There's no such thing as a pretty good aligator wrestler.
Iowa State should have bought an ad and as for how it could have done better. Part of the equation is that the regional host needs to be an active participant in the promotion of the event. Also we can't just rely on the internet and social media to promote events. Where does that money come from? I have no idea. Something needs to happen in order to generate more interest wheter its fan friendly events surrounding the Duals or some other promotion that would attract some fans.
If it is going to become a "event" it needs to be treated as such.
RIP Jacob Schlottke 1984-2011
Northern Iowa is also doing this, having a dual previously ready with Northern Illinois.
Aren't the teams who qualify going to be based on the current season starting next year?
Good call Ban, I knew it was red and white and involved an N. I just didn't bother to double check.
I really thought the coverage was solid. I watched a ton of matches online and the fact that it was free was a big plus. I wish they'd had two cameras at the Oklahoma State regional, so that I could have chosen which match to watch, but I understand that NWCA was using the Oklahoma State University feed, so Livesports wasn't there.
Anyone who couldn't find the coverage was just being lazy. If NWCA is hosting the event, then go to the NWCA website and read. Seems pretty logical to me. If I want to find info on anything, I go to the source.
I like the concept of the regional qualifiers. However, I think two things (both have already been mentioned) could be done better in the future.
1) Qualification and seeding needs to be done based on the current season.
2) There needs to be either 4 teams or 8 teams per region so that all teams in the finals have wrestled the same number of duals.
I don't mind the fact that the finals weren't pre-planned. I do however think that it would make sense to have the highest ranked/seeded remaining finalist as the host. If that was the orginal plan, then why not just post that info as part of the marketing? It seemed chaotic, because no one seemed to know how or why they made their host location decision. For sports like FCS football or soccer, lacrosse, etc. it's known that the higher seeded team will host. They may be able to get away with neutral sites in the future, but until the event grows a bit more, on campus sites are the way to go.
As I say, I was happy with the event and the coverage of it. The critiques I have are pretty minor. Seeing as I'm not the only one to mention them, I'm guessing that the decision makers may have thought of them as well. Looking forward to more great wrestling, this weekend.
Actually, I'm pretty sure that the location of the championship game for FCS is decided a year in advance. All of the games up to that are hosted by the higher seeded school.
At least that was how it worked 20 years ago when I was in school at an FCS (or I-AA back then school). I'm sure nothing has changed...
I'd be happy if the highest regional school hosted that round, but I think the final weekend (if it will still be split) should be determined in advance and rotated geographically.