This is the second straight year Metro has been paired with GSHL 3A for our regional tournament. Seattle Prep and Holy Names don't have wrestling, so Metro is a 15-team 3A conference. It means we can only be paired with a tiny subregion. We've alternated between being paired and being our own region since I've been here, with most years being paired with another subregion.
The allocations debate usually involves the smaller subregion feeling like most or all of their kids should get a shot at state over Metro kids. The problem is, whether that's true or not, allocation is a question of numbers, not relative strength. And trying to sneak in a relative strength argument in wrestling playoffs causes Metro ADs to rightfully argue for the same in other sports. That's when it gets shut down, because non-Metro ADs have no desire to shift state playoff chances in 5-6 of their other sports, simply because a conference with a two-year "marriage" to Metro wrestling wants *their third kid in a weight class to get a shot at state. The Metro girls' tennis coach feels the same way about her girl who plays third singles, same as the non-Metro track coach who wants his third long jumper to get a shot at state, too.
*not being literal, these are just the types of scenarios that start to happen when you introduce relative strength arguments
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