I don't think it's good practice to base rules for the sport on the bottom 5% of all teams, but it's equally destructive to make rules for the sport on what are really exceptions to the common rules of logic or data on the other end when you look at the top 5% of teams. What's best for the long term survival of the sport is to find out what your trends are and to adapt to them.
The average wrestling squad in the US right now is 24 members strong. With 14 wrestlers in a starting lineup, the sheer numbers don't add up when trying to justify a JV. Your average squad size around the US should be at minimum, double the number of participants per team on average. With that logic, 12 would be an acceptable number.
One thing that troubles me about wrestling right now, is the apparent lack of a plan of action that the sport is using to ensure we are growing. We are, but if we're only growing as a result of an increase in overall population, we're not really growing. We need to have a plan in place that illustrates participation goals and how we're going to reach them through marketing, promotion and coach preparation. How many clinics for coaches do you go to where teams like Apple Valley or even less successful teams that have good numbers are asked to speak on how they recruit and keep athletes?
I've yet to see that anywhere, and it makes no sense to fail to put a priority on that because who cares how good your ability to teach technique is if you have no bodies to teach it to?
It would be a tough adjustment for the sport, but I'd like to see the sport consider (not neccessarily do, but look closely at) 11 weight classes and have a ten year goal of increasing participation to see teams average 33 team members each. It's only increasing your average national squad size by one each year, and with numbers going up without a concrete marketing plan, I think is entirely possible if you add that to the mix.
Whatever we do, we better actually do something. We're the world's oldest sport, but our inability to adapt has warped us in a lot of ways. We need to clean up a lot of things, this being one big one.