It is a true shame that Michigan will not be traveling to Central Michigan this year for a dual. Last year Central traveled to Michigan for the dual and Michigan needs to return the favor. This rivalry has been going on for years. The sad thing is that I hear Michigan waited to only two weeks ago to call Central and let them know they decided not to come. Being this late in the scheduling for next year it has left Central in a bind trying to find an opponent on the level of Michigan. No other team will bring in the huge crowds that Michigan would have. It really hurts wrestling.
The last dual between Michigan and Central Michigan at Rose Arena set a record breaking attendance figure. Fans showed up in mass. Michigan vs Central is great for the state of Michigan and the sport of wrestling. Central Michigan had all ready begun a marketing campaign to ensure a fantastic turnout. This dual would have set a new attendance record and is what college wrestling needs and deserves.
Over the years the dual has been great to attend. I enjoyed watching the young kids and high school wrestlers cheer on their favorite Michigan college wrestling team. This year Michigan had a clinic for the kids and many stayed to watch. These kids bring their parents, grandparents, and friends who might have never attended a D-1 college wrestling match. They come because it is Michigan vs Central Michigan. This is a huge in-state rivalry that brings so much excitement that it helps build our fan base and grow our great sport. It's also the student sections consisting of the Central Michigan Rose Rowdies chanting back and forth with the University of Michigan Blue Crew. This is what makes collegiate athletics so exciting.
Central Michigan and the University of Michigan year in and year out are two of the top teams in the country. I sure hope egos are not getting in the way of this event. It is not who wins or loses it's creating the excitement for the fans. Both teams battle and are well coached. I have great admiration and respect for Coach McFarland and Coach Borrelli I am sure they will find a way to make it happen. We have to believe and have faith. <!-- google_ad_section_end -->