One way of adding participation, at least at the varsity level, is to eliminate the 103 lb. weight class and reorganize the weight classes. How many schools can actually field a 103 lber? Y2 had some data on the old board that showed the weight class being forfeitted like 25% of the time I think? Change the weight classes to something like: 112, 118, 124, 130, 136, 142, 148, 154, 160, 168, 176, 189, 215, 285. The real change would be splitting 171 into 2 weight classes, 168 and 176 lbs. Which would free up a lot more spots than having 103 lbs.
I'm also with AJ on that I'm not sold on the belief that class wrestling, at the individual level, won't increase the quality of wrestling in Indiana. Look at the best wrestling states in the country. Are they the best because they're classed or because they have strong wrestling culture. Personally, I lean towards the latter. One of the arguments I hear for a 2 class system is because it creates more participation at the State Tournament. Well duh, since there would be double the State Qualifiers. You could achieve the same goal by increasing the weight class participants from 16 to 32 while staying a one class system.
If there's an instance that I feel class wrestling would benefit is at the team level. There's this mindset that wrestling is an individual sport and should be left at that. Well it is in the since it's you and you're opponent. But I feel we got it wrong that way on a marketing standpoint (I'm kind of going into college now). In my opinion, fringe fans don't gravitate to certain sports because of just the individuals. Tim Tebow is good, but I would watch Florida not him. Tyler Hansbrough is good, but I watch North Carolina not him. So why should we expect any difference with wrestling? NCAA Finals is the "BIG MOMENT" for wrestling to showcase itself on ESPN. You think people (not the die-hards) will keep watching just Coleman Scott, Angel Escobedo, Jordan Leen, or the great Brent Metcalf. No, IF they were to stay and watch, it would be for the team. Sorry, but most of the time the team title is locked up by the finals. On top of that, you only see a couple of those team title members in the finals maybe. We need to market the team, not the individual, if we want wrestling to grow.