Obviously you took exception and must not have liked my post from last night. I didn’t start the topic of discussion here, I simply replied to something that someone else had already brought up. Your post above is silly - of course these kids weren’t thinking less special because they didn’t win a State Title for their original hometown. They worked hard to get to where they were on that podium and should be damn proud of what they accomplished.
My post last night was twofold: (1) about programs that have built something special starting at the youth level. It’s great to see a bunch of elementary kids busting their butts together at that level and now years later having success together at the HS level. In my opinion, it makes the journey they are on more special not only for them but the families and coaches who are involved in that development. (2) Letting people know (who had asked in the post) that a very large majority of the Freshman class that is coming next year are not truly freshman.
I am not faulting people for moving into a new town, do what you want to do by all means. I do have a slight problem with parents holding their kids back (homeschooling them) when they are in 6th or 7th or 8th grade purely for one purpose. Let your kid be what they were supposed to be. The journey they are on should not be about being undefeated your HS career or a 2,3,4 X state champion.
Now, when you combine these two topics it gets really interesting. When you have parents who have all held their wrestlers back (not when they were getting ready to start kindergarten) and all of these same families just so happen to move to the same location in the state (Hell, some of the kids moving to this area aren’t even from IN - and just so happen to have an elite wrestler in their family). In my humble opinion it’s a bit fishy and it takes away some of the “special” things I originally posted about.