Originally Posted by falcon81
People always whine about age issues...This ends that. I think the split made it better! Kids that didn't stand a chance in the Junior division 15 years and below now can compete and win a national title as a cadet against kids their age. You now still have 80 to 100 plus brackets in the junior division and they are all studs and all older including senior graduates...No excuses. Ohio is one of the only States that is slipping at Fargo. Fargo is tougher than ever Nationally. Disney is stronger than ever only with Ohio. Hence Ohio is no longer a folkstyle or freestyle powerhouse except two school wrestling factories, Eds and Grahm. Its interesting the states focusing more on Fargo and Greco/freestyle are now becoming better than Ohio also in Folkstyle including the number of Div. 1 College AA.
Man I hate to say it but I think this is true!
Why aren't there more Ohio studs going to Fargo every year? (I'm not saying the guys going this year aren't studs.) In general, Ohio has been having fewer and fewer AAs at Fargo, whereas it used to have a bunch every year. Meanwhile it is clear that PA has established itself as the preeminent wrestling state, and Ohio has slipped ... why?
Are kids deciding to go to other (perhaps lesser) "national" tournaments? Are guys deciding not to go because they think not winning might hurt their chances at a scholarship? Is Disney more fun? Is freestyle falling off the radar because it's less like folkstyle that it used to be? Thoughts?
Best of luck to the guys with the heart to make the trip and represent the state!!