the number of All-Americans that Pennsylvania high school alumni produced. Are there some programs out there that can do better given the revenue of their athletic department and (potential) access to wrestling talent? Absolutely. But that goes back to the "prioritization" conversation.
  10. Hard to say Indiana and Missouri are lesser known states. From a prep wrestling standpoint, they're borderline top ten. Tsirtsis and Cox have also been highly productive wrestlers in terms of Fargo and the such. I think Jason got a benefit that Alex didn't, and that was a redshirt year, while (if I recall correctly) Alex had to start right off the bat. That is of course in addition to the ability to live and learn through the experience and knowledge of his older brother.
  11. A counter-argument to that is ESPN would not be providing the en masse coverage of the championships if they were held last week. The championships would be competing from an ESPN standpoint against mucho inventory of college basketball. All due respect to wrestling, but conference basketball tournaments move the needle at a much higher level than the D1 wrestling championships. In terms of how ESPN covers the championships, they're trying to provide a comprehensive broadcast to a cross-section of audience (both the well-informed about wrestling and the less informed). Part of that comprehensive broadcast is the human reaction/spirit, as well as the analysis and opinion of others. If the match is on the screen, viewers can figure what's going on, even if they are having a related but peripheral conversation.
  12. Perry at least rides on top looking for turns - legs/boots to the power half. His lack of neutral attack (at times) is the more frustrating thing. Delgado's riding time accrual is much much worse than Perry's, because he's not looking to score, but instead just to leech and accrue time.
  13. I don't know the ins and outs of the "clock" differences, just that there are differences.
  14. There are "clock" differences between D1 and D2/D3. The initial eligibility difference is more a D1 vs. D2 issue, though D3 doesn't have the D1 eligibility threshold. Just randomly adding wrestlers is not going to happen either, because that's money the NCAA forks over. They provide funding for each and every qualifying athlete. jeffr_ideal: Joey Davis did not qualify academically coming out of high school for D1. There was a nice feature in The Plain Dealer this week about some of the obstacles that Davis had to overcome in terms of environment during his high school days. However, it also mentioned that he did not meet the core course requirement for D1. That's one of a few examples where qualification differences come into play with athletes in D2. In terms of clock, Ben Sergent, a class of 2008 high school kid comes to mind as an example. He won D2 nationals at 125 tonight.
  15. As far as Ugi goes, my understanding is that his AA finish from last year is irrelevant for seeding purposes. The fact he didn't have a season cost him a seed position.
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