I could post this in the international section as well, but I'd like an American perspective on how OW's are chosen at tournament. I find myself frequently baffled by the OW picked in both American freestyle tournaments and NCAA wrestling.
To my way of thinking the OW is either the most dominant wrestler, or the one who beats the most impressive opponents. At the recent NYAC and Schultz tournaments, the OW were won by Humphery and Scott, both of whom have several close 3-round matches against opponents they were supposed to beat. Similar was the Ness OW a few years back, where he had a 9-minute scoreless semifinal and barely won the final as a top seed. Then you have Jake Rosholt a few years back, who killed everyone as a #10 seed but didn't get it.
These are just a few examples off my head, but hopefully you guys get the idea. How is an OW generally picked in the US?