Nice to meet you as well brother! There was a heavyweight named Tony Rotundo in D3 back in my day (eightys). Seeing that you wrestled Prescott, I am pretty sure you are not the same, but any relation?
Anyway, regarding your thoughts, philosophically I agree with the idea of weight management to a point, and it really is what we had tried to apply while he was making weight for Districts two weeks before. Watched what he ate, cut out junk (sweets, chips, gatorade) and introduced the difference between caloric weight and food volume, etc. It worked well to, he was a .5 under without doing anything more than having a smaller than usual breakfast (8 oz milk, cereal, 1/2 banana) and 8 oz. oj and 2 turkey slices w/ lettuce for lunch. No problem, save one, which I will mention in a second. This weekend we followed the EXACT same regiment (since he got all pins and techs last time, we became superstitous ) but with much different results metabolically. I wrote it off to a growth spurt, its possible he snuck 2 pounds of double stuffed oreos in his back pack and polished them off at recess, but I kind of doubt it. Still not sure what happened but I do know that , unlike me in college, he is still growing and the same rules don't apply.
The problem I mentioned, even in the good weight management weeks, was that as soon as we started the program, ALL Des thought about was food. Like a pregnant woman obsessing, it was all he talked about for two weeks! This to me is the beginning of the problem that I wanted to avoid, not thinking about wrestling any longer and just thinking about being deprived.
As for my jr nationals story, I agree it sounds crazy to gain weight while wrestling 3 days in a row. To the best of my memory, I wasn't hitting the consession stands by the 1/2 hour (too broke ). What I recall was that I left CA weighing about 16 lbs over. My coach and his wife drove me to Iowa, camping out along the way, so the plan was to lose 7 lbs per day, eat back 2, lose 7 more, eat 2, etc. This didn't quite go as planned ( the losing 7 worked but I would gain back 4 or so) so i got to Iowa 9 over. My coach always told me to rehydrate and eat back enough to feel like you can wrestle well, since that was the point of the whole thing. I was taught to worry about weight AFTER I was done wrestling, not during. So I drank Gatorade like there was no tomorrow. At least 2 gallons. We also planned on losing some weight during the tourney, but fortunatly (or unfortunatly weight wise) I got 3 first period falls the first day, and feeling thirsty after each match, drank more Gatorade. So the combination of my body trying to return to its natural weight and overhydrating created the perfect storm of weight making nightmares.