I got in a debate yesterday at work about the current competition in college wrestling. Here's the debate.
Since there are far fewer colleges to choose from, elite wrestlers now have to share the room with each other. This is good in one sense because it provides better competition in the room, resulting in more skill on the mat. On the other hand, it could mean that there is less competition come tournament day. Kind of like the Ed Ruth, Matt Brown situation. I'm sure there are many more situations like that too. So the question is, was it harder to win the NCAAs when there were more schools competing which meant talent was spread out and guys weren't stuck on the bench or is it harder now because those that do crack the lineup are more polished when they get out there?