The "ideas for team state" thread got me thinking about what the IHSWCA can do as an alternative now that the IHSAA is aborting team state. I figured I'd post this in a new thread so it wouldn't get lost.
I compiled all the returning placement points earned throughout the entire state tournament last year. I would use total team points earned, but I just don't have the numbers to go through that. So for this example, I'm sticking with placement points.
For the first year, I would run a 16-team tournament, with a minimum of 5 teams coming from 3 classes. In order to be invited, you have to finish in the top 5 of your class in returning team points; with the 16th invite going to the highest scoring team remaining.
Seeds could be based on returning points, or seed the top 8 and random draw the rest, or just random draw the whole thing. Just throwing options out there.
4-4 team brackets. 1sts going to the 1st place bracket, 2nds going to 2nds, 3rds going to 3rds, and 4ths going to 4ths. You know the drill.
These are who would be invited for this coming year. The points represent the placement points returning. Keep in mind, I used points earned throughout the whole state tournament. Not just the state finals.
Crown Point (3a) 347
Perry Meridian (3a) 254
Yorktown (2a) 252
Evansville Reitz (3a) 244
Cathedral (3a) 241
Roncalli (3a) 225
Merrillville (3a) 212
Fountain Central (1a) 173
Alexandria (1a) 160
Danville (2a) 159
Delphi (2a) 159
Jimtown (2a) 153
Southmont (2a) 139
Adams Central (1a) 136
Mater Dei (1a) 135
South Adams (1a) 127
Would these be the best 16 teams in the state? No. Would this replace the IHSAA team state? No, and it probably never will. But how could you argue against this being the toughest regular season tournament in the state though? 8 or 9 team state caliber teams. 15 of the 16 teams with at least 1 returning state qualifier, and 37 returning state qualifiers total from last year.
I think this would be a good start to what we want as a wrestling community. Thoughts?