Herkey, your competition comparison goes against your theory: If the 6-12 wrestlers are far inferior to the 1-5 (which I agree there is a big drop off), then the higher seeded wrestlers should have an easier time winning, shouldn't they?
Let's try some other options:
1. Some teams peak during the regular season, some peak during the tournament.
2. Some teams are over-rated going into the tournament.
Using the PSU 2008 season as an example: They had an ok season, then a bad Big 10 tournament, and then pulled out third at NCAA's by outwrestling all but one seed, if I remember. I think only 2 or 3 of Iowa's wrestlers met their seed that year - and in my opinion - they looked better during the season than at that tournament. It got me wondering if Brand's pressure to win all the time meant they peaked too early. On the flip side, I think that tournament bought Troy one more year. Otherwise, finishing that low in the conference probably would have been that excuse the AD used to make a change. An interesting conversation for another time would be who would have replaced him at that time.