Earlier this week, Pants wrestling honcho RossWB and I tackled the frustrating National Duals concept. For the uninitiated, the NCAA Wrestling National Duals set up has been sparsely attended - by both universities and fans alike. The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) last year thought it would be a good idea to make National Duals the official NCAA Championship, instead of the Individual Tournament (until two smart guys like Tom Brands and Cael Sanderson both said that would be dumb). Then, this past season, the NWCA held the semi-finals and finals at the University of Minnesota - and still no one showed up. RossWB and I decided that, instead of writing another 'hey, this sucks and you're stupid' column, we'd try to pitch our own ideas to fix it - assuming we could agree on the same concepts. Part one is below. Be sure to grab Part Deuce over at the Pants.
So Ross - after the awesome turn out from the Minnesota faithful last season, it appears as though Iowa and Okie State will be joining the Nittany Lions on the sidelines for National Duals. I've heard of boycotting for human rights violations; boycotting for invasions of Afghanistan; and, well, boycotting for just about anything that offends someone else. This seems like Tommy Brands is boycotting stupidity. And who can blame him? National Duals is a great concept, but the execution these last few years....ugh. On the same weekend where 1,500 fans watched Goldy beat Okie State for the Duals Championship at the Barn, nearly 4,000 fans traveled to Piscataway, NJ to watch Rutgers get shut out by Penn State.
Everybody's (hopefully) healthy. Mizzou's coach won't be thinking about seeding just yet. And there are going to be upsets. Intermat's going to take last season's All-Americans, slot them into the top spots - and then we'll forget that a guy like Taylor Massa just missed the podium as a true frosh, spent the last six months working to improve, and we'll be shocked when he upsets Tyler Caldwell. Interweb message board meltdown.
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