It is a somewhat gradual time of 12 months. In between Cadet Worlds, Tokyo, and Junior Worlds, there’s a lull proper now earlier than all of us ramp up for World Staff Trials.
Many of the questions that I’ve obtained requested about Trials predictions. We’ll get to that. Subsequent week, you may be inundated with evaluation for the Trials on InterMat, MatScouts, and possibly each different wrestling media outlet.
So I am going to maintain off until then. Within the meantime, there have been two main information spikes to perk up our ears throughout an in any other case interval in wrestling.
The primary was Tulsa’s new President, Brad Carson, responding to a report that Tulsa was contemplating including wrestling, maybe for each ladies and men. Carson attended The College of Virginia and has a Senior Affiliate Athletic Director, Brian Scislo, that coached wrestling at Ohio College. After our Huge 12 Correspondent, Seth Duckworth, broke the news, wrestling aficionados flooded Carson’s inboxes and timelines with constructive messages on the worth and virtues of wrestling.
Carson responded thusly:
I simply wish to say that I’ve heard from so many within the wrestling group during the last two days that, effectively, it’s fairly superb. You guys (and many ladies) are a formidable spectacular group of advocates for what’s certainly an unbelievable sport!
” Brad Carson (@bradrcarson) August 21, 2021
I do not know if Tulsa will begin wrestling packages. However what I do know is that I am happy with the wrestling group. That is the way in which to advocate and that is the way in which to speak.
Just a few days later, report came out via StateCollege.com discussing Penn State’s must fulfill proportionality necessities; PSU has 15 girls’s sports activities and 16 males’s groups.
Some wrestling followers confirmed help, however in all probability to not the extent they did for Tulsa. The prospect of ladies’s wrestling at Penn State makes numerous sense. It is a wrestling-crazed state, has an enormous, nationwide model, and is in a location that makes touring to competitions straightforward and cost-effective (Lock Haven, which already started a girls’s program, is 20 minutes up the highway).
However Penn State may be the snowball that begins an avalanche of motion by main universities bringing girls’s packages to life.
A number of main faculties – from Oklahoma State to a lot of the Ivies – have principally indicated that it was solely a matter of time. Somebody – some blue blood wrestling energy or some tutorial monolith – goes to be the primary main college to launch the game. Why not PSU?
Now we have to strike now. Now we have to make use of the momentum (and social media buzz) that our Olympians simply offered for us. Girls wrestlers could be school stars. And their efficiency in Tokyo exceeded nearly all different girls’s sports activities by each metric: success, social media visibility, and tv protection. Tamyra Mensah was featured at SummerSlam, folks!
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This Week’s questions:
Why do worldwide wrestling venues refuse to get regular mats as a substitute of tarps? It appears to be like 2nd class; like a highschool twin within the 60’s. – @redblackwrestlr
Sure. Sure, it does look 2nd class. And I hate it.
You will usually hear that some wrestlers like the texture of these tarps higher. However, let’s be actual – the precise challenge is that they’re much cheaper each by way of supplies and transport (to far-flung locations resembling Ufa, Russia).
UWW has performed an excellent job at elevating the extent of presentation at World occasions. You’ll be able to see it on the stream, and it is much more spectacular in individual. It is apparent that numerous work goes into it and that it’s a level of emphasis. So I do not assume the tarp-mat choice is one which is not deliberated on.
Do not forget that UWW mats underwent wholesale adjustments over the previous six or seven years. There’s not a ton of standard UWW-specific mats floating round internationally.
I am unable to consider I am doing this proper now, however, let’s return a couple of years. That is for the reason that new orange/blue scheme was carried out:
2021, Tokyo – Tarps
2019, Nur Sultan – Tarps
2018, Budapest – Tarps
2017, Paris – Mats
2016, Rio – Tarps
2015, Las Vegas – Mats
Maybe it is a choice of the host nation. Maybe it is so simple as availability. If I had been to guess, I would think about that you’re going to proceed to see tarps typically, however that as increasingly more UWW Orange/Blue mats are produced, their utilization will go up.
Now that I tackled that hard-hitting, controversial query…
“Will the Huge Ten Pac 12 ACC alliance factor have any main affect on wrestling or only a couple duals between the conferences right here and there?” @oldestgreatest
It is harder to get Dems & Republicans to agree on one thing on Capitol Hill than it’s to get school coaches on the identical web page.
There have been some important talks about an ACC – Huge Ten problem kind factor in wrestling this 12 months amongst coaches. However hell will freeze over earlier than something official, requiring all Huge Ten packages to take part, can be handed.
There’s just one factor necessary – convention championships. And that ain’t altering anytime quickly.
If school wrestling had been so as to add an eleventh weight the place ought to it’s? @jagger712
I hate this query. 1) As a result of I feel school has it nailed completely and a couple of) as a result of it will make me rethink a earlier take.
That being stated, an eleventh weight is an effective (finest) downside solver for a tied twin.
As the character of wrestling presently is and contemplating the expertise of those that take part, should you’re forcing me so as to add an eleventh weight, I would wish to spend it on one other weight inside the present first 5. One thing like this: 124-130-137-142-150.
However here is the place I’m reconsidering…
I’ve all the time stated including a 215/220 is completely idiotic. And it’s. There’s completely no want for it apart from a couple of outlying tweeners. If you happen to weigh 215, you may minimize down or bulk up. You are wonderful. Similar to each different freakin’ weight class. If you happen to disagree, go cry me a river.
Plus, including 215/220 would simply dilute the already uninspiring depth at 197 and 285. You would be making two ho-hum weight lessons three actually eye-rolling weight lessons. This isn’t in regards to the dimension of the typical male. It is in regards to the dimension of the typical expertise and adjusting for the overall inhabitants would do nothing however make the game worse.
Now – that being stated…
I feel we’re seeing much more athletes keep on with wrestling and changing into stars somewhat than play DIII soccer. Ought to that development proceed, I would be greater than open to revisiting the dialogue down the highway. 125-133-141-149-158-168-178-190-215-285
Do you assume head coaches must look outdoors their program to rent at the least 1 assistant? I exploit OK state for instance. Everybody on workers wrestled for John. Not saying they don’t seem to be good coaches, simply possibly an out of doors perspective could not harm. – @jferg24
No. You loopy? First, let’s use your instance. Oklahoma State has at the least 4 guys on their workers which can be DI head coach materials. Espo’s been tutored by John W. for 20 years now. Chris Perry ought to single-handedly made AJ Ferrari’s title develop into a actuality. And Tyler Caldwell is the very best younger recruiter in your complete nation.
However let’s enterprise outdoors of OK State. Iowa, Penn State, Ohio State…
All have had only a few teaching adjustments.
Outdoors perspective may be very, very useful. And a few packages ought to look to deliver new voices in. However do not pressure it.
Okay, wonderful, I am going to do one WTT query…
Who’s almost definitely to shock us all at WTT’s? – @matsquatch3
Ryan Deakin. The man all the time performs with our feelings.
He is had a full summer season of each getting wholesome and getting recent appears to be like at RTC’s throughout the nation.