Originally Posted by Falcon81
I think over all the point of the law of large numbers is a AA in Fargo is overall a better overall wrestler than a State finalist in Ohio on Average. There is always exceptions to a numbers average but the weight of evidence can not be argued. Fargo is full of Division 1 thru 3 State champs that go 2 and out or not close to being a AA at Fargo but it is almost unheard of for a Fargo AA not to be a high state placer or champ! Freestyle and Greco will open more college opportunities at the D-1 level than anything else will do. Your son will gain more respect and exposure wrestling D-1 college wrestlers at Fila Juniors with actual college coaches coaching against them than any local pundits or tournaments you can participate in Folkstyle HS wrestling only situations. You can argue for arguments sake or attack the messenger but what I am saying is the absolute truth. The reason some great Ohio State HS Champs don't do Freestyle and Greco is because they tried it and got thumped! The reason some Ohio Greats don't do well in National tournaments is because of Ohio's unique way of calling stalling and making wrestling all about takedowns while discouraging mat time. Do all 3 styles Folkstyle, freestyle and Greco.
I agree that participation in FS/GR increases exposure but more importantly adds more tools to the arsenal. Handfighting in GR, emphasis on offense FS,etc. Frankly, the kids that compete in off season are more dedicated, committed on average and should see gains in performance. Best way to really seal the deal for college coaches is to bring a solid gpa and test score to the table.