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    Midwest dominating wrestling Top 25

    I saw the new wrestling rankings released by W.I.N. today. Of the top 25 teams, 15 of them are from the Big 12 or Big 10.

    The Big 10 has more teams overall in the top 25, with Minnesota(#1), Iowa(#4), Michigan(#9), Penn State(#11), Northwestern(#12), Ohio State(#13), Indiana(#14), Wisconsin(#16), Illinois(#17), and Michigan State(#20).

    It must suck to be a Purdue wrestler right now, for many reasons....

    The Big 12 has Missouri(#2), Oklahoma State(#3), Iowa State(#5), Oklahoma(#7), Nebraska (#19).

    The Big 10 has a higher percentage of their conference in the top 25, but the Big 12 has four of their five teams solidly in the top 10 to the Big 10's three (including a Michigan squad that many would argue probably shouldn't be ranked that high).

    I'm not trying to make any points here (mostly), I just thought they were some interesting statistics to consider. The midwest has a serious stranglehold on collegiate wrestling.


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    Re: Midwest dominating wrestling Top 25

    Remember, the Big XII is actually the Big 5 when it comes to wrestling. It'd be near impossible to have more Big XII teams in the Top 25 than the Big Ten.





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    Re: Midwest dominating wrestling Top 25

    Quite a few of the top 6 ranked teams have some exceptional young studs on the way up. I was impressed with ISU in their last match. The next big test for most of the upper teams will be the national duals, excellent prep for conference and nationals.



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    Re: Midwest dominating wrestling Top 25

    Quote Originally Posted by ornryactor View Post
    The Big 10 has a higher percentage of their conference in the top 25
    OK class lets check our math.
    5 of 5 = 100% Big 12
    10 of 11 = 91% Big 10



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    Re: Midwest dominating wrestling Top 25

    I'm not disputing or knocking your assertion that the midwest region is the dominant wrestling area in the country. That is certainly true.

    But you should remember that the only two areas that really care about wrestling are the midwest and the upper east coast. The southeast, gulf south, southwest, west, and pacific northwest basically have no touch with the sport...the majority of the schools (HS and college) don't have teams and the sport is rarely televised. I don't know if I've ever heard much about it on ESPN except when Cael was at the end of his career.



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    Re: Midwest dominating wrestling Top 25

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone#1 View Post
    I'm not disputing or knocking your assertion that the midwest region is the dominant wrestling area in the country. That is certainly true.

    But you should remember that the only two areas that really care about wrestling are the midwest and the upper east coast. The southeast, gulf south, southwest, west, and pacific northwest basically have no touch with the sport...the majority of the schools (HS and college) don't have teams and the sport is rarely televised. I don't know if I've ever heard much about it on ESPN except when Cael was at the end of his career.
    Very, very good point. It only makes sense that the midwest/east dominates wrestling when they're the only ones that really participate in it.



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    Re: Midwest dominating wrestling Top 25

    It's kinda like saying "man, those northern midwest teams in wisconsin, michigan, minnesota sure are dominating college hockey"... it goes with the territory.

    Can anyone explain to me why wrestling is so big in Iowa? how did it get so big? I mean I freaking grew up in Iowa but the last thing I ever wanted to do was roll around on a mat with some other dude in spandex, I was quite happy playing basketball in the winter months. But seriously, historically, how did it get so popular?


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    Re: Midwest dominating wrestling Top 25

    I'd call Arizona, and Oklahoma "slight" hotbeds for wrestling.





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    Re: Midwest dominating wrestling Top 25

    Quote Originally Posted by frontrangeclone View Post
    It's kinda like saying "man, those northern midwest teams in wisconsin, michigan, minnesota sure are dominating college hockey"... it goes with the territory.

    Can anyone explain to me why wrestling is so big in Iowa? how did it get so big? I mean I freaking grew up in Iowa but the last thing I ever wanted to do was roll around on a mat with some other dude in spandex, I was quite happy playing basketball in the winter months. But seriously, historically, how did it get so popular?
    My guess as to why wrestling is so big in Iowa can be summed up in two words...Dan Gable.



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    Re: Midwest dominating wrestling Top 25

    Wrestling was the sport in Iowa before Gable was here, he isn't the only reason wrestling is big in Iowa.





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