Some teams threw their regional dual so they wouldn't qualify for the dual tournament by resting most of their Varsity guys and going with line-ups that were almost entirely JV guys. Sounds like the same thing could happen in the state dual tourney, with teams putting JV kids on the mat at weights that they've qualified a Varsity kid for the individual tourney. On the other hand, having it a week after the individual tournament is also rough on the Varsity kids (and JV alternates) who didn't qualify for the indy tourney but have to hold weight an extra week while going two full weeks without competing.
Say a kid is on a decent dual team, he could end up wrestling three tough matches on Wednesday, then have a tough match Thursday against a kid who has been resting for four days. Coaches are holding back their Varsity kids to avoid this scenario, and IMO it's bad for the sport and for the athletes. They should be able to wrestle for an individual championship and a team championship without one hurting the chances at another.
On another note, do the guys who wrestle in the dual tournament still get their one-pound allowance, but their opponent who isn't in the dual tourney doesn't get an extra pound the first day of his competition?
The old way wasn't perfect, but it was better than the current way.
What would be cool would be to have a bunch of events like the Five Seasons Duals in December as qualifiers and then have a finals events in January. Give the event more meaning and don't penalize kids with extra matches right before State.
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