Back to the question, which I think is one worth discussing. Every year there are similar discussions in every sport about seeding in tournaments or rankings. I'm thinking of college football playoffs when conference champs have no mutual opponents and they have to seed by strength of conference. Same in march madness in places, etc. Typically state seeds based on regional placing and the top 4 region winners are seeded by prior state performance. So if something similar was done next week, there would be no regional results and people could just look at state participation and/or placing last year. There is a chance two wrestlers would have same placing. I agree that state champs are a different group as they are the best in their class. If two state champs in a bracket, just flip a coin for seed. But what about ties in all the other top 8 places? flip coin or rate one class placing over the other? Here are the results from last year's all-class rankings for consideration. I look at numbers/stats all the time, so found it interesting. I have no dog in the fight, so no reason to tell me what I should be doing or the kid I don't have.
Top 8 all weights in 2020 all-class rankings: B - 5%, 1A - 12%, 2A - 29%, 3A - 16%, 4A - 38%
Ranked #1 wrestler at weight: 1A - 2, 2A - 3, 4A - 9
Definitely a trend to the numbers. However, it also shows lower class wrestlers can be the best in state every year as others have pointed out.
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