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What Makes Illinois So Good At FS/GR

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The "Big 3" Greco states (Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota) have clubs and coaches that emphasize the classic style.  Look for Nebraska to join those ranks soon with Zac Dominguez at the helm.  It's just a big deal in Illinois, kind of hard to explain, but it's been that way for a LONG time.  Depending on how you look at it, there aren't too many spring-sport athletes who dominate IL high school wrestling lately (There are kids like Jessen who are great football players, but Spring is FS/GR season).  The mentality is "High school, then FS/GR season", and it's like that in middle schools as well.  You wrestle for your middle school, then your club for a couple months after.

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They also enter 3 times as many wrestlers as anybody else.  I think they had over 80 entries in jr fs.

 

If you are complimenting/pointing out their high participation, that is correct.  However, Fargo only unofficially "scores" AA finishes, so if another state like New Hampshire or Arkansas took 80 kids to Fargo and none placed, they wouldn't have any points.  IL wins junior duals, in both styles, damn near annually, and there are the same # of guys in all teams' lineup in a dual meet.  They just have FS/GR figured out and are better than everyone else by a large margin.

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Illinois...and other states that have success have a few things going

 

Coaches and kids support and emphasize Olympic styles

Coaches and kids take pride as a state and individually in winning events like duals and Fargo

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Could proximity to Fargo be a factor?

 

Getting kids (and their families) to focus on training for a big national event within driving distance is probably a little easier to manage. Most of Illinois is within a 12 hour drive.

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Considering that most outdoorsey types of things are controlled in the state moreso than other states; 

 

Considering that their winters are a slight variant of Minnesota; 

 

Considering that aside from Chicago proper, the rest of the state is pretty much like the rest of the Midwest (ahem... to heck with Chicago, except for La Bamba on Halsted)

 

Considering that Illinois has some VERY good coaches, mentors, alumni...

 

I'd say that... 

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In IL kids train freestyle/greco from March thru Fargo theyve tournaments every weekend Fri night Greco and Sat Freestyle with 4 man RR brackets

Not many of IL stud  seniors were at Fargo this year   

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