Sorry, this is a bit long, but I hope will start some conversation. I'm an ISU alum, former Nebraska HS wrestler. Walked on at ISU for about 2 weeks before I decided studying hard at engineering and having fun would be better use of my time (personally). I remember, during the intramural tournament, we always talked about getting an ISU Club Wrestling team going. At the time, Bobby Douglas immediately shot the idea down because he didn't want average students messing with the mats, which is somewhat understandable. I'm now in grad school at Colorado State. Like many big schools, they do not have an NCAA sanctioned team. Instead, they have a club team. I have been working out with them over the last two seasons. They mostly enter open tournaments (DII mostly), and some club team tournaments during the season. They have a club league, with a regional (national qualifier), and national tournament. The national tournament is currently going on in Virginia. NCWA National Championships - Schedule CSU is currently sitting 11th out of 80 or so teams. I entered a couple open tournaments and had some fun, but sprained my ankle pretty badly in one. Having some former coaching experience, I basically assumed the role of assistant coach after that. We have a pretty good team, mostly CO kids, but a couple state champs and some pretty solid kids. I would consider the level of competition similar to that of a really good high school team, or an average DIII team. I think it would be a great benefit for schools like ISU to have a club team. The intramural tournament is always tough as nails, and usually features a lot of great wrestlers. A lot of wrestlers want to keep on the mat, but may not be willing to put in the time it takes for varsity. Obviously teams like ISU are pretty deep. However, at times there are kids who step up, and might be willing to make the next step if offered the chance. Some schools use club teams as "farming" teams. For example, we compete against Air Force Prep, which is where most of the kids in the Air Force use a redshirt year. Anybody have thoughts on this? Anyone else have experience with club teams? While some may worry that an increase in club teams may make it easier to get rid of NCAA teams, I think any wrestling is good for the sport in the long run. Curious to see your thoughts.