Last year we had 14 top 20 guys. Just off the top of my head it ranged from number 2 in Mason Phillips ( Hardy had just beat him at who's number one and jumped him the week of our tournament as the number one kid in the country) to Cruz, Kaylor, Lillie, Lamer, etc. Up to number 19.
No dog in this fight of course and I thought it was a very competitive event but at the end of the day I dont believe we had as many top 20 ranked guys this year. Much of that due to the many injured or other reasons the guys scratched over winter break. So many top guys were scratched within 72 hours of the tourney with injuries.
Please let me say this, we just finished year 6 of GC. Only 6 years and we're at this point, a good point. I talk a big game, I do, it's part of my excitement of this crazy thing. On the other hand I want to deliver. I hate not reaching my goals related to GC. Indeed this would have been a completely different tournament if all the scratched teams/wilcards came. Only year 6, and getting tougher each year. All we can do is take care of those who show up and wrestle. I/we cant worry who doesn't show but give the wrestlers who do, and their fans, the best tourney possible. Again, I do post the "committed" teams to all of you so we can start the conversations and excitement. When or if they don't walk through the door it is very disappointing, I understand that and probably feel it the most after all the energy put into it.
We WILL get better and more competitive every year! Flo, even with their flaws and recent screw ups will showcase this event, and more new, tough ass teams will come. It's only year 6 and I forget that myself a lot but top teams want proof that we are as advertised, and it's working.
Lastly and for the record, GC and Tri State get compared a lot. A lot. I love Tri State, always have and always will. So many years of high level competition in the NW. I looked at what they did among other top tournaments before GC's first year. Yes GC is my baby but we NEED and MUST HAVE Tri State forever. The NW needs both tourneys to thrive and be supported. Im not the GOAT tournament director by any means but I would help or volunteer in any capacity at Tri State to keep it at the highest level. I hope whatever freaking mess is going on at NIC currently does not effect Tri State because that would be devastating.
Sorry for the rant... I'll post the rankings later.