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  1. Not necessarily my views, but I was reading a post on the another sight. The title was "Is year round wrestling killing the sport? To summarize, it just pointed out that due to kids wrestling 12 months, we are developing great dominant wrestlers, and that looks great on the surface, but overall participation is dropping as a result. The sentiment was, the only way for kids to compete at the top level you have to wrestle all year round, only specialize in wrestling. The kids that play multiple sports or don't have the resources to play year round, cant compete against the year round big dogs because they're not putting the time in or getting the training. As a result, they're playing other sports because they're not going to be as successful. Also adding to this is the pressure from other sports requiring specialization, thus scavenging good athletes away from wrestling. The conclusion is this is the biggest reason why we have so many forfeits (not just an Indiana problem). They even hit on the ever expanding national tournament circuit, that a lot of kids are being put in these too early and its freaking some of them out or burning them out when they're young, thus driving them away from wrestling. Traveling sports is a billion dollar industry and is a phenomenon that every sports going to have to find away to adapt. I got to agree that our best kids Indiana are better than ever. But the middle and bottom levels are thinner than Ive seen. You also can see this represented by the top ranked schools have 4or 5 kids that can win a state championship. The big programs are doing things right and have something going on, but they're like the Tom Brady's of wrestling. They're monopolizing the state championships. I just wonder about peoples opinions related to sports specialization in wrestling?
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