I wanted to start by thanking everyone for their participation in the wrestling survey. As always, the wrestling community showed a great deal of support for this project. In total, we received 1,064 responses to the questionnaire. While we are continuing to work hard on analyzing the data, I wanted to provide some initial results from the rules and regulations section for those who filled out the survey.
Overall, the results demonstrated that fans were not satisfied with 10 of the 11 categories included within the survey. When investigating the various categories, the responses confirmed that fans were most unhappy with the “implementation of stalling within matches” (mean = 2.68) and the “consistency of referees” (mean = 2.87). I guess this isn’t surprising since many of you would like to see an increase in the action realized within matches. This is also necessary for making the sport marketable to your average sport’s fan. <O
When examining the open-ended responses, the suggestions confirmed the previous concerns on stalling and the “consistency of referees” (17.8% of all responses) within matches. To increase action within matches, there were several fans who suggested an “increase in the number of stalling calls” (17.3% of responses) within matches. Additionally, many of you felt that it would be beneficial to “implement a push-out rule” (10.2% of responses) to increase scoring between opponents in matches. Finally, similar to the previous categories, two other suggestions to improve the action between wrestlers involved the “elimination of riding time” (10.4% of responses) and the “adjustment of scoring to improve action” (4.9% of responses). Particularly, many individuals explained that offensive takedowns should be awarded with more points than defensive takedowns (offensive = 3pts; defensive = 1 pt). <O
I felt that many of you had terrific suggestions to improve the college wrestling product. This is only a small portion of the results, and we will look forward to providing you with more details as they become available. I am putting together a website to include results from the study. I’m hoping the site will become a resource for helping improve the sustainability of college wrestling in future years. Thanks again!