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  1. I don’t disagree numbers of student athletes is decreasing in Indiana in many sports. I don’t believe that anyone has demonstrated any evidence that classing an individual sport will make any measurable change at the schools we are obviously talking about on this thread. If you truly want more high school kids to wrestle, go to the big schools and let more of them compete at the varsity level in state tourney. That’s were kids that want spots aren’t getting them. I don’t want this, but that’s were the numbers are. That is likely only going to hurt small school participants’ chances
  2. https://cbs4indy.com/instagram/data-shows-participation-in-some-hoosier-sports-is-declining/amp/ This is over 1 year old, but less kids are playing sports. Over 13 years, football down 7%, wresting down 14%, and basketball down 24%. 45% of kids used to participate in sports. Down to 38%. From another website...about 6000 less boys in sports over past 10 years. About 10% decline.
  3. I have read every post here and I have concluded that despite classing the team state tourney and giving more awards to more teams, the total number of wrestling teams in the state have decreased. Using what we have learned from this, some would like to class the individual tourney and (at minimum of going to 2 classes) double the number of champions and placers, feeling pretty confident this would increase the number of wrestlers in the state. Despite the fact we haven’t seen this to be true. Any proposal to actually improve the skill level of any wrestler (feeder program
  4. If you really want numbers to increase let teams enter more than 1 kid at each weight in the state tournament series. However, you big schools would only be more dominating—getting 2 qualifiers out of sectionals and regionals. You would probably have an easier time getting a team of 40-50 kids up to 60-70 than a team of 10 to 14. Number of kids of wrestling in the state would go up but small schools with same problems. What do you really want...number of kids wrestling to increase or small schools to be able to say they have champions?
  5. At least 2 are going to Chattanooga so your numbers are wrong. My guess is COVID has delayed some offers and commitments too. edit: you said finals...boarman could have been in almost any other weight class. My bad
  6. Consolidate small teams when logistically possible. Won’t help your number of programs but may help participation and be a way to fill a wrestling room. I know that has been done in Illinois. As well as kids wrestling for schools other than their own when their school doesn’t have a wrestling team.
  7. Thank you for the data. Illinois and New Jersey look to be successful in 2018-2019 especially. Indiana down. Have to consider Illinois and New Jersey lost residents while Indiana population growing. May be success in growing wrestling in IL and NJ or just the fact they are horribly ran states that lost residents, while IN population growing while wrestling making a slight dip.
  8. It’s a heck of start. Kids that fall in love with the sport when young; Coaches that love putting in the time (and it takes a lot of time) at the both the lowest level and taking the more skilled teams to Virginia Beach and Tulsa when ready; Parents that enjoy being around each other for long days and long road trips and have the financial resources to take time off work and lose weekends that could be spent doing other things is a huge start. It’s the “despite our school size” thinking that will always hold you back cause that isn’t going to change. Everything I mentioned can happe
  9. Never once said that. Don’t think anyone else has either. I don’t know any wrestlers that don’t work hard. More than once on this thread someone for class system acts like that is a claim someone has made. Really seems to make the discussion repetitious.
  10. I am all for kids having opportunities to wrestle similar skill levels. Competitive matches are how everyone improves. Sounds like we need a small school, no academy, no private school, only multi sport athlete tourney. Call it the Bo Jackson Invitational. Winners can be Bo Knows champions. Just don’t call it a state championship. Sounds sarcastic but these are the reasons listed (true or otherwise). Again, there are levels to this sport. I am all for everyone competing at their level and striving to make the next one—all should. I think some forms of the extreme example I
  11. Population and geography. A lot of people smashed into a smaller state.
  12. I guess this an argument I have had with each of my kids at one time or another... When you are little I don’t mind changing the rules to any game (Candyland, basketball, etc) to were you can win almost every time. Someday you (not you specifically—kids growing up have to realize you can’t keep changing rules until you become the winner. You can say it makes it fair but really most people/kids are only changing the rules enough until they become the winner. Scientifically proven that those that take the most risk—put themselves in situation with long odds—over
  13. No offense but I believe your question is based on a false premise, so I can’t give you an answer. I don’t believe any high school programs are losing wrestlers due to our high schools crowning a single champ. They are losing wrestlers because the didn’t become wrestlers before high school. They either never participated in a sport because they don’t like sports (that’s fine), they liked another sport better (less fine, but I understand), or their parents are not knowledgeable about the sport or unable (time, money, local resources) to get them into the sport at the right time and ri
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