And I apologize for leaving the Lehigh fan base off my quick and dirty list. They are almost certainly #2 in the state in numbers.
Of course I sill maintain the easiest and most effective way to boost DI wrestling is to move the championships away from the first weekend of March Madness. The ex-HS (or current) wrestler who might be interested in watching have been worrying about heir college basketball brackets. ESPN has given us this great showcase and its effectiveness is minimal becasue of the scheduling.
After the Super Bowl, this is the biggest communal sport in the country.
I like the idea. I think it showcases the strengths of wrestling as a sport. It is both a team and an individual sport. I would have to see the proposed scoring idea to make a final decision, but if done right, the idea is a good one, IMO. I wonder how a team like Minnesota would have done in a system like this.
I also don't think dual meets aren't important anymore. I forget who said that, but I love dual meets. I like the fact that you can go to work during the day, then swing on over and catch a dual meet in the evening or catch one on tv. You don't have to spend 8hrs in a gymnasium. I don't think that March Madness takes away from the regular season anymore than dual meets do the national tournament.
I do think they could switch around how they wrestle the championship finals, though. They had a great idea last year by putting the Dake/Taylor match last, but they could have switched around some other weights too so that the team outcome wasn't known so early. But, hey, you can't have it all.
I can see the pluses and minuses of either argument here. As far as putting into practice, why not?
Like others have said I like the idea of finding a blend between strong dual teams and teams that are more top heavy.