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some discussion on wrestling "hot beds" in another thread got me thinking so I made this heat map of NCAA qualifiers from 2000-2016 in the contiguous USA

 

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As we can all plainly see, the North East rules all.

 

It's not a complete analysis so I'll probably be looking at things a few other ways in the future. some of that I already published in a few other tweets.

 

Ohio heat map

DC Metro heat map

PA heat map and the obvious NJ influence on PA wrestling

3-D Bar graph map where height of bar corresponds to number of AA

 

all the mapping is based on wrestler hometown. If it looks like there is any bias in the results or that something is incorrect, it is because I am incredibly biased against your favorite part of the country and did it on purpose. 

 

 

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Is California under recruited or do the California studs not pursue wrestling after high school as much as kids from the east? I find it strange with how tough their state tournament is and the amount of wrestlers there that they don't have more NCAA tournament berths. Maybe their state tournament is over valued. with it being one class, makes it tough but maybe it's a lack of high end talent.

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Is California under recruited or do the California studs not pursue wrestling after high school as much as kids from the east? I find it strange with how tough their state tournament is and the amount of wrestlers there that they don't have more NCAA tournament berths. Maybe their state tournament is over valued. with it being one class, makes it tough but maybe it's a lack of high end talent.

lack of D1 schools on the west coast is the most likely culprit. guys in the top 10 will get a scholarship somewhere. guys in the top 50-30 (or lower) often end at non D1 schools and don't have a chance to either squeak in the NCAAs or develop into a top 20 guy.

 

If there was an EWL & SoCon for the west coast you'd probably have 2 more west coast qualifiers a year, if not more. 

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It's not a complete analysis so I'll probably be looking at things a few other ways in the future. some of that I already published in a few other tweets.

 

 

 

Any chance we can see this for national champs and AAs?

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some discussion on wrestling "hot beds" in another thread got me thinking so I made this heat map of NCAA qualifiers from 2000-2016 in the contiguous USA

 

C1czLgHXgAAwyaJ.jpg

 

As we can all plainly see, the North East rules all.

 

It's not a complete analysis so I'll probably be looking at things a few other ways in the future. some of that I already published in a few other tweets.

 

Ohio heat map

DC Metro heat map

PA heat map and the obvious NJ influence on PA wrestling

3-D Bar graph map where height of bar corresponds to number of AA

 

all the mapping is based on wrestler hometown. If it looks like there is any bias in the results or that something is incorrect, it is because I am incredibly biased against your favorite part of the country and did it on purpose. 

 

You of course divided by some normalizing factor like population, correct, or is this just a population density map?  ;)

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The Blip over Harrisburg doesn't go far enough west. Does not include High Schools: Cumberland Valley: Big Spring, Boiling Spring--CV had 3 qualifiers at one weight a couple years ago, Plus a couple others including Evans

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The Blip over Harrisburg doesn't go far enough west. Does not include High Schools: Cumberland Valley: Big Spring, Boiling Spring--CV had 3 qualifiers at one weight a couple years ago, Plus a couple others including Evans

it's by hometown, not high school.

 

also I deleted a bunch of central PA qualifiers from the data set for no reason. 

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The Ohio heat map specifically the St Paris highlight could be expanded a bit, considering their open enrollment reaches all the way to Dayton....

it just goes by the hometown from the data, which should come from what people put in their bios.

 

also I changed the programming and made sure St Paris was as small of an area as possible. no reason, just thought it would be fun to do. 

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You of course divided by some normalizing factor like population, correct, or is this just a population density map? ;)

That plays a role but there are plenty of populated areas that aren't too "hot" on this map: Dallas, Houston, Boston, Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix, Seattle to name a few

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