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Re: Pre-Season B Divisional Rankings for 2020-21
I don't know that less classifications would create better wrestling. Competition is competition and it doesn't matter what classification you are in, coaches can seek out the best that is out there. I will say that in a small school that is much more difficult because the bigger school do not want to compete against you because they feel that the competition level just isn't there and in some regards that is true, but not across the board. I believe the what could improve the level of wrestling in our state is to improve the level of coaching and I'll use me as a prime example. I love the sport of wrestling and it teaches so much more than just wrestling, but I am not a great technical wrestler. I have no college wrestling experience and what I have learned that is above my high school level moves have been through clinics, videos, other teams and so forth. Hardly the recipe for a successful dynasty. There are some coaches out there who are in the same boat that have produced great programs, but for me I really feel that is what separates my teams from the great. My kids have success, I've taken kids to national tournaments, some hold their own, some don't. I don't know that having fewer classifications would improve the level of wrestling on my team, how would it? If the coach doesn't change how would the team suddenly change just because there are less classifications? My experience is when kids get the snot beat out of them for a few years going against bigger schools they eventually give up and quit and when enough do that, there suddenly is no team which hurts the sport overall. We are trying to grow the sport and not set up road blocks to shrink it. Sure there may be more depth at a bigger school but that school with 170 kids in it has 27 out for wrestling, that is a pretty good percentage compared to the school of 1500 that has 40 out for wrestling. I'm of the opinion that I'm creating wrestlers who will be positive contributors to society and I can't do that if they don't come out.
I can give examples of what competing up in classification does, but this is getting long enough already. With no college teams in Washington, where are the HS coaches learning their craft? Some do go out of state and come back, but if you look at the coaches in WA very few have a college wrestling background and again I'm one of those. Do you have to be a college wrestler to be a great coach, of course not, there are many examples of those in our state, many are in the Hall of Fame, but when it comes to technique, I think it does help. Simply reducing the number of classifications may make the finals matches at the state tournament a little tougher but will it increase the participation in the sport, I don't see how it would. There are two ways to view this situation 1) are we simply looking to produce the best wrestlers in the nation at all costs or 2) are we trying to increase the number of participants in the sport and produce good solid wrestlers and citizens. These are strictly my opinions, I love to dialogue and brainstorm. Hear from you soon.