There is a lot of National talent in the state of Indiana. It has been frustrating to see these wrestlers split among several different teams due to competing clubs, coaches, parental friends, and locational wrestle offs. The Compound Indy took the initiative this year to try and get most of the top talent in the state onto 1 team to go and compete against other state teams with a very deliberate selection process (without wrestle offs). A selection criteria was used, and some good friends were left off of the team, however, it wasn't about friends and or teammates, it was about the state of IN. With the help of clothing sponsors, state companies and supporters, the total cost for gear (fight shorts, qtr zips, singlet, t-shirt, entry fee) was less than 1/2 of other state dual costs. 16 of the 19 wrestlers were from the state of IN, and the team would have been 19/19 but there was an injury, a wrestler who's father was transferred out of state during the season, and then a wrestler who had to decommit. The Compound Indy went and won the AAU National Duals and was the 1st IN team to do so. If we can find a way of keeping this very special group of wrestlers together and continue to add to the development and growth of the youth wrestlers, Indiana can continually compete with the PA, IL, OH, MN, etc... It all begins with accepting that National Teams should be built to win. Congrats to all the wrestlers who competed throughout the country this past weekend. Indiana as a state is showing that the talent is there, it just needs to be put together in the best way and taken to the most competitive duals. Regardless of state affiliations.