Posted by LSdog on 7/22/2018, 1:35 pm
Congrats to the young men and women that really represented team Washington well in Fargo. Second place finishes in Greco for both Cadet and Juniors was a great result. Congratulations also are in order for the entire USA Washington organization, every club that puts together a freestyle and/or Greco tournament in the spring season and every official that shows up for pairing or reffing. This is what builds our program. |
I watched the decline of Freestyle and Greco when I lived in Indiana over the last 20 years. Other Folkstyle based organizations have all but killed off freestyle and Greco there. From what I recall from the finals, I only saw one wrestler from Indiana in any of the placing matches for junior Greco. It was hard to watch all of our Washington wrestlers in the Junior Greco finals and placing matches because there were so many of them!
I was a bit envious of Team Illinois because they brought twice as many wrestlers as any other organization, but when I started looking at state populations, I realized that Washington has about half the number of Illinois, so per population, Washington's organization is performing just as well as Illinois, and is way ahead of the more populous states like California and New York. Once again, great job!