People banter about having a 32 man state tourney. Iím not on-board because as I feel, like last year, there would be a lot of kids there from weaker districts that donít remotely belong there and a power teams bringing a zillion kids. However, a 16 man bracket at regionals, taking top 8 makes sense to me.
Its considerably more likely we get the best 16 wrestlers in the state tourney and those wrestlers that are in the most gnarly weight classes regardless of their current region still have a chance to still get in and wrestle for a medal as they should.
District 6 4A won every pigtail match handily against Kingco and dominated tourney with only a few Kingco kids total in the finals and only 2 regional champs. Thatís with 3 fewer teams in the tourney. I havenít compared how many kids made it state from each district but I bet at least 75% advanced from district 6. The district with Toppenish, Selah, eburg, etc also dominated their regional. Good chance that a lot of good kids from the other district would have advanced if werenít matched up with 4 or 5 of the best teams in the state in their region.
Point being, if these regions were combined with another region and TOP 8 advanced, most of the concerns about one region being considerable more competitive than the others pretty much goes away. If you canít finish in the top 8 in one of those 16 man tourneys, it doesnít matter if you are the 9th best wrestler in the state even if one of the two regions is still way tougher than the other one. This will also help keep in check the power teams in a weak district and / or regional bringing so many kids to state and have an unfair advantage in winning team title. It still isnít a perfect solution as there isnít one, but way better than current IMHO. People fear radical change, but I canít see how this change would be very hard to execute. Write a pros / cons list....